Summer Camp

Calling all astronauts and rocket scientists!

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What’s summer without summer camp? For more than thirty years, the New Mexico Museum of Space History has hosted its popular summer camp serving thousands of children since its inception. This summer however, things have changed in order to keep children, families, and museum staff safe. The museum’s on-campus program has been replaced with the all new six week program virtual Rocketeer Academy in a Box. It includes daily online educator led classes, and four complete projects mailed to cadets at their homes. The virtual camp is scheduled for June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, and July 27-31.

Junior Pilot Program

June 15-19, July 6-10, July 20-24

Virtual Classes: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Virtual Q&A: Mon – Thurs 11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Virtual Show and Tell: Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Spaghetti anyone?: Cadets design and build a spacecraft structure from spaghetti. The one that uses the least material and supports a small weight wins.

  • Stomp Rockets: Cadets build an air-pressure launcher based on PVC tubing and 2-liter soda bottle and rocket from paper template; launch and measure altitude. Experiment with variations in designs (builds beyond our initial on-line video).

  • Homemade Gliders: Cadets build a basic glider and learn how to control it in flight; experiment with variations.

  • Houston, the Peeps Have Landed: Cadets collaborate on-line in teams, and then each cadet builds his/her own lunar lander and presents tests to class.

Junior Scientist Program

June 22-26, July 13-17, July 27- 31​

​    Virtual Classes: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Virtual Q&A Mon – Thurs 11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Virtual Show and Tell: Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 am​

  • Solar spectroscope: Build a simple spectroscope from a cardboard box and DVD or CD. Observe differences in light from various sources; record on smartphone camera.

  • Paging Dr. Droid: Cadets perform a telemedicine exercise where they role-play as surgeon and robot and operate on a “tortilla body” over the Internet. The surgeon cannot touch the body, and the robot cannot think. At the end, you propose ideas for robotic surgery tools.

  • Fast Chemistry: Cadets learn how chemical reaction rates vary with temperatures and mixtures, first by mixing seltzer with water, and then by making “elephant toothpaste.”

  • Gas Laws: Cadets learn the gas laws by various hands-on demos including a garbage bag in a can, an inverted cup full of water, steel wool above a bowl of water, and other materials.

Frequently Asked Questions – please note, this is for on campus camps only and not applicable to Virtual Programs.

Where is Summer Camp located?

Rocketeer AcademySM is operated out of the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, NM.

Will meals be provided?

Lunch is provided at all class levels (Monday-Thursday; snacks on Friday) through local grocers and area restaurants. Additional meals will be supplied to overnight cadets. Menus/schedules will be available at check-in. It is perfectly acceptable for cadets to bring their own meals. Allergies and/or dietary restrictions must be annotated on the cadet’s registration form. Students with special dietary needs are required to bring their own meals.

What should my cadet wear?

Required dress for camp activities will include the cadet’s Rocketeer AcademySM t-shirt, hat, nametag, and either shorts or long pants and sneakers (NO open-toed shoes). One t-shirt and hat will be provided to each cadet at check-in. Additional t-shirts and hats may be purchased if available.

Can my child bring a cell phone or a game device?

We ask that parents NOT pack cell phones and other electronic devices. Cell phones, games, and other devices that are visible and used during camp activities or times other than appropriate call times may be confiscated until the end of the day. Anyone bringing a device must understand this policy and keep the item in backpacks or locked in the Education department.

Are there medical facilities nearby?

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is within one mile of the Museum.

Can I transfer my session?

Yes! All session transfer requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Transfer requests are subject to availability.

What if I need to cancel my camp?

  • An 80% refund will be issued for cancellations received four weeks prior to the session start date.
  • A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations received three weeks prior to the session start date.
  • Tuition is forfeited for cancellations received two weeks or less prior to the session start date.
  • Written requests are required for cancellations due to Military PCS orders. Upon receipt of this information, Rocketeer AcademySM will issue a full refund.
  • No refunds will be granted if your cadet is expelled due to disciplinary actions or leaves camp voluntarily.

What are the Camp Sessions & Fees?

  1. Full-Day Session – 9 am – 4 pm (Mon-Thurs), 9 am – 12 pm (Friday)
    $240 per week: Grades 2-3 (Mercury)
    $260 per week: Grades 4-6 (Gemini)
    $290 per week: Grades 7-9+ (Apollo)
  2. Morning Session – 9 am – 1 pm (Mon-Thurs), 9 am – 12 pm (Friday)
    $160 per week: Grades K-1 (Comets)

When are rocket launches and graduation activities?

Rocket Launches and graduation are on Friday. Parents, family, and friends are invited to attend and share the excitement of their cadet in launching their rockets.

  • Rocket launches are held Friday mornings starting at 9:30 am, depending on weather conditions, on the upper parking lot below the Museum. Rocket trajectories are unpredictable, so there is no guarantee that the cadet’s rocket can be recovered. Parking is at your own risk.
  • Graduation will be held immediately following rocket launch activities on the first floor of the Museum. Cookies and punch will be served. Rocketeers will receive graduation certificates and retrieve all of their projects from their instructor and/or assistants.

NOTE: We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are inadequate. You may select an alternative date or you may request a full refund of tuition paid should this occur.

For more information, call 575-437-2840, x41132, email msh.info@state.nm.us, or visit the museum education department.

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