Volume: 06, Issue: 05 05/14/2008 
Jason Marcks, Earth and Space Science Specialist for Space Education Initiatives.
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Former astronaut Mark Lee. Image credit: NASA.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA Phoenix Mission Ready for Mars Landing
Discovery of Most Recent Supernova in Our Galaxy
Send Your Name to the Moon With New Lunar Mission
Exciting Teacher Opportunities
 

A Space Experience

From July 27 – August 1, 2008, students in 7th – 12th grades can attend A Space Experience at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. It will be a week filled with rockets, robotics, astronauts, scientists, and space flight simulations. Program participants will take part in a wide range of training sessions, meet research scientists and aerospace professionals, conduct space science experiments, participate in space flight simulations, and much more during this exciting program. Space Experience cadets will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own space mission, including working with rockets, heat shields, and recovery systems. In addition, cadets will be trained to use a solar telescope, navigate using the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS), and receive cadet astronaut training.

Special features of the camp include neutral buoyancy training which is the same training that astronauts receive prior to performing space walks. Cadets will also be designing and programming a planetary rover using VEX™ Robotics kits. Their rovers will rescue stranded astronauts, sample volcanoes, deploy experiments, and complete other tasks while exploring the Solar System. Individuals working in the space science industry offer fun and exciting daily presentations. The group will also attend a private show at the Barlow Planetarium.

The director of the camp is Jason Marcks, Earth and Space Science Specialist for Space Education Initiatives. The special guest at this year’s camp will be former NASA astronaut Mark Lee.

Many middle and high schools offer scholarships or other assistance for students to attend summer camps. This year’s Title Scholarship Sponsor J.J. Keller has made scholarships available to local students. Visit http://www.uwgb.edu/camps/assets/pdfs/2008SpaceScholorship.pdf for an application.

The deadline for the J.J. Keller scholarship submission is May 23, 2008. Students should consult with teachers and guidance counselors to determine eligibility. Also, community civic organizations, local businesses, and area clubs like Rotary, Optimist, and Lions Clubs often provide assistance to students.

For more information, or to register for A Space Experience go to: http://www.uwgb.edu/camps/html/camps/space/index.htm or call 1-800-892-2118.

    
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