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PARI STEM and Space Exploration Summer Camps
Rosman, North Carolina

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1 Pari Dr
Rosman, North Carolina 28772

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772

CAMPER AGES: 11 - 17

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps Unleash your curiosity of the unknown when you retreat to a dark sky oasis where the stars are innumerable and beckon overhead. Let the magnificence of space overwhelm you as you discover the mysteries that still confound scientists, it just might drive you to become tomorrow's astronauts, physicists, and engineers.

Math, Science, Technology, Academics, and more. Building Rockets, Astronomy, Telescopes, Engineering, Astrophysics, Biology, Orbital Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering

CAMP LOCATION: The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute ( PARI ) is located 13.4 miles south of the Beech Gap entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Our 200+ acre campus is nestled in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest. Please visit our website for photo's of our beautiful Campus.

CAMP FACILITIES: PARI offers a state-of-the-art research building with optical and radio telescopes, various earth science instruments and the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. PARI is used by thousands of researchers, educators and students who have benefited from our programs. Outside, our campus is dotted with four massive radio telescopes, including “Smiley” (a visitor favorite) and has become special attractions of travelers to the region.

Our dorm rooms include bunk beds, desks, and dressers and can sleep up to six occupants.

PARI’s Dinning Hall serves up delicious and nutritious meals for large groups of guests and campers, including those with special dietary restrictions.

Have a blast with fellow campers through STEM challenges, field trips, games, and more! (river tubing, hiking, campfires, swimming at waterfalls, and rocketry competitions, to name a few)

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Above & Beyond Camp:
-Models the research process followed by professionals in space science!
Our signature and most academically intensive camp explores the universe through astronomy, physics, and astrobiology. Use real research-grade instruments and data to investigate objects like super-nova remnants and distant star clusters. One small step as a space explorer, one giant step in launching your career in space.

Mission Control Camp: Martian Frontier
-Do you have what it takes to plan a mission to another planet?
Gain confidence, learn space science, and strive to make it to Mars in this combination role-play—academic camp. The wide variety of topics makes this camp a good fit for a range of interests. You’ll tackle challenges in space craft and habitat design, astronaut health and well-being, and capturing public interest while swaying others to support your plan.

Clemson & PARI Summer Camps

Milky Way Trailblazers:
-Map the Milky Way and plot a path for future explorers!
Discover how to chart the distribution of hydrogen gas and its movement in our home galaxy as a galactic cartographer. You’ll use giant NASA built radio telescopes to uncover data that can’t be captured any other way. This camp is part of a partnership with Clemson University and includes a field trip to their astronomy research labs.

Secrets of a Spy Station
Encrypted messages, codes, and ciphers!
What better setting than PARI, which once operated as a spy station for the Department of Defense during the Cold War, where messages were being intercepted and deciphered? Another element in the sending of secrets is how you transport them from place to place. We’ll take a look at the technologies, both past and present, that allow information to zip out to distant satellites and back down to Earth. How do we make sure our sensitive transmissions don’t end up in the wrong hands?

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships may be available for families with financial need. Email - camps[AT] for more information.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Campers from every state and beyond are welcome at PARI.

Come learn how different telescopes work, and use them and real data to explore space just like professional scientists do. Or learn how crucial computer science is to space exploration when you dive into cryptography and satellite communications. If mission control calls to you, come plan your own mission to another planet, your trajectory, crew and rocket at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute's Space Exploration Camps.

PARI Space Exploration Camps is a unique site, rich in space science history, and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where an abundance of adventures await. From tubing to waterfall swimming and roller skating, there are fun, refreshing activities for everyone.

Partnering with PARI to host some of these camps is Clemson University for our second year in a row! This partnership has expanded the reach of PARI camps to even more kids nationwide and include field trips to their campus and the opportunity to learn about their higher learning offerings.


Exoplanet Exploration

6/11/2023 4 PM - 6/22/2023 10 AM

Grades 8th - 12th

Secrets of a Spy Station

6/25/2023 4 PM - 6/30/2023 10 AM

Grades 6th - 8th

Above & Beyond

7/2/2023 4 PM - 7/13/2023 10 AM

Grades 9th - 12th

Milky Way Trailblazers

7/16/2023 4 PM - 7/27/2023 10 AM

Grades 9th - 12th

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We are looking for candidates who are interested in taking on two roles:
Part of the summer will consist of hands-on education, research, and recreational activities with campers and becoming a role model and guide for their exploration of STEM and space science.

These counselors will also have the opportunity to plan their own research or project while taking advantage of PARI facilities, instruments and the support of its staff. Go to the link below for more information and applications.

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