Hands up if you have heard the term "space camp" countless times in various TV series and movies based in the United States. The characters often speak of fun and exciting times, and now two of our fellow citizens will actually get to experience that excitement in real life.
No, they unfortunately won't get to go to space (yet) but will instead attend the 2020 Space Camp Exchange Programme in Huntsville, Alabama next year. They will get to be part of great educational programmes and activities that touch on topics such as space exploration, aviation, robotics and more – and hopefully bring back some great stories of their own.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, as part of the Beyond the Moon campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, is partnering with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the #mydigitalmaker Association to give two young Malaysian leaders a chance to attend this programme from July 22 to Aug 2, next year.
The programme aims to highlight US support for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education as well as expose young minds to American culture through science and cultural exchange programmes.
According to the website, applicants must be between the ages of 15 to 18 years old and fluent in English, among other requirements. They should also intend to pursue a science-oriented career, as well as "demonstrate leadership abilities, curiosity and eagerness to explore, and motivation to share their experiences upon returning to Malaysia".
Priority will be given to candidates who have never travelled to the US, and who have little or no international travel experience.
Applicants are required to complete an online form, write an essay and submit a two-minute video.
The deadline for submission of applications closes at 11.59pm on Dec 8. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview by January. Check out the website for more information on the programme's full requirements and selection process.