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Office of Science Outreach

The Secret Life of Space: Grades 1-3


Have you ever wondered if life exists somewhere else besides Earth? During this camp, we will learn about how life could occur in outer space. We will also see how similar and different Mars is to our own planet and what that might mean for the chance of finding life there. The camp’s other focus will be on how astronauts have learned to survive on the Moon and in the International Space Station and how this might help them eventually get to Mars. You will have an opportunity to bring home your own plant after we talk about what plants and food would need to survive in space and on other planets. Campers will get to participate in many hands-on activities throughout the week designed to help them understand why scientists are so interested in discovering if we are alone in the universe or not.

Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Some of our projects will need to be tested outside so you might want a hat and sunscreen.


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages.


June 12-16, 2017, 9:00-12:00 daily. A mid-morning snack will be provided. If you child has particular dietary needs please pack an appropriate snack for them.


The camp leader is Amanda Heinsohn, a recent graduate from UW Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a strong background in Astronomy. She has been a tour guide at the UW Geology Museum for the past 2 years and is excited to share NASA Astrobiology information with students! This week’s camp is in partnership with the UW Geology Museum and the NASA Astrobiology Institute.


Register here!

Registration will be first come, first served. To ensure plenty of individual attention the limit for the camp is 12 children. The registration deadline is June 5, 2017.

How Much?

$200 for the week-long camp including all materials and snacks.

For more information contact:

Amy Schiebel (608) 663-3414