Race To Space


Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Your passion for science, math and English can help make your dream come true! Applications are due by Sunday, March 5th for the Space Camp Scholarship.

Submit a 3 min (max) video of yourself explaining a scientific concept in a simplified way (in English)

  • Win a scholarship to NASA Space Camp. Space Camp is an interactive educational experience that brings theory to life through simulated training aboard the NASA Space Shuttle.
    Twelve Moroccan high school students aged 15-18 who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will receive scholarships to the Advanced Space Academy: a challenging mental, emotional and physical experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • In addition the full scholarship to Space camp you will win a cultural trip to Washington, DC.

All participant costs (including air and ground transportation, lodging, meals and incidental expenses) will be paid by the U.S. Department of State.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco.
  • Born between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2002
  • 14/20 Average on most recent transcript, including strong grades in science and mathematics.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in science, mathematics or technology inside and outside the classroom.
  • Strong English language skills: The program is conducted entirely in English.

Don’t miss the experience of a Lifetime!


Prof. Rachid YAZAMI

Prof. Rachid YAZAMI

Professor Rachid Yazami, a native of Fez, Morocco, received his MS in electrochemistry and PhD in graphite intercalation compounds for lithium batteries at France’s Grenoble Institute of Technology, and then began his career at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), also in Grenoble, where he rose to research director. He was awarded the prestigious Draper Prize by The National Academy of Engineering for his invention of the graphite anode (negative pole) of lithium ion batteries.

Prof. Chaouqi MISBAH

Prof. Chaouqi MISBAH

Professor Chaouqi Misbah is the Director of Research at French National Center for Scientific Research in the Physical Laboratory of Spectrometry -Grenoble I University and the CNRS, FRANCE. His work spans from pattern formation in nonlinear science to complex fluids and biophysics. In 2002 he received a major award from the French Academy of Science for his achievements and in 2003 Grenoble University honored him with a gold medal. He also holds numerous national and international responsibilities.



Youssef grew up in southern Morocco. B.Sc. in Biology from Ibn Zohr in Agadir; M.Sc., University of Leicester; Ph.D, North Carolina State University. Youssef Idaghdour (Assistant Professor of Biology, NYU Abu Dhabi) is particularly interested in studying the role genetic and environmental factors play in shaping health-related phenotypes and how interactions between these effects trigger disease and modulate its outcome. He does most of his experimental research on mammalian systems and he focuses on metabolic traits and immune response to cancer and infection.



Najib is a Moroccan Science communicator, 2016's Web "Personality of the Year" and IT consultant. He was fascinated by the universe and astronomy since his childhood. « The stars attract you naturally. Since that time, the fascination and interest in the universe have never left me » he recalls. Najib will later study maths and sciences, obtain a degree in Telecoms from ENSTB school in France and work as an IT innovation consultant working with clients in over a dozen countries. Najib makes pop science videos in Moroccan on Youtube and blogs on his Facebook page about science.


You must submit your video no later than March 05 at 11:59 AM GMT (Casablanca Time).

March 6th 2017- March 20th 2017
Review of all the applications

Jury review of all the applications based on a defined set of criteria Read more ....

March 27th 2017
Online voting and peer-review Start
April 17th 2017
Online voting and peer-review End

Online voting & peer-review evaluation end at 11:00 AM GMT+1 (Casablanca Time)

July 1st 2017 - July 12th 2017
Travelling dates

Travelling to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama & Cultural trip in Washington DC

Meet the winners!

The winners are announced


Organizer & Sponsor

Space Camp

  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL