MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — With the renewed interest in space flight, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is stepping up and bringing “festive” experimentation inside your home.
This winter, your kids can take part in virtual, hands-on holiday activities that could help launch their interest in STEM and flight!
Here are five things to know about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Virtual Camp KSC.
1. Dee Maynard is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's education program manager. “My mother thinks I'm crazy,” she laughed. “I'm out in my driveway launching pop rockets.” She comes up with the experiments featured in KSC's first-ever winter virtual camp.
2. Maynard demos one experiment that requires only 4 household ingredients: water, cooking oil, food coloring, and antacid tablets. (See VIDEO above) The point of the activity is to show how fluids behave in microgravity. (The result looks much like mini lava lamps).
3. Teaching virtually hasn't been without challenges for Maynard. But she says there's an upside to the quarantine. She says with Mars missions, for instance, NASA is looking for people with “expeditionary” experience. “That means you can be shut up in a small place with the same group of people week after week after week... That means we all have expeditionary experience now!”
4. Her favorite question she ever gets from a camper? “How can I be an astronaut?”
5. Virtual Camp KSC runs Dec. 22-24 starting at 10 a.m., and again Dec. 29-31 at 1 p.m. Each camp session is three hours a day. The cost is $65 and includes an experiment kit that will get shipped to your house. Details on their official website.