‘To infinity and beyond’: Richland One launches summer space camps

Kids across the Midlands can spend the summer launching model rockets or learning how to build robots at the Richland One Challenger Learning Center’s summer camp for elementary and middle school students.

The center is hosting three different camps open to any child age 7 to 14 in the Midlands.

Challenger20-Staff&students-wideAstronaut Academy will give campers the opportunity to visit the learning center’s e-Planetarium and to fly jets in the flight simulator. Campers will get to fly a full space mission and construct a robot and a model rocket, which they will be able to take home after launching.

Kids who are registered for Rocket Camp will learn what it takes to be a rocket scientist. Campers will get to learn how to build and launch rockets. The fundamentals and introductory sections of Rocket Camp do not require prior rocketry experience, but the intermediate and advanced sections require that campers have previous rocket experience.

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center also offers a Rocket Family Fun Camp for children and parents.

Robot Camp gives campers a chance to build their very own robot. All sections of Robot Camp will work with Mindstorm EV3 robots by toy company LEGO to construct and program. Campers who are registered for the introductory class do not need prior robotics experience, but those who have signed up for the intermediate section are requited to have some previous robotics experience.

All camp participants are expected to bring a bagged lunch and drink each day of the camp. Camp costs range from $75 to $200. The Rocket Family Fun Camp is open to all ages and costs $35 for students and $10 for parents.

The Challenger Learning Center is at 2600 Barhamville Road near W.A. Perry Middle School. More information about the camps and how to register online can be found at the Challenger Center website.

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