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Office of Science Outreach

Fantastic Life and Where to Find It: Grades 4-6


Would you like to learn about the possibility of life in outer space? During this camp, we will be discussing how we define life, methods that scientists are using to search for life, and how we might recognize it on other celestial bodies! Using Mars as our main example, we will be exploring geological features that help scientists look into the past of the planet to see if life could have existed there and what that would mean for us on Earth. We will also discuss how life can exist in extreme environments such as the bottom of the oceans or places like Antarctica and Death Valley. You will have the opportunity to create your own space rovers that you will be able to bring home after we discuss how the Martian rovers are helping with the search for extraterrestrial life. This class will keep campers excited about astrobiology, astronomy, and geology all week long!

Participants should bring a refillable water bottle. For their safety, it is important that each student wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. A hat and sunscreen may make outside time more comfortable.


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus, 1000 Edgewood College Dr. Madison, WI. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages.


July 10 - July 14, 2017, 9:00-2:00 daily. Lunch is not provided. Send a sack lunch with your child 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 July 3, 2017.

How Much?

$250 for the week-long camp.

For more information contact:

Amy Schiebel (608)663-3414