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Astronaut and Space Camp (Grades 2 - 6) Morning Camp

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Dates:July 28 - August 1, 2014
Meets:M, Tu, W, Th and F from 9:00 AM to 12 N, 5 sessions
Hours:15.00
Location:UT Arlington KC Hall - Rm 1
Fee: $299.00  
Textbook:No Book Required
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Course Description

Get ready for blast off! When you learn about Astronauts and their journeys into space exploration, you may never see the universe the same way again. Learn what stars are made of, and why we recognize a different number of planets than we used to. This camp has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Camp fee includes a Space Exploration Kit, 2 trips to the UT Arlington's Planetarium and an Astronaut Exhibit and have a picture taken with a spacesuit .

Educational Benefits:

  • Learning about telescopes and star charts
  • Learning about astronomy, especially our solar system
  • Learning about light and energy waves and stars
  • Interacting creatively with technology
  • Creative Problem Solving and
  • Teamwork
  • About the UT Arlington Planetarium:

    With a 60 foot diameter dome and state of the art Digistar 4 DLP Projection system, The Planetarium at UT Arlington is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Texas. The Digistar 4 system can project stars, planets, galaxies, and virtually anything else onto the dome as they look in the real sky (including both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - when was the last time you saw the Southern Cross?) as well as immerse the audience in a full dome animation show.Shows combine stunning visual effects on the dome with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe, from a light-speed trip to see mysterious black holes to a wild safari into the human body.

    Click here to view all Kids and Teens programs and required forms.

    All of our STEM Based-Camps focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    Teks for Science Grade 2

    (4) In Grade 2, careful observation and investigation are used to learn about the natural world and reveal patterns, changes, and cycles. Students should understand that certain types of questions can be answered by using observation and investigations and that the information gathered in these may change as new observations are made. As students participate in investigation, they develop the skills necessary to do science as well as develop new science concepts.
    (2) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
    (B) plan and conduct descriptive investigations such as how organisms grow;
    (D) record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words;
    (3) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows that information and critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions. The student is expected to:
    (A) identify and explain a problem in his/her own words and propose a task and solution for the problem such as lack of water in a habitat;
    (4) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world. The student is expected to:
    (A) collect, record, and compare information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, rulers, primary balances, plastic beakers, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, and safety goggles; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; weather instruments such as thermometers, wind vanes, and rain gauges; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and
    (B) measure and compare organisms and objects using non-standard units that approximate metric units.
    (D) observe, describe, and record patterns of objects in the sky, including the appearance of the Moon.

    Teks for Science Grade 3

    (2) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
    (F) communicate valid conclusions supported by data in writing, by drawing pictures, and through verbal discussion.
    (3) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows that information, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions. The student is expected to:
    (C) represent the natural world using models such as volcanoes or Sun, Earth, and Moon system and identify their limitations, including size, properties, and materials; and
    (4) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to:
    (A) collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and
    (5) Matter and energy. The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to: (A) measure, test, and record physical properties of matter, including temperature, mass, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float;
    (7) Earth and space. The student knows that Earth consists of natural resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to:
    (A) explore and record how soils are formed by weathering of rock and the decomposition of plant and animal remains;
    (8) Earth and space. The student knows there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky. The student is expected to:
    (B) describe and illustrate the Sun as a star composed of gases that provides light and heat energy for the water cycle;
    (C) construct models that demonstrate the relationship of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, including orbits and positions; and
    (D) identify the planets in Earth's solar system and their position in relation to the Sun.

    Teks for Science Grade 4

    (2) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
    (A) plan and implement descriptive investigations, including asking well-defined questions, making inferences, and selecting and using appropriate equipment or technology to answer his/her questions;
    (B) collect and record data by observing and measuring, using the metric system, and using descriptive words and numerals such as labeled drawings, writing, and concept maps;
    (C) construct simple tables, charts, bar graphs, and maps using tools and current technology to organize, examine, and evaluate data;
    (4) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows how to use a variety of tools, materials, equipment, and models to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to:
    (A) collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, mirrors, spring scales, pan balances, triple beam balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and

    Teks for Technology Applications Grade 2

    (1) Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student is expected to:
    (B) create original products using a variety of resources;
    (C) explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning;
    (D) create and execute steps to accomplish a task; and
    (E) evaluate and modify steps to accomplish a task.

    Teks for Technology Applications Grades 3-5

    (2) Communication and collaboration. The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning. The student is expected to: (A) draft, edit, and publish products in different media individually and collaboratively;
    (F) perform basic software application functions, including opening applications and creating, modifying, printing, and saving files.
    (4) Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student researches and evaluates projects using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:
    (A) identify information regarding a problem and explain the steps toward the solution;
    (B) collect, analyze, and represent data to solve problems using tools such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphic organizers, charts, multimedia, simulations, models, and programming languages;
    (C) evaluate student-created products through self and peer review for relevance to the assignment or task; and

    Teks for Mathematics Grade 2

    (4) Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to develop and use strategies and methods for whole number computations in order to solve addition and subtraction problems with efficiency and accuracy. The student is expected to:
    (A) recall basic facts to add and subtract within 20 with automaticity;
    (B) add up to four two-digit numbers and subtract two-digit numbers using mental strategies and algorithms based on knowledge of place value and properties of operations;
    (C) solve one-step and multi-step word problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000 using a variety of strategies based on place value, including algorithms; and
    (D) generate and solve problem situations for a given mathematical number sentence involving addition and subtraction of whole numbers within 1,000.
    (8) Geometry and measurement. The student applies mathematical process standards to analyze attributes of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids to develop generalizations about their properties. The student is expected to:
    (A) create two-dimensional shapes based on given attributes, including number of sides and vertices;
    (D) compose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids with given properties or attributes; and
    (E) decompose two-dimensional shapes such as cutting out a square from a rectangle, dividing a shape in half, or partitioning a rectangle into identical triangles and identify the resulting geometric parts.
    (9) Geometry and measurement. The student applies mathematical process standards to select and use units to describe length, area, and time. The student is expected to:
    (A) find the length of objects using concrete models for standard units of length;
    (B) describe the inverse relationship between the size of the unit and the number of units needed to equal the length of an object;
    (C) represent whole numbers as distances from any given location on a number line;
    (D) determine the length of an object to the nearest marked unit using rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, or measuring tapes;
    (E) determine a solution to a problem involving length, including estimating lengths;

    Teks for Mathematics Grade 3

    (1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:
    (A) apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace;
    (B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution;
    (C) select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems;
    (G) display, explain, and justify mathematical ideas and arguments using precise mathematical language in written or oral communication.
    (4) Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to develop and use strategies and methods for whole number computations in order to solve problems with efficiency and accuracy. The student is expected to:
    (A) solve with fluency one-step and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction;
    (G) use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number. Strategies may include mental math, partial products, and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties;
    (H) determine the number of objects in each group when a set of objects is partitioned into equal shares or a set of objects is shared equally;
    (K) solve one-step and two-step problems involving multiplication and division within 100 using strategies based on objects; pictorial models, including arrays, area models, and equal groups; properties of operations; or recall of facts.

    Teks for Mathematics Grade 4

    (1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:
    (A) apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace;
    (B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution;
    (C) select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems;
    (G) display, explain, and justify mathematical ideas and arguments using precise mathematical language in written or oral communication.
    (8) Geometry and measurement. The student applies mathematical process standards to select appropriate customary and metric units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving measurement. The student is expected to:
    (A) identify relative sizes of measurement units within the customary and metric systems;
    (B) convert measurements within the same measurement system, customary or metric, from a smaller unit into a larger unit or a larger unit into a smaller unit when given other equivalent measures represented in a table; and
    (C) solve problems that deal with measurements of length, intervals of time, liquid volumes, mass, and money using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division as appropriate.

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