Social Responsibility Activities
13 students and 3 managers coming through the Urla Gündoğdu Modern Society Volunteers Association, were given a 1-hour free Space Camp Turkey tour. During the tour, which was organized specifically for the successful children of the families with low incomes, theoretical information was given about the working principles of astronaut simulators and their intended use in the training center.
14 moderate to severely mentally handicapped children participants of the cooking competition organized by the Izmir professional chefs association, visited Space Camp Turkey as a part of the IBATECH fair.
“Special students” coming from the İzmir Karabağlar Şehit Lütfü Gülşen Special Education Application Center were informed about the Generation Mars Interactive Exhibit and hydroponic laboratory, while learning about simulators and exploring the space shuttle together with their chaperones and the Space Camp Turkey Counselors. The tour which was organized by Space Camp Turkey’s founding company ESBAS’s (Aegean Free Zone Development & Operating CO.) Food Establishments Division and Izmir Cooks Association ended with a hamburger menu for the participants.
As a part of the “Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative” conducted by Turkish Airlines and the cooperation of Space Camp Turkey, a group of 23 people consisting of Efrin martyrs’ children and chaperones have visited Space Camp Turkey.
A special program for the Down Syndrome Awareness Day was organized by Aegean Artı Disability Education and Development Association together with Space Camp Turkey on March 21st. Students from Izmir Konak 19 Mayıs Primary School also joined the “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” event along with the “special” students. A group 25 people, formed by students and chaperones, got a chance to study the planets in the Magic Planet activity, explore the Space Shuttle, Space Station module, and the simulators, while learning about constellations though our planetarium activity. They were also given a certificate of attendance at the end of the tour.
Melike A’s (10) dream of coming to Space Camp Turkey came true with the cooperation of Pegasus Airlines and Make-A-Wish Foundation. The project which is organized by the volunteer employees of Pegasus Airlines and Make-A-Wish Foundation, aims to fulfill the dreams of children struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Melike’s dreams came true with Space Camp Turkey’s support to the project.
Space Camp Turkey organized a special program to 14 students with Down syndrome coming from Ahmet Şefika Kilimci Special Education Application Center. Students toured the Space Station Module and the Discovery Space Shuttle Simulator located at the training center while learning about stars in the digital planetarium. Students were under the supervision of four teachers and two vice-principals. The tour which was organized under the collaborative work of Space Camp Turkey's main company founder ESBAS’s Food Establishments Unit and Izmir Association of Cooks, ended with hamburger menu catering to children.
Members of the Gaziemir Ata Healthy Aging Home Center visited Space Camp Turkey with a group of 54 people on March 28-29, 2017.
Uzundere Children and Youth Center, affiliated with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Family and Child Services Branch Office, brought a group of 20 students to Space Camp Turkey on March 14, 2017. The children had the opportunity to see all the space related simulators on the spot in a fun environment where education is given about science, mathematics, and technology.
The dreams of the children that are sick, traumatized, war victims, orphans, or have parents that are martyrs are being realized with the help of the “WELLBEING CLUB” program crew. The crew were actually our guests and we had a great time with our special guest Melis. The program was aired on TRT 1 on January 21, 2017.
Aegean Diabetes Association visited Space Camp Turkey on August 5, 2016 with a student group of 30 people.
"The road that leads to the light step by step” movie, which is also sponsored by our parent company ESBAS, was released on May 6, 2016. Haldun Dormen, one of the veterans of the theater world, and Asuman Dabak are in the lead of the film which had some of its scenes recorded at Space Camp Turkey. The film, which contains many messages, includes disabled ballet dancers with Down syndrome.
İzmir Konak Science and Art Center, affiliated with the Ministry of Education, brought gifted children to Space Camp Turkey on April 27, 2016.
With the organization of the Gaziemir County Public Library, group of 50 visitors took a tour at Space Camp Turkey. The tour was organized as a part of the "National Library Week" events celebrated between March 28 and April 3, 2016 this year.
On Thursday, February 18, 2016, with the organization of Ödemiş Municipality, a total of 24 students and 2 teachers from the Inonu Elementary School visited Space Camp Turkey.
A total of 20 students and 2 chaperones from Yüksekova and Semdinli came to Space Camp Turkey on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 as a part of the Izmir Mercantile Exchange organization under the auspices of Hakkari and Yüksekova Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The children who were chosen to be among the successful students who have never been outside of Hakkari were given a special tour that lasted for 1 hour as a part of the planned annual social responsibility projects.
The project, which has Space Camp Turkey in collaboration with Izmir Community Policing, brought together a total of 300 students from all around Turkey to attend the special promotional tour at Space Camp Turkey. Students, divided in groups of 30 people, participated in one-hour long special tours organized on different periods of the month. They had the chance to learn how astronauts and cosmonauts were working in space and explored the astronaut simulators. Community Supported Policing Branch Manager Zeynep Derse said “The children living in disadvantaged regions, who did not have the opportunity to participate in this event with their own means, visited Space Camp and the abstract information in their heads were made concrete and the children had the pleasure of having a nice day. We would like to thank the central executives and employees who made a great contribution to our project and provided free participation of the students.
As a part of the program organized by Space Camp Turkey and Izmir Buca Municipality, 90 students studying within the district were hosted at Space Camp Turkey. During the trip, which was specially designed for children of low-income families, the participants were informed about the working principles of astronaut simulators and their intended use. The model space shuttle, which has very close dimensions to a real space shuttle, received great attention from the children.
Around 70 visitors coming from Macedonia and Romania for the 18th National and International Children's Festival organized by the Gaziemir Municipality of Izmir had a chance to visit Space Camp Turkey.
Students that came to Izmir to perform dance performances at the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day celebrations and the teachers accompanying them toured Space Camp Turkey in their special dance costumes.
Mona Teodorescu from Romania, a dance teacher from the National Children's Palace in Bucharest, said the children were very impressed by the camp. Teodorescu said ’Children liked the Space Camp. My students, who want to be an astronaut when they grow up, said to me “It's like a dream come true.” while exploring the simulators. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to see Space Camp Turkey.’
18 retired teachers that have graduated from Village Institutes have visited Space Camp Turkey. The veteran teachers who showed that there is no age for learning were informed all about the International Space Station, walking on the surface of the Moon, weightlessness, and loss of control in space. After a one-hour camp tour, the speakers of the group, Ali Sözer and Turgut Dereli said "Thank you very much for the hospitality you showed us during our visit to Space Camp as a group of retired teachers. We left happy and informed. It was a very interesting experience for us."
The Izmir branch of “Children with Leukemia Foundation (LÖSEV)” visited Space Camp Turkey during the semester break as a part of the “Let's Learn the Professions” project. Nursen Çakmaklıoğulları, Social Services Supervisor of LOSEV, said that “The Children were fascinated Space Camp Turkey and they enjoyed it very much. As LÖSEV, we find and discover the things that children will enjoy and ask for more support in this regard. We thank Space Camp Turkey for the support they have given us to make this trip happen.”
Gaziemir County Public Library members visited Space Camp Turkey and ESBAŞ as a part of the 50th Library Week celebrated between March 31 and April 6. The 25-member group of students and librarians, who benefited the most from the library, the students most determined by the Provincial Directorate of Education of the Gaziemir District Public Library, and the students and librarians who read the books the most, attended the special program in SCT. Gaziemir District Public Library Officer Atilla Aküzüm said "Within the scope of the 50th anniversary of the library week, which had the theme of 'Lifelong Learning Libraries', 25 lucky visitors were chosen from our district to visit Space Camp Turkey and ESBAS”.
The students of Dokuz Eylul Special Education and Rehabilitation Center toured the Space Camp Turkey facility located in the Aegean Free Zone. Students explored the Mars Exhibit area, 1/6th gravity chair, and the zero gravity wall while also checking out the interior of the Discovery Space Shuttle Mockup. Physical education teacher Mahmut Cinci, who is employed at the center where special education is offered to individuals whose individual characteristics and educational qualifications differ from their peers for various reasons, stated that they came to Space Camp Turkey with 9 students and were extremely pleased with the tour.
As a part of "Children and Youth Social Protection and Assistance Program for Safe Life and Secure Future (ÇOGEP)", the Sanliurfa Province Police Department organized a field trip to Space Camp Turkey on April 30th and May 7th to raise awareness of history in youth and enhance the love of the country. A total of 80 students from 12-17 age group participated in the trips. Community Policing Officer Yasin Yellow, who came with the students, noted that Space Camp Turkey is very important for Izmir and Turkey.
21 children from the Foundation for Children with Leukemia (LÖSEV) Izmir Branch, visited Space Camp Turkey. The tour was organized as a Social Responsibility Activities by Yaşar University students Deniz Kayıran and İlknur Yilmaz. The students learned about astronaut simulators and how the space shuttles went to space. LOSEV Social Services Unit Officer Ceren Demirci mentioned that similar social projects have been done in previous years and said "Children lived an extraordinary experience at Space Camp Turkey. We would like to thank Yasar University and Space Camp Turkey for their support in making this trip possible”.