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Who: Middle school students from all over Maryland.

What: Participate in a Space Science Camp, sponsored by the Maryland Summer Center for Space Science.

Where: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md.

When: Two weeks during the summer.

Why: Help students learn about space technology and science.

Science Camper Activities:
  • Launched a plastic soda bottle rocket.

  • Planned and designed a space mission, including building a scale model of the spacecraft, complete with instruments.

  • Created mission logos, posters explaining the mission, and budgets for the mission.

  • Gave talks explaining their missions to other students.

  • Created a space travel brochure.

  • Studied the dangers of asteroid impacts by creating and studying small impact craters.

  • Made a Star Finder.

  • Took a field trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • Kept a journal of their experiences at camp.
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Statement by Lou Ann Robbins, 13:

"Our team planned a mission to Mars. We figured it would take seven months and $50 billion to get there."

Statement by Connie Finney, APL Space Camp Coordinator:

"The kids learned by doing instead of just reading about it. We hope some of the students will think about a career in space."

Research Web Sites:

APL Video "Careers in Space":

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