News release

Space Center Houston’s Winter Day Camps Explore Innovation with Rocketry and Robotics

HOUSTON, Nov. 14, 2016 – New tours, robots and exhibits are shaking up Space Center Houston’s winter day camps. These weeklong experiences will challenge future explorers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics through an immersive week of hands-on activities Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30. Children ages 4-11 will examine the solar system, experience the physics of rocketry and maneuver innovative robots.

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“Campers will have fun and engage in experiential learning, solve real-world space science challenges and explore the world of robotics through design and programming,” said Daniel Newmyer, director of education for the nonprofit. “At our science and space learning center, our winter camps encourage problem-solving using the scientific method and rigorous science experiments to plan future missions.”

The nonprofit’s camps are immersive experiences exploring physics, engineering and robotics. Changes this winter include tours of Space Center Houston, including the one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza exhibit complex. Also new are the North American premiere of Space Center Houston’s fall exhibit, Astronaut presented by the city of Webster, and a behind-the-scenes tram tour at NASA Johnson Space Center. Campers will receive a T-shirt as part of their registration.

Space Center Houston offers a variety of hands-on experiences using innovative Sphero®, Dash, Ozobot, VEX and Lego® robots. Campers will design, build and test robots to overcome real-world challenges and simulate situations that could be encountered during space exploration.

  • The new Spherious Robotics camp will use the Sphero® applications to code robots to simulate future exploration of Mars’ and Jupiter’s moons. Campers will perform underwater challenges and virtually maneuver the robot through a maze.
  • The Journey to Space camp will provide a diverse week where campers explore, experience and discover space. Each day will focus on the science needed for astronaut trainees. Students will launch rockets, conduct experiments and have fun with robotics.
  • The Space Exploration camp will engage youth with exciting challenges about space exploration and will delve into the world of robotics using Dash and Sphero® robotics.
  • The Exploring Beyond camp uses exciting engineering design challenges, the fundamentals of physics and hands-on robotic lessons to teach campers about the future of deep-space exploration.

Each weeklong camp ranges between $225 and $350. Space Center Houston members and NASA employees receive a 10 percent discount off registration year-round. Care is available before and after camp times for an additional charge. Register today before camps fill up by visiting spacecentercamps.org or call (281) 283-4755.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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