Space Camp sto­ries

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The Ro­tary Club of Waikanae’s re­cent guest speaker was Cal­lum Greig, who had just re­turned from NASA Space Camp in Alabama, United States.

The ex­tended Greig whanau also at­tended to hear Cal­lum speak.

Cal­lum, a year 13 stu­dent at Para­pa­raumu Col­lege ap­plied for the twoweek camp with a view to be­ing an as­tro­naut or an en­gi­neer in the space in­dus­try.

He was spon­sored by the Ro­tary Club of Waikanae to the An­nual Ro­tary Sum­mer Sci­ence Fo­rum in Auck­land and this ex­pe­ri­ence on his ap­pli­ca­tion was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting him a po­si­tion on the camp.

Cal­lum was one of five Ki­wis on the course and his team, made up of stu­dents from all over the world, won the over­all prize for en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence at the camp.

At Space Camp he met many like­minded peo­ple and the re­la­tion­ships and bonds cre­ated will be­come life­long ones.

“Space Camp is a sig­nif­i­cant step to me re­al­is­ing my ca­reer am­bi­tions to be an as­tro­naut or work in the space in­dus­try.” Cal­lum said.

When asked if he would go on a manned mis­sion to Mars if of­fered, with­out hes­i­ta­tion he said “yes” though his mother said “no”.

Pres­i­dent Steve Bot­ica thanked Cal­lum for al­low­ing Ro­tary to be a part of his life.

“The feed­back given by Cal­lum and oth­ers who are sup­ported by Ro­tary when they come along and speak about the ex­pe­ri­ences, and how much they’ve learnt and grown through those ex­pe­ri­ences, give us as Ro­tar­i­ans the fuel to keep on do­ing what we are do­ing sup­port­ing youth in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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