Camp Inspires Students to "Reach for the Stars"
Local middle school students are taking on the roles of NASA scientists and engineers during a two-week residential camp known as “Reach for the Stars,” which wrapped up today with a rocket launch event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
The camp is comprised of a diverse pool of students with disabilities, at-risk students, and those who are talented and gifted. The camp encourages students to pursue higher education and careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—disciplines. During the two-week experience, the students learned about robotics, earth science, green technology, planetary science and rocket science.
The highlight of the camp occurred this week, as students designed and built their own rockets, each carrying an egg astronaut onboard. With guidance from NASA engineers, students designed a way to package their egg astronaut rocket with the hopes of having a successful launch, parachute deployment and soft landing.
The camp is collaboratively funded by NASA, UMES, Worcester County (MD), Ronald McDonald Charities and the TIME Foundation.