Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) is a program funded by the State of Alabama Legislature that awards a male and female student between the ages of 12 to 14 from every legislative district in Alabama a scholarship to attend a special session of Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. Since 1982, Space Camp has inspired more than 750,000 young men and women from around the world to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while exposing them to the leadership and teamwork skills that helped them succeed in their careers.
The SALSA program will take place Sunday, May 27 – Friday, June 1, 2018. In order to receive this scholarship, students must submit an online application using the link at www.spacecamp.com/salsa. Applications open November 20, 2017 and are due February 16, 2018. Notice of application will be sent to the members of the Alabama House of Representatives or the Alabama Senate representing the district in which the student resides, and each member will nominate two students to receive a scholarship. Each scholarship includes tuition, room and board for the Space Academy program, but does not include additional purchases or upgrades and does not cover travel to and from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
During their weeklong Space Academy program, students will learn the history of the space program, learn to work together as a team to solve complex problems using STEM concepts and critical thinking, learn to train like an astronaut using authentic simulators, and embark on their own simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars. This life-changing experience inspires students to get engaged in mathematics and science, while exposing them to career paths in the aerospace industry and beyond where these STEM and 21st century learning skills are used.