Rocket Center teams up with Legislature to send Ala. students to space camp


The Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Ala. are teaming up to send middle-school students to Space Camp.

Students ages 12-14 in Alabama are qualified to apply for an exclusive week-long Space Camp program free of charge through the Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) scholarship.

SALSA is a scholarship funded by the Alabama State legislature. Each Alabama legislative district will award two scholarships, one for a male and one for a female, to attend SALSA. During the week long program, students will learn how to solve complex problems using STEM concepts and critical thinking, to work together as a team, train like an astronaut, and board a simulator for a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars.

To be eligible for the program students must apply for the scholarship. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will then notify the members of the Alabama House of Representatives or the Alabama Senate representing the district in which the student lives. Each legislator will then choose two students to receive a scholarship to attend SALSA.

SALSA takes place May 27 through June 1, 2018. Scholarships will include tuition, room and board for the program and a flight suit. Travel expenses to and from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are not included in the scholarship. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 16.