Wiregrass students to take part in NASA engineering summer camps

Posted: Friday, 28 May 2010

DOTHAN—Local students will learn more about math and science with a NASA twist during summer engineering camps starting next week offered by the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

Sponsored by the Marshall Space Flight Center, local students will take part in NASA engineering challenges and build and launch rockets during the camps which will be held June 1-4 and June 7-11 at the Dothan Technology Center Engineering Academy.

“This will be a great opportunity for students with an interest in math, science and engineering to meet and share ideas with other students in a fun environment,” said Sandra Armstrong, director of the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

The camps were offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis to rising 8th graders through 10th graders in the Dothan City Schools System and surrounding Wiregrass-area schools. More than 40 students are registered to participate in the campus.

“This is a pilot program for us and we hope to see it expand and grow next summer,” Armstrong said.

The engineering campus will be followed by technology camps starting on June 21 at TROY’s Dothan Campus.

The Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium last year received a $60,000 grant from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to fund summer engineering and technology camps for local students.

The Consortium is a joint venture of TROY’s Dothan Campus and local school systems. Its goal is to increase student performance in math and science and to provide professional development for area K-12 teachers.

For more information, contact Armstrong at sgarmstrong@troy.edu.