TROY Summer Spectacular starts this week with NASA theme

Posted: Tuesday, 07 June 2011

DOTHAN—More than 100 area children will have an out-of-this-world learning experience this month at Troy University's Summer Spectacular starting today at Kelly Springs Elementary School in Dothan.

TROY students in the Dothan Campus College of Education program lead the annual four-week summer learning enrichment program. Summer Spectacular provides a fun learning environment for children while giving TROY's education majors rewarding hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

Sessions are held on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year's theme, "Space: The Final Frontier," is designed to teach children more about math, science and technology through lessons and activities focusing on space exploration.

Funded by a NASA Summer of Innovation grant from the Marshall Space Flight Center education office, this year's Summer Spectacular will utilize NASA lesson plans and resources, said Sandy Armstrong, director of Troy University's Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

"All of the activities will be space related, including lessons on moons, planets, stars, robotics, space flight and technology," Armstrong said.

The students will also connect via Skype with aerospace education specialists at Marshall for special lessons.

The Summer Spectacular will conclude with a closing celebration on Thursday, June 30, at 10 a.m.