About 60 students from Dalhousie Public School, Dalhousie are scheduled to visit US space agency NASA’s centres at Houston and Kennedy Space Center next month to study robotics and nuances involved in designing a space shuttle.

These students selected by Kennedy Space Center under international camp programme. They will be accompanied by four teachers; the students from classes VI to X will leave for the US on December 9 to participate in the world’s biggest and most prestigious science and engineering programme. Principal Dalhousie Public School Dalhousie Dr G.S.Dhillon said it.

During the 10 days, these students will get a chance to crawl through rocket tunnels, lunch with astronauts, interact with scientists at the beating heart of the American space programme NASA and visit the Hall of Fame. They will visit the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a huge pool constructed to experience weightlessness, the first step of getting the feel of being in space.

The students participating in the tour will be exposed to the world of space sciences, robotics and nuances involved in designing a space shuttle. They would be taken around NASA and will be explained about how space shuttles are assembled and where the astronauts are trained. Student will visit the Kennedy Space Centre’s shuttle landing facility to see the vehicle assembly building.

The participants will be divided into four teams, senior and junior, and allotted red, blue, white and silver colours after reaching Houston. The budding scientists will interact with scientists and astronauts and learn how to make rocket ships and Mars rovers. They will also get a chance to launch it themselves in the Rover Obstacle Course. A graduation ceremony has also been lined up at the Kennedy Space Centre on the last day and certificates will be awarded during the event.

The programme is designed to provide knowledge to the participants about the latest developments in science and technology. The crew of the shuttle mission to the International Space Station will share their experience with children about science, education and their passion for space, and to promote the goal of human space flight to the India.

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