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“Just because I can't see the stars, doesn't mean I can't reach for them” - SCIVIS Alumni

SCIVIS Creed

"We are all here to learn with our peers. Let us celebrate our similarities and our differences. Let us respect other cultures, religions, and languages. At our beginning, many were given little chance but due to the people in our lives, we find ourselves in a wonderful place with wonderful people. Let us flourish in our learning, find joy in our experiences and remember our friends and knowledge we gained at Space Camp." -- Dan Oates

Note: the forms on this site are specifically for blind and visually impaired students attending Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students. Go to Space camp for form and programming information for non-visually impaired students

SCIVIS 2021 Registration is OPEN!!

Registration for SCIVIS is now open. The dates will be Sept. 26 to Sept. 30, 2021 (Oct. 1 departure). The first step in this process is deciding how you are going to register. There are two ways, as an individual, or with a chaperoned group.

Instructions for registering:

  1. You can register as an individual. These are students who travel alone to camp or with a parent, friend, who is not staying for the week as a chaperone. If you want to register in this manner, please fill out the INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION FORM and email it to Dan Oates and he will email you for more information. Dan will be your group leader (scivis.oates@gmail.com)
  2. Or … you can register with a group leader. This is someone from your school, district or your vision teacher who is coordinating your trip. It can be someone other than a chaperone, but a chaperone is preferred. A chaperone is a teacher, professional, anyone other than a parent, who is bringing one or more students who has experience working with blind and visually impaired students. The student only needs to follow instructions from the chaperone.  If you want to register as part of a group, your group leader or chaperone must first enroll his or her group. Once that is completed, the group leader will send you an invitation to register your child or student(s).  If you want to be a Group Leader complete the GROUP LEADER REGISTRATION FORM.

Once the group leader registers their group, then they will be able to see which students are registered, which forms are completed, etc. Then they will know how registration is proceeding.  

PRICES and PROGRAMS

Camp, Academy, & all Aviation Challenge programs will be $1100.

Advanced Academy will be $1250.

Robotics - Space Camp is not currently running this program and it will not be available for SCIVIS 2021.

** Ten students will need to be registered for a program for it to take place.  If not, students will be given the option of another program.

Early Arrival – $99 (the night of Sat. Sept. 25)

Airport Transportation - $50 for the airport round trip

WHO CAN ATTEND?

At this point, students from the United States are being accepted for registration. International students are questionable.  As I’m sure you understand, this may change in the next three months.  Based on travel restrictions into the United States and back into their country, chaperones and students may not be allowed to attend.  They may also need proof of vaccination.  This will continue to be a fluid situation and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For that reason, Space Camp has extended the registration deadline until September 12.

COVID & OTHER HEALTH ISSUES

MASKS – at present time, masks are required both indoors and out.  Space Camp is hoping that health guidelines will soon relax but be prepared to follow the existing guidelines at the time of the camp.  Also, it may be required that all sighted guides, both SCIVIS and Space Camp employees, will be required to show proof of vaccination, since social distancing is not possible.  Mask breaks are currently given at different times.

Another caveat to SCIVIS 2021 will be students attending will need to prepare to leave the program if they have any symptoms of COVID.  There will be no onsite testing or isolation.  This is non-negotiable!  This means that a group will have to have a chaperone prepared to return home with the student(s) or parents will need to be prepared to pick their child up.  This will have an impact on students flying more than those who attend from close by.

Nurses, as always, will be in force during SCIVIS.  During the registration process there will opportunities to enter pertinent medical information. Medical questions can be directed to nurses@spacecamp.com or call 256-721-7162.

I hope you find this information helpful.  We will be having some Zoom conferences in the future to address specific questions and Space Camp has agreed to have a Zoom conference to assist with your registration questions.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships awarded in 2020 will most like be honored for the cost of camp at that time. Since there was a tuition increase so students will have to pay the difference between the 2020 scholarship amount and the 2021 tuition.  That will be $115 for Advanced and $135 for all other programs. Students who have received auction scholarships will be responsible for the difference from the time they were awarded the scholarship to present tuition. Currently we are working on all 2020 scholarships and we are hoping they will be funded in 2021.

As always, I will be happy to answer questions by email (scivis.oates@gmail.com) or by phone 304-851-5680.  If you call, please leave a message or I will assume it is a spam call and block the number.

Space Camp is very excited for SCIVIS 2021!!!

Our Motto will be:  Finally SCIVIS is better than 20/20.  SCIVIS 2021!!!

Marriott Reservations

Here's your Marriott reservation link for SCIVIS Room Block 

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask Marriott. 

Event Summary:
Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students
Start Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
End Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate: Huntsville Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center for 109 USD per night


NASA Internships

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at http://intern.nasa.gov/. Summer internships run from early June until early August for college students and from late June until early August for high school students. All student interns get paid. Contact information for students with visual impairments Dr. Craig Moore (craig.e.moore at sign nasa.gov) or Dr. Robert Shelton (robert.o.shelton at sign nasa.gov.

News!

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Students in Mission Control reading braille scripts.SCIVIS is actually 5 separate programs.