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JMU Residential Space Explorers Camp!

Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:00 PM - Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:00 PM

Registration is NOW OPEN for this summer's JMU RESIDENTIAL SPACE EXPLORERS CAMP! Sign up at JMU's Outreach & Engagement website as spaces will go fast!

Residential Space Explorers  Camp -- Rising 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders
July 6-13, 2014

Campers will spend Sunday-Friday on JMU’s campus, and stay overnight in supervised dorms. On Friday afternoon, residential camp explorers will go on a camping trip to view the dark night sky and return Sunday July 13. The cost of this camp is $600 and includes: overnight accommodations, meals and camp activities. 

Using JMU’s unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium and Science on a Sphere® — a sphere-shaped visualization tool developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - camp-goers will get a perspective of Earth and other planets like an astronaut would. They will engineer solving challenges like light pollution and building rovers that would successfully land on another planet.

Space Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to middle and high school students by using many NASA related STEM educational activities, along with JMU resources, including the John C. Wells Planetarium. All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a NASA teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning about space! We will post more information about the schedule as it is available.

We seek to inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. This exciting camp will demonstrate to students that science is constantly changing, constantly uncovering new clues about why our universe is the way it is and not some other way. We will ask questions and then use the scientific method to try to answer them! We will investigate the size and scale of our solar system, learn about the robotic exploration of it, and learn about our own planet Earth and our fragile environment! Special summer camp visitors include WHSV-TV 3’s Aubrey Urbanowicz and perhaps even a NASA astronaut!