Wednesday, 7th February, 2018
By Emily Ferguson
Kelsie Mitchell is this year’s Australian Female Ambassador for the United Space School Program.
Since 2009, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health has been sending participants to Houston, Texas as part of the United Space School a program.
This program is both coordinated and funded by the Federation of International Space Education (FISE).
The program is open to female students from years 9 to 11.
As this year’s successful applicant, Kelsie had to complete an application form and then was called before an interview panel as part of the decision-making process.
Denise Hampton works at the University Department of Rural Health and was a part of the interview panel.
“Applications are of high standard so it’s often difficult to decide” she said. The university has received numerous applications over the years.
Each year the United Space School Program hosts students from over 20 different countries. Kelsie is the Australian Female Ambassador while the male ambassador is selected from Perth, Western Australia.
Kelsie’s decision to apply came after years of following the program and itching for her own chance to apply.
“I have a passion for science and I thought it would be a really good opportunity,” she said.
“I can’t wait to meet and get to know people from other cultures.”
In the lead up to her trip to the United Space School, Kelsie will have to complete assignments that will determine what team she is placed in.
In these teams the students will undergo many intriguing, space-related activities.
The students will also participate in several cultural and social events designed to provide a setting in which the students will demonstrate and share their respective cultures with each other.
Within their allocated teams the students will have the chance to plan a mission to Mars.
Each team is allocated a specific goal and function and must work independently to develop their portion of the mission.
Kelsie will journey to the United States in late July, into early August for the two weeks of the program.
Kelsie will need to fundraise in order to cover the associated costs to travel to America. She is planning many fundraising events such as cake stalls, barbecues and raffles.
Denise Hampton is asking that local businesses contribute and help to assist Kelsie reach her dream of attending space school.
This big adventure is something Kelsie has been greatly looking forward to and she is “super excited.”