From press reports
Adam Thomas graduated from the U.S. Space Camp on Friday, June 15th. Space Camp was founded in 1982 as an education program to promote the study of math, science and technology. It combines classroom instruction with hands-on activities and teaches teamwork, decision-making, and leadership. With multiple tracks to select from, Adam chose a combination track for Space and Robotics. His track included space missions, a Mars mission, space history, experiments, astronaut simulators, robotics, design, engineering, teamwork and a robotics construction competition.
During the week, crew trainers guided trainees through the past, present and future of space exploration. Trainees saw the first rocket that put an American in space, the massive Saturn V rocket that took us to the Moon, and the capsules early astronauts used during their missions. The program has challenged and educated youngsters from all 50 states and more than 40 countries and territories and is considered one of the premier math/science/ technology educational programs in the United States.
Adam received his Space Wings in recognition of completing the requirements for U.S. Space Camp involving an intense curriculum in space exploration, aerospace technology, leadership and team building skills as applied to our nation’s space and rocketry programs. The Graduation and Pinning Ceremony was conducted beneath the Space Shuttle Orbiter Pathfinder (OV-098) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The ceremony set in motion the 30th Anniversary of Space Camp celebration. Dr. Don Thomas, a former NASA Astronaut, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He encouraged the graduates to work hard and never quite trying. Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in 1991 and is a veteran of four space flights. His missions include Columbia (July 8-23, 1994), Discovery (July 13-22, 1995), Columbia (April 4-8, 1997) and Columbia (July 1-17, 1997). He has logged more than 1,040 hours in space.
Adam is planning to attend Space Academy next summer where he will learn how it feels to work in a frictionless environment, build and launch a two-stage rocket, and learn teamwork and leadership in the Space Academy leadership reaction course. Adam is the son of John and Denita Thomas, he lives in Noxapater and is in the 6th grade at Winston Academy.