When & Where is SpaceTrek?
The camp will take place July 6 - 14, 2018 in the Space Science Center at Morehead State University. The Center is located in the Smith-Booth Hall, 235 Martindale Drive, Morehead, KY 40351
How are campers selected?
The selection process consists of the following steps:
Camper eligibility is extended to all students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of any high school, including public, private, or homeschool.
A recommendation form completed by an educator (principal, teacher, guidance counselor, etc... homeschoolers welcome) is required for final acceptance.
A selection committee consisting of AAUW members will review the applications and select a maximum of 18 students.
The MSU campus is located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest with beautiful trees and Eagle Lake, a popular area to walk and explore. MSU is proud of its facilities such as the Space Science Center and the Recreation and Wellness Center.
Life on campus is a unique college experience where participants stay in residence halls on the Morehead State University campus. Participants will spend most of their time in the Space Science Center, a state-of-the-art building with its Star Theater, research laboratories and classrooms. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the campus. Extracurricular activities such as zumba, yoga, and bowling will be offered during the camp.
Participants will also have an opportunity to interact with and learn from MSU undergraduate and graduate students in the Space Science program.
Experience Life on Campus!
Students selected to attend SpaceTrek camp are responsible for only a $500 fee. Local AAUW branches throughout Kentucky coordinate funding for running the camp along with The Craft Academy as the major contributor to help support most of the camp expenses.
What will campers experience during camp?
During camp students will:
Build electronic devices that demonstrate principles of circuits and components
Work in cooperative mission teams to build a small satellite (CricketSat)
Make observations and predictions, collect and interpret data and draw conclusions about the atmosphere
Calibrate a scientific instrument to produce accurate data
Set up a ground station for tracking the satellite
Use software programs to receive and interpret satellite data
Create and present the mission results to the SpaceTrek leaders team
In addition, participants will also:
Be supported by world-renowned satellite developer, Professor Bob Twiggs
Engage in laboratory activities led by aerospace engineers, scientists and science teachers
Camp Faculty & Staff
The SpaceTrek camp is jointly directed by MSU’s Space Science Center faculty and staff, Craft Academy staff, and AAUW members.
Dr. Ben Malphrus, Executive Director of the Space Science Center and the Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, and his team of scientists and engineers.
Jennifer Carter, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Craft Academy at Morehead State University, will serve as curriculum director and instructor for the 7th year.
Kim Boggs, Bullitt Campus Coordinator for JCTC will serve as program and camp director for the 7th year.
Graduate and undergraduate students will participate in the training and instruction delivered during the camp.
Click here to read Testimonials from previous SpaceTrekkers!
Have you participated in SpaceTrek before? Are you interested in learning about the girls who have attended SpaceTrek? If you answered yes to either questions, please visit our Alumna Section now!
Congratulations to the SpaceTrek 2017 Alumnae! We had a great week of space, science, and fun at Morehead State University and hope you did too.
We are so excited to see where you all go because we know it will be far. Thank you for being a great example for other young women!