Local student attends week-long camp at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA center

Lillia Stidam of Columbus recently attended a week-long Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The educational program is designed for those with an interest in space exploration. It promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Stidam trained with a team that flew a simulated space mission to Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, or spacewalk, and returned to Earth in time to graduate with honors.

For more information on the camp, visit spacecamp.com or call 1-800-637-7223.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.