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Posted: 7/22/2021 6:20:19 AM EDT
We're sending our son to Space Camp (Space Academy) for his 14th birthday.  Anyone have any advise?
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:22:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:24:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2021 6:31:03 AM EDT by oscardeuce]
Sent both my daughters there
The older was interested in aerospace
Engineering or space meteorology.

She has her BS in Meteorology

What ruined it for her second time were the kids that were sent there for free and didn’t want to be there. You know, the at risk youth…Totally ruined the final mission and had her in tears.
I was pissed and let them know it
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:30:54 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By oscardeuce:
Sent both my daughters there
The older was interested in aerospace
Engineering or space meteorology.

She has her BS in Meteorology

What ruined it for her second time were the kids that were sent there for free and didn’t want to be there. Totally ruined the final mission and had her in tears.
I was pissed and let them know it
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Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:42:42 AM EDT
Just tell your kid not to befriend a robot named Jinx
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:47:44 AM EDT
Tagged.  Always wanted to go as a kid.

Now vicariously hoping mine will want to go at the right age.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 6:59:01 AM EDT
I went as a kid, worked there during/after college, as did my wife. Still have a friend working there and currently have a nephew working as a counselor. Ask me, and I will ask them.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:04:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2021 8:00:57 AM EDT by mike3000fl]
My parents sent me like 30 years ago lol.

when you first get there they gave us a test in the auditorium. Your score determines what roles you will play. Not everyone gets to be commander or pilot. It pays to study up on space and nasa first. Some kids ended up payload specialist and just did weird experiments during the mission instead of anything flight related.

we did two simulations. You play a role on the shuttle orbiter on one and a role on ground control on the other. Some kids played a role on the Skylab which I assume would be the ISS now.

if you do well on the test and get commander or pilot, you won't also get to be the superstar on ground control like flight director. Both missions have a timeline you follow with things that need to be accomplished. They throw curveballs at ya like warning lights on the dash.

it was fun. A few days of orientation and tours leading up to the simulations. Met some cool friends at the time.

let them get the flight suit, they will feel cool while they are there.


Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:06:32 AM EDT
When I was in 5th grade the district sent all the 5th graders for a week. Probably not much help since this was 20 years ago.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:09:48 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By mike3000fl:
My parents sent me like 30 years ago lol.

when you first get there they gave us a test in the auditorium. Your score determines what roles you will play. Not everyone gets to be commander or pilot. It pays to study up on space and nasa first. Some kids ended up payload specialist and just did weird experiments during the mission instead of anything flight related.

we did two simulations. You play a role on the shuttle orbiter on one and a role on ground control on the other. Some kids played a role on the Skylab which I assume would be the ISS now.

if you do well on the test and get commander or pilot, you won't also get to be the superstar on ground control like flight control. Both missions have a timeline you follow with things that need to be accomplished. They throw curveballs at ya like warning lights on the dash.

it was fun. A few days of orientation and tours leading up to the simulations. Met some cool friends at the time.

let them get the flight suit, they will feel cool while they are there.


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Wait a minute, I was a payload specialist when I went.

But then, I didn't give a shit about history of who was who,  former administrators or Senate select committees on whatever.  

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:37:51 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By oscardeuce:
Sent both my daughters there
The older was interested in aerospace
Engineering or space meteorology.

She has her BS in Meteorology

What ruined it for her second time were the kids that were sent there for free and didn’t want to be there. You know, the at risk youth…Totally ruined the final mission and had her in tears.
I was pissed and let them know it
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I'd be super pissed, too, given what it costs. Go send the shitbirds to some local summer STEM program if you want to waste people's time and leave Spacecamp to those who work for a living and want to be there.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:47:26 AM EDT
I went in 5th grade to the one in Montreal.  I remember it being fun, but don't remember any specifics.  Would've been 2003 I think.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:52:14 AM EDT
In for info as I am planning on sending one of kids next year.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:52:59 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By yenrab22:
Just tell your kid not to befriend a robot named Jinx
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Link Posted: 7/22/2021 7:58:26 AM EDT
Sister went and loved it.

I went down the road to Aviation Challenge that same week.
Won top gun in the simulators.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:03:04 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By oscardeuce:
Sent both my daughters there
The older was interested in aerospace
Engineering or space meteorology.

She has her BS in Meteorology

What ruined it for her second time were the kids that were sent there for free and didn't want to be there. You know, the at risk youthTotally ruined the final mission and had her in tears.
I was pissed and let them know it
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I can relate. our first mission we had to retrieve a satellite or some shit. Some kid completely screwed that up and threw off our timeline and made it rough on everyone else.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:14:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2021 8:22:38 AM EDT by detacbob]
I went to Space Academy way back in like '89.

It was amazing back then with an actual space program running.

Went in Huntsville, AL because at that time there was also Space Camp in Florida.

Huntsville was near Red Stone Rocket arsenal. We were fortunate to see an SRB test live at Redstone.

I still have my diploma, wings, and flightsuit packed away somewhere.

ETA: back then they had two sets of student quarters. One was like apartments and one was a bunk house. We stayed in the bunkhouse setup, one large room whole bunch of bunkbeds.  One night near the end of the week we moved all of the bunks out of the room and used pillows and a Koosh  ball to play baseball in the room.

Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:17:18 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By detacbob:
I went to Space Academy way back in like '89.

It was amazing back then with an actual space program running.

Went in Huntsville, AL because at that time there was also Space Camp in Florida.

Huntsville was near Red Stine Rocket arsenal. We were fortunate to see an SRB test live at Redstone.

I still have my diploma, wings, and flightsuit packed away somewhere.
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I went to Huntsville in the early 90s. 92ish maybe? Loved it. I still have a LOT of vivid memories of the place.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:18:33 AM EDT
Not Space Camp, but one of the Challenger Learning Centers.  I took my students there for about 10 years, but my school stopped the funding for all field trips.  We did about 2 weeks of "training" in class beforehand and each job had a bunch of activities to do.  99% of my students loved it!  I think most of the 1% were just trying to act cool by saying it sucked.  It was boring for me as the teacher since I could not do anything and had to just watch my students have all the fun.  I would walked around and watched and played with the robotic arms that were not being used.  Never could get the hang of those things.  Awesome experience!!
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:19:53 AM EDT
Lance Bass space camp?

-P
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:25:12 AM EDT
One of my girls went multiple years.  She enjoyed it.

Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:30:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kharn:

Wait a minute, I was a payload specialist when I went.

But then, I didn't give a shit about history of who was who,  former administrators or Senate select committees on whatever.  

Kharn
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Originally Posted By mike3000fl:
My parents sent me like 30 years ago lol.

when you first get there they gave us a test in the auditorium. Your score determines what roles you will play. Not everyone gets to be commander or pilot. It pays to study up on space and nasa first. Some kids ended up payload specialist and just did weird experiments during the mission instead of anything flight related.

we did two simulations. You play a role on the shuttle orbiter on one and a role on ground control on the other. Some kids played a role on the Skylab which I assume would be the ISS now.

if you do well on the test and get commander or pilot, you won't also get to be the superstar on ground control like flight control. Both missions have a timeline you follow with things that need to be accomplished. They throw curveballs at ya like warning lights on the dash.

it was fun. A few days of orientation and tours leading up to the simulations. Met some cool friends at the time.

let them get the flight suit, they will feel cool while they are there.



Wait a minute, I was a payload specialist when I went.

But then, I didn't give a shit about history of who was who,  former administrators or Senate select committees on whatever.  

Kharn


Heh, I was a payload specialist, too! LOVED my time there, had a huge influence on my love of technology and caused me to get interested in electronics. Do they still have the old Lunar Lander video game?
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:33:43 AM EDT
Fuck! I never got to go to space camp
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:34:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By detacbob:
I went to Space Academy way back in like '89.

It was amazing back then with an actual space program running.

Went in Huntsville, AL because at that time there was also Space Camp in Florida.

Huntsville was near Red Stone Rocket arsenal. We were fortunate to see an SRB test live at Redstone.

I still have my diploma, wings, and flightsuit packed away somewhere.

ETA: back then they had two sets of student quarters. One was like apartments and one was a bunk house. We stayed in the bunkhouse setup, one large room whole bunch of bunkbeds.  One night near the end of the week we moved all of the bunks out of the room and used pillows and a Koosh  ball to play baseball in the room.

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When I went, they put us up in old barracks at Redstone. Kinda cool, my mom had worked at Redstone Arsenal during the Apollo program (ended up moving to the Cape after marrying my dad -he worked in assembly on the Saturn V rockets).
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:38:23 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By bya72:
Not Space Camp, but one of the Challenger Learning Centers.  I took my students there for about 10 years, but my school stopped the funding for all field trips.  We did about 2 weeks of "training" in class beforehand and each job had a bunch of activities to do.  99% of my students loved it!  I think most of the 1% were just trying to act cool by saying it sucked.  It was boring for me as the teacher since I could not do anything and had to just watch my students have all the fun.  I would walked around and watched and played with the robotic arms that were not being used.  Never could get the hang of those things.  Awesome experience!!
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Link Posted: 7/22/2021 8:46:49 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By oscardeuce:
Sent both my daughters there
The older was interested in aerospace
Engineering or space meteorology.

She has her BS in Meteorology

What ruined it for her second time were the kids that were sent there for free and didn’t want to be there. You know, the at risk youth…Totally ruined the final mission and had her in tears.
I was pissed and let them know it
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Link Posted: 7/22/2021 9:14:26 AM EDT
Not my kids, but I went to the Future Astronaut Training Program at the Kansas Cosmosphere when I was young.

It was an amazing experience and if you have a chance to send your kids to something like that, I would highly recommend it!
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 9:20:21 AM EDT
My wife did it two years ago.  It was a free trip as an educator.  She had a blast.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 9:29:44 AM EDT
too risky since they may accidently be launched into real space
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 10:07:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 10:25:17 AM EDT
I was probably there with some of you back in the late eighties.
Space academy first then aviation challenge later. Stayed in the new dorms the second time. Awesome.

Still dress up in my flight suit for my wife. Lol.
I remember a bunch of us singing you've lost that loving feeling to a hot camp counselor under the Pathfinder. Total dorks, but loved every minute of it.

I studied the STS manual before, still have it. I was Commander for the first mission, second some flunky at mission control. Balance the good with the bad!
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