Embry-Riddle Plans Aviation/Aerospace Summer Camps for Kids

Astronaut Nicole Stott will direct a residential Mission Discovery Summer Camp at the Daytona Beach Campus, guiding students ages 14-18 in developing basic research projects that could potentially be conducted in space.


April 19, 2013 – Astronaut Nicole Stott, an Embry-Riddle alumna and trustee, will bring her expertise and enthusiasm to Embry-Riddle July 28 to Aug. 3 to lead one of the university’s summer programs for the first time. Stott is one of Embry-Riddle’s most notable graduates, with two space shuttle flights and a three-month mission on the International Space Station to her credit.

Joined by astronaut trainers and NASA officials, Stott will direct a residential Mission Discovery Summer Camp at the Daytona Beach Campus, guiding students ages 14-18 in developing basic research projects that could potentially be conducted in space. Tuition for the five-day course is $900.

Also new this year, Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus is joining the university’s Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses in offering fun, hands-on summer programs for youths interested in exploring aviation, aerospace and related fields.

The Columbus, Ga., campus of the Worldwide Campus, in conjunction with the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, is offering a nonresidential Aerospace & Robotics Summer Camp from June 24-28 for students ages 14-18. Held at the Science Center, the program will feature aviation career exploration, an aerospace day, a space adventure day, a field trip to Pratt & Whitney and instruction on robotics and unmanned systems. The tuition is $295. For more information, call (706) 568-5485.

Embry-Riddle’s 2013 summer camps run from June 3 to Aug. 9, with individual camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days. All residential camps include on-campus meals, classroom instruction, field trips, books and other materials. Supervised on-campus housing is included in all residential camps except the Generations program. Nonresidential day camps are also offered.

Application is required a month before the start date of each camp.

Prescott Campus

For more information, to apply or to request a brochure, call (928) 777-3786, write to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Summer Programs, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 or visit www.prescott.erau.edu/summer.

Daytona Beach Campus

For more information, to apply or to request a brochure, call (800) 359-4550 or (386) 226-7945, write to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Community Outreach and Summer Programs, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 or visit www.daytonabeach.erau.edu/summer.

Residential Camps

Aerial Robotics/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Prescott Campus)

In a hands-on environment, students will learn how aerial robots work and gain an understanding of the control theory behind them. Students will build, control and fly their own robots and compete against their peers in a culminating challenge. For students ages 15-18 who are U.S. citizens. This program runs July 7-12. Tuition is $1,075.

Aerospace I (Daytona Beach Campus)

Aspiring astronauts and scientists will learn about NASA programs, space shuttle operations and the history of space flight. The course fosters a basic understanding of space and space technology through field trips, guest speakers and classroom lectures. Students design and build two space-station models, one on land and one in a zero-gravity environment. For students ages 15-18. The program runs July 7-26. Tuition is $3,900.

Aerospace Engineering (Prescott Campus)

Participants will learn the science of aerospace engineering, how materials stress, strain and break, and the principles of aerospace design. Two tracks are offered: the Aero Track focuses on aircraft and runs from June 23-28 while the Astro Track concentrates on spacecraft and runs from June 16-21. Both camps are for students ages 15-18. Tuition for each track is $1,075.

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