This year's local Space Camp trainees, Morgan Thompson and Kiefer Owen-Bilida from Onoway Elementary School, presented an informative recap of their summer adventures at the November 9 Council meeting. These two local boys were the lucky two selected to attend the Cosmodome Space Camp in Laval, Quebec this summer.
The Cosmodome Space Camp offers young people a way to experience real-life astronaut training to develop their passion for space sciences. Each year, chosen students like Morgan and Kiefer participate in scientific workshops, resolve engineering problems, experiment on a NASA-like training simulator, and take part in virtual space missions. One such mission actually takes place aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, where each astronaut trainee plays a role as a crew member.
To qualify for Cosmodome Space Camp, each of the boys sent in an application form, along with an essay explaining why they would be a good candidate for the program. It was also a requirement for the applicants to submit their school grades for the year, as well as a reference letter from a teacher or principal. Morgan and Kiefer flew out of Edmonton early in the morning on August 13 to spent the week in Laval, Quebec where they learned some pretty unique new skills and forged new friendships with their fellow camp goers. They returned home on August 18th. The post-trip presentation to Council was part of the application process. Their presentation is available for download below in PDF format (3.5MB).
This is the fifth year the opportunity has been offered to Lac Ste. Anne County youths, and the third where more than one trip was awarded.
Lac Ste. Anne County would like to extend a sincere thank you to the generous sponsor that helped make it possible for us to send two lucky students again this year. Thank you to Ste. Anne West Crime Watch Society for believing in our youth and supporting this opportunity! Without them, we would not have been able to make this amazing experience available to two applicants.