Taylor's ADP students experience education beyond the final frontier at the U.S. Space Academy

Ng En Vi and Lucas Ng were selected to join the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy in the United States – a camp which uses space to meet math, and science objectives.

Two students from the American Degree Transfer Program (ADP) at Taylor's University embarked on an once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Alabama, United States when they were selected for a one week program at Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA).

Ng En Vi, 19, currently in his second year, majoring in Business and Lucas Ng, 18, first year student majoring in Engineering were the only two Malaysian representatives on board the camp this year, where they shared their experiences with their peers between 16 to 18 years of age from various universities in the United Kingdom, India, China, Colombia, Mexico and France, to name a few.

"We were encouraged to apply for the camp," said Ng En Vi. "I had to submit an essay and did so with little expectations, thinking of the thousands of applications the academy receives. It was a pleasant surprise to have been selected in being a part of this experience, which has become a significant point of my life."

The group of 150 students enrolled in Space Camp endured an intensive week learning the ropes of NASA’s control room, space orbiter and space station. Groups of students were faced with various challenges including a simulated astronaut training exercises, jet simulations and scenario-based space missions. The activities planned during the camp encourage students to address the critical role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in competitiveness and the future economic prosperity.

According to Lucas, "The Space Academy was a great opportunity to apply what I have learned so far in my course and to gain further theoretical knowledge for upcoming subjects when I return to campus."

"Although it was a short period of time, being with people from different backgrounds opened my eyes to the potential we have as future leaders when we work together towards the same goal. I managed to project my ideas and thoughts effectively and look at the broader picture when it came to our assignments," he continued.

As a second year student, En Vi will begin issuing his applications to US universities to complete the remaining of his course. Currently, he is looking to apply at University of Minnesota, Indiana University Bloomington, Seattle University, University of Washington and California State Fresno University.

"The camp was an ideal platform to meet people from all parts of the world and it helped me identify my expectations of the culture and lifestyle in the U.S. and from my educators," he said. He was also recognized by the committee at Honeywell when presented the "Inspiration Award" before the camp came to a close.