Space Campers will explore the universe, build and fire rockets, explore engineering and have a blast at this popular summer camp session for 10 – 12 year olds.
Day 1: Science Slime
Slime is one of our most popular activities at Blackrock Castle Observatory. However, the same ingredients can make a fluid gloop, a nearly solid putty and anything in between! Campers will learn about measurements and mixtures, all while creating their very own slime mixture unique to them.
Day 2: Telescopes
Use a real telescope, explore optics and lenses. Visit the Observatory’s telescope and even construct your own model.
Day 3: Builder Day
Space Campers will learn about architecture and habitat design, as well as which shapes are the toughest.
Day 4: Alien Life
- The Drake Equation: We don’t know exactly how many stars have planets or how likely it is that life arises. By filling in our own numbers, we get an idea for how likely life is and everybody can get a different answer depending on what they think.
- Kepler: The Kepler space telescope has been searching for planets around distant stars since 2009 and it has found THOUSANDS of them. We’ll learn more about some of the weird and wacky planets Keplers found. What kind of alien would live on a planet with two suns?
- XenoBiology: By taking what we know about life on Earth, we can make predictions about what we might find on other planets. Using the planets we’ve already discussed, we’ll make aliens for high gravity, aliens that float through gas giants, the limit is your imagination
Day 5: Rockets
Back to Earth for the last day of Space Camp as we get ready to blast off. Make a variety of rocket models before launching up, up and away!