News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Energy invites public middle school students to apply for this year’s Challenger Alaska to Bermuda Virtual Space Camp, offered free of charge.  

This camp is continued in partnership with the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, with whom the Department partnered in 2019 to bring a week of free summer camp to 18 public middle school students. Last year’s pilot virtual summer camp earned Challenger an Arthur C Clarke Innovation in Education award, and we look forward to continuing that excellence with this year’s camp.  

Students will explore the wonders of physics, navigation, engineering, and astronomy right from their own homes in this virtual camp. During the camp, Alaskan and Bermudian students will work together via ZOOM with a Challenger Flight Director. Camps will be five days long, consisting of 4 hours of class each day, including instructor time, team project time, presentations, and downtime to talk to the other students. The curriculum theme will focus on the latest NASA drive to establish a permanent, manned research station on the Moon and expand humanity’s presence to Mars and beyond. Projects will entail revealing and solving challenges in colonizing other planets and continued deep-space exploration. Guest speakers from NASA will also make appearances throughout the week. 

All materials needed to make the assignments will be provided, and, once again, the camp is completely free of charge. 

Space is limited to only eight local and eight Alaskan participants, and priority will be given to public M1 through M3 students entering those grades as of September 2021. Interested middle-schoolers must apply through the Challenger website at, by submitting a video of themselves stating why they wish to participate in this camp. 

Students without the resources to create a video submission may email for assistance.

The deadline for applications is August 9th, 2021.