This year, the United States will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place in July 1969. To celebrate this landmark event, the U.S. Embassy in Argentina is launching a scholarship for 50 Argentine secondary school students to travel to the Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a week to attend the Advanced Space Academy program.
The Advanced Space Academy — run by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center —offers 15 to 17 year-old high school students the opportunity to explore college and career preparation through an immersive experience in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Fifty Argentine high school students and three adult mentors will be selected to participate in a weeklong Space Camp in the United States. The Space Camp will take part the week of September 22-27 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Applicants must fill out an online form in English and submit a one-minute YouTube video also in English as part of the process.
The open call for nominations will begin April 22 and close May 15. Finalists will be announced the week of June 3.
All 50 finalists will come to Buenos Aires on Wednesday, September 18, for visa processing, meetings with Embassy officers and a pre-departure orientation. Three mentors will escort participants to the US.
Trainees will experience a variety of astronaut training exercises, engineering challenges and teambuilding activities all culminating in an extended-duration simulated space mission.
• Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer.
• Design, build and launch a team rocket, and safely recover its payload.
• Learn teambuilding skills on the high elements at our Space Camp Challenge Course.
• Experience neutral buoyancy while SCUBA diving in the Underwater Astronaut Trainer! (Pending physician approval)
• Test your skills in Engineering Challenges by constructing a heat shield and building a Rover.
• Fly jet aircraft simulators!
• Discover the role the International Space Station plays in our global community.
• Prepare for every contingency as you go to Mars on an extended-duration mission simulation!
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights in the United States.
For more information about the Advanced Space Academy click here .
• Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years old on September 18, 2019;
• Be an Argentine citizen (those with U.S. dual citizenship will not be considered);
• Fluency in English;
• Currently attending high school in Argentina;
• Should intend to pursue a science-oriented career;
• Demonstrate academic proficiency;
• Demonstrate leadership abilities and interest in one’s community through involvement in both school and community activities;
• Demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits;
• Demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore; and motivation to share their experiences upon returning to Argentina.
Priority will be given to:
• Students of public or subsidized private schools
• Candidates who have never traveled to the United States, and with little or no international travel experience
The application is free of charge and the U.S. Embassy in Argentina will cover the costs of all travel, lodging, meals, administrative expenses, visa fees, health insurance, educational materials, some cultural activities, and a stipend for some personal expenses. Participants are responsible for personal expenses such as passport fees or authorizations to travel abroad, among others.
• Applicants must fill out an online form in English and submit a one-minute YouTube video in English as part of the process.
• Students who meet the requirements and are interested in applying for this program must complete and submit the application form before May 15.
• Only pre-selected candidates in the first phase will be invited to participate in a phone interview in English with U.S. Embassy staff during the last weeks of May.
• The official announcement of selected participants will be in the week of June 3.
Mail for inquiries: ExchangesBA@state.gov