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Summer Science & Engineering Day Camps at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Concord, NH – The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is offering seven week-long science and engineering camps this summer for kids ages 5 – 14. The camps are led by specially selected NASA Space Grant interns – college students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math fields) and overseen by the Discovery Center’s Director of Education, Mirka Zapletal. Summer 2019 camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for a shorter camp during the 4thof July week, and include:

Astronomy 101

Coding and Programming and Robots…Oh Yes!From June 24-28, youth ages 10-14 explore the world of coding and programming using LEGO Mindstorms, in a camp that serves as an introduction to computer coding and programming and its application to robotic space missions. Campers will complete daily challenges that put their new knowledge and skills to the test.


Blast Off!– From Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, kids ages 8-12 will rocket their way to the stars with a summer camp that brings out the engineer in everyone. They will build and modify different types of rockets each day including model rockets, water rockets, and air rockets.


Junior Flyers on Earth and Beyond!During the week of July 8-12, the younger set – ages 5-7 – will prepare for launch as they learn the basics of aerodynamics, flight and even rocket design. Then the campers will leave Earth, travelling through the solar system and learning about the Sun and planets.


Engineering Expedition–From July 15-19,8-12-year-olds will dive into the design process with daily engineering challenges. They will build prototypes using cardboard and other found materials—and then refine their designs in time for a presentation to family and friends.


Tech for Ecology– July 22-26, 10-14-year-olds find out how biologists in the field use technology to learn about wildlife and plants. They will explore equipment and methods used to collect field data as we document life just outside the Discovery Center.


Astronomy 101– From July 21-August 2, youth ages 8-12 become amateur astronomers, learning about what makes up our solar system and everything beyond, using telescopes to learn how astronomers are unraveling the mysteries of the universe every day and see what they can spy in the sky.


The camp season wraps up August 5-9 with Imaging the Universe, in which youth ages 10-14 learn how astronomers see the universe and how images of its many wonders are manipulated to help communicate the data gathered by the camera’s lens. They will learn some basic astronomy and then capture pictures of the universe using low- and high-tech methods.


All camps except Blast Off! cost $345 per child/teen, with a discounted price of $320 for each additional child/teen from the same family, and a 10% discount for members. Enrollment in Blast Off! is $207 per child, with a discounted price of $192 for each additional child from the same family, and a 10% discount for members.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a 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