Hi, my name is Katie Forster, I am from Sydney and in 2019 I was given the chance to experience Space Camp. I’ve always been interested in space and ever since I knew space camp existed I had wanted to go. The trip really pushed me out of my comfort zone, traveling to the other side of the world for a week, and not knowing anyone else in the group. But it also planted me right in the middle of a bunch of kids that were all interested in the same thing as me. Never before had I been able to talk to someone else my age about the space shuttle program, or the Cassini–Huygens satellite for more than 2 minutes.
I think one of the most important things my new friends and I learned from Space Camp, other than how to build an effective heat shield, space history, astronaut health and how to build a rocket; was the ability to work together with the people around you, and take advantage of each others strengths and weaknesses. I aim to become a good problem solver and engineer, Space camp really gave me the chance to put that to the test and grow as a person.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” – Louisa May Alcott
Student Ambassador Jessica
Hello, my name is Jessica Kreskay. I’m a Cadet Corporal with the Australian Air Force Cadets at 302 squadron located in Rockdale, Sydney NSW. I’ve been a member of the AAFC for six years. Moorefield Girls High School selected eight students of year eleven to attend this American trip. Once I was selected I started to tear up as I’m simply an average student and did not think I had many opportunities ahead of me.
The trip started to creep closer and closer, then I found myself on the plane to America. The first days in America were the toughest, meeting new people, being away from home, jet lagged and the early morning wake up calls. Put aside all those negatives there were some of the most amazing experiences, for instance, dinner with the nasa employees, California Science Centre, Disneyland, Universal Studios and the one and only Northrop Grumman. The arrival at SpaceCamp is what I have been waiting for and was it not amazing. At SpaceCamp we built rockets, Created heat shields, completed missions with a variety of rolls to be played and got an education students would only dream of. The missions were one of my favourite activities throughout the time at SpaceCamp as it gave me the opportunity to improve myself and gave me the chance to have a hands on learning experience. I made friendships that will last a long time and a great advantage of this trip is everyone has the same interests.
This trip has shown me that no matter what you wanna be or do, there are people out there that believe in you and strive to see you do well. This trip has opened up my eyes to make me see that there is potential, just as long as you believe in yourself. This company is named “One Giant Leap Australia” and that is what I and many others did by attending this adventure and through this experience I will continue to take giant leaps towards helping others achieve their goals and encourage confidence in people, including myself.
Go find what you love, Go enjoy what you do, Go reach for the stars and Go Baby Go!