Grades 4-12: For the 26th year, Perkins will be bringing students from all over the Northeast to participate in Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).
SCIVIS offers several exciting programs and activities designed to educate young people about aviation and the space program. Camp and Academy sessions are designed around simulated space missions conducted in Space Shuttle orbiter mockups. Aviation Challenge introduces survival skills and jet flying simulation. Trainees learn the basics of shuttle operation, the science and history of the space program, leadership skills, and teamwork. They also use authentic simulators to experience the sensations of astronaut training and they live in a simulated space station. Both programs are described in more detail below.
Trainees are placed on teams. Every student is assigned a different role for each mission. Hands-on training and mission practice, both generalized and specialized according to assignments, encompass many trainee hours. Briefings and lectures, conducted by astronauts and other guest speakers, enhance the learning experience. Trainees also take part in various microgravity activities. They will tour Rocket Park, the world’s most comprehensive collection of rocketry. Materials are available in braille and large print. One afternoon they will attend a film at the Spacedome Theater which features a 67-foot dome screen.
Participation will again also be offered in Aviation Challenge for students with low vision. This program is more of an Outward Bound/Ropes Course/Military Training Program involving intense physical activities, simulated jet flying, escape and evasion missions, precision teamwork and problem-solving activities. Participants also learn and practice land and water survival skills.
All students will arrive at Perkins on Friday night. They will fly with Outreach staff from Logan Airport in Boston on Saturday and will return on the following Friday. Students are to be picked up at Perkins that day.
To sign up, register for the Space Camp program and then a complete application packet will be sent to you. Students should function at grade level for reading, math and science and be independent in activities of daily living.