Summer Camp

Calling all astronauts and rocket scientists!

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Rocketeer Academy’s summer camp will be here before you know it and there’s an entire universe of fun and excitement to explore! Open to cadets entering kindergarten through 9th grade, our summer camp offers intergalactic adventure – from star gazing to rocket forensics and space robotics.

Comet/Mercury-level camps

Space ’bots: These are the ‘droids you’re looking for. Have lots of hands-on fun as you build up and tear down basic machines on your way to learning how robots work. Then make a mess with our Fluids Control Lab. Take turns commanding a robot – and then being the robot. Work with Ozobots and WeDo 2 robots.

Moon Base: Its wheels up as you learn what it takes to fly. Why do balloons have to be so big? Which paper airplane goes the farthest? Can you run your own airport?

Gemini/Apollo-level camps

Solar System Voyagers: OWN the planets and stars as you Observe With NASA on the 40th anniversary of the Voyager starting their Grand Tour of the Solar System. Learn how to build telescopes and pull the invisible out of space images. Includes star party, tour of Apache Point Observatory, and sleepover at Sunspot Solar Observatory (planned).

Wheels Up: Dog fight in our eight high-fidelity flight simulators. Let your imagination take flight as you learn the basics of aviation, from balloons to jets to gliders. Test models in a wind tunnel. Field trip to War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa. Enrollment limited to 16 cadets.

Robotics: Drive a submarine searching for life on Europa. Design a robotic surgeon so you don’t have to take out your own appendix. Program Mindstorms EV3s exploring Mars. Learn the basics of robots and how we use them in space. Take a virtual field trip to NASA’s satellite servicing lab

Apollo+50): 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Use the Kerbal computer program to re-enact the space race and then design how we’ll go back to the Moon and build a permanent base. See if you have the Right Stuff when you build and drop-test a Peeps lunar lander.

Rocket Science Investigators: Space is tough – that’s why we call it Rocket Science. Learn from failure as you build, test, and break model rockets and parachutes. Visit NASA and University of Texas at El Paso labs where rocket scientists apply forensic tools to ensure crew safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 or visit the museum education department.

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