A group of up to 25 Meyzeek Middle School students will soon learn how discoveries in science and engineering are helping humans explore far beyond Earth.

Time Warner Cable has provided a gift to the University of Louisville’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium to fund a space engineering boot camp at the middle school Feb. 2 to March 3. UofL is partnering with the Bates Community Development Corp. to plan and organize the camp. BCDC runs an after-school program at Meyzeek that offers enrichment opportunities and homework assistance.
UofL planetarium educator Mark Duckwall has created a curriculum designed to engage students with hands-on activities that follow a theme of space travel and exploration. Projects include designing and testing rockets that carry a payload, constructing a lander that opens upon impact and building a rover that can navigate an obstacle course after landing.
“This camp gives students a chance to be creative, to learn by trial and error and to experience, firsthand, the engineering process for space applications.” Duckwall said.
Connect a Million Minds is a philanthropic initiative launched by Time Warner Cable to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
For more details on the boot camp, contact Duckwall at 502-852-0212 or 505-879-7400.