NASA’s newest recruits are in years nine and 10 at Kooringal High School and the Riverina Anglican College.
A team of eight students made successful bids to be included in this year’s Space Camp, to be held in Alabama, USA from October 3 to 14.
The students have received bursaries from One Giant Leap Australia to help cover the costs of getting to the camp.
But knowing that they need to raise $6,800 each before the departure, organiser of Wagga’s monthly Markets By The Lake, Stewart Wallace stepped in.
“The focus this month is to help them raise the money they need to get there,” said Mr Wallace.
Joining the fundraising efforts on August 25 was Bianca Hartley, mother of camp participant Elizabeth.
“I think if I had a bit of extra cash, I’d be joining them,” Mrs Hartley said.
When they arrive in USA, the team will be joining fellow STEM students from Sydney, but what will set the Wagga students apart from the crowd will be their organic gender parody.
“We’ve got equal boys and girls,” said student Michael Nixon.
“It’s legitimate though. A lot of people have said it, but it wasn’t to fill quotas. We’re all going because we’re good at it and we’re interested in it.”