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Mar 1, 2016

Director's Blog: March 2016

Registriation OPEN for Space Explorers 2016

James Madison University’s John C. Wells Planetarium and Outreach and Engagement are excited to announce THREE week-long Space Explorers summer camps for students in 2nd grade to 10th grade! All 3 camps are led by Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. 

Our full-day Space Explorers camp will be held July 11–15, 2016 for rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Our half-day camp for elementary school students — rising 2nd to 4th graders — will be be held July 18–22, 2016. The 3rd camp is our residential Space Explorers camp where budding scientists & engineers will spend the week at JMU from July 24–31, 2016. The residential camp is designed for rising eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders. On Friday, July 30, residential Space Explorers will go on an overnight camping trip into the George Washington National Forest to view some of the last dark skies remaining on the East Coast. All three Space Explorers Camps will use the John C. Wells Planetarium, a $2M, state-of-the-art, hybrid planetarium!

We seek to inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. These exciting camps 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 about the cosmos 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, NASA's plans to send Americans to Mars in the 2030s, and learn about our own planet Earth and our fragile environment!

Register now as all three camps fill quickly!


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