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NASA Selects Challenger Learning Center of Maine to Host Astronaut Appearance




Challenger Learning Center of Maine is holding an exciting week of summer camp for students entering grades 6-8 during the week of August 4-8, 2014. A highlight of their week will be connecting with a very special Maine native during their week of training: NASA astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy!

Astronaut Academy camp gives students the opportunity to learn about many aspects of astronaut life and training. They will learn about space travel, nourishment, mental and physical agility, and campers will prepare for and "fly" two missions at the Challenger Center in Bangor.

In addition to the virtual appearance by Chris Cassidy from Houston on August 6th, during Astronaut Academy week, campers will also have the opportunity to learn from an Aerospace expert from the University of Maine Physics Department. Astronaut Academy features an off-site trip to the Carrabassett Valley Ski Academy in western Maine, where campers will have the opportunity to test their agility on the academy's giant trampoline and climbing wall. Survival skills and buoyancy training are also a feature of the off-site day.

The Astronaut Academy camp runs from 9 AM - 3 PM August 4-8, with extended times for drop off and pick up each day at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor. The fee for the entire week is $410. FMI: (207) 990-2900 ext. 1 /

Challenger's Summer of Discovery is providing campers in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 with six weeks that are filled with excitement. Special speakers are enhancing their experience by sharing unique expertise. Dr. John Callas, project manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project, will make two virtual web conference appearances for 3-5 graders: July 16 and 23 at 11:00 AM.

From gold panning, learning about salmon from a NOAA biologist, to learning about robotics from the head of the robotic surgery program at Eastern Maine Medical Center, campers are seeing real-life examples of careers in the fields of science, math, technology and engineering. During Secret Agent Camp, 3-5 graders will have the chance to learn about canine explosive detection at Bangor. Also on the list: International Airport from Officer Chris Desmond and his canine partner, Sony; and Maine game warden, Jim Fahey. John Michaud, director of Legal Studies at Husson University, worked as a special agent in the Naval CSI for 25 years. He will talk about criminal justice and his real world experience on August 1st at 10:00 AM during Secret Agent camp week. Limited space is still available for students entering grades 3-5. FMI: