Space Camp Essay Contest now open

MICHIGAN — A statewide essay contest is offering students in grades 7-12 a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) that will be held at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach )MDE-LIO) the 2017 Space Camp Essay Competition will select two winners (one male and one female) to attend the SCIVIS September 23-29.

During the camp, the winners will train in the Advanced Space Academy. Trainees will undergo a variety of astronaut training exercises, engineering challenges, and team-building activities, all culminating in an extended-duration simulated space mission.

The competition is open to students in grades 7-12 who are blind/visually impaired. Students must have an interest in math, science, and space science, be able to navigate new surroundings, and enjoy new social learning experiences.

The topic of the essay is “Why I should be chosen to go to Space Camp.”

Entries should be no more than one written page (or two, if in Braille), and should include the student’s name, address, phone number, and email address. Send your entry to:

Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach P.O. Box

30742 Lansing, MI 48909

Essays must be postmarked by April 30, 2017.

For more information, contact Jereme Vanden Heuvel by calling 517-515-2543 or emailing

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