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PSSP is a perfect example of Global Friendship in action. Since 2002, GFTSE and the PSSP have been bringing together science classrooms from around the world, using a common interest in space science and space travel that is shared amongst all participants. Using effective NASA based learning materials, STEAM and project based teaching methods – to open communication, appreciation, and understanding between partner school students that goes beyond cultures and language.

The children are not only able to learn in an exciting and stimulating environment, GFTSE assigns “E-Pals” to children from different cultures. These E-Pals have the opportunity to make life-long friendships and memories, as students E-mail each other not only about space-related topics and projects but also their daily lives. This gives PSSP a unique multi-cultural aspect that keeps teachers and students returning from year-to-year, connecting over 6750 students from schools in the Bulgaria, Canada, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia, United Kingdom and United States since its beginning.

Program Components Include:

Collaborative project-based research working with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) based educational materials.

Videoconferencing and facilitation provided through our Digital Learning Center. During the videoconference sessions, students are able to share their work and models with the Space Expert.

Participation to an E-Pal Week which is a special summer session at  Space Camp Turkey.

  • Often times Special Guests such as Astronauts and NASA Scientists are in attendance at E-Pal Week – Offering inspirational presentations and small-group meet and greet sessions, time permitting.

The main objectives of the programs are:

  • To stimulate students’ interest in STEAM through collaborative research and hands-on science activities.
  • To promote awareness and understanding among participants about the different countries and cultures in the world. and )

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  • Students make connections with other students living in different parts of the world and have the opportunity to communicate on a one-to-one basis with “E-Pals”.
  • The PSSP helps foster cross-cultural understanding by partnering schools and students from two different countries or cultures.
  • Working with NASA based learning materials along with a Space Expert will stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) related topics.
  • Teamwork skills will be improved as students need to work with other students to complete curriculum requirements in order to qualify for a videoconference.
  • Computer skills will be improved as students do research about their chosen topics.
  • Global Friendship encourages the use of proper grammar and standardized English in student e-mails. This will discourage the use of computer shorthand.  Students may be communicating with an e-pal whose first language is not English and, thus, need to make sure their sentences are clear, easily understandable, and written in correct English.
  • Students whose first language is not English have an opportunity to practice their English with someone their own age.
  • Presentation skills will improve when students prepare explanations of their projects to a Space Expert during a videoconference.

For those PSSP students participating in “E-Pal Week” at Space Camp Turkey:

  • Students can spend a week on a Space Camp team with their E-Pals.
  • European, U.S./Canadian students with E-Pals in Izmir will have the opportunity to meet their E-Pal’s family.
  • Campers meet other young people from many different countries and work together with them on teams of 12-15. During each international summer session, a minimum of five different countries are represented.
  • Students benefit from all the elements of the Space Camp program that combines learning, teamwork, fun, and friendship.

The year-long Partner School Science Program connects teachers and their students in different countries via space education to motivate students to increase their knowledge of math and science. Collaborative projects via e-mail and videoconferencing are intended to promote cross-cultural understanding and friendship.

Since its inception in 2002, PSSP has partnered 28 schools from Turkey, 30 schools from the United States, England, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.  More than 6750 students, teachers and principals have worked together to develop science-related projects and global friendship.

PSSP Participants (2002 – 2018)

European, Canadian and Middle Eastern Schools




  • Velzys Gymnasium, Panevezys Disctrict



Turkish School Participants

U.S. School Participants

During the year-long program most of the students and teachers were able to send emails to each other and have three-way videoconferences with a Space Expert. Some were able meet their E-Pals during a unique six-day summer program at Space Camp Turkey called E-Pal Week. During the E-Pal Weeks, that have been held every summer since the start of the program, students and teachers were able to meet and talk with NASA astronauts, cosmonauts, and listen to interesting guest speakers. Also on a couple of occasions (2003 and 2004), students were able to ask questions directly to the astronauts on the International Space Station via teleconference. Last but not least, the highlight of every summer, students get the unique experience of working with other students and making friends from many different countries.

E-Pal Week Highlights:

2018 – E-pal Week

  • 151 students and 18 teachers from 9 countries, including Poland, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and the United States, participated in the 16th Partner School Science Program (PSSP), also known as the E-PAL Week, held on July 1-7 2018. The most important event of the week was the videoconference session with NASA Flight Director, Ed Van Cise. Students received the latest information regarding NASA’s space operations and International Space Station flight operations during the videoconference.

2017 – E-pal Week

  • During the E­pal Week, which held on July 2­8, we had videoconference sessions with ESA Astronaut Jean­Francois Clervoy and NASA Flight Director Robert Dempsey. They shared their experiences and answered various questions asked by our campers. Also, Major Michael Coyne made a presentation about “Space Weather” and informed our campers about the conditions on the Sun.

2016 – E-pal Week

  • Sunita L. Williams was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. Selected as an astronaut by NASA in June 1998, she reported for training in August 1998.  Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. In addition, Williams, who has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions, now ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list, and second all-time for a female astronaut.

2015 – E-pal Week

  • Astronaut Mike Foreman – Foreman was part of the STS-123 mission that delivered the Japanese Experiment Module and the Canadian Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator to the International Space Station. Foreman was also a crewmember of the STS-129 mission in November 2009. He was a special guest speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey.

2014 – E-Pal Week

  • Astronaut Richard Linnehan – Veteran of four Space Shuttle flights on 1996-2008, he served multiple roles from Mission Specialist to Payload Commander. In his four flights, he logged over 59 days in space, including six EVAs (Spacewalks). His total time outside the Shuttle on Spacewalks adds up to an impressive 42 hours and 11 minutes.
  • Scott Anderson – Digital Learning Network Expert From Marshall Space Flight Center – Guest Speaker and special ambassador for NASA, presenting GFTSE Manager Tolga Yildirim with the Digital Beagle Award.

2013 – E-Pal Week

  • Astronaut Michael E. Lopez Alegria – Served as Mission Specialist as four space shuttle flights. Lopez-Alegria currently serves as President of the Commercial Spaceflight  Federation  – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey
  • Scott Anderson – Digital Learning Network Expert From Marshall Space Flight Center – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2012 – E-Pal Week

  • Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy – European Space Agency Astronaut – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2011 – E-Pal Week

  • Cosmonaut Dorin Priunariu Dumitru – First and Only Romanian Cosmonaut – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2010 – E-Pal Week

  • Astronaut Charles D. Walker – MDC Payload Specialist – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2009 – E-Pal Week

  • Astronaut Jon A. McBride – Captain, USN, Ret.   – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2008 – E- Pal Week

  • Astronaut Dr. Jay Buckey – Payload Specialist – Guest Speaker and week–long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2007 – E- Pal Weeks

  • Cosmonaut Yuri Baturin – The First Politician Cosmonaut – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey
  • NASA Astronaut Roger Crouch – The First Politician Cosmonaut – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey
  • Amateur Radio contact with NASA scientist Pat Kilroy

2006 – E-Pal Weeks 

  • Cosmonaut Dorin Priunariu Dumitru – First and Only Romanian Cosmonaut – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey
  • NASA Astronaut Shannon Lucid –Capsule Communicator – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

October 8-12, 2006 – Special Session for PSSP students in Izmir

  • NASA Astronaut Steven Lindsey – Space Shuttle Commander – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2005 – E-Pal Weeks 

  • Hüsnü Arsev Eraslan – NASA Scientist – Guest Speaker
  • NASA Astronaut Andrew Gaffney, Payload Specialist – Guest Speaker and week-long visitor at Space Camp Turkey

2004 – E-Pal Week 

  • Patriarch Bartholomew of the Greek Orthodox Church – Guest Visitor
  • NASA Astronaut Dr.Ellen Baker, NASA Goddard Space Center – Videoconference
  • Dr. Carolynn Conley, NASA Integration Manager for Amateur Radio for the ISS – Guest Speaker
  • Astronaut Janet L.Kavandi, NASA Astronaut – Videoconference
  • Astronuat Michael Fincke, Expedition 9 NASA ISS Science Officer/Flight Engineer – Amateur Radio Contact with Space Station

 2003 – E-Pal Week

  • Ulku Adatepe, Ataturk’s adopted daughter – Guest Speaker
  • Isılay Davaz, Youngest pilot in the world – Guest Speaker
  • Dr. Jeffrey Theal, NASA Director for Russian Integration of the ISS – teleconference
  • Susan Anderson, NASA Distant Learning Program Expert – Videoconference
  • Dr.Carolynn Conley, NASA Integration Manager for Amateur Radio for the ISS – Videoconference
  • NASA Astronaut Ed Lu, Expedition 7 NASA ISS Science Officer, July 2003 – Amateur Radio Contact with International Space Station


The topics below are recommended for all PSSP teachers to work on with their partner schools. This is a recommendation and is not mandatory.  Most of the topics have been used in the past by PSSP teachers. If we have many schools working on the same topics, we will be able to facilitate communication between many different schools.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Before you start to work on a topic, please make sure you and your partner school choose the SAMEtopic.
  • You can arrange your own PSSP schedule with your partner school.
  • Give detailed information to Mr. Fatih Can Varal about your own PSSP schedule that you and your partner have created.
  • Working on all topics below is not mandatory.

Available Topics

All educational materials will be provided upon request
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  1. Mission Patches
  2. Toys in Space
  3. Solar System Vacation
  4. Humans to Mars
  5. Living and Working in Space
  6. Planet Hunters
  7. Mysterious Messengers
  8. Space Junk
  9. Electromagnetic Spectrum
E-Pal Week Genel Bilgilendirme
Uzay Kampının Tarihçesi
6 Günlük Kamp Planı
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E-Pal Week Ne Zaman?

30 Haziran – 6 Temmuz 2019 tarihleri arasında gerçekleşecek.

E-Pal Week Ücreti

Katılım ücretini Uzay Kampı yetkililerinin vereceği hesap numarasına yatırılacak. Okula herhangi bir ödeme yapılmayacak.

PSSP’de yer alan ve 30 Haziran – 6 Temmuz 2019’da UKT’de gerçekleşecek E-Pal Haftasına katılacak öğrencileriniz 720 USD’lik 6-Günlük program ücretinden %10 indirimli olarak kayıt yaptırabilirler.

Yaz kampına gelmek isteyen öğrenciler fen bilimleri öğretmeni Ozan Eren’e isimlerini en kısa sürede yazdırmaları gerekmektedir. Okulumuz kontenjan ayrılması açısından sayının belirlenmesi önemlidir.

Özel Sunumlar Gecesi

Yaklaşık 2 saat sürecek olan Özel Sunumlar Gecesi, öğrencilerin sahnede performans sergileyecekleri bir gecedir. Şarkı söyleyebilir, dans edebilir, bir müzik aleti çalabilir ve hatta ilgi duydukları bir konu hakkında sunum bile yapabilirler. Tamamen rahatlamak ve eğlenmek için yapılan bir aktivitedir.

Sahnede kullanımınıza açık bir kaç adet gitar ve bir piyano bulunmaktadır. Eğer öğrencileriniz farklı müzik aletleri kullanacaklarsa bu aletleri yanlarında getirmeleri gerekecektir. Öğrencilere prova yapmaları için fırsat verilecektir. Grup olarak da sahneye çıkabilirler. Her performans için 2-3 dakika süre verildiğini lütfen unutmayınız.

Barbekü Gecesi ve Hediye Değişimi

Mezuniyetten önceki akşam yani Cuma gecesi, bir Barbekü Gecesi yapılacaktır. Öğrenciler akşam yemeğinden sonra birbirlerine karşılıklı hediye vereceklerdir. Genelde herkes kendi grup arkadaşları ile hediye alışverişi yapar. Bu sebeple her öğrencinin yanında 15-16 adet ufak hediye getirmesini öneriyoruz. Pahalı hediyeler olmamasına özen gösteriniz. Hediye değişimleri bittikten sonra öğrenciler yaz aylarının bazı meşhur şarkıları eşliğinde birlikte dans ederler ve Uzay Kampı’ndaki son gecelerinin tadını çıkarırlar.