When space camp comes to school, middle school students become excited about their future careers.
“It sounds nerdy, but it really isn’t,” said Spencer Shumway, an eighth grade student at Westport Middle school who hoes to be an aerospace engineer.
His best friend, Ben Chmielewski agreed. He said they have launched rockets together before, but in order to prepare better for their future careers, they are spending out of school time at the University of Louisville Ranch Planetarium’s after school pilot program. Ben wants to be a nuclear physicist when he grows up.
The program is free to students, and is billed as a “space engineering boot camp”. The planetarium has run the camp before as a summer camp, but this is the first time it is available during the school year.
A group of 15 students engages in hands on lessons four days a week. for four weeks. The program is now offered during the schools year to make it available to those who cannot attend during the summer or who live further downtown. They are creating rockets and learning about creating a biosphere which could be used for future planetary exploration.