Benjamin Otara Space Cadet to NASA

$5,020 of $5,000 goal
Given by 33 generous donors in 10 weeks

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

Otara, Auckland

Benjamin Godsmark | 15 Years Old | Niuean-Samoan | Green Bay High School

Kia ora, Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu and warm Aotearoa and Pacific greetings.

My name is Benjamin Godsmark, most commonly known amongst my friends as ‘Benji’. I am 15 years old, of Niuean-Samoan heritage also with Maori whakapapa and I currently attend Green Bay High School. I live 50% of my time in Green Bay with Mum and the other 50% in Otara with Dad.

I was a Year 9 Student Councillor in 2022 and at the end of year prize giving, I was the recipient of two awards for Values Badge and the Service Honour. Being part of my school and home community is important to me.

I have just learnt, that I am one of three Year 10 students selected to participate in an Environmental Science Workshop at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Term 3. It is a study of air pollution. I actively attend the Geek Camp Holiday Programme in Otara where I get the chance to build and learn more about Robotics. This encouraged me to then participate in other STEM programmes available in our Otara community including Brain Play programmes at the OYH where I carried on learning about Robotics and coding which I really enjoy.

I have always been enthusiastic about space and all things Sci-Fi and my dream is to be a pilot, so science and technology are important to me.

Being selected as a Cadet for Space Camp 2023 is a real honour. Going to the NASA Advanced Space Camp is a dream come true.

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

Posted by: The Community Builders NZ Trust

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

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

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Guest Donor on 09 Jun 2023
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Guest Donor on 05 Jun 2023
Good luck Benjamin on your journey to see the stars. 274present
Benjamin Godsmark

Thank you 274-represent for your amazing koha and taking Ben over the finish line. The fundraising journey doesn't end as we now help his follow cadets so that they can journey together. xxx

Benjamin Godsmark
Janice and Gilbert
Janice and Gilbert on 04 Jun 2023
Reach for the stars and achieve your dreams lovely boy. Love nana and poppa
Lisa on 01 Jun 2023
Benji I am so proud of you. I always knew you would go far buddy. Enjoy and learn lots 😊
Benjamin Godsmark

Thank so much Mrs OMalley for your donation. You have always been one of my Fav Teacher thank you so much. From Benji

Benjamin Godsmark
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Te Runanga o Ngapuhi on 01 Jun 2023
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