The summer camps of Space Camp Turkey, offering exclusive programs for children to avoid the psychology of inactivity and loneliness brought about by the pandemic period, to socialize in a safe environment and learn about space technologies, have come to an end.
Space Camp Turkey Became the Center of Socialization
The summer camps of Space Camp Turkey, offering exclusive programs for children to avoid the psychology of inactivity and loneliness brought about by the pandemic period, to socialize in a safe environment and learn about space technologies, have come to an end. In addition to Turkey, adults and children aged 7-15 from Germany, Iran, Israel and Romania participated in 2021 summer camps, which also hosted second generation participants.
Space Camp Turkey's summer camps, which started when the school year finished, have come to an end. Along with Turkey, children from Bulgaria, Germany, Iran, Israel and Romania participated in the programs which attracted great attention from children and their families who had to spend the winter at home due to the pandemic. Those who participated in the camp located in Izmir, which is one of the two Space Camps in the world, had fun while learning with many activities such as the virtual space flight mission, riding NASA designed astronaut simulators, the sky observation with a telescope, as well as the construction and launch of a hot air balloon.
Former Graduate Participates in Family Space Camp Program with his Daughter
Senior Mechanical Engineer Mehmet Can Uslu, who did not forget the program he participated in Space Camp Turkey 21 years ago when he was only 15 years old, participated in the Family Space Camp program, held on September 3-5, 2021, with his daughter this time. Saying that he is happy to come back to the camp with his child after 21 years, Uslu stated that the camp he attended as a child impressed him a lot and that he participated in the program because he wanted to experience the same feelings with his daughter again, and conveyed his thoughts with the following statement:
“I came to Space Camp in 2000 when I was just 15 years old. When I learned science in Space Camp Turkey by being trained with tools that I can use physically, I realized that space technologies attracted my attention. In a sense, I recognized myself; I realized that I was where I felt happy. I continued my education over the years, became a mechanical engineer and I still participate in research and development studies. My experience at Space Camp Turkey has given me the faith and self-confidence that I will be successful. I introduced my daughter to science through observations we made with a telescope and through books. When I saw that she was interested in this field, I wanted to bring her to Space Camp. I will send her back to Space Camp to participate on her own when she is 15.”