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Monday June 23rd, 2008

Shuttle Camp Enrollment Soars, Extra Weeks Added

Alamogordo, NM...The number of students enrolled in this summer's "Shuttle Camp" program at the New Mexico Museum of Space History is expected to exceed 700, with students coming in from all over the United States. With that in mind and more calls coming every day, Camp Director Emmanuel Davila decided that rather than turn students away, the program would expand to two additional weeks. The weeks to be added are June 30 through July 4 for Pioneer (entering kindergarten –1st grade) and Navigator (entering 6th grade – 8th grade) classes only and August 4 through 8 for Pioneer, Pathfinder (entering 2nd – 3rd grade), Voyager (entering 4th – 5th grade) and Navigator classes.

"Our regular classes have filled up so quickly this year, we've had to turn cadets away," said Davila. "Although it seems like a good problem to have, we really want to make sure that all children who want to come, can come. That's why we added the two extra weeks. Class size is limited to twenty, so it's important that you sign up your children as soon as possible," he added. A minimum of fifteen cadets are needed for each class. According to Davila, there are a few spaces left in the standard "Shuttle Camp" sessions but with new cadets registering daily, those are filling up fast.

"Shuttle Camp" is in its twenty-second year as the area's most popular summer destination for aspiring young rocket scientists. "Naturally, one of the favorite activities is rocket building and launching, but the kids love the field trips, too," said Davila. Cadets visit places like White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base and Fort Stanton caves, among others.

For registration information, call (575) 437-2840 x 41138. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.

'SPROINGY' SCIENCE - Even seemingly everyday toys can make for an effective demonstration of the laws of physics. Witness these 'noodley' Shuttle Camp students at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, from left, Trey Purcella, Meg Bolinger (behind Trey's arm), Instructor, Korrie Johnson, Zach Howard, Clint Boroski, Keith Reinhardt and Madeline Weider. This year's Shuttle Camp program, in its 22nd year, is experiencing record attendance, not to mention enthusiasm, by the students and staff alike as they seek to enrich all their lives with the beauty of science and space.

IMAGE: Photo - Ron Keller-NMMSH