General Information

What:

Space camp is a 1-week summer camp for children who have completed Grade 3-7. This camp will expose your child to the wonders of space science and technology. At the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), we aim to empower children with the basic knowledge and workings of the many branches of planetary sciences. Campers will engage weekly in hands-on activities, daily projects, and demonstrations highlighting space focused issues in the fields of astronomy, biology, engineering, geography, and geology.

Expanding our summer camp curriculum, we will be offering two distinct themes in 2017:

Theme 1: Journey to Mars

  • During this week, campers will be preparing for a mission to Mars through various activities such as mapping possible landing sites, designing missions, and building rovers using Lego Mindstorms to traverse Martian Landforms.

Theme 2: Journey through the Universe

  • In the week,  the campers will learn about the celestial bodies, big and small, in our Solar System as well as in the Universe! Activities may include building your own Solar System, creating a cosmic calendar and visit to the Cronyn Observatory to test their own star finding tools.

If your child is interested in the search for life beyond Earth, robotics, astronomy, or simply the thrill of exploration, this camp is a perfect outlet for their curiosity and creativity!

Who:

The camps are run by the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), a leading organization for planetary science and exploration research and training in Canada. The Camp Coordinator, Dr. Parshati Patel, is a CPSX alumna with a PhD in astronomy and planetary science. The camp counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR-C. To know more about our team, click here.

When:

Space camp will run for 8 weeks in 2017, during the months of July and August.

For the camp schedule, please visit the Schedule page!

Camp guides and detailed schedule available in the month of June.

Camp hours:

Space camp runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Where:

The camps will run in the Physics and Astronomy Building (PAB), Room 26, on the campus of Western University in London Ontario.

Cost:

  • $250.00 for 5 day weeks (Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8)
  • $200.00 for 4 day week (Week 6)

Attendance:

Attendance is taken at the beginning of each day. If your child is absent on the attendance list, a Camp Director will first call home, and then the parent’s work to confirm that the child is absent. If you know in advance that your child will be absent from camp, we ask that you contact us at spacecamp@uwo.ca (by 8 am) or call (519) 661-2111 ext 88508.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Location & Time:

The drop-off and pickup location will be at the circle in front of the Middlesex College. In case of rain, the campers need to be dropped off in PAB Room 26. Although parking is not usually necessary for drop-off and pick-up, see UWO Parking if parking information is needed.

Drop-off is between 8:45 am and 9:00 am. Pick-up time is between 4:00 and 4:15 pm. Only authorized personnel (with a valid ID) will be allowed to pick up the child. Please list all authorized personnel on the registration form. Campers are not allowed to sign out themselves.

If your child is absent, the Camp Director will first call home, and then the parent’s work to confirm that the child is absent. If you know in advance that your child will be absent from camp, we ask that you contact us at spacecamp@uwo.ca (by 8 am) or call (519) 661-2111 ext 88508.

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Extended Care:

Early drop-off between 8:00 and 8:45 am is available for an extra $25.00 a week. Late pick-up is also available between 4:15 and 5:00 pm for an extra $25.00 a week.

Note: No supervision will be offered beyond 5:00 pm. A $20 fee will be applied to your account for each 30 minutes beyond the pick-up time.

Allergies:

If your child has any allergies, in particular food allergies, we ask that you to please note this during online registration or on your child’s registration form. We will make every attempt to accommodate their needs. However, we are unable control all of the factors, such as food or environment, that campers may be exposed to at camp. Our counselors will pay close attention to any allergies/medical concerns identified during the registration process.

Medication:

If your child needs medication, please indicate this on the registration form. We will contact you to complete additional forms with the necessary information.