Astro Explorers


Explore the techniques and processes used to identify and map planetary geography in this two week astronomy exploration camp focused on computational thinking, 3D printing, data and animation and communications.

Dates & Pricing

Two week session

June – July, 2021

Age Groups

For Rising
6th-8th Graders

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Camp Description

  • Explorers will investigate, map and 3D print legendary celestial locations, like the spot Neil Armstrong took his “one giant leap for mankind,” and the mammoth Martian volcano, Olympus Mons.
  • Campers will explore planetary geology and tactile communications by utilizing data from actual NASA satellites to model the surfaces of the Moon and Mars!
  • Campers will learn to find patterns in data and display it in vibrant and creative ways using animations and coding.
  • PARI’s emphasis on community and teamwork enables campers to establish friendships that last a lifetime.
  • 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.
  • Some activities may include celestial viewing, hiking, fly-fishing, swimming, tubing and rafting, waterfall exploration, introduction to rock climbing & rappelling, competitive scavenger hunts, entertainment by local musicians and artists…and much more!

Academic Curriculum

  • Learn basic coding to creatively show patterns in data.
  • Learn basic 3D printing and modeling techniques.
  • Experience different techniques used to communicate information to others.
  • Learn how to work with data that represents the surface of planets.
  • Design and create 3D models of planetary surfaces.
  • Learn about geological differences between the Moon and Mars.
  • Participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes.

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