U.S. Mission Partners with University of Alabama in Huntsville on “Apollo 11” Space Camp Youth Exchange

U.S. Mission Partners with University of Alabama in Huntsville on “Apollo 11” Space Camp Youth Exchange


The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna has partnered with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to launch a new space-themed youth exchange program in honor of the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary.  Two students from Kazakhstan will travel to Washington, DC and Huntsville, Alabama July 22-August 2, 2020 to engage in space-themed educational tourism and attend the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Advanced Space Academy as part of the twelve-day exchange program.  The exchange will highlight U.S. leadership in discovery and space exploration and the continued U.S. commitment to the peaceful exploration of outer space.

Program participants – students aged 15-18 at the time of the program, residing and studying in Kazakhstan with Kazakhstani citizenship, who have not started college or university already – will be recruited for the program by the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan based on their demonstrated leadership skills, academic records, future goals, and successful mastery of English .  UAH’s proposal for the exchange program, selected as part of an open and competitive award process, is entitled “Journey Through Space and Time: The Past, Present, and Future of Space Exploration.”  It aims to introduce participants to the history and current state of space exploration with a focus on U.S. leadership; provide participants with an in-depth, hands-on experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities; and inspire participants toward future space exploration by expanding on the celebration of Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary and its historical connections to Huntsville and UAH itself.

Details on the competition can be found on Mission Kazakhstan’s Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/uscgalmaty/ and https://www.facebook.com/usembassy.nursultan/. Deadline for video submissions is midnight (Almaty time), November 9, 2019. The ten finalists will be announced December 9, 2019.

This exchange initiative is funded by the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna with congressional appropriations to the U.S. Department of State that support international educational and cultural exchange programs.

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