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Calling all astronauts and rocket scientists! Rocketeer Academy’s summer camp 2017 will be here before you know it and there’s an entire universe of fun and excitement to explore! Open to cadets entering kindergarten through 9th grade, summer camp 2017 will offer intergalactic adventure – from habitats on Mars to alien bug hunting and space robotics. A new camp starts every Monday beginning June 5, 2017, and each cadet level offers two different programs to choose from:

Comets (entering grades K-1; half-day) and Mercury (entering grades 2-3; full day)
Comet camps are 9-1; Mercury camps are 9-4. Lunch is included for both.

Rex Rocket's Asteroid Roundup: Dig for fossils (and make your own)! Build dinosaur dioramas! Blast craters and make waves like the day the dinosaurs ended. Design a rocket to protect Earth from asteroids! (Not all activities available to half-day Comet camp.) (No field trip)

  • Build & launch your own model rocket
  • Learn where everything is in the solar system
  • Build dinosaurs, fossils and more – then build a dino diorama
  • Make a big splash with a mini-asteroid
  • Check out skulls of modern animals
  • Follow the footprints. Who made those tracks?
  • Make dinosaur puppets – then stage your own show

Aviation Camp Its wheels up as you learn what it takes to fly. Why do balloons have to be so big? Which paper airplane goes the farthest? Can you run your own airport? (Not all activities available to half-day Comet camp.) (No field trip)

  • Build & launch your own model rocket
  • Fly in and out of a model airport (floor mat with model airplanes)
  • Learn how gliders in nature work
  • Learn why balloons float and sink
  • Discover the secrets of parachutes
  • Those fabulous flying machines, from kites to helicopters, and why they work

Gemini (entering grades 4-6) Enrollment limited to 14

Target Earth Learn how the dinosaurs lived – and ended – and how NASA is exploring asteroids to stop it from happening to us. Cadets will try their hands at making craters with different size impactors, and learn the basics of tsunamis—because that big rock is more likely to hit ocean than land. (Field trip to and sleepover at Albuquerque museums.)

  • Build & launch your own model rocket
  • Make your mark with craters and tsunamis
  • Practice prospecting on asteroids with a mini-sub simulating a space probe
  • Take a field trip to meet Celophysis, the state dinosaur at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque. Sleepover with the dinos!
  • Visit the University of New Mexico's Institute of Meteoritics and get a first-hand view of the various types of rocks that strike our world and the tools scientists use to study them.
  • Practice rock retrieval techniques like the ones NASA will use to learn more about the threat asteroids pose to humans.
  • Did dinos keep warm with feathers? Test Potatosaurus alamogordi and find out.
  • Pool activity (simulate EVA to sample an asteroid)

Gemini (entering grades 4-6) Enrollment limited to 14.
Apollo (entering grades 7-9) Enrollment limited to 14.

Wheels Up! Let your imagination take flight as you learn the basics of aviation, from balloons to jets to gliders that might help us explore Mars. Probe the design secrets of World War II aircraft and modern drones, and test models in a wind tunnel.

  • Build & launch your own model rocket
  • Learn the secrets of World War II and Cold War combat aircraft at War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa
  • Meet unmanned vehicles at the Physical Sciences Lab at New Mexico State in Las Cruces
  • All about the mysteries of air pressure
  • One if by land, two if by space – the basics of navigation
  • Hair driers show how planes work
  • Parachute design and testing
  • Test model wings and airplanes in wind tunnels
  • Museum sleepover, Wednesday night.

Apollo (entering grades 7-9) Enrollment limited to 14

Space ‘Bots & More. Landsat 7 is running out of fuel. An astronaut on Mars needs an appendectomy. What to do? Space robots to the rescue. Practice refueling the Landsat 7 satellite, visit a telerobotic surgical system, and learn to build and program robots.

  • Luke Hand—program a model of a robotic hand to help astronauts in space or patients on Earth.
  • Ozobots—train golf ball-size robots to follow the yellow brick road (OK, a set of color bands)
  • Design tools to refuel Landsat 7 satellite, then demonstrate with robots
  • Build simple submersibles & operate Sea Perch, a submersible with a video system
  • Learn basics of LEGO MindStorms
  • NMSU Aggie Innovation Space
  • Virtual visit to NASA’s satellite servicing lab in Maryland
  • Build & launch your own model rocket
  • Pool activity (simulate satellite servicing)
  • Museum sleepover, Wednesday night.

For more information, call 575-437-2840, x41132 or visit the museum education department.

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