A 501(C)(3) Organization
S.P.A.C.E. is a nonprofit organization that seeks primarily to award scholarships to qualified students in the Pennsbury School District to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
"I Wish Everyone Could Go!"
Founder and President, Sam Sherman, attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for the first time in 2016. An incredible teacher at William Penn Middle School in the Pennsbury School District had awakened in him an interest in astronomy and before he knew it, Sam wanted to learn all he could about space, space travel and astronomy. Space Camp turned out to be a life-changing experience. The summer of 2018 marked his third trip to space camp. In the excitement of preparing for the trip, Sam remarked, "This is the best place ever. I wish everyone could go!" From there, the idea was sparked to send a student from his own school district on this incredible trip as well.
Ready to Launch
From the simple idea of sharing this opportunity with others like himself, came S.P.A.C.E., Inc. (officially, Scholarships to Promote Astronomy through Camp and Education, Inc.). In conjunction with the science and administrative staff within Pennsbury School District, S.P.A.C.E. developed an application process whereby students could apply anonymously, and are evaluated on a number of criteria developed by the educators in order to identify the ideal candidate. Among other attributes, the essay evaluators are looking for a candidate with passion, enthusiasm and a strong demonstrated interest in space and astronomy.
What We Do
S.P.A.C.E. seeks to send at least one student for a single one-week summer session of Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The scholarship award includes camp tuition, and reasonable travel costs for the scholarship recipient and one adult parent or guardian. For more information and all of the fine print, please CLICK HERE.
What is Space Camp?
If you are a parent reading this, you might recall the movie, "Space Camp," from back in 1986. It's that camp (but don't worry--the chances of accidentally being launched into outer space are pretty slim...).
Space Camp is held on grounds adjacent to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the dedicated camp facility, students from around the world get opportunities to participate in training and simulation of all manner of space travel. Among other options, Space Camp offers Space Camp, Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy, for those who want to learn about what is is like to work and travel aboard a space craft, understand the interplay of astrophysics and space observation. Though Space Camp offers programs in aviation, robotics and cybersecurity, this scholarship, at the present time, is intended for participants in the space camp program only.