COSMIC ASTRO-SPACE CAMPS
Are the extracurricular programs and after-school activities getting a bit predictable? Do you want something different? Then blast off on an intergalactic mission instead!!
with CENTI ASTRO-SPACE ACTIVITIES
COSMIC ASTRO-SPACE CAMP is really cool.
Having fun and learning too!
So come on board . . .
as we blast off to an experience you won’t forget!!
Having fun and learning too!
So come on board . . .
as we blast off to an experience you won’t forget!!
You can live out your astronaut ambitions by learning about space exploration at space camp. Campers spend their days over a 1 week period (30 hours) exploring the universe through various space missions. The 30 hours can be spread out over a period of time. Contact us for more information about this. Depending on which camp you choose you can travel through the solar system, land on an asteroid or comet, take part in astronaut training exercises, build and launch rockets, go to the moon, travel to Mars, learn about the mysteries of the universe and explore if life exists elsewhere besides Earth.
Cosmic Astro-Space Camps are for ages 8 - 14 although younger or older are also invited to attend. These camps are missions to inspire young people to learn, explore and transform imagination into reality. Space Campers are exposed to decision-making, teamwork and cooperative ventures as they explore Astronomy and Space Science through hands-on projects, space games, roll playing and simulations. Seven camps are offered which also include field trips to planetariums and observatories, demonstrations and guest presenters.
IMPORTANT: After the descriptions, of the camps, on this page you have the opportunity to download either a color or
black & white PDF file of the COSMIC ASTRO SPACE CAMPS we offer, along with other important
information. Also, there is a document for download that lists the science & math
2012 COSMIC ASTRO-SPACE CAMPS - OUTREACH
- Each camp lasts 1 week (30 - 35 hours) in length.
If this won’t work for you we could spread it out
over several weeks or adjust to your specifications.
- 18 participants Max
- We also request that 1 or 2 of your staff assist us
- Each camp is $285.00 per student -- a $45.00 non-refundable deposit per student is required
- Upon completion of the Camps our explorers will receive certificates and awards
- Refer to the following forms (download Packet OTR2012)
> Parent Information > Chaperone Application
> Cosmic Astro-Space Camp > Photo Release Form
***** These camps are available in other localities for schools, organizations, college campuses, Kids College / College for Kids programs, museums, planetariums and other science & non-science facilities. Contact CASA for more information about dates, times, availability and cost.
SURFIN' THE SOLAR SYSTEM..........................................................SS1MS
Our journey begins by talking about the formation of the solar system and developing a timeline of the exploration of our neighbors in space. This will include ground based, unmanned and manned exploration. Using several hands-on activities we will compare the planets and search for similarities and differences. Learn about solar system characteristics and apply this to defining what you believe a planet is. Learn about how much one would weigh on different solar system objects along with how high one could jump. Other activities will help you understand about the forces that keep the planets and satellites orbiting around the parent body. Size and distance in the solar system will be presented in “down to earth” terms through a classic walking tour from the Sun to the planets and beyond. Participants will be divided into teams taking on the roles of Mission Control Specialist, Mission Commander, Navigation Specialist, Medical Officer, Life Support Analyst, Science Advisor and Spacecraft Engineer. Your team will pick a planet or moon for a human mission there. A unique mission patch and flag for your destination will be designed & made. Then you will design & build a model probe that would represent the craft that could land on or orbit it. The team will plan the launch, a navigation route to your destination, how to land or orbit safely, an exploration sequence and a sample return to Earth.
ROCK ‘N ROLL ‘ROUND THE SUN.....................................................RS102MS
Our Solar System is composed of several objects including, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. Come and explore these mysterious objects which date back to the formation of the solar system. You will explore how they formed and the effects they have on the planets and living things. Asteroids found mostly between Mars and Jupiter break apart and many times enter a planets atmosphere as Meteoroids. Upon entering they burn, glow and become visible as meteors. Meteor fragments that survive the fall and strike the surface are called meteorites. Upon striking the surface they cause little to extreme damage to the surface and surrounding area leaving a big hole called a crater. Comets are the oldest remnants of the solar system found beyond planetary orbits, but several have been bumped into the inner part of the solar system leaving debris in its path. Just a few of the activities you will be involved in to answer how they form and their effects include Edible Asteroids, Changes Inside Meteorites, Impact Craters, Mapping Meteorite Strikes, Searching & Retrieving “Meteorites”, Homemade Comets, Trapping Comet Dust with Aerogel-lo and many more. Participants will be divided into teams taking on the roles of Mission Control Specialist, Mission Commander, Navigation Specialist, Medical Officer, Life Support Analyst, Science Advisor and Spacecraft Engineer. Your team will pick an asteroid or comet and design a human or robotic mission. If an asteroid is selected it will be a human mission. If a comet is selected the mission will be a robotic landing. Your team will design and make a unique mission patch & flag to represent the destination. Then you will design & build a model probe that would travel and land on the asteroid or comet. The team will plan the launch, a navigation route to your destination, how to orbit and land safely, an exploration sequence and a sample return to Earth.
GET READY TO BLAST OFF!.............................................................BO103
Blast off with the “Rocket Man” as you become “Rocket Scientists” exploring the world of rocketry. Learn the history, how & why rockets work and their importance to space travel. Many activities will lead to converting ordinary soda bottles into rockets. Your mission is to design and build 2 different sizes of rockets. Once they are built we will launch them using only water and air for fuel. Watch as they soar to over 200 feet in the air!! Several activities will explore how unmanned and manned vehicles explore Outer Space. We will look into how satellites get placed into orbit around a planet; probes to the planets; how humans can survive outside Earth’s atmosphere; what astronauts do; how they exercise, eat and sleep; the future of Space Exploration and much more.
LUNAR MYSTERIES - GETTING THERE & BACK..............................LM104MS
The gateway to the solar system is our neighbor, the Moon. It has been observed for millions of years resulting in stories and myths. However during a single, brief period in the 1960’s & 70’s a flurry of spacecraft was sent to learn more about it. Information we obtained gave us knowledge about our big satellite, but mysteries remain. In the near future humans will return and they will be setting up Lunar Habitats for short and long duration visits. From here we will travel to Mars and beyond. You will investigate craters, measure the distance to the Moon, study “Lunar” soil, build Moon probes, construct a Lunar Base model and many more activities. Participants will be divided into teams taking on the roles of Mission Control Specialist, Mission Commander, Navigation Specialist, Medical Officer, Life Support Analyst, Science Advisor and Spacecraft Engineer. Your team will design a human mission to the Moon which will include the following: design and develop a unique mission patch and flag, plan the launch, develop the navigation sequence, decide how to land safely, set up a mock life-size base, develop an exploration plan, a lunar sample return and procedures for getting back safely to Earth.
MISSIONS TO MARS - GETTING THERE & BACK............................MM105MS
EARTH INVADES MARS!! Many robotic missions have been sent to the red planet to search for water and signs of life with the goal of sending humans. Become “Mars Mission Specialists” and explore the latest information, learn the techniques used to study the surface and atmosphere and how Mars will eventually be the home away from home. The Moon may be our stepping stone to the planets, but Mars will be our access to the stars. Some of the activities include: examining surface features, Mars Lander, testing the ”Martian” soil, searching for life, designing & building a Mars Base model and many more. Participants will be divided into teams taking on the roles of Mission Control Specialist, Mission Commander, Navigation Specialist, Medical Officer, Life Support Analyst, Science Advisor and Spacecraft Engineer. Your team will design a human mission to Mars which will include the following: design and develop a unique mission patch and flag, plan the launch, develop the navigation sequence, decide how to land safely, set up a mock life-size base, develop an exploration plan, a Mars sample return and procedures for getting back safely to Earth.
ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE??.............................................................AB106
This camp is an extension of the mini-camp “Does Life Exist Elsewhere?” Are we alone in the universe? You’re invited to join the search to explore this mystery. Children and adults are filled with questions about life on otherworlds. They have seen fantastic scenarios presented on televisionand in films, heard about exploring and colonizingspace and have followed the drama of manned and roboticspace missions. The answers to the questions that arise out ofthese experiences are often difficult to answer. The hands-on activities in this mini-camp lay the groundwork for understanding questions fundamental to thefield of astrobiology. These activities introducestudents to core ideas in astrobiology byexamining five key questions: 1) What is life?, 2) What does life require?, 3) Which planets and moons outside our solar system might be habitable?, 4) How do Earth’s extremophiles (organisms living under conditions we consider extreme and uninhabitable) support the idea of extraterrestrial life? And 5) What are the possibilities for life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond? Through these experiences, students learn important ideas related to the search for extraterrestrial life.
CRUISIN’ THE COSMOS......................................................................CC107
When we observe the night sky, the planets, stars and galaxies seem like twinkling lights and appear to be close together. We know that some objects are closer to the Earth than others and that enormous distances separate us from other objects in the universe. Stellar distances will be introduced by calculating the time to travel to near and distant destinations and constructing a time scale model. The components of galaxies will be explored providing an understanding of how the composition of stars is determined. One of the most unique components of galaxies are black holes which will be better understood through role playing and models. Students will become familiar about star light and its composition. The light from stars and other stellar objects is broken down through Spectroscopy which will be introduced as various spectrums of stars are examined. A chart on the life cycle of stars will be developed along with acting out this sequence. Students will investigate the origins of star patterns we call constellations and then will invent their own using their favorite objects or people. To study the night sky they will make their own star and constellation locators and learn tips and techniques for delving into astronomy as a hobby. Learning about magnifying objects and how telescopes work will lead students to building their own to use to study the stars. These and many other activities will help in reaching for the stars and beyond.
Click on one of the PDF files below listed as: SPACE CAMPS Packet OTR2012 for a detailed list of camps available, their titles, descriptions, activities, important paperwork and contact information. For your convenience you have the option of a color or black & white (bw) version. Also, below is another PDF file: OUTREACH STANDARDS listing the science, math and other standards for each camp.
Centi Astro-Space Activities
Christopher S. Centi, “Rocket Man”
423 Baker Street, # 5
Jamestown, New York 14701
Phone: (716) 397 - 6254
Web Site: www.centiastrospace.weebly.com