Students will get to learn about what it’s like to live and work in space and try real space food…

It’s every child’s dream to become an astronaut. Well, maybe not every child, but a quick poll around the office revealed that it certainly was high on many a What’s On staffer’s ‘When I Grow Up’ list of dream jobs.

Of course, becoming an astronaut requires a lot of hard work, determination and smarts – which is likely why we all ended up as journalists instead. If we’d had the chance to attend a NASA space camp, however, things might have been different…

And that’s precisely the opportunity that students in the UAE will be given this summer, with the launch (get it?) of a NASA Space and Rocketry Summer camp.

Running from Sunday, July 15 to Thursday, August 23, the camp is open to all students in the UAE between nine and 18 years of age and will be held at the Lapita Hotel Ballroom, Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Led by NASA instructors from North America and Europe, attendees will be mentored in everything from the science of rockets and rocket propulsion, to what it’s like to live and work in space – including getting the opportunity to taste the same food astronauts eat while floating above the earth.

Students will also get to learn about the missions to Mars and have the chance to design their own base on the red planet.

The camps will be held weekly from 10am to 4pm throughout the summer, with an all-inclusive registration fee of Dhs2,650.

For more information you can email or call (05) 6 455 1574.

– For more about Dubai straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook