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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Welcomes Education Interns to Lead  Virtual STEM Summer Camps

Concord, NH --This June, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center welcomed interns Sarah Fleischman and Maria Skidmore to its Education Team to lead the Center’s 2020 Virtual STEM Summer Camps, which run from June 22 to August 7. The internship positions, supported by funding from the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium, provide an opportunity for college students in STEM fields to utilize their knowledge and skills by instructing children in earth and space sciences.

Sarah Fleischman is a sophomore at Cornell University, where she plans to major in Computer Science. She grew up in Concord, and looks forward to engaging New Hampshire students through STEM education. Sarah’s goal, she says, “is to engage with students and inspire them to become engineers”— adding that she is “super excited to be working at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center this summer!”

Maria Skidmore is a junior at the University of New Hampshire, where she studies Chemical Engineering and Pre-Medical Sciences. She is part of the University Honors Program and volunteers her time as a member of the Society for Women Engineers (SWE). “I enjoy listening to others and helping them overcome their challenges,” says Maria. “I am enthusiastic about spreading knowledge and hope to learn more about myself [through this internship] as well.”

Enrollment is open for McAuliffe-Shepard’s 2020 STEM Summer Camps. The all-virtual format of this year’s camps will allow the Discovery Center to continue its mission of inspiring and educating audiences in and beyond New England, while ensuring staff and visitor safety by adhering to social distancing protocols. Each week-long camp experience will include virtual lessons with the museum’s interns, hands-on projects and activities, and opportunities for children to enjoy peer-to-peer social interaction. Camp topics include astronomy, flight, and weather, with options available for children ages 5 through 14. The cost of registration includes nearly all materials needed to complete the camps. The Discovery Center will package and ship a kit of supplies and information to each camper. For registrations made within 10 days of the camp start date, the needed materials will be available for curbside pickup at the Discovery Center.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.


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