Physics and Engineering (ages 14-16, July 17-21)

Physics and Engineering introduces your child to the engineering method and physics of flight. The program includes detailed discussions of Newton’s Laws of Motion and emphasizes principles like inertia, momentum, velocity and acceleration. Campers perform experiments to determine the mass of an object and learn how such measurements are made in space. Elements of rocket design and performance are featured as campers build both single-stage and multi-stage model rockets. Trajectories and the relationship between elevation angle and range are explored with rubber band “slingshot” rockets that campers build. Flight dynamics, stability and control of aircraft are also covered and participants learn about optics as they construct simple refracting telescopes. Students assemble a variety of balsa gliders and a simple stick and tissue rubber band powered airplane. This week-long camp includes a visit to the National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center in Southampton, where students will pilot an aircraft simulator and experience a simulated suborbital spaceflight. Everyone will build and launch two model rockets. This camp is presented by the NASTAR Center.

$299 program cost + $60 fee


The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center, established in 2007, is the premier commercial air and space training, research, and educational facility. It combines state-of-the-art flight simulation with physiology-based courseware to optimize human performance in extreme environments. Staff include certified flight physicians, experienced staff, pilots and test subjects are available for your service. Site instructors are trained by NASTAR staff. Education programs feature interactive, hands-on, edu-tainment content for all ages. Lessons incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) objectives and educators are able to earn continuing education credits. Our curriculum and training programs are the result of collaborations with ETC's personnel that have been supporting the aerospace industry for over 40 years.

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