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Space Explorers Camp

Outreach & Engagement and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are excited to announce two, week-long summer space explorers camps open to all middle-school age students! The camp will be led by Shanil Virani, the director of the John C. Wells Planetarium. The first is a week-long residential space explorers camp where campers will spend the week at JMU July 6–13. The residential camp will be for rising seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-graders. The second is our day space explorers camp that will be held July 21–25, 2014, for rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

Using JMU’s unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium- camp-goers will get a perspective of Earth and other planets like an astronaut would. 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! 

Our Space Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to middle and high school students by using many NASA related STEM educational activities. 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. Content will vary from last year, for those of you who may be returning for a second year.

Questions? Please contact Katie LaPira at or call 540/568-5532.