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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2008

Countdown to 'A Space Experience' blastoff at UW-Green Bay nears

GREEN BAY - "A Space Experience," a summer camp offered on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, is just a month away from blastoff.

Registration is still available for the camp, which offers students entering grades seven through 12 opportunities to experience aspects of astronaut training, a chance to learn from aerospace professionals and research scientists, and meet a guest astronaut.

A Space Experience is scheduled Sunday through Friday, July 27 through Aug. 1, on the UW-Green Bay campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Participants will have the opportunity to design, build and test their own space mission, use a solar telescope, participate in space flight simulations, and navigate using the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS). They'll also visit a planetarium to learn about the summer sky.

They can also meet retired USAF Colonel Mark Lee, a veteran of four space flights who has logged more than 13 million miles in space and circled the earth 517 times.

The camp director is Jason Marcks, a former high school earth and space science teacher who serves as executive director of Space Education Initiatives, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving science, mathematics and technology education by using space exploration to inspire teachers, students and the public. Camp staff members include top teachers drawn from middle and high schools, universities, and NASA.

Daily camp sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ending with a closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday to which parents and friends are invited.

Students may choose to attend A Space Experience as commuters or residents. The fee for commuters is $295 and includes instruction and camp t-shirt. Commuters and their parents are responsible for providing their own daily transportation and lunches. Purchase of a meal card is one lunch option.

The $579 resident fee also includes room and board for students who wish to stay on campus for the week, counselor supervision during all non-class hours, and transportation to evening activities.

Registration and more information is available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2267 or (800) 892-2118.

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08-154 | Contact: Mike Heine heinem@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2526



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