About Summer Camps
Moon Base I / Mars Base
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Moon Base and Mars Base Summer Camps are one-week coed day camps that introduce children to space exploration in a dynamic and tangible environment. Spend a week training like an astronaut create the first permanent outpost off our home planet! Either Moon or Mars, learning how to live in a space base takes planning and is fun!
Wear spacesuits, test meteor impact craters, design your own Lunar habitat, grown your own space plants, run simulations in Mission Control and the Moon Base, and launch rockets!
Camp staffers are teachers, scientists and engineers with experience in a wide variety of space-related science and engineering fields. Moon Base Camp is designed for grades 3-5, Mars Camp is created for grades 6-8, and our Robotics camp is designed primarily for grades 8-12. These camps are located in the northern Virginia and Maryland areas. Affiliated summer camps are held State College, PA.
Build a rover with a rocker suspension system similar to the Mars rovers, program the rover to maneuver through an obstacle course autonomously, add sensors to help the rover make it through the obstacle courses more easily, and learn how to program the rover to operate remotely via infrared and radio control. Learn how to add a camera to perform simple object recognition and have the rover chase a colored ball.
At the end of the week, you keep the rover and all the software.
Cost is $350.
- Build the rover and Introduction to programming.
- Motor control and sequential programming.
- Using sensors, ultrasound, light, IR ranging.
- Remote control, wireless, infrared.
- Image recognition.
- Basic mechanics
- Basic electronics
- Programming in C/C++ and Java
What are Camp Hours?
Do you provide food?
What if my child has medical concerns?
Do I have to provide a date of last tetanus shot?
Can I help?
Who are your camp counselors?
1. Experience working with children in a camp setting
2. Knowledge of space and engineering
3. Maturity, reliability, organizational skills
4. Our senior camp leader is a teacher
Each camp counselor must complete a Maryland and Virginia background investigation and undergo CPR and First Aid training. The counselor – student ratio is typically 15 to 1. In addition, we have adult and teen volunteers.
Who do I contact in an emergency?
Can my camper be picked up by another parent?
Summer Camp Registration