Fort Payne City schools students in third- through eighth-grade last year have a chance to blast off in a unique summer camp.

Summer Science Camp is June 20-23 and June 27-30 at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne.

The camp is made possible through a grant from NASA as part of the Summer of Innovation Program.

"They do several grants across the nation for programs like this," Fort Payne Community Education Administrator Ronnie Crabtree. "The program is designed to improve and enhance the engagement of students in science, technology, engineering and math.

With the grant, two instructors, who supervise the program, will be paid, and the camp is offered for $50 per student.

"Any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunches can attend the camp for free," Crabtree said.

The camp will include topics on climate and seasons, plants of this area, environmental topics and aeronautics. Crabtree said all activities will be hands-on.

And, on June 30 all students who participate in the camp will get to take a field trip to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, which is included in the price of the camp.

"One thing we are really excited about is that, through this program, we are going to develop great partnerships with NASA and the Little River Canyon Center," Crabtree said. "We hope to use this as a foundation to future programs, and are excited at the possibilities."

The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day.

Breakfast and lunch will not be provided, so students should bring a snack, water bottle and sunscreen, as some of the activities are outside.

For more information or to register, call 256-845-0915.





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