CASE Senior Space School



Management Training for Young Leaders
 

With great depth, students spend the two weeks in Houston with incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. An immersive program that hones individual leadership, project management and communication skills.

Advanced Learning Outcomes

 
  • Application of management principles in innovative and complex environments
  • Acquire STEAM-skills in challenging projects
  • Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Collaborative teamwork, goal-setting, and achieving targets
  • Leadership skills through leading by influence
  • Initiative and entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Success principles and values for life

Program Framework


Built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills, the program offers three key pillars of activities including enriched and exclusive space science activities, inspiring leadership development, and engaging personal development.

CASE Senior Space School aims to deliver students a once in a lifetime, best STEAM experience, at the most inspiring organisation NASA. Returning from the expedition, students will become more focused and more inquisitive to pursue the subjects they are interested in.

The Ultimate STEAM Experience

Senior Space School
Senior Space School
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Senior Space School

Immersive Activities

 
Stage I – Analysis
 

Students will be immersed deep inside NASA locations to experience the technology of the past, present, and future. Students will be able to participate in simulated space shuttle missions, performing in various roles as a team, taking on the challenges that may be encountered. Stage One grows teamwork, communication and crisis management skills in an exciting fast-paced adventure. 

  • aquanaut
  • girl-rocket
  • nasa-students
  • nasa-students-mission
  • aquanaut-student
  • nasa-students-mission-control
  • rocket-launch
  • nasa-guest-speaker
  • nasa-tour
Stage II – Synthesis
 

Stage Two marks the start of the students major project. Consulting with NASA experts and educators, students are responsible for the management of a $600 million mission to Mars. Teams will allocate resources to build and launch a rocket, engineer a heat-shield, design and test a safe lander mechanism, construct and compete against other teams with their rover, and finally design and build a habitat capable of sustaining life. This intensive project enables students to learn enhanced communication skills, leading by influence, budget allocation, curiosity and imagination.

  • shuttle
  • students-mission
  • stem-teacher
  • students-build-rocket
  • students-build-robot
  • stem-education-nitrogen
  • stem-education-heatshield
  • students-build-habitat
Stage III – Thesis
 

At CASE ChallengeX Competition, modeled on the global X-Prize that has lead to many technological advancements, the students undertake and compete in a space mission project. Students must develop their higher order thinking and creativity; working as a team to professionally present to a panel comprised of experts, educators, engineers and scientists. The CASE ChallengeX Competition fosters critical thinking and problem solving, effective oral communication, and project management skills in a highly competitive environment.

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  • case-welcome
  • student-prize
  • students-stem-presentation
  • students-stem-victory
  • nasa-stem-education-group
  • nasa-students-graduation
  • nasa-student-stem-thinking
  • nasa-first-place

Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Senior Space School students. During personalised presentations and special events, students hear directly from guest speakers including astronauts, NASA scientists, engineers and CASE Special Adviser Ms Nicole Stott.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    CASE Special Adviser, NASA Astronaut, aquanaut, engineer, and currently an Artist and SciArt education advocate. Ms Stott completed two space shuttle flights, and 104 days living on-board the ISS. Nicole is the first astronaut to paint watercolour in space and is the Special Adviser to CASE.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Tom Nolan
     

    Instrument Operations Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mr Nolan's passion is educating students in NASA Earth Science. With JPL, Mr. Nolan has commanded many instruments on multiple spacecraft and was the first person to see images from the Opportunity rover on Mars.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Elizabeth Blome
     

    Ms Blome has lead an inspiring career at NASA. Since 1994, Ms Blome has worked with Space shuttle systems, flight controllers, space station robotics, and more; while earning a Masters Degree at the International Space University. Currently Ms Blome is responsible for coordination and management of spacewalks from the United States Airlock on the International Space Station.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Matt Leonard
     

    Mr. Leonard has over 29 years of experience in the aerospace industry and is the President and CEO of T STAR (Texas Space, Technology, Applications & Research Institute). “I am excited to be able to partner with CASE in bringing this experience to the participants.  I look forward to sharing my experiences and hearing the other experiences others have had.”

mPOWER Personal Development

Each morning students engage in mPOWER modules aimed to provide principles and guidance for their future endeavours. As part of the mPOWER module, the Seven Success Principles inspire passion, fostering the right attitude for success in life. Based on Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills, students will explore each of these principles during their time at CASE Senior Space School.

 

Seven Success Principles:

  1. Curiosity – nurture the urge to explore
  2. Entrepreneurialism – dream without limitations
  3. Problem solving – prepare and persevere
  4. Collaboration –  a common goal and passion
  5. Agility – ready for any opportunity
  6. Communication – articulate your dream
  7. Dream Big and Commit to it

CASE Senior Space School Program

Location: Houston, USA
Duration: 14 Days
Open to Students: 15 years old and above in Years 11, 12 & 13
Dates: During New Zealand school term breaks

Program Schedule

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    A unique experience begins with CASE Senior Space School! Students depart New Zealand for Houston, TX with a flight time of approximately 20-22 hours. On arrival into Houston, students check into their hotel for an initial brief and well-earned rest in readiness for an exciting program.

  • Day 2

    Day 2

    The scene is set on the first morning in Houston with the official CASE Space School Opening Ceremony, an introduction to the daily success principles and team building activities. An inspiring start with a motivational, interactive presentation by a scientist or engineer, with plenty of question time. Then a visit to Space Lab to see the latest rocket technology.

  • Day 3

    Day 3

    Each day the students are energised with the mPOWER Energy Zone, Expression Zone and an interactive team presentation of the day’s success principle, sets the right mindset for each day's activities. Today at the Expedition Center students immerse in their first space mission training where they take on the role of scientist or flight engineer in complex simulations. The teams debrief in the evening to understand their success in risk management and team cooperation.

  • Day 4

    Day 4

    CASE ChallengeX Competition is an integral part of the coursework, this morning teams are briefed on the upcoming challenge. Team work is developed with the marshmallow challenge as students use some simple tools to create complex structures testing their engineering skills and innovative thinking.

  • Day 5

    Day 5

    Space University begins, based at Johnson Space Center, NASA’s headquarters. Over the coming days students participate in a series of exciting NASA courses that foster experiential learning. Course elements today include the design of rockets and landing parachutes; protective thermal heat shields and a Mars rover. In the evening students learn the history of space exploration with the Space Race I movie night.

  • Day 6

    Day 6

    Space University progresses with teams testing their remote-controlled Mars Rovers in competition; and the design and build of a habitat for living on Mars. Teams learn how to incorporate arts, science and technology to invent individual and creative solutions. Movie night continues the space industry evolution with Space Race II.

  • Day 7

    Day 7

    Space University challenges the students as they develop budgets for their own space missions; before learning about the astonishing field of NASA robotics. Students are briefed on the humanoid robotics technology and its inspiration for new applications, both in space and on earth.

  • Day 8

    Day 8

    Scuba diving at Space University engages the students’ teamwork and problem-solving skills as they attempt to overcome the difficulties of working in a neutrally buoyant environment. This evening they meet a Scientist or Engineer for an inspiring and interactive presentation.

  • Day 9

    Day 9

    Space University final day has the teams in their final Mars mission simulations, and presenting their USD$600m mission at NASA. After this NASA JSC course, students are awarded with their NASA certificates at an official graduation ceremony.

  • Day 10

    Day 10

    A new high-tech environment inspires the students to think beyond space for application of their developing STEAM-skills. Today students explore the TxRx Robotic lab, a remarkable prototyping facility. Followed by an exciting cultural experience attending a live NBA or MLB game, depending on the season.

  • Day 11

    Day 11

    A challenging day ahead – the students demonstrate their creativity, project management, resource allocation and leadership skills during the CASE ChallengeX Competition. Bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, teams present to a panel of experts, scientists and engineers.

  • Day 12

    Day 12

    JSC VIP tour takes students behind the scenes with the ultimate VIP experience at Space Center Houston. During this exclusive tour students receive unprecedented access to real workings of NASA, including the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where astronauts train on a replica International Space Station (ISS); historic Mission Control that monitored the moon landings; new ISS Mission Control; and Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility.

  • Day 13

    Day 13

    At Rice University students explore aviation’s history and future; and visit the stadium where President Kennedy gave his famous speech about travelling to the moon. The group then attends a lecture by a leading engineers. Students are in for a unique treat with an exclusive dinner with the CASE Special Advisor, former astronaut, Nicole Stott. The ensuing Space School graduation ceremony marks the completion of the CASE Senior Space School program and students are awarded with their individual CASE Space School certificates.

  • Day 14

    Day 14

    Expedition complete! With a transit time of approximately 20-22 hours students can reflect on their adventure and are farewell with a closing ceremony at the airport when the group arrives back to New Zealand.

    *Proposed program is subject to change.

Parent Testimonials

  • "I had 2 children go to CASE Space School - one to junior, one to senior - and both had the most wonderful time. Everything was well organised, the staff were great, the students were well supervised and communication was excellent. The activities were fun and interesting and unique - truly a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. They mixed with students from other parts of Australia who shared their interests and enthusiasm. Both came back inspired and more interested in pursuing science - and wishing school science was more like this. If you get this opportunity - grab it. You will not regret it!

    C. Grimmett - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "We are very grateful for the care and organisation provided. Thank you for looking after the boys so well throughout the trip. Our son returned home full of enthusiasm, excitement and happy memories. He now wants to go to Rice University !! The team leaders were fantastic as were the ground staff in Houston and Alabama. We would certainly recommend the CASE Space School to others. Fantastic - thank you."

    S. D'Lima - Knox Grammar School
  • "We can't thank the whole team of Actura enough for the way you treated our daughter like she was your own. Your professionalism with timely communications, all logistics and ensuring our daughters experience was nothing short of amazing was beyond anything we or she could have ever imagined.
    She loved being with her school buddies and has made some new life long friends with girls from other schools. The programs delivered in all areas of experiences, leadership, exposure to STEM, inspiration and personal development. Seriously, if were up to Sophia, she'd stay another two weeks and we would have no hesitation in allowing her. She now has her sights on attending the Senior SPACE camp and we'd sign her up in a heart beat."

    J. Kennaugh - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • "My daughter had a wonderful time last December. It was certainly worth the money we spent on . So much more than we expected. She found the group leaders and event instructors caring and helpful. Whole program very exciting and fun. She could not stop talking about it for weeks afterwards. It was nice to see their daily progress on photos and videos via Actura as well. Highly recommend it!"

    T. Wickramasinghe - Loreto Kirribilli
  • "Everything was well organised and communicated. Flynn had a ball and had his eyes opened to very many new experiences. He benefited greatly from the immersing experience and made new friendships."

    J. Tayles - Know Grammar School
  • "My Daughter came home with many stories to tell and is still telling them. This trip exceeded my expectations as I was slightly concerned how she would cope being so far away from home and for such a long time, but she loved every minute of it and it has definitely shaped her motivation for what she would like to do in the future with her studies! Other than the obvious learning aspect she has also learnt resilience and independence, made new friends (whom she is continuing to keep in touch with) and a sense of confidence that she did not have prior to the trip."

    P. Nicholls - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "Venice rated the experience 10/10 and her description of the different activities she was involved in sounded very rewarding for someone of her age both from a STEM perspective but also having the confidence to participate in such a program at a relatively young age"

    D. Gemmola - International Grammar School
  • "Lil still hasn't taken a breath telling us all about it. She wants now to be an engineer or an astronaut! Thanks to the organisers for looking after our girls!"

    C. Delalande - Korowa
  • "Our daughter came back very enthusiastic about careers in science/engineering and working for NASA"

    J. Leeper - International Grammar School
  • "Space School was an excellent experience for my daughter, she has come back much more confident in her self and she feels she has learnt a lot."

    C. Theodorou - International Grammar School
  • "Our children said they met some of the 'best people they have ever met' at the Houston base and National Space and Rocket center. We're very grateful for the opportunity our children had to participate in this program and be exposed to such inspiring people. Our children are noticeably more aspirational following the program. The mixed level participation in the trip was also a great benefit for our family as our children enhanced their bond during the trip (and came back more positive about each other)."

    S. Bevacqua - Ivanhoe
  • "Thank you to Amy for fielding all our queries and request. Thanks to the two AMAZING group leaders who took the boys on every step of their journey. I would certainly recommend you (and have already) to anyone seeking to send their child on a quest for new learning experiences and one which promotes independence of thought. Well done to all concerned and thank-you!"

    C. Wardle - St Michaels
  • "I appreciated how thorough the organisation of the expidition was and the excellent communication with parents throughout the whole experience."

    N. Brookes - International Grammar School

Student Testimonials

  • "This experience has been life changing for me. It helped me to realise my goals and guided me by giving me the knowledge and support to allow me to take those steps so I can achieve my goals... It gave me an incredible learning experience to learn outside the classroom and develop practical skills, Not only did I feel very welcomed and an accepted part of both my groups but I also made new friends who i will continue to stay in touch with when the trip ends... I had such a great experience in america and got a taste of the culture too.I gained knowledge on my group , its members, myself and space. I learnt about NASA and the different occupations it is looking for as well as extended my knowledge about past space missions such as Gemini and Apollo. I definitely learned a lot in a short period of time without realising it it as it was not at all a classroom learning environment."

    H. Nicholas - Stella Maris College
  • "I learnt a lot. Not just about space and rockets but also about team, socialising, being organised and being nice and support for each other. It was a challenging journey for me because this was my first time overseas without my family but by not being with them, i learnt how to face the challenge and how to fix them by myself. I learnt lots about space and rockets by listening to amazing presentations from amazing engineers, astronauts and crew trainers. Also the multi axis trainer was amazing. Space shot, Bravo mission and many more. I am very lucky to be apart of these experiences that i can't do in my normal life outside of space camp."

    M. Kim - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "The Space School was one of the best trips I have ever gone on and recommend to anyone interested in STEM. I have made incredible memories and met people I will never forget. I have learnt so much, enhancing my knowledge of STEM and how to be successful. I have also learnt about the American culture and the future for space exploration. This trip has really inspired me to try my hardest in everything I do to achieve my dreams and goals. The GMs and group members made this experience 10x better and I wouldn't have enjoyed as much without them."

    S. Wallace - Ravenswood School for Girls
  • "I absolutely loved this experience and i have gained so many things from this experience. This including friendships, Skills and opportunities. I didn't realise the amount of amazing things we have done on this trip and i am so thankful for this. Not only have i learnt about Newton's laws, How to build a rocket, astronomy, the process and development of space light and parts of a shark I have learnt other things I didn't think i would learn on this trip this including, good habits, good communication skills and new friendships. Never did i think i would gain these things from this experience. Knowledge was not just a major part of this trip but communication and teamwork as well."

    B. Cunningham - Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College
  • "My experience at Space School was brilliant...This trip also taught me almost complete Independence - to make my own hard decisions being organised, e.c.t I also became more resilient... I learnt to bounce back and not let it get me down for too long. Overall, this trip taught me a lot more than just Space and STEM (even though that was amazing), it also taught me some essential life skills that I am very grateful for.

    K. Zhang - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • "I had an excellent experience. I made new friends and strengthened old friendships, met amazing people and had so much fun in all of the activities.The leaders (especially Chris) were so supportive and encouraging. I've learned not just about the wonders of space exploration but I've also learned about how to approach any challenging situations with a positive attitude. I have applied these skills already in this camp which allowed me to try a variety of new activities. My Huntsville leaders were also amazing and fun."

    L. Tucker - Kambala School
  • "From the beginning to the end, there were fun activities, amazing people and supportive elders. All of the experiences made you realize how lucky we are to be on this trip. Some of these opportunities are once in a life time and you must take these opportunities with both hands and try your hardest. I have learned never to give up on your dreams and must work hard no matter what others say. Anything is possible no matter how hard your dream may be. We may think we have it all but then there is always more to learn."

    M. Olesen - Knox Grammar School
  • "I went to Houston expecting an exciting trip, but what i got exceeded every expectation I had. The GMs and crew trainers in Huntsville and Houston were helpful and supportive, providing a safe, enthusiastic environment in which to learn. I loved every minute of my trip and didn't want to leave when it was time to go. I learned about the mercury, Gemini, Apollo and STS program as well as the inter-nation co-operation needed to build the ISS. I got to experience working aboard the ISS and orbiter as well as take a sneak peak into the amazing work people do at NASA's mission control. I was able to fully appreciate the determination and persistence of people like Wernher von Braun who turned a thousand old dream in to reality and most importantly i learned the true meaning of what it means to be apart of the space program. 'Today's dreams are tomorrow's reality'"

    J. Cummins - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "Overall, Space school has been an amazing experience. I have learnt so many new things. This includes the opportunities in the space industry and the different positions and roles in the control center i specifically learn about the position of "paycom" and its importance. I also learnt a lot about the different Space programs and their importance. I also made lots of friends and have honestly had a awesome time. All the teachers and instructors were very nice. I would differently go again. It has differently been an amazing unforgettable time."

    G. Blomfield - Meriden - Anglican School for Girls

Participating Schools

  • ACG Parnell

    Chilton Saint James School

    Diocesan School for Girls

    Hamilton Girls’ High School

    Howick College

    Iona College

    Napier Girls’ High School

    Palmerston North Girls’ High School

    Pinehurst School

    Queen Margaret College

    Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

    St Kentigern

    St Oran’s College

    Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

    Westlake Girls High School

    Woodford House

  • Canberra Girls Grammar School

    Merici College

    St Clare’s College

    Burgmann Anglican College

    St John Paul II College

    St Francis Xavier College

    Daramalan College

  • Abbotsleigh

    All Saints’ College

    Ascham School

    Barker College

    Bethleham College, Ashfield

    Brigidine College, St Ives

    Calrossy Anglican School

    Catherine McCauley Westmead

    Danebank – An Anglican School for Girls

    Domremy College

    Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

    International Grammar School

    Kambala School

    King’s School

    Kinross Wolaroi School

    Knox Grammar School

    Loreto Kirribilli

    Loreto Normanhurst

    Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich

    Meriden School

    Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

    Nagle College

    Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta

    Pittwater House

    Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney (PLC)

    Pymble Ladies’ College

    Queenwood School for Girls

    Ravenswood School for Girls

    Roseville College

    Santa Sabina College

    St Columba’s College

    St Scholastica’s College

    Stella Maris College

    Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE)

    Tara Anglican School for Girls

    The Scots School

    Trinity Grammar School

  • Brisbane Grammar School

    Clayfield College

    Concordia Lutheran College

    Fairholme College

    Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School

    John Paul College

    Loreto College, Coorparoo

    Mary Mackillop College, Nudah

    Moreton Bay College

    Mount Alvernia College

    Mount St Michael’s Collegeg

    Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

    Somerville House

    St Joseph’s Nudgee College

    St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School

    St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba

    St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

    The Southport School

    Toowoomba Anglican College & Preparatory School

    Toowoomba Grammar School

    Whitsunday Anglican School

  • Brighton Grammar

    Catholic Ladies College, Eltham

    Fintona Girls’ School

    Firbank Girls’ Grammar School

    Firbank Grammar School, Brighton

    Haileybury

    Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

    Ivanhoe Grammar School

    Korowa Anglican Girls’Grammar School

    Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School

    Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

    Mentone Girls’ Secondary College

    Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg

    Our Lady of Sion

    Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

    Shelford Girls’ Grammar

    Siena College

    St Aloysius’ College

    St Columba’s College

    St Margaret’s School, Melbourne

    St Michael’s Grammar School  

    Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School

    Wesley College, Melbourne

  • Hale School

    Iona Presentation College

    Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth

    Perth College

    Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth

    St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

  • Seymour College

    Wilderness School

  • Fahan School

    St Michael’s Collegiate

Cooperative Program Partners

CASE Senior Space School

Management Training for Young Leaders

With great depth, students spend the two weeks in Houston with incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. An immersive program that hones individual leadership, project management and communication skills.

Advanced Learning Outcomes

  • Application of management principles in innovative and complex environments
  • Acquire STEAM-skills in challenging projects
  • Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Collaborative teamwork, goal-setting, and achieving targets
  • Leadership skills through leading by influence
  • Initiative and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Success principles and values for life

 

Program Framework

 

Built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills, the program offers three key pillars of activities including enriched and exclusive space science activities, inspiring leadership development, and engaging personal development.

CASE Senior Space School aims to deliver students a once in a lifetime, best STEAM experience, at the most inspiring organisation NASA. Returning from the expedition, students will become more focused and more inquisitive to pursue the subjects they are interested in. 

The Ultimate STEAM Experience

Senior Space School

Immersive Activities

 

Stage I – Analysis

 

Students will be immersed deep inside NASA locations to experience the technology of the past, present, and future. Students will be able to participate in simulated space shuttle missions, performing in various roles as a team, taking on the challenges that may be encountered. Stage One grows teamwork, communication and crisis management skills in an exciting fast-paced adventure. 

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Stage II – Synthesis

 

Stage Two marks the start of the students major project. Consulting with NASA experts and educators, students are responsible for the management of a $600 million mission to Mars. Teams will allocate resources to build and launch a rocket, design an effective water filtration method, build a heat-shield, design and test a safe lander mechanism, construct and compete against other teams with their rover, and finally design and build a habitat capable of sustaining life. This intensive project enables students to learn enhanced communication skills, leading by influence, budget allocation, curiosity and imagination.

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Stage III – Thesis

 

CASE ChallengeX Competition, modeled on the global X-Prize that has lead to many technological advancements, the students undertake and compete in a space mission project. Students must develop their higher order thinking and creativity; working as a team to professionally present to a panel comprised of experts, educators, engineers and scientists. The CASE ChallengeX Competition fosters critical thinking and problem solving, effective oral communication, and project management skills in a highly competitive environment.

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Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Senior Space School students. During personalized presentations and special events, students hear directly from guest speakers including astronauts, NASA scientists, engineers and CASE Special Adviser Ms Nicole Stott.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    CASE Special Adviser, NASA Astronaut, aquanaut, engineer, and currently an Artist and SciArt education advocate. Ms Stott completed two space shuttle flights, and 104 days living on-board the ISS. Nicole is the first astronaut to paint watercolour in space and is the Special Adviser to CASE.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Tom Nolan
     

    Instrument Operations Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mr Nolan's passion is educating students in NASA Earth Science. With JPL, Mr. Nolan has commanded many instruments on multiple spacecraft and was the first person to see images from the Opportunity rover on Mars.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Elizabeth Blome
     

    Ms Blome has lead an inspiring career at NASA. Since 1994, Ms Blome has worked with Space shuttle systems, flight controllers, space station robotics, and more; while earning a Masters Degree at the International Space University. Currently Ms Blome is responsible for coordination and management of spacewalks from the United States Airlock on the International Space Station.

  • Senior Space School

     

    Matt Leonard
     

    Mr. Leonard has over 29 years of experience in the aerospace industry and is the President and CEO of T STAR (Texas Space, Technology, Applications & Research Institute). “I am excited to be able to partner with CASE in bringing this experience to the participants.  I look forward to sharing my experiences and hearing the other experiences others have had.”

mPOWER Personal Development


Each morning students engage in mPOWER modules aimed to provide principles and guidance for their future endeavours. As part of the mPOWER module, the Seven Success Principles inspire passion, fostering the right attitude for success in life. Based on Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills, students will explore each of these principles during their time at CASE Senior Space School.

Seven Success Principles:

  1. Curiosity – nurture the urge to explore
  2. Entrepreneurialism – dream without limitations
  3. Problem solving – prepare and persevere
  4. Collaboration –  a common goal and passion
  5. Agility – ready for any opportunity
  6. Communication – articulate your dream
  7. Dream Big and Commit to it

CASE Senior Space School Program

 

Location: Houston, USA
Duration: 14 Days
Open to Students: 15 years old and above in Years 11, 12 & 13
Dates: During New Zealand school term breaks

Program Schedule

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    A unique experience begins with CASE Senior Space School! Students depart New Zealand for Houston, TX with a flight time of approximately 20-22 hours. On arrival into Houston, students check into their hotel for an initial brief and well-earned rest in readiness for an exciting program.

  • Day 2

    Day 2

    The scene is set on the first morning in Houston with the official CASE Space School Opening Ceremony, an introduction to the daily success principles and team building activities. An inspiring start with a motivational, interactive presentation by a scientist or engineer, with plenty of question time. Then a visit to Space Lab to see the latest rocket technology.

  • Day 3

    Day 3

    Each day the students are energised with the mPOWER Energy Zone, Expression Zone and an interactive team presentation of the day’s success principle, sets the right mindset for each day's activities. Today at the Expedition Center students immerse in their first space mission training where they take on the role of scientist or flight engineer in complex simulations. The teams debrief in the evening to understand their success in risk management and team cooperation.

  • Day 4

    Day 4

    CASE ChallengeX Competition is an integral part of the coursework, this morning teams are briefed on the upcoming challenge. Team work is developed with the marshmallow challenge as students use some simple tools to create complex structures testing their engineering skills and innovative thinking.

  • Day 5

    Day 5

    Space University begins, based at Johnson Space Center, NASA’s headquarters. Over the coming days students participate in a series of exciting NASA courses that foster experiential learning. Course elements today include the design of rockets and landing parachutes; protective thermal heat shields and a Mars rover. In the evening students learn the history of space exploration with the Space Race I movie night.

  • Day 6

    Day 6

    Space University progresses with teams testing their remote-controlled Mars Rovers in competition; and the design and build of a habitat for living on Mars. Teams learn how to incorporate arts, science and technology to invent individual and creative solutions. Movie night continues the space industry evolution with Space Race II.

  • Day 7

    Day 7

    Space University challenges the students as they develop budgets for their own space missions; before learning about the astonishing field of NASA robotics. Students are briefed on the humanoid robotics technology and its inspiration for new applications, both in space and on earth.

  • Day 8

    Day 8

    Scuba diving at Space University engages the students’ teamwork and problem-solving skills as they attempt to overcome the difficulties of working in a neutrally buoyant environment. This evening they meet a Scientist or Engineer for an inspiring and interactive presentation.

  • Day 9

    Day 9

    Space University final day has the teams in their final Mars mission simulations, and presenting their USD$600m mission at NASA. After this NASA JSC course, students are awarded with their NASA certificates at an official graduation ceremony.

  • Day 10

    Day 10

    A new high-tech environment inspires the students to think beyond space for application of their developing STEAM-skills. Today students explore the TxRx Robotic lab, a remarkable prototyping facility. Followed by an exciting cultural experience attending a live NBA or MLB game, depending on the season.

  • Day 11

    Day 11

    A challenging day ahead – the students demonstrate their creativity, project management, resource allocation and leadership skills during the CASE ChallengeX Competition. Bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, teams present to a panel of experts, scientists and engineers.

  • Day 12

    Day 12

    JSC VIP tour takes students behind the scenes with the ultimate VIP experience at Space Center Houston. During this exclusive tour students receive unprecedented access to real workings of NASA, including the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where astronauts train on a replica International Space Station (ISS); historic Mission Control that monitored the moon landings; new ISS Mission Control; and Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility.

  • Day 13

    Day 13

    At Rice University students explore aviation’s history and future; and visit the stadium where President Kennedy gave his famous speech about travelling to the moon. The group then attends a lecture by a leading engineers. Students are in for a unique treat with an exclusive dinner with the CASE Special Advisor, former astronaut, Nicole Stott. The ensuing Space School graduation ceremony marks the completion of the CASE Senior Space School program and students are awarded with their individual CASE Space School certificates.

  • Day 14

    Day 14

    Expedition complete! With a transit time of approximately 20-22 hours students can reflect on their adventure and are farewell with a closing ceremony at the airport when the group arrives back to New Zealand.

    *Proposed program is subject to change.

Parent Testimonials

  • "I had 2 children go to CASE Space School - one to junior, one to senior - and both had the most wonderful time. Everything was well organised, the staff were great, the students were well supervised and communication was excellent. The activities were fun and interesting and unique - truly a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. They mixed with students from other parts of Australia who shared their interests and enthusiasm. Both came back inspired and more interested in pursuing science - and wishing school science was more like this. If you get this opportunity - grab it. You will not regret it!

    C. Grimmett - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "We are very grateful for the care and organisation provided. Thank you for looking after the boys so well throughout the trip. Our son returned home full of enthusiasm, excitement and happy memories. He now wants to go to Rice University !! The team leaders were fantastic as were the ground staff in Houston and Alabama. We would certainly recommend the CASE Space School to others. Fantastic - thank you."

    S. D'Lima - Knox Grammar School
  • "We can't thank the whole team of Actura enough for the way you treated our daughter like she was your own. Your professionalism with timely communications, all logistics and ensuring our daughters experience was nothing short of amazing was beyond anything we or she could have ever imagined.
    She loved being with her school buddies and has made some new life long friends with girls from other schools. The programs delivered in all areas of experiences, leadership, exposure to STEM, inspiration and personal development. Seriously, if were up to Sophia, she'd stay another two weeks and we would have no hesitation in allowing her. She now has her sights on attending the Senior SPACE camp and we'd sign her up in a heart beat."

    J. Kennaugh - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • "My daughter had a wonderful time last December. It was certainly worth the money we spent on . So much more than we expected. She found the group leaders and event instructors caring and helpful. Whole program very exciting and fun. She could not stop talking about it for weeks afterwards. It was nice to see their daily progress on photos and videos via Actura as well. Highly recommend it!"

    T. Wickramasinghe - Loreto Kirribilli
  • "Everything was well organised and communicated. Flynn had a ball and had his eyes opened to very many new experiences. He benefited greatly from the immersing experience and made new friendships."

    J. Tayles - Know Grammar School
  • "My Daughter came home with many stories to tell and is still telling them. This trip exceeded my expectations as I was slightly concerned how she would cope being so far away from home and for such a long time, but she loved every minute of it and it has definitely shaped her motivation for what she would like to do in the future with her studies! Other than the obvious learning aspect she has also learnt resilience and independence, made new friends (whom she is continuing to keep in touch with) and a sense of confidence that she did not have prior to the trip."

    P. Nicholls - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "Venice rated the experience 10/10 and her description of the different activities she was involved in sounded very rewarding for someone of her age both from a STEM perspective but also having the confidence to participate in such a program at a relatively young age"

    D. Gemmola - International Grammar School
  • "Lil still hasn't taken a breath telling us all about it. She wants now to be an engineer or an astronaut! Thanks to the organisers for looking after our girls!"

    C. Delalande - Korowa
  • "Our daughter came back very enthusiastic about careers in science/engineering and working for NASA"

    J. Leeper - International Grammar School
  • "Space School was an excellent experience for my daughter, she has come back much more confident in her self and she feels she has learnt a lot."

    C. Theodorou - International Grammar School
  • "Our children said they met some of the 'best people they have ever met' at the Houston base and National Space and Rocket center. We're very grateful for the opportunity our children had to participate in this program and be exposed to such inspiring people. Our children are noticeably more aspirational following the program. The mixed level participation in the trip was also a great benefit for our family as our children enhanced their bond during the trip (and came back more positive about each other)."

    S. Bevacqua - Ivanhoe
  • "Thank you to Amy for fielding all our queries and request. Thanks to the two AMAZING group leaders who took the boys on every step of their journey. I would certainly recommend you (and have already) to anyone seeking to send their child on a quest for new learning experiences and one which promotes independence of thought. Well done to all concerned and thank-you!"

    C. Wardle - St Michaels
  • "I appreciated how thorough the organisation of the expidition was and the excellent communication with parents throughout the whole experience."

    N. Brookes - International Grammar School

Student Testimonials

  • "This experience has been life changing for me. It helped me to realise my goals and guided me by giving me the knowledge and support to allow me to take those steps so I can achieve my goals... It gave me an incredible learning experience to learn outside the classroom and develop practical skills, Not only did I feel very welcomed and an accepted part of both my groups but I also made new friends who i will continue to stay in touch with when the trip ends... I had such a great experience in america and got a taste of the culture too.I gained knowledge on my group , its members, myself and space. I learnt about NASA and the different occupations it is looking for as well as extended my knowledge about past space missions such as Gemini and Apollo. I definitely learned a lot in a short period of time without realising it it as it was not at all a classroom learning environment."

    H. Nicholas - Stella Maris College
  • "I learnt a lot. Not just about space and rockets but also about team, socialising, being organised and being nice and support for each other. It was a challenging journey for me because this was my first time overseas without my family but by not being with them, i learnt how to face the challenge and how to fix them by myself. I learnt lots about space and rockets by listening to amazing presentations from amazing engineers, astronauts and crew trainers. Also the multi axis trainer was amazing. Space shot, Bravo mission and many more. I am very lucky to be apart of these experiences that i can't do in my normal life outside of space camp."

    M. Kim - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "The Space School was one of the best trips I have ever gone on and recommend to anyone interested in STEM. I have made incredible memories and met people I will never forget. I have learnt so much, enhancing my knowledge of STEM and how to be successful. I have also learnt about the American culture and the future for space exploration. This trip has really inspired me to try my hardest in everything I do to achieve my dreams and goals. The GMs and group members made this experience 10x better and I wouldn't have enjoyed as much without them."

    S. Wallace - Ravenswood School for Girls
  • "I absolutely loved this experience and i have gained so many things from this experience. This including friendships, Skills and opportunities. I didn't realise the amount of amazing things we have done on this trip and i am so thankful for this. Not only have i learnt about Newton's laws, How to build a rocket, astronomy, the process and development of space light and parts of a shark I have learnt other things I didn't think i would learn on this trip this including, good habits, good communication skills and new friendships. Never did i think i would gain these things from this experience. Knowledge was not just a major part of this trip but communication and teamwork as well."

    B. Cunningham - Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College
  • "My experience at Space School was brilliant...This trip also taught me almost complete Independence - to make my own hard decisions being organised, e.c.t I also became more resilient... I learnt to bounce back and not let it get me down for too long. Overall, this trip taught me a lot more than just Space and STEM (even though that was amazing), it also taught me some essential life skills that I am very grateful for.

    K. Zhang - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • "I had an excellent experience. I made new friends and strengthened old friendships, met amazing people and had so much fun in all of the activities.The leaders (especially Chris) were so supportive and encouraging. I've learned not just about the wonders of space exploration but I've also learned about how to approach any challenging situations with a positive attitude. I have applied these skills already in this camp which allowed me to try a variety of new activities. My Huntsville leaders were also amazing and fun."

    L. Tucker - Kambala School
  • "From the beginning to the end, there were fun activities, amazing people and supportive elders. All of the experiences made you realize how lucky we are to be on this trip. Some of these opportunities are once in a life time and you must take these opportunities with both hands and try your hardest. I have learned never to give up on your dreams and must work hard no matter what others say. Anything is possible no matter how hard your dream may be. We may think we have it all but then there is always more to learn."

    M. Olesen - Knox Grammar School
  • "I went to Houston expecting an exciting trip, but what i got exceeded every expectation I had. The GMs and crew trainers in Huntsville and Houston were helpful and supportive, providing a safe, enthusiastic environment in which to learn. I loved every minute of my trip and didn't want to leave when it was time to go. I learned about the mercury, Gemini, Apollo and STS program as well as the inter-nation co-operation needed to build the ISS. I got to experience working aboard the ISS and orbiter as well as take a sneak peak into the amazing work people do at NASA's mission control. I was able to fully appreciate the determination and persistence of people like Wernher von Braun who turned a thousand old dream in to reality and most importantly i learned the true meaning of what it means to be apart of the space program. 'Today's dreams are tomorrow's reality'"

    J. Cummins - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • "Overall, Space school has been an amazing experience. I have learnt so many new things. This includes the opportunities in the space industry and the different positions and roles in the control center i specifically learn about the position of "paycom" and its importance. I also learnt a lot about the different Space programs and their importance. I also made lots of friends and have honestly had a awesome time. All the teachers and instructors were very nice. I would differently go again. It has differently been an amazing unforgettable time."

    G. Blomfield - Meriden - Anglican School for Girls

Participating Schools

 
  • ACG Parnell

    Chilton Saint James School

    Diocesan School for Girls

    Hamilton Girls’ High School

    Howick College

    Iona College

    Napier Girls’ High School

    Palmerston North Girls’ High School

    Pinehurst School

    Queen Margaret College

    Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

    St Kentigern

    St Oran’s College

    Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

    Westlake Girls High School

    Woodford House

  • Canberra Girls Grammar School

    Merici College

    St Clare’s College

    Burgmann Anglican College

    St John Paul II College

    St Francis Xavier College

    Daramalan College

  • Abbotsleigh

    All Saints’ College

    Ascham School

    Barker College

    Bethleham College, Ashfield

    Brigidine College, St Ives

    Calrossy Anglican School

    Catherine McCauley Westmead

    Danebank – An Anglican School for Girls

    Domremy College

    Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

    International Grammar School

    Kambala School

    King’s School

    Kinross Wolaroi School

    Knox Grammar School

    Loreto Kirribilli

    Loreto Normanhurst

    Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich

    Meriden School

    Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

    Nagle College

    Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta

    Pittwater House

    Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney (PLC)

    Pymble Ladies’ College

    Queenwood School for Girls

    Ravenswood School for Girls

    Roseville College

    Santa Sabina College

    St Columba’s College

    St Scholastica’s College

    Stella Maris College

    Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE)

    Tara Anglican School for Girls

    The Scots School

    Trinity Grammar School

  • Brisbane Grammar School

    Clayfield College

    Concordia Lutheran College

    Fairholme College

    Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School

    John Paul College

    Loreto College, Coorparoo

    Mary Mackillop College, Nudah

    Moreton Bay College

    Mount Alvernia College

    Mount St Michael’s Collegeg

    Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

    Somerville House

    St Joseph’s Nudgee College

    St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School

    St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba

    St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

    The Southport School

    Toowoomba Anglican College & Preparatory School

    Toowoomba Grammar School

    Whitsunday Anglican School

  • Brighton Grammar

    Catholic Ladies College, Eltham

    Fintona Girls’ School

    Firbank Girls’ Grammar School

    Firbank Grammar School, Brighton

    Haileybury

    Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

    Ivanhoe Grammar School

    Korowa Anglican Girls’Grammar School

    Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak

    Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School

    Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

    Mentone Girls’ Secondary College

    Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg

    Our Lady of Sion

    Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

    Shelford Girls’ Grammar

    Siena College

    St Aloysius’ College

    St Columba’s College

    St Margaret’s School, Melbourne

    St Michael’s Grammar School  

    Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School

    Wesley College, Melbourne

  • Hale School

    Iona Presentation College

    Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth

    Perth College

    Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth

    St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

  • Seymour College

    Wilderness School

  • Fahan School

    St Michael’s Collegiate

Cooperative Program Partners