NASTAR camp registration open for summer

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. — The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR) Center, a commercial space training and research center, will once again host its NASTAR Camp program this summer for students in grades 2 to 12.

NASTAR Camp sessions will take place Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The curriculum has been structured to be fun, while it reinforces the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering (STEM) Education, officials said, noting all curricula and activities are age and grade appropriate.

NastarEach week-long session has a theme with activities that comprise about half the program; the rest of the week students assemble and fly balsa gliders, pilot an aircraft simulator, build and launch model rockets, and engage in other activities. The emphasis throughout the week is on hands-on activities and projects that engage students and foster inquiry-based learning to help them better understand science and technology.

William F. Mitchell, Chairman and CEO of ETC, stated “We are pleased to open the NASTAR Center to students for this program. This nation is facing future shortages of skilled engineers and scientists. We hope NASTAR Camp will inspire some of these young people to pursue technical careers.”

The schedule for NASTAR Camp 2014 is:

  • July 7 – 11: Grades 4 – 6 (Forces and Motion)
  • July 14 – 18: Grades 4 – 6 (Living in Space)
  • July 21 – 25: Grades 7 – 8 (Energy)
  • July 28 – Aug. 1: Grades 4 – 6 (Forces and Motion)
  • Aug. 4 – 8: Grades 9 – 12 (Physics and Engineering)
  • Aug. 4 – 8: Grades 7 – 8 (The Solar System)
  • Aug. 11 – 15: Grades 2 – 3 (Observing Our World)
  • Aug. 11 – 15: Grades 4 – 6 (Living in Space)

The cost for NASTAR Camp is $250 per week.

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