MOREHEAD – Morehead State University’s Space Science Center, in collaboration with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), conducted its fifth SpaceTrek camp for girls entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school July 9-16 at the Space Science Center.
The workshop/camp is designed for girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and would like to learn more about space and engineering through hands-on activities under the guidance of Craft Academy staff and Space Systems Engineering graduates.
Working as a team, participants’ built a small satellite, attach it to a large helium balloon launched from the roof, collect and interpret data and draw conclusions.
Participants (name, school and hometown) were Taylor Arnold,Campbell County, Alexandria;Cassandra Poston,Berea Community School, Berea; Elizabeth Gilbert , Wolfe County,Campton; AudreySmith, Craft Academy,Dycusburg; EmmaSilvernail, Western Hills, Frankfort; Madison Brown, Georgetown Senior, Georgetown;Evann Gill, Scott County, Georgetown;Kate McKinney,Homeschool, Georgetown;Danielle Gibson,Craft Academy, Germantown;Ida Isenhart,North Oldham, Goshen; Nadia Richardson,Craft Academy, Hindman;Maia Taffe, Henry Clay, Lexington;Jessica Bennett,Academy at Shawnee, Louisville;Melaine Brazel, Eastern, Louisville;Haylee Mitchell,Simon Kenton, Morning View; Abigail Bray,Rockcastle County, Mt. Vernon; Shannon Jeffers, Homeschool, Nicholasville; JaydeHolbrook, West Carter, Olive Hill; Brooke Hall, Johnson Central, Paintsville;Alexandra Mauldin,Assumption, Prospect;Taylor McCauley,Riverview Opportunity Center, Sheperdsville; and MadelineSpringate, Woodford County, Versailles.
Jennifer Carter, Craft Academy assistant director of academic services, SpaceTrek curriculum director and former high school physics and astronomy teacher from Rowan County Senior High School, along with Sara Phillips, recent MSU Masters Space Systems Engineering graduate, served as instructors during the camp.
Female mentors are a large facet of the camp. Therefore, one of the objectives of the camp is to instill confidence and a “can do” attitude.
MSU alumnus Kim Boggs, an AAUW member, participated in the non-curriculum based activities. Other AAUW members also took part as volunteers. SpaceTrek was created and spearheaded by Boggs, Carter and Michele McNeil, along with Morehead State University and AAUW Kentucky.
Boggs and McNeil, co-directors of AAUW SpaceTrek, recruit, fundraise and organize the camp.
The SpaceTrek program is funded by MSU’s Center for Regional Engagement, Division of University Advancement, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Science, and donations from AAUW Kentucky branches, members and community members.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Space Science Center at 606-783-2381, emailing Spacetrekky@gmail.com, or by visiting the SpaceTrek website at www.spacetrekky.org.