GRC’s Space Academy

Space Academy

Completing Grades 1-5

Session 2 – June 27 – July 8
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Flying cars! Blasting asteroids to keep them from hitting Earth! Fact? Or fantasy?  What about ideas that started in comics and books, but are now becoming reality?  From the Jetsons to Jules (Verne), look at how real-life technology is catching up with sci-fi, as you learn about all things space. Construct and launch your own model rocket, and design space vehicles with LEGO Robotics! (Students will be divided into smaller groups by grade, and curriculum adjusted accordingly.)  (No class on July 4.)

 

Session 3 – July 11 – 22
How Do We Know THAT?
How do we know how old the universe is? How do we know the universe is continuing to expand? How does information get from space back to Earth? Take a look at the tools astronomers use in their work — telescopes, satellites, rovers and more! Conduct scientific experiments about light and how we harness it to learn about space. Create a 3-D model of a light wave and see how a spectroscope breaks down light. Construct and launch your own model rocket, and design space vehicles with LEGO Robotics! (Students will be divided into smaller groups by grade, and curriculum adjusted accordingly.)

 


Advanced Space Academy

Completing Grades 6-8

Session 2 – June 27 – July 9
Science Fiction or Science Fact?
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Are multi-verses just for Marvel? Can centrifuges get us into orbit? Does teleportation really exist? How long ago was artificial intelligence predicted? Examine the intersection of science fiction and science facts in space theory and technology. How much have authors gotten right? What are today’s crazy ideas that may be tomorrow’s reality? Plus, design and test your own model rocket, and construct and program space vehicles with LEGO Mindstorms!  (No class on July 4.)

 

Session 3 – July 11 – 22
How Do We Know THAT?

From the Parker Solar Probe and the Van Allen Probes to new deep space technologies, how are we learning about what’s in space? What do we expect do learn from the new James Webb Telescope? Private and governmental space programs have a host of ongoing and proposed projects designed to extract information from all the farflung corners of the universe— let’s learn about them!  Plus, design and test your own model rocket, and construct and program space vehicles with LEGO Mindstorms!


For information about GRC Summer Academies or to request a brochure, please call 314.962.5920.