Richland One Challenger Learning Center opens registration for summer robot, rocket camps

Richland One School District is offering children in the Midlands the chance to venture into space through several science-based summer camps.

The district’s Challenger Learning Center will host multiple camps throughout June and July in which students ages 8 to 18 can build robots, launch model rockets and fly a jet in a flight simulator.

Students can take part in the Astronaut Academy to explore robotics, rocketry and aviation. Campers will prepare for and fly a full space mission, as well as visit the e-Planetarium, fly jets with our flight simulator, construct a robot and build a model rocket that they can take home after launching it.

During Rocket Camp, participants will act as rocket scientists, constructing different types of rockets and launching them. Campers who register for introductory or fundamental classes will not need prior rocketry experience. For those who enroll in intermediate and advanced camps, some prior experience is required.

Students who enroll in Robotics Camp will be given a kits to build a variety of robots, which they can take home each day. For intermediate and advanced camps, campers will need some prior robotics experience.

The Challenger Center also offers an Aviation Camp that pairs students with a certified flight instructor to gain pilot training lessons on flight simulators. Campers will explore different topics related to aviation, and they will receive a flight logbook to document their training.

Students do not need prior aviation experience, though they must complete Aviator Academy or take the introductory class to sign up for intermediate and advanced courses.

Camps run throughout the months of June and July. Classes costs between $35 and $180. Parents can visit the Challenger Learning Center website to register for camps.

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center is one of more than 40 around the world that bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to youth through educational programs. More than 400,000 middle school students and 40,000 educators use the centers annually.

The centers serve as living memorials to the Challenger 51-L crew that perished on January 28, 1986.

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