The Community Builders NZ Trust

Ōtara to the World - NASA Space Camp U.S.A

$40,121 of $80,000 goal
Starts: 25 Aug 2023
Ends: 3 Sep 2023

Help our Ōtara youth <LIFT OFF> to Advanced Space Academy NASA 2023!


Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina - Take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality.

We have partnered with NASA this year and they have offered our Otara rangatahi via The O.Y.H their last 16 spaces in their Advanced Space Camp - Expedition 49, Aug 26 - Sep 3, 2023. As part of our annual Travel & Exploration program under The Otara Youth Hub, our Ōtara rangatahi will be given the opportunity to become fully immersed in all aspects of STEM in a 7-Day advanced Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

So we are fundraising to help cover the costs of return airfares and space camp fees.

They will explore the scientific concepts behind space and space travel in a uniquely immersive and hands-on way, while also being an important team bonding experience & leadership development. Youth will share dorms, eat and socialise with students from all over the world during their time at Space Camp. Their daily sessions will be interactive and promote STEM learning as well as team building, leadership, problem solving and confidence. They will assume the role of astronauts in a simulated space flight, sit in a chair that mimics the feeling of walking on the moon, use a gimbal that astronauts use for cardiovascular training, and more.

We hope to see this opportunity ignite a passion & raise awareness for STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, maths and inspire more of our local Maori & Pacific young people into STEM tertiary study and careers. Māori and Pacific youth, more than any other population group, are streamed out of science education early in secondary school, making them ineligible to continue with science at senior levels. Young people are also more likely to transition into jobs that are like their parents, or their parents’ social network. For some Māori, this means generations of freezing workers or labourers. We also know that by 2030 most jobs will require some level of STEM competency.

We have 4 staff that will travel with the cohort to Space camp. One of our staff is the incredible Nadeen Papalii who attended Space camp just before lockdown. She is a champion educator and proponent of STEM learning for our Otara community. We would love to see more of our local young people represented in this sector, STEM!

We are descendants of explorers, discoverers and innovators who used their knowledge to traverse distant horizons and achieve advances for our people and their future journeys and encounters.

>>> Whaia te pae tawhiti kia tata - Explore beyond the distant horizon and draw it near.

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We are almost over the line!!! Wohoooo  26 June 2023

Firstly we want to say thank you to every single friend, whanau, donor, organisation and beyond who have supported these incredible cadets by giving to their give-a-little. We have had some sponsors directly donate and it it's not reflected in the give a little but we are actually nearing the end and are almost there! We have heard that the Otara-Papatoetoe local board is approving some of the cadets a small grant to assist toward airfares and once we know who they have approved we will then know if we have finally reached the goal and who they have funded out of the cadets. Keep posted!

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Nakita on 29 Jul 2023    Daman Otara Space Cadet to NASA
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💩bum 🚀

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Fanz on 29 Jul 2023    Daman Otara Space Cadet to NASA
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Thanks Fanzeto🚀

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Alan on 28 Jul 2023    Daman Otara Space Cadet to NASA
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N8 and Hara on 26 Jul 2023    Daman Otara Space Cadet to NASA
Go out there and be great Somè 🧡 love Harah and Nathan xx
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Thank you Hara thanks N🎱 🚀

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City Contractors Ltd on 25 Jul 2023    Lorenzo Otara Space Cadet to NASA
I hope you get a load out of this experience Lorenzo and am keen to see your growth and development going forward


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This campaign started on 4 Apr 2023 and ended on 30 Jul 2023.
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