Troy Elementary School student James Johnson selected for Space and Rocket Center scholarship

Published 3:20 pm Monday, May 13, 2024

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James Johnson, a 12-year-old sixth grader at Troy Elementary School has been selected for the Space and Rocket Center’s SALSA scholarship.

Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) is a program funded by the State of Alabama Legislature that awards a male and female student between the ages of 12 to 14 from every legislative district in Alabama a scholarship to attend a special session of Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Since 1982, Space Camp has inspired more than 750,000 young men and women from around the world to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while exposing them to the leadership and teamwork skills that helped them succeed in their careers.

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During their weeklong Space Academy program, students will learn the history of the space program, learn to work together as a team to solve complex problems using STEM concepts and critical thinking, learn to train like an astronaut using authentic simulators, and embark on their own simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars.

This life-changing experience inspires students to get engaged in mathematics and science, while exposing them to career paths in the aerospace industry and beyond where these STEM and 21st century learning skills are used.

Activities at Space Camp include:
Launch on missions to the International Space Station, the moon or Mars.
Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer.
Design, build and launch a team rocket.

Learn team-building skills on the low elements at our Space Camp Challenge Course and in one of our water facilities.

Put your creative thinking skills to work in our engineering design challenges.
Hear the inspiring stories about commercial pioneers like Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX.