Xauni de Figeuiroa of Abbotsford has been selected to attend a virtual space camp hosted by the Canadian Space Agency at the end of July.

Xauni de Figeuiroa of Abbotsford has been selected to attend a virtual space camp hosted by the Canadian Space Agency at the end of July.

Abbotsford student selected to attend virtual space camp

Xauni de Figeuiroa among 52 youth selected from across Canada

An Abbotsford girl is among 52 youth from across the nation selected to attend the virtual Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Junior Astronaut Camp next month.

Xauni de Figeuiroa, a Grade 8 student at Chief Dan George Middle School, will participate in a week of space training from July 26 to 30. The students will virtually join astronauts, engineers and scientists from the CSA.

The young space enthusiasts will be challenged through a series of fun and engaging activities, from operating a real rover during a simulated Moon mission to solving Earth problems using satellite imagery and working out with astronauts and space fitness experts.

The camp will offer them a unique chance to learn about space careers as well as the scientific, physical and leadership qualities they will need to develop if they strive to participate to a future mission to the Moon.

The participants were selected through a random draw from a pool of eligible candidates who had previously completed online Junior Astronauts activities in three streams – science and technology, fitness and nutrition, and teamwork and communication – which represent the different types of knowledge and skills needed by astronauts.

A total of 27 girls and 25 boys in Grades 6 to 9 were selected, with 18 from Western Canada and six from B.C