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Summer Class in Session for Student Space Enthusiasts

July 27, 2010 6:23 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

High school students from across the province are taking part in Manitoba Space Adventure Camp this week at the University of Manitoba.

The U of M is hosting the week-long event to celebrate the recent 40th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon.

“Forty years ago, space was reserved for the very few,” said Witold Kinsner of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. “But today, many more students can find exciting and challenging opportunities in space-related fields.”

The program encourages students to continue their education, and involves post-secondary students, professors, engineers and scientists. The students learn about rocket building, satellites, robotics, orbital mechanics, astronomy, robomath and the local aerospace industry, in fun and interactive sessions.

The students are learning to create their own rockets this week and will launch them today at 3 p.m. in the Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC) on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.