Rocket Center

Two Winchester students recently enjoyed exhilarating experiences at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Brayden Myers attended Aviation Challenge Mach I and William Myers attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

The weeklong educational program promotes STEM studies while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

The Aviation Challenge Mach I program is designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight.

Students learn principles of aviation and put their knowledge to the test in a variety of flight simulators.

Taking the role of fighter pilots, Brayden and his team ran control systems and scenario-based missions as well as trained in water and land survival.

At the end of the week, Brayden and his crew returned in time to graduate with honors.

William spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars.

The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, also known as a spacewalk. William and his crew returned to Earth in time to graduate with honors.

The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian affiliate and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s official Visitor Center.

Space Camp uses astronaut-training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.