The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex, will host the fourth annual Aviation Summer Camp, June 13-15, on the Evansdale campus of West Virginia University. The in-residence camp provides an opportunity for 45 students selected from a 20-county region in the state to have an all-expenses paid, aviation-focused experience.

The first day of camp features aerospace- and aviation-related activities; hands-on design challenges; lab tours at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and a presentation by the Spinning Bees, featuring world freestyle Frisbee champion Gary Auerbach. Day two will be held in Wheeling, where campers will participate in an onsite mission at the Challenger Learning Academy and on day three, they will travel to the Bridgeport Airport to take part in activities that include demonstrations and static displays, which allow participants to get an up-close experience with aircraft and local aerospace industries.

The camp concludes with a special presentation by former astronaut and WVU alumnus Captain Jon McBride. McBride’s presentation, which is open to the public, will be held on June 15 at 1:30 p.m., in room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.

The camp is made possible through a grant from the NASA Education Office.

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CONTACT: Candy Cordwell
304-293 3927, candy.cordwell@mail.wvu.edu

Mary C. Dillon
304-293-4086, mary.dillon@mail.wvu.edu

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