UW-Green Bay hosts the 2009 Space Experience summer camp

GREEN BAY —The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is once again hosting “A Space Experience,” a summer camp for students entering grades seven through 12.

The camp offers opportunities for students to experience aspects of astronaut training, a chance to learn from aerospace professionals and research scientists and meet a guest astronaut.

A Space Experience is scheduled Sunday through Friday, July 26 through July 31, on the UW-Green Bay campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Participants will have the opportunity to design, build and test their own space mission, use a solar telescope, participate in space flight simulations, and navigate using the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS). A planetarium visit to learn about the summer sky, and the popular neural buoyancy training in the University’s pool, are two popular activities among participants.

They can also meet a former NASA astronaut, whose name will be announced closer to the date of the camp.

The camp director is Jason Marcks, a former high school earth and space science teacher who serves as executive director of Space Education Initiatives, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving science, mathematics and technology education by using space exploration to inspire teachers, students and the public. Camp staff members include top teachers drawn from middle and high schools, universities, and NASA.

Daily camp sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ending with a closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday to which parents and friends are invited.

Students may choose to attend A Space Experience as commuters or residents. The fee for commuters is $259 and includes instruction. Commuters and their parents are responsible for providing their own daily transportation and lunches. Purchase of a meal card is one lunch option.

The $549 resident fee also includes room and board for students who wish to stay on campus for the week, counselor supervision during all non-class hours, and transportation to evening activities.
Registration and more information is available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2267 or (800) 892-2118.