Rocket Camps To Be Held This Summer

ALLEGANY – The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center will be offering two Rocket Camps this summer.

“Rocket Girls” is a one-week camp open exclusively to young ladies who have completed at least fifth grade by June 2013. The camp runs from July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon each day.

A second summer Rocket Camp will be offered July 22-26, also from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Entitled “Rockets: The Way to Space,” this one-week camp is open to all students who have completed at least fifth grade by June 2013.

In both of these summer camps, students will explore rocket propulsion – first by designing, cutting, shaping, building and racing CO2-powered cars – then by building, customizing and launching solid fueled rockets. The students will also spend time each day preparing to fly a final day simulated mission – Rendezvous with Comet Halley.

The cost for each Rocket Camp is $130/person. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 16 participants is needed to run each camp. The maximum number of participants will be 24.

New this year, the Challenger Learning Center is offering convenient online registration. Alternatively, you may download, print, complete and mail the forms. Visit or call 379-8686 for more information. Deadline for application with full payment is Friday, June 7.

The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization, is a space-themed learning organization with programs designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM education) through a series of hands-on experiences and simulations that are tied to classroom learning and team building.

The center offers two simulated missions: Voyage to Mars and Rendezvous with Comet Halley; a team-building activity, the Great Rocket Design Challenge; and STEM programs Simple Machines and Engine Works. Since opening in June 2009, more than 6,500 students from 17 counties in New York and Pennsylvania have participated in these educational programs.