STEM – SPACE AND ASTRONOMY CAMP, ‘OPERATION NEBULA’
(A good precursor to – Camp Above & Beyond) Our STEM space and astronomy camp, ‘Operation NEBULA’ is a simulated space mission that teaches leadership, teamwork, and STEM principles while exposing campers to fun and creative experiences. The camp is an exciting, immersive journey amidst our historic campus which played a critical role in the space race. We will explore a mission to Mars and to a mystery exoplanet.
CLASSROOM – OPERATION NEBULA CAMP OBJECTIVES:
Learn the critical components of a space mission
Explore factors ranging from science objectives and physical requirements of a space craft to human health and safety, as well as the political and social implications of long-term missions
Form teams to be responsible for one facet of a complex mission and coordinate with other teams to ensure that all teams are working to form a cohesive, successful plan
Present findings and recommendations while advocating for your team’s plans to the larger group
Get hands-on experience with the tools that researchers use to study space
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.
STEM – Space and astronomy camp, ‘Operation Nebula’ is available to students grades 6th – 12th, as a residential camp.
CAMP BEGINS: Calendar
FIRST SESSION – Operation Nebula Mission to Mars:
Two week session – weeks 6/28 – 7/9/2020
Three week session – weeks 6/28 – 6/16/2020
SECOND SESSION – Operation Nebula Mission to an Exoplanet:
Two week session – weeks 7/19 – 7/30/2020
Three week session – weeks 7/9 – 8/6/2020