Space Camp: By the Numbers

    In its 13th year, the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy united students from 45 countries and 29 US states and territories for a week of STEM and space immersion.

    Coding, computer science, communication, and astronautics – the science of construction and operation of space travel vehicles – are just a few of the skills you’ll need if you want to go to space or develop technologies that will help people get there in the future.

    Those skills are just a sampling of what students explored during the 2023 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, an annual program for students ages 16 through 18 at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the largest space museum in the world.

    Sankari Calambakkam Kandavelu participates in a mission at the US Space and Rocket Center.

    This year’s participants included children of Honeywell employees and students from Charlotte Mecklenburg County Schools who are part of the college readiness program at the nonprofit organization Carolina Youth Coalition.

    From participating in design challenges to leading shuttle mission simulations, this cohort of innovators was immersed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and leadership development opportunities, all while experiencing everything space camp has to offer.

    Check out these facts and figures to get a sense of some of the space camp artifacts and experiences: 

    Krystof Dvorak and Parker Cantie take part in a mission at the US Space and Rocket Center.

    10 school buses – The approximate weight the Saturn V rocket could launch into Earth’s orbit. The US Space and Rocket Center is home to one of three Saturn V rockets worldwide. NASA’s Saturn V was used in the Apollo program in the 1960s and ‘70s.

    64 – The number of orbits of the moon made by NASA’s Apollo 16 mission in April 1972. You can see the command module that flew three astronauts to the moon and back at the US Space and Rocket Center.

    Sneha Bansal during a team mission at the US Space and Rocket Center.

    270 – The number of biomedical and life sciences experiments conducted on the Skylab, America’s first space station and crewed research lab in space. The Skylab’s Orbital Workshop, which is on display at the Rocket Center, was the main area for crews to work, live and sleep. Skylab lifted off into space in May 1973 and reentered Earth’s atmosphere in July 1979.

    One-sixth – The gravity of the moon is one-sixth of Earth. Students got to experience what it feels like to walk on the moon by using the 1/6th Gravity Chair.

    Gaia Scialla uses the 1/6th Gravity Chair at the US Space and Rocket Center.

    237 – Students who attended the 2023 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy

    45 – Countries represented in this year’s cohort of participants

    3,000 – Students who have attended the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy since the program’s founding in 2010

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