Chelsea Turner, a Salk Middle School student who attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, has received the camp’s highest and most coveted award.
She was honored with “The Right Stuff Award,” which is named for Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book The Right Stuff. It is given to an outstanding trainee who goes above and beyond in leadership, teamwork, and technology throughout the time at camp.
Known as one of the premier math/science/technology educational programs in the United States, Space Camp is an educational program that couples classroom instruction with hands-on activities and teaches teamwork, decision-making, and leadership.
Turner attended Space Camp with 35 students from Salk Middle School’s STEM magnet program. The four-day experience included lessons in rocketry, discussions with an astronaut, and opportunities to train in astronaut simulators.
In addition, the group made stops at the St. Louis Arch and the Shedd Aquarium. Five staff members from Salk Middle School volunteered their time to coordinate and chaperone the trip, with the support of three parents.