2020 Virtual NASA Astro Camp®

For Middle School Students (6th - 8th Grades)

 

Monday - Friday, July 6-10, 2020

Length: M-F; 1 week
Grades: 6th-8th
Tuition: $300
Target Students: 25 middle school students who have limited or no previous experience in STEM.

For High School Students (9th and 10th Grade)

 

Monday - Friday, July 13-17, 2020

Length: M-F; 1 week
Grades: 9th-10th
Tuition: $300
Target Students: 25 high school students who have limited or no previous experience in STEM.

This 5-day camp of exploration, problem solving, collaboration and team building, with a total of 15 hours of STEM instruction will focus on research methodology in a virtual classroom setting. Campers will be engaged throughout the week, exploring possibilities, asking questions and pondering new ways to solve problems while studying subjects such as Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, planetary Science, the International Space Station, and Journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Each week the campers will complete a series of projects that expand their understanding of each subject studied. The projects will be fun and interactive. Competitive games and collaborative learning activities will keep them engaged. Agnes Scott College will provide project/ learning kits that will include camp t-shirts, instructions and a camper’s journal. Additional resources will be provided in an online format to include a camps schedule/calendar and instructors’ bios.

Campers will be asked to take photos and/or video their projects then upload them to us as proof of completion. Each Friday, virtual tours of museums, planetariums and space centers will be offered to enhance and provide a rich culmination of the week's learning opportunities.

By the end of the program, campers will be able to articulate and present authentic NASA projects, be presented with a NASA Certificate of Completion and Badges earned.


What technology is required?

Each participant should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a built-in microphone and webcam and reliable internet access.


Tentative Daily Schedule:

7:45 am - 8:00 am Zoom Check-in waiting area
8:00 am - 8:50 am Mission Team Assignment
8:55 am - 9:00 am Break - Class Movement
9:00 am - 9:45 am Mission Team Assignment
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:45 am Mission Team Assignment
10:45 am - 10:50 am Break
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mission Team Assignment
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Daily Entries in Journal

 

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Program Director

Gwen Badie program directorLt Col (ret) Gwendolyn A Badie honorably served 32 years in the United States Air Force.  Upon retiring in 2015, she was recruited by NASA to head the Human Resources Department of the NASA Shared Services Center providing un-paralleled customer service to over 18,000 Federal Civil Service Employees, Congressional Appointees and the NASA Administrator.  During her work with NASA, Lt Col Badie was introduced to the NASA Astro Camp® program.  This phenomenal experience inspired her pursuit to bring this outstanding one-of-a-kind camp to the children within her local community and the State of Georgia.

In addition to serving her country, Lt Col Badie established and founded the Family-2-Family Foundation, Inc.  A non-profit charitable organization that provides humanitarian and social services to military and community families due to crisis and economic hardship.  Our foundations goal is to bring stability to the family core which will positively impact our neighborhoods and change the economic outlook in our local, state and global communities.  Lt Col Badie felt the Foundation would be the perfect conduit to bridge the gap between NASA and universities, colleges, and K-12 schools.  Her work within the local schools and community led to the foundation’s recognition and support from the Macon Chamber of Commerce.

Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Information Systems; and master’s degree in Military Operational & Arts Science.  She works and supports multiple youth programs in her church, and she is very active in her daughter’s school academics, activities and extra curriculum events.  The Family-2-Family Foundation, Inc. is the only organization that is approved/certified by NASA’s legal team to host NASA Astro Camp® in the State of Georgia.