Manitoba primary and high school students are learning all about space exploration this week during Manitoba Space Camp 2013.
The University of Manitoba is playing host to the event, meant to educate students on the next phase of space travel and beyond.
“During the next decade, space exploration will grow in importance.” said Dr. Witold Kinsner of the U of M’s Faculty of Engineering. “There are many exciting and challenging opportunities in space-related fields for the next generation of students and graduates.”
Forty Grades 9 to 11 students are learning about rocket building, space law, medical engineering, satellites, robotics, orbital mechanics, astronomy and the local aerospace industry. During the camp, they will have opportunities to launch rockets and a weather balloon (weather permitting), and will be able to directly ask questions of a Canadian astronaut.
The camp runs daily until Friday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC). As part of the camp, students will launch their own homemade rockets at 3 p.m. today at University Stadium.