Ipswich State High School science students are off to NASA in Florida.
Ipswich State High School science students are off to NASA in Florida. Rob Williams

Blasting off to USA space camp

A GROUP of lucky Ipswich students has blasted off on the trip of a lifetime to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Three teachers and 12 students from Ipswich State High School were to leave in the early hours Wednesday morning on a flight to the United States.

Their trip to NASA, which is is part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) program, will give them an opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals and science behind space exploration.

Ipswich State High School head of science Dr Grant Durnell said the students would have an opportunity few people could experience.

"This trip is the ultimate STEM lesson, because NASA incorporates everything about STEM,” he said.

"The kids will learn about the force which is needed to send rockets into space, and they will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with a real astronaut and take part in astronaut training.

"It's an educational trip but it's also going to be fun.”



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