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Packages

Space Kits -- Learn Here to Go There!

Packages Available

Space Packages provide hands-on space science experiments and activities with easy to follow instructions and videos within each space kit.  It is learning made fun, in order to launch your space explorer.

Many of the kits align with National, North Carolina, and South Carolina curriculum standards.

Planetary - $290

This package includes 6 Space Kits, one Lab Readiness Kit, and our series of Space Science Videos*

* – Videos via USB drive.

Stellar - $515

This package includes 11 Space Kits, one Lab Readiness Kit, our series of Space Science Videos* and industry expert Guest Speaker Series**

* – Videos via USB drive.

** – On-line and interactive, with recordings available.

GaLACTIC - $750

This package includes all 16 Space Kits, one Lab Readiness Kit, our series of Space Science Videos, industry expert Guest Speaker Series** and access to labs with online Radio and Optical Telescopes and a 10% discount on a summer camp (up to a $500 value).

* – Videos via USB drive.

** – On-line and interactive, with recordings available. 


SPACE KITS DESCRIPTIONS


Blue-Star Selection

Investigate the physical properties of meteorites as you separate the real meteorite from the decoys. The meteorite is yours to keep, and you’ll learn how to collect more!

Inspired by the content for our Meteorite Camp, this box contains the information and equipment to do basic analysis of a rock to see if it might be from space, like measuring density and looking for fusion crust.  It also guides campers through methods to catch their own iron micro-meteorites.  By the end they’ll know which tiny rock in their kit came from space.

 

 

“There’s something about collecting micrometeorites that is so much fun and is very interesting.  I rate this one a 10 out of 10!“ –Summer 2020 camper, 9th grade.

 

 

“This activity held attention for several hours over several days.” –Camper parent.  

 

 

Use astronomical grade binoculars to navigate the sky and investigate historic locations on the Moon, and geological features.

This box features a pair of Celestron binoculars and a guide on how to use them to view the night sky. Campers will learn to identify features and hop from spot to spot.  A 3D printed model of Tycho crater is included and they’ll find it, and other recognizable Lunar features with their binoculars as well while learning about how different types of geography on the Moon formed.  As the Moon phase changes over a month,
they’ll chart new features and use their observations to measure how much of the moon is revealed each day.

“The binoculars are really nice! Also, the printout of the crater is really cool!” –Summer 2020 camper 11th grade.

Average rating of 5 out of 5

 

Reflection, Diffraction, Refraction – Learn the laws of light through experimentation using rainbows and lasers. 

Nature of Light contains a set of prisms, lenses, polarization, and diffraction filters with experiments that guide campers through the ways light is used to learn about the world around us, and the universe beyond.  They’ll explore and prove laws of light’s interactions with matter by taking real measurements and using tools like lasers! Don’t take our word for how light works, discover it yourself.

 

 

“I liked seeing the rainbows, and the written explanation of why.” –Summer 2020 camper, 8th grade.

 

“Playing with lasers is awesome! 


I feel like a scientist now!” –Summer 2020 camper, 9
th grade.

 


Yellow-Star Selection

Imagine planets around a distant star using the properties we can discover from Earth and relating them to planets and moons in our own solar system.

In science, it is often necessary to produce images of things that cannot be seen yet in detail, or are beyond human senses.  The techniques used to inspire and explain places and concepts in space science are employed very deliberately by the people who make artist’s interpretations of the universe.  Campers will learn some of these techniques and try their hand at making images to show what we cannot yet capture any other way.

 

“Art is not this kid’s favorite, but he enjoyed it and stayed engaged through the whole activity” –Parent of 8th grade camper.

 

 

“This activity inspired younger siblings to jump in, we all learned something.” –Parent of 6th grade camper.

 

Plants provide, food, oxygen, and comfort in environments far from home. 

From the first emotional support organism sent to space by Russia, to the crops we hope to some day grow on Mars, plants in space is a long-term experiment in astrobiology.  Campers receive everything they need to grow and care for plants that are grown in space today and chart their progress.  They’ll learn about how the discoveries made so far have changed how we envision our future beyond Earth.

 

“The plants were fun to grow, and it was interesting to see how high they grew.  I bet they grow higher in space.” –Summer 2020 camper 11th grade.

 

 

“I can’t wait to eat my mustard greens!” –Summer 2020 camper.

 

No camp experience is complete without warm gooey marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers.

You won’t need to start a campfire in your home to produce these treats.  You will explore other methods of transforming ingredients into this classic camp sandwich and taste the results.  Will you discover the ultimate method for smore production?


13 year old boy + food = the most interesting activity ever!” –Camper parent.


“It was awesome!” –Summer 2020 camper, 6th grade.


Create a projector and a model of the celestial sphere to explore locations and regions of the sky.

Learn how the movements of planets and the location of constellations have led to the coordinate system we use to chart the sky.  You’ll build your own model with a bit of geometry to aid your navigation of the stars.  This kit also provides what you need to make your own projector to show off your favorite constellations and asterisms in your own home.

“The hands-on painting helped cement this activity’s information” –Camper parent.

“I want to make every constellation!” –Summer 2020 camper, 6th grade.

The distances between planets can be held in the palm of your hand, if the scale is right.

Beginning by making their own “Pocket Solar System” with, campers will accurately create a model that shows scaled distances between planets.  They’ll then move on to styrofoam balls of different sizes and learn how to match the proportions to a pair of moons or planets in our solar system and decorate them.  Finally they’ll be shown extremes of sizes between star systems, exoplanets, and types of stars.


Learn to stay fit without relying on gravity.  Everything you need for a space style workout.

Can you lift weights in space?  Sure, but you won’t get a workout from doing it.  It’s hard to stay in shape, and as people spend more time there it will be more and more important to use exercises that maintain bone and muscle mass.  Learn how astronauts exercise and some techniques you can use on Earth that don’t rely on gravity to make your body work.

“This activity was really fun to do with a friend.  It was easy to follow and was a good workout.” –Summer 2020 camper, 11th grade.

“This one was my mom’s favorite.” –Summer 2020 camper.

 

Chemistry, light, and creativity combine to produce a wearable view of the night sky.

Campers start with a plain black t-shirt and design their own stencils to stick to it.  They then dilute bleach in water and using a spray bottle, create a negative image on their shirt by bleaching away some areas of it.  A light mist technique will allow them to create a starry background.  They’ll learn about chemical reactions and how this process is analogous to how photons hitting chemicals on glass plates allowed astronomers to capture images of the sky.

“The chemistry information was really interesting.” –Summer 2020 camper, 8th grade.

 


Red-Star Selection

Make your own sundial and learn how to track the changing path throughout the year.

Most of us know the Sun can tell us the time of day.  But did you also know it can tell the time of year as well?  This kit will teach you to make your own scientific instruments to determine the time of day and year with a sundial and analemma.  You’ll learn how to identify the changing seasons and predict equinoxes and solstices with your new tools.

“It was really, really, cool and fun!  I have never made a sundial before.” –Summer 2020 camper, 5th grade.

Messages can be hidden in plain sight, and a touch of math and a little creativity can reveal how its done.


Steganography is the cryptographic method of hiding information in plain sight, usually in images, and it is a perfect way to begin exploring how data can be used to make images in astronomy and other sciences.  It also reinforces math skills.  Students will learn how both letters and colors can be represented by numbers and how small changes in the value of a color can be used to encode information.


“This was my favorite activity out of the box.  I had never heard of Steganography before, and I thought it was really fun.”

–Summer 2020 camper, 11th grade.



Investigate the basics of rocket science to create your own reusable launch vehicle and watch it blast off.

Each box contains supplies to make several rockets with AlkaSeltzer based engines.  Campers will learn the basics of rocket design and explore how things like center of gravity and center of thrust effect their designs.  They’ll experiment with nose cones and fins, and chart how varying the amounts of AlkaSeltzer and water fuel effect their flight.

“Awesome family activity, good for young engineers.” –Camper parent.

“This was a huge hit!” –Camper parent

 

Learn to simulate orbiting objects and black holes in this simulation of the invisible force that holds space together.

Elastic fabric forms the core of this model of gravity.  Campers will craft their own “Fabric of Spacetime” and use it to explore how mass and gravity are related, and how objects orbit one another, or escape, as a result of the warping of space.  The force that governs everything from particles of dust to black holes will be under your control.

“This activity was really fun, it was a great explanation of how mass warps spacetime!  I experimented with it for hours, it was so much fun!”

–Summer 2020 camper, 11th grade.

Learn how to participate in real NASA science and contribute to our understanding of our environment.

The NASA Globe project teaches students how to identify some of the same weather and cloud properties that satellites observe about the Earth.  A series of exercises and examples gets campers equipped to aid NASA’s work and submit data each day to a citizen science project.
Campers will also make their own fluid barometer to help them gather data and make observations about weather.

 

“It was cool to be able to send data to NASA.”–Summer 2020 camper, 8th grade.

 

How is the food eaten in space different from food on Earth, and why?  Try it yourself and learn why.

NASA has long influenced nutrition and food safety guidelines, beginning by pioneering the rules that led to the standards restaurants follow today.  Food in space must be different than on Earth, in respect to nutrition & health, the cost of getting things to space, and the restrictions of the equipment on a spacecraft.  Campers will sample tube food and learn how it effects nutrition.  They’ll do experiments in re-hydrating freeze dried food using different methods and tasting the results.

“I think its cool how you can make the dried food taste like fresh fruit again.” –Summer 2020 camper, 6th grade.