Courtesy of Go For Launch!
Courtesy of Go For Launch!

Middle or high school kids climbing the walls as summer wraps up? Send them to space (camp).

Higher Orbits, an educational nonprofit located in Virginia, is bringing its program “Go for Launch!” to the Kentucky Science Center in early August. It’s a three-day space camp where students work together in teams to develop an idea for a space experiment, and then present it to a panel of judges in the space and STEM fields. 

gfl-patch-louisville-kscWinners from each event in the division will compete for the divisional title, and those winners will have their experiments launched into space. For real. On a satellite built by Lexington’s Space Tango.

Speakers scheduled to participate during the space camp include retired astronaut Don Thomas; former ISS flight controller and astronaut instructor Michelle Lucas; Space Tango president Twyman Clements; director of business operations for Space Tango, Ellie Puckett; space enthusiast and educator Katie Kubitskey; and Dr. Julia Aebersold.

The goal is to illustrate the numerous opportunities that exist in STEM-related careers.

Go For Launch! runs Aug. 1-3 at Kentucky Science Center. Registration for high school students is $250 and includes all supplies, snacks and meals. To register or for more information, please visit GoForLaunch.space. Scholarships are available for those interested; inquire directly to [email protected].

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