STEM – SCIENCE Camp, ‘ASTRO EXPLORER’
Computational Thinking, 3D design and printing, data and animation, communications, planetary geography – Our STEM science camp, ‘Astro Explorer’ takes an in depth look into how computers process, store and work with data. Campers will learn techniques to discover patterns in data – and display them in vibrant and creative ways such as animation. You will learn a little bit of coding. Explore, map, and 3D print the exact legendary locations that Neil Armstrong took his “one giant leap for mankind,” and the mammoth Martian volcano Olympus Mons! This is a Lunar & Planetary Institute recognized camp, which not only teaches 3D design and printing, but also gives campers the exciting opportunity to explore planetary geology and tactile communication by utilizing data from NASA satellites to model the surfaces of the Moon and Mars!
(Learning made fun… Ideal for middle school ages)
CLASSROOM – ASTRO EXPLORER OBJECTIVES:
Learn basic coding to creatively show patterns in data by letting your imagination guide you
Learn basic 3D modeling and printing techniques
Experience different techniques we use to communicate information to others
Use these techniques by learning how to work with data that represents the surface of planets
Designing and creating 3D models of planetary surfaces
Learn about geological differences between the Moon and Mars
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM:
Confidence Building & Leadership Development – outdoor team participation events
Celestial Viewing – participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes
Recreational and Fun Activities – exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips, such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), introduction to rock climbing & rappelling (safety always paramount), activities with other local camps, visits to special places and events, and entertainment by musicians and artists.