Chennai: A batch of 750 students from four schools in the city are set to leave for the United States and Canada on a study-cum-pleasure tour for a fortnight from May 1 on what's already being lauded as a once in a lifetime opportunity as the kids are going to NASA, Orlando, to see what they have learnt and learn what they will see.
A ceremonial flagging-off function for this space camp was held at Hotel Accord Metropolitan in T Nagar on Sunday.
The energy and enthusiasm of the students from Chettinad Vidhyashram reverberated around the hall. The other schools are MKM Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Porur, Velammal school and Montford school.
In her welcome address, Shrimathy Kesan, Director of Space Kids Agency Services, said that the children will learn robotics, health sciences and participate in a workshop in Canada. Last year the camp had only 650 children but this year they have increased the strength by 100.
Diplomats Jennifer McIntyre, US Consulate General, and Marie-Claude Mallet, Vice-Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canadian Consulate, were present. But the star of the day was former NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins who spoke about her time in space and the thrills of lifting a $1.4 billion space lab with robotic arms.
McIntyre said the camp will not only give them an opportunity to learn about our universe but also help them develop problem-solving skills and use team work to overcome challenges.