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Central Linn STEM Team Attend Space Camp

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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The Central Linn Elementry School STEM team recently attended SPACE CAMPĀ® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA's official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

The CLES team was made up of fifth graders: Ashton Burgess, Cole Goracke, Dylan Johnson, Kiera Hollister, Jake Howard, Tegan Running and sixth graders: Tony Belcastro, Lillian Gardner, Hayden Glenn, Sydney Johnson, Kayln Lafayette, Jenna Neal, Meg Neuschwander, Shelby Simonis, Wyatt Thompson, Cole Weber. These students were accompanied by their STEM teacher Mrs. Anette Carroll and Mrs. Dena.

The CLES team was part of the Space Camp Program, which is designed for elementary school students who have a particular interest in science and aerospace. Trainees spent the week with a team that flew a simulated Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Once aboard the ISS, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or space walk. CLES crew returned to Earth in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger speak at their graduation.

Weber Space Camp and Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college and 67% of the staff are college graduates. Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA. Nearly 700,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 64 international locations attended Space Camp.

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Original Publication Date: July 1, 2015

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