D-B EXCEL Student Graduates from Advanced Space Academy

Published on August 29, 2019 at 4:20 p.m.
Kingsport, Tenn. – D-B EXCEL sophomore, Jacey McCloud recently attended Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®Space Camp® Robotics™Aviation Challenge®U.S. Cyber Camp® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while training students with hands-on activities, and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. McCloud spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. McCloud and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.
"Although I was nervous going in, Space Camp gave me an opportunity to branch out and explore possibilities I never knew that I could reach," stated McCloud. "This unique experience has given me greater confidence and excitement for the next new opportunity."  
Space Camp® operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.
More than 900,000 trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and Christina Koch, who is serving onboard the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and almost 150 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.
Interested in training like an astronaut?  Visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637.7223.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, visit www.rocketcenter.com.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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