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Exoplanet Exploration


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Do you like challenges?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel the warmth of another star?  Campers will stretch their problem solving skills, learn space science, and strive to send their team to a planet beyond our solar system in this combination role-play and academic camp.

This immersive journey amidst our historic campus, simulates the processes that NASA and aerospace companies use to go to outer space.

Campers will prioritize mission goals, design space craft and instruments, choose a capable and diverse crew, and navigate funding and ethical challenges in this scenario to choose their planet and launch their Exoplanet Exploration.

Learn more about the camp and curriculum.

Dates & Pricing

July 25, 2021 – August 5, 2021

July 25, 2021 – August 12, 2021

Discounts available for Space Science at Home purchasers.

Age Groups

For Rising
6th-12th Graders

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Camp Description

  • Campers will examine, research, and execute their mission plan using many scientific principles including rocketry, engineering,  Astrophysics, Biology, Food Science and more.
  • Independently and as a team, campers will work through a series of activities designed to encourage research and decision-making with the ultimate goal to launch a fully thought-out, scientifically sound mission to a planet around another star.  (One tiny bit of science fiction included, only to facilitate interstellar travel.)
  • When a team addresses a challenge, they’ll report their findings back to the group and present what they believe is the best course of action.  But, every path has pros and cons, and decisions may effect the work of another team.
  • PARI staff, counselors, and special guests who actively work in the space science and related fields will guide campers through their mission.
  • This camp is designed to engage campers with a wide variety of interests and skills.  Activities are scaled to to each session to be challenging, but achievable. Tasks will be more difficult than Martian Frontier.
  • It’s about more than just science.  Campers will need to navigate through tasks like choosing a crew and communicating with the public to keep their interest high.  Every choice could change the path of the mission in surprising ways, opening some paths, while closing others!

Academic Curriculum

To ensure the best experience for each camper, some academic activities will be presented to the entire camp, while other topics may be explored separately by different groups based on age, or pre-exposure to topics.

The two week session, attended by all campers, focuses on mission planning and design.  It will include activities and challenges on topics like:

  • Rocketry and Orbital Mechanics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biology and Astrobiology
  • Health, Nutrition, and Food Science
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Funding and Space Politics
  • Space Law and Ethics
  • Exoplanet Detection and Characteristics
It will enhance skills and experience in:
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Presentation Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Communication
The extended three week session will continue with the launch of the mission.  Based on decisions made in the planning phase, events will occur that teams must respond to using resources already on the space craft.  This will be a test of whether the craft, crew, instruments, and supplies are up to the task of conducting an Exoplanet Exploration!

Register for Exoplanet Exploration Space Camp