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


"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 visaually impaired students attending Space Camp for Interested Viaually Impaired Students. Go to Space camp for form and programming information for non-visually impaired students

Program Dates: Information

Registration - Sat. Sept 26, 2020, no earlier than 11 AM (see Note below)
Graduation - Thurs. Oct 1, 2020. 
Departure - Friday Oct. 2, 2020

Program Costs: $965 - Camp, Academy, Mach I, II, III, Robotics 

Program Cost for Advanced Academy $1135

NOTE: Transportation to/from airport will be $50, Early Arrival / Late Departure will be $99
Students arriving before 11 AM for registration will have to pay  a $25 day-of-early-arrival fee UNLESS a chaperone is responsible for the students. Registration will not start before 11 AM.


Hello to all scholarship applicants and teachers,

As you all are aware, the world is in unchartered territory and a different path than ever before. While I am certain we will all come through this pandemic, it does leave events, such as SCIVIS, uncertain.

At present time, we are proceeding toward September 2020, with the plan that SCIVIS will take place. This is not a decision that I will make. It is a decision that Space Camp will make, and for which we will abide. Their governing body is tasked with the operation of the camp and the safety of their staff and trainees.

The deadline for all scholarships was March 15 and those scholarship applications are being evaluated now. Those applications will be processed with the idea that the program will be held.

Currently, money has been received by the Space Camp Education Foundation for the Lighthouse Vision Scholarships and the Northrop-Grumman Scholarships. Delta Gamma monies aren’t normally sent until May, so there is a chance they will elect not to send it because of the current economy. At this point, anything is possible.

I have already received word to withdraw an application from Australia since their government has banned all school trips abroad until 2021. If you are aware of a similar situation in your country, please notify me immediately so that I can withdraw your application. If the camp is cancelled, I will hold all scholarship applications until SCIVIS 2021 and there will be no need to reapply. If the camp is held and you are unable to attend, then you will need to reapply for 2021. Scholarship awards are not transferrable to other persons.

I cannot begin to predict when Space Camp will make the call as to the future of SCIVIS 2020. You can rest assured they are as anxious to have us there as you are to attend.

I look forward to reading and evaluating all of the scholarship applications. It was a big year! We had 54 applications for all of our scholarships.

In the meantime, let’s keep hoping and praying for the good health of our students, families and ourselves!

North Texas Space Camp Scholarship Application Deadline: May 6, 2020


As the SCIVIS group leader, all payments must be received by Dan Oates. Invoices are available upon request. Space Camp invoices the SCIVIS coordinator and a total payment is then forwarded to Space Camp for the program. All grants are accepted directly by the U. S. Space and Rocket Center Education Foundation and credited to the SCIVIS account. Payment can be made in several ways:

  1. Credit cards can be accepted for payment for most SCIVIS fees. There will be fees attached to all credit card payments. We will be using a Square device to accept credit cards. Square charges a fee of 3.75% for credit cards not present, in other words, cards taken over the phone.
    1. All credit card payments will be charged the 3.75% fee or the current fee at the time of transaction. If the card is present at the time of the transaction, i.e. day of camp, there will be an approximate discount of 1%. All of the fees are preset on my Square device.
    2. Rounded off transaction fees are added to each of the above items and discounted for card present transactions.
  2. For state, businesses, and government agencies that are required to have a W-9 and issue a 1090 form, I will need to register as a business with your agency. Please begin this process as soon as possible as to not delay payment. The name of the business is Low Vision Consultative, LLC.
  3. PayPal is also an option. Once again fees for the transaction must be charged based on PayPal’s guidelines. Use the email address, to locate the account on PayPal.
  4. Personal checks can be mailed to Dan Oates, 190 Armstrong St., Romney, WV 26757. Personal checks should be made to Space Camp for the Blind.

If you have questions, please contact Dan Oates, or call 304-851-5680.

NASA Internships

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at Summer 2016 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 or Dr. Robert Shelton (robert.o.shelton at sign


Student on the Shuttle Flight Deck entering commands into the Shuttle's computer.SCIVIS is

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