MiSTEM Network offering scholarships to virtual space camp 

Applications accepted through May 15

WEST CENTRAL MICHIGAN -- After the successful landing of the NASA Perseverance rover on Mars and the Ingenuity helicopter flights, interest in space exploration is at an all-time high.

The 2021 Michigan Air and Space Virtual Summer Camp program will provide up to fifty West Michigan students with an opportunity to learn about living on Mars, 3-D printing, astronaut training, and drone racing.

MiSTEM Network Region 9 will award $10,000 for virtual summer camps for students in grades 3-12 offered by Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Scholarships will fully fund camp costs for eligible students.

"It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity designed to reach students who may someday walk on Mars," said Lisa Wininger, MiSTEM Network Regional Director. "Camps are tailored for third through fifth graders, sixth through eighth graders, and high school students.

"After a highly successful 2020 summer virtual camp season, we are excited to work again with Michigan students" Wings Over the Rockies Education Program Director Nedra Rudolph said. "With growth in Michigan's aerospace employment and proposed new satellite launch facilities, it's a great time to learn about STEM and aerospace."

Since the camps are offered virtually, campers will receive kits in the mail with everything they need to build, engineer and problem solve. Campers will need a computer, laptop or tablet, and a reliable internet connection.

Families will apply for a scholarship on behalf of their child. If selected, registration will occur on the Wings Over the Rockies website. Applications for the Michigan Air and Space Summer Camp scholarships can be found at bit.ly/3tvXzld.

Interested families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The application period ends May 15 or as soon as all scholarships are awarded.

For more information, email West Central MiSTEM Director Lisa Wininger at lwininger@wsesd.org.