If your gifted child has high aspirations, the kind of aspirations that are out of this world, literally, the Space Explorers Summer Camp might be his or her perfect choice. Campers get to train as astronauts, scientists, and engineers aboard Jacksonville’s own space flight simulator and mission control center — one of only three Challenger Learning Centers in Florida.
The camp “focuses on cooperative learning and team building in the areas of science, math, technology, and engineering,” says Sheree Kearns, Sr. Flight Director at the Challenger Learning Center, located on the campus of Kirby Smith Middle School.
Campers also get to compete in challenges such as a solar system grand prix and engineering design activities, as they participate in simulated space missions. The final day of the week-long camp, the crew takes off to Kennedy Space Center for a more in-depth look at a real space center.
The camp is open to children completing fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, though gifted children completing third grade may also participate if the child has the ability “to be a team player and can be self-managed,” adds Kearns.
Two separate sessions will be held this summer — both offering the same experience. The first session will be held from June 21 to June 25. The second option is slated June 28 through July 2. The deadline to register is April 23.
Kirby Smith Middle School is located at 2034 Hubbard Street, in Jacksonville. For more information abut this camp, call 904-630-6601.
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