Stennis’ Astro Camp now accepting future NASA engineers

Published 9:12 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stennis Space Center has opened its weeklong summer camp sessions for students in grades second though 10th at the INFINITY Science Center.

The camp places a large emphasis on inspiring children to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math, often referred to as STEM, according to a press release from Stennis Space Center.

Students can sign up for the session of their choice based on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $140 per child. Participants are split up into three different groups depending on their grade level, according to the release.

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The camp employs interns from all over the U.S. to work as counselors for the summer, said Maria Lott, Astro Camp director.

Astro Camp is part of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and aim to garner interest in future NASA careers in the fields of aeronautics, technology, robotics and engineering.

Students participate in hands-on learning in STEM areas using NASA’s technology and resources. They also get to participate in demonstrations by NASA employees.  At the end of the week, children tour Stennis Space center, viewing rocket test stands and launching Estes Rockets alongside NASA engineers, according to the press release.

All of the activities that students participate in relate to the work NASA is doing on Mars or at the International Space Station.

Parents are invited for closing ceremonies where children can share what they have learned over the week and launch their final solid rockets up to 1200 feet in the air, said Lott.

Children in grades two through four can attend Astro Camp during the following weeks:

  • June 20-24
  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 11-15
  • July 25-29

Children in grades five through seven can attend during:

  • June 20-24
  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 11-15
  • July 18-22
  • July 25-29

A single camp for children in grades eight through 10 is planned for July 18-22 and will feature robotics and 3-D printing exercises.




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