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Summer camps

During our week-long summer camps, we teach space-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics using our core curriculum based on Engineering, Rocketry, Robotics, Astronomy, GeoScience, Biological Science and Space Citizenship. 

Summer Camps

We have four primary camps:  Moon Base, Mars Base, Robotics, and Rocketry. Moon Base Camp is designed for grades 3 and 4, Mars Camp is created for grades 5 and 6, and our Robotics camp is designed primarily for grades 7-12. Camps are located in the northern Virginia and Maryland areas.  Affiliated summer camps are held State College, PA. At the end of all our summer camps, all campers, parents and even friends are invited to our end of the year rocket launch.  Here, we will launch our rockets.

Moon Base Grades 3 - 4    Mars Base Grades 5 - 6

 

Moon Base and Mars Base summer camps are one-week, co-ed day camps that introduce children to space exploration in a dynamic and tangible environment. Spend the week training like an astronaut to create the first permanent outpost off our home planet! Either on the Moon or Mars, learning how to live in a space base takes planning and is fun!

 

Wear spacesuits, test meteor impact craters,  design your own Lunar habitat, grown your own space plants, run simulations in Mission Control and the Moon Base, and launch rockets!

Camp staffers are teachers, scientists, and engineers with experience in a wide variety of space-related science and engineering fields.  

 

 

RoBOTICS Grades 7 - 10

 

Build a rover with a rocker suspension system similar to the Mars rovers, program the rover to maneuver through an obstacle course autonomously, add sensors to help the rover make it through the obstacle courses more easily, and learn how to program the rover to operate remotely via infrared and radio control.

 

At the end of the week, you keep the rover and all the software.

 

Week overview:

  • Build the rover and Introduction to programming.

  • Motor control and sequential programming.

  • Using sensors, ultrasound, light, IR ranging.

  • Remote control, wireless, infrared.

 

Skills taught

  • Basic mechanics

  • Basic electronics

  • Programming in C/C++ and Java

 

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FAQs
  • What are the camp hours?
    The camps run from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day. We do not offer extended care.
  • Do you provide food?
    We do not provide snacks or meals. Your child must bring lunch and a snack to camp each day. There are no facilities available for refrigeration.
  • What if my child has medical issues?
    If you have not already indicated medical conditions and/or allergies on your child’s registration form, please send us an email at marta@galaxyexplorers.org with ‘MEDICAL ISSUE CAMP’ in the subject line, or call us at 571 206-8005 as soon as possible.
  • Do I have to provide a date of last tetanus shot?
    Yes: Both the states of Virginia and Maryland require all summer camp attendees to have a current record of immunization for tetanus.
  • Can I help?
    Yes, please! We love to have high school siblings, parents, and family as daily helpers and guest speakers. Please send us an email at marta@galaxyexplorers.org with ‘Volunteer’ in the subject line, or call us at 571 206-8005.
  • Who are your camp counselors?
    Our counselors are selected based on the following criteria: 1. Experience working with children in a camp setting 2. Knowledge of space and engineering 3. Maturity, reliability, organizational skills Our Camp Counselors are often alumni who have returned after graduation to help. They are pursuing a degree in a field or are currently in a career related to science and engineering in space. Each camp counselor must complete a Maryland and Virginia background investigation and undergo CPR and First Aid training. The counselor–student ratio is typically 15 to 1. In addition, we have adult and teen volunteers. Our curriculum is designed and written by a George Mason University professor and a Naval Research Laboratory engineer. Whenever possible, we consulted with professionals related to the activity.
  • Who do I contact in an emergency?
    The primary point of contact for each camp will be our Camp Director. You may reach him/her at the number provided in your confirmation email. Additionally, you can call our headquarters at 571 206-8005.
  • Can my camper be picked up by another parent?
    We will not release campers to other adults unless the Camp Director receives written authorization to do so beforehand.
  • Where are you located?
    We rent out space at St. Veronica's Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA for our robotics camp.

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