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Last update: 2/28/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 28, 2008

UW-Green Bay camp will launch 7-12 graders into 'A Space Experience'

GREEN BAY-Registration is open now for a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay summer camp that offers students entering grades seven through 12 opportunities to experience aspects of astronaut training, learn from aerospace professionals and research scientists, and meet a guest astronaut. "A Space Experience" is scheduled Sunday through Friday, July 27 - Aug. 1 on the UW-Green Bay campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr.

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.

A special guest will be Mark Lee (Colonel, USAF, Retired), a veteran of four space flights, who also served in a variety of ground-based positions with NASA before retiring in 2001. Lee has logged more than 13 million miles in space, circling 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.

Students who plan to live on campus will report to camp on Sunday afternoon. 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 tee 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, counselor supervision during all non-class hours, and transportation to evening activities.

Registration and more information is available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/camps. Information also is available by calling (920) 465-2267 or (800) 892-2118.

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08-49 | Contact: Virginia Dell dellv@uwgb.edu, (920) 465-2144



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