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    Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

    Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, STEM, Engineering, Geology
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
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    Overview

    PARI hosts Summer STEM and space camps and exhibits a spectacular collection of gems, minerals, and rare meteorites, including specimens from the Moon and Mars. Nestled in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest at a former historic NASA facility.

    ABOVE & BEYOND (A research based came, and our most advanced)

    Above and Beyond is an in-depth, hands-on space science and research experience. It is a multi-faceted experience in space science and research designed in partnership with Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Field Studies and refined over 20 years.

    This camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology. Above & Beyond models the process that college graduates, undergraduates, and researchers use to make new discoveries and publish works.

    This camp contains advanced content. It is highly recommended that campers are proficient in algebra before attending.

    ABOVE & BEYOND Academic Objectives:

    • Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of astrophysics & astrobiology in independent and group research projects
    • Hands-on instrument (radio and optical telescopes) training and use
    • Develop a research plan and working with a team to carry it out. 
    • Analyze data and compare to expectations, known information, and prior research
    • Formulate conclusions about the nature of celestial objects using collected data.

    Learn from the experiences and paths taken by special guest speakers

    The curriculum parallels material taught in college-level courses and uses the same instruments and resources available to astrophysicists who visit PARI to advance their research.

     

    MARTIAN FRONTIER (a scenario based camp, a great entry point into space science)

    Do you like games?  Have you ever imagined going to the Moon, Mars, or beyond?  Campers will gain confidence, learn space science, and strive to make it to Mars in this combination role-play and academic camp.

    This immersive journey amidst our historic campus, simulates the processes that NASA and aerospace companies use to go to outer space.

    Campers will prioritize mission goals, design space craft and instruments, choose a capable and diverse crew, and navigate funding and ethical challenges in this scenario to reach the Martian Frontier.

    MARTIAN FRONTIER Academic Objectives:

    • Examine, research, create, and execute a mission plan using many scientific principles including rocketry, engineering,  Astrophysics, Biology, Food Science and more.
    • Independently and as a team, work through a series of activities designed to encourage research and decision-making with the ultimate goal to launch a fully thought-out, scientifically sound mission to Mars.
    • Design, build, and experiment, then report findings back to the group and present the best course of action.
    • Determine as a group how to proceed to the next steps of the mission.

     

     

    EXOPLANET EXPLORATION (a scenario based camp with more challenges)

    Do you like challenges?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel the warmth of another star?  Campers will stretch their problem solving skills, learn space science, and strive to send their team to a planet beyond our solar system in this combination role-play and academic camp.

    This immersive journey amidst our historic campus, simulates the processes that NASA and aerospace companies use to go to outer space.

    Campers will prioritize mission goals, design space craft and instruments, choose a capable and diverse crew, and navigate funding and ethical challenges in this scenario to choose their planet and launch their Exoplanet Exploration.

    EXOPLANET EXPLORATION Academic Objectives:

    • Campers will examine, research, and execute their mission plan using many scientific principles including rocketry, engineering,  Astrophysics, Biology, Food Science and more.
    • Independently and as a team, campers will work through a series of activities designed to encourage research and decision-making with the ultimate goal to launch a fully thought-out, scientifically sound mission to a planet around another star.  (One tiny bit of science fiction included, only to facilitate interstellar travel.)
    • When a team addresses a challenge, they’ll report their findings back to the group and present what they believe is the best course of action.  But, every path has pros and cons, and decisions may effect the work of another team.

     

    OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (for all camps):
    On every clear night, we conduct celestial viewings, where you can explore the night sky with professional optical telescopes at our IDA (www.darksky.org) Certified Dark Sky site.  We have a rec room with air hockey, ping pong, pool, foosball, board games, and puzzles.  Special events happen throughout the session like game nights, dance nights, talent shows, and celebrations of astronomical events.

    Nestled in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest in the Land of Waterfalls, outdoor activities both on site and field trips include:

    • Swimming, tubing, and visiting waterfalls
    • Hiking, fishing, and exploring the forest for unique flora and fauna
    • Scavenger Hunts & Games
    • Cultural activities like music, movies, shows, and museums
    • Visits to other camps and education facilities
    • Local restaurants and ice cream shops 
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