Above and Beyond is PARI’s signature camping experience designed to immerse high school students in the world of space science and research while building confidence and critical thinking skills.
Originally developed in partnership with Duke University and refined for nearly two decades, this space camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology, while also providing time for adventure and fun.
The process followed by scientists and researchers who’ve made space science their career is modeled to show how new discoveries are made about the universe. Campers are provided the tools and guided through the process by professionals who have made space their life’s work.
From determining the expansion speed of a super-nova remnant, to characterizing an exo-planet or finding evidence of dark matter; your data will reveal and your conclusions will add to humanity’s knowledge of the universe!
With world class telescopes and archives at your fingertips, a team to collaborate with, and mentors to guide you, what will you study?
The expanding remnants of super novae from long ago?
Volcanos, rings, and moons in our own solar system? 🪐
The structure of a distant nebula?
Measure the speed of the arms of our home galaxy?
Campers are given the knowledge and tools required to conduct an investigation into a celestial object and draw conclusions from their findings. Work is done in teams and models the process used by researchers to produce publishable work.
Campers will also investigate current astrobiological research on life in space, human or otherwise, giving campers a chance to show their individual work.
The work they produce will be shared in the same ways commonly used at space science conferences, events, and publications.
Guest speakers share their experiences working in space science and their paths to a career in the future of exploration and discovery.
Campers will use radio telescopes, optical telescopes, and data archives to gain the information they need to study their chosen celestial objects. They may even build an instrument themselves.
PARI’s emphasis on community and teamwork enables campers to establish friendships that last a lifetime. Many campers from this program return as interns and counselors.
Campers will participate in fun and engaging recreational activities built to encourage social comradery and confidence while exploring the spectacular Pisgah Forest and Blue Ridge Mountain region.
Surrounded by natural beauty in a forest perfect for adventure
PARI embraces our unique location with plenty of time outside of the classroom too.