New for 2018!
Camp KSC®, a 5-day summer camp at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, welcomes future space explorers in grades 2-11 to try their hands at living and working in space without ever leaving Earth. Located on America’s multi-user spaceport, this camp inspires and educates as only NASA can.
Campers will be divided by grade level with catered curriculum for each age group. Note that some experiences may be unavailable due to the age, height or weight of the camper.
During their five days at the visitor complex, campers will rotate through these five experiences:
NEW Astronaut Training Experience®
Campers will train in three areas: launch operations, Mars operations, and spacewalk training. For the launch training, campers will complete two missions: each camper will be assigned a position in Mission Control for one mission, and in the spacecraft for a second mission. In the Mars operations training area, campers will take turns landing on Mars and driving on Mars in full-motion simulators (a low-motion version is available for those who prefer a less dynamic experience) and walking on Mars using virtual reality equipment. Additionally, campers will strap in to our one-of-a-kind microgravity chairs to fully experience the sensation of conducting a spacewalk in a frictionless environment, as each team collaborates to make repairs to an orbital truss. Finally, they will also participate in interactive briefings about living and working in space and on Mars.
Please note that some of the ATX simulators have height and weight restrictions and may not be accessible to all campers.
NEW Mars Base 1
Transport to Mars for a day of activities as Rookie Astronauts. Time will be spent in the Base Operations Center, where campers will work together to sustain the health and safety of the Base. Rookie Astronauts will handle communications both on- and off-planet, collect and analyze satellite images, create maps, program robotic rovers to complete rescue missions, dispatch emergency crews to make repairs, and handle any other problems that may arise from the crash. In the Engineering Lab they will program and operate a swarm of robots to clear debris from solar panels, generating power for the base. They will also participate in real-time NASA research in our Botany Lab, which is affiliated with NASA’s Food Production program, growing a variety of vegetables using the latest indoor gardening techniques.
Spend the day exploring the many different programs NASA and its partners have created to allow humanity to live and work in the space closest to our planet Earth. To gain a better understanding of NASA’s ongoing commitment to both environmental stewardship and global technology, campers will participate in guided interactive tours, scavenger hunts, and simulators. Some of the activity areas include the Rocket Garden, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Science on a Sphere®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, and the exhibits in Space Shuttle Atlantis®.* Campers will also have the opportunity to meet a veteran astronaut.
*Weather and show schedules permitting.
To The Moon
Campers will explore the many different programs NASA and its partners have created to allow humanity to move beyond Earth’s gravity into deep space. They will board Kennedy Space Center buses for a tour of the area surrounding the launch pads, including tour stops at LC-39* and the Vehicle Assembly Building (outside areas only). They will then proceed to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for shows and guided interactive tours and scavenger hunts in the facility. Once complete, they will again board buses for a return to the visitor complex, where they will see an 3D space film while enjoying a snack.
*Weather and launch schedules permitting.
Complete a variety of hands-on engineering design challenges appropriate to their grade level. After receiving basic instruction in one or more engineering principles, campers will work in teams to follow the Engineering Design Process (ask, imagine, plan, create, test, revise) to solve each of their assigned challenges.
Specific challenges may include some of the following:
- Building a model spacecraft that can withstand impact and land on a target
- Constructing a rover that can travel a straight-line distance
- Launching a rocket using only non-flammable propellants
- Creating a spacesuit that will protect an astronaut from the hazards of space
- Building a sturdy habitat using nothing but paper and tape
- Using K’NEX rods to build a truss bridge that will support weights