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Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory Space Science Summer Camp
Brentwood, Tennessee

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615 373-4897 Phone
615 371-3904 Fax

1000 Oman Drive
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027

CAMPER AGES: Rising 5th-8th graders

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Daily M-F 9am-3pm, Wednesday 7am-5:30pm

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The focus of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory's camp is astronomy and space science. Campers learn about how scientists discover the secrets of the universe, from exotic black holes to the nature of light. During the week, campers are engaged in exciting hands-on educational science activities including launching rockets, working with and building electronics, and working with telescopes.

Computers, Math, Science, Technology, Academics, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood Tennessee. The Observatory is located off of Granny White Pike, approximately 1/2 mile north of Old Hickory Blvd.

We are on a high peak, surrounded by Radnor Lake natural area.

Please note we are NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus.

CAMP FACILITIES: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is located on a nine-acre hilltop in Brentwood, TN that is almost completely surrounded by Radnor Lake State Park. The dense woods that surround the Observatory allow visitors opportunities to see a multitude of wildlife including songbirds, turkeys, squirrels, and deer. The Observatory itself houses a 24” Cassegrain reflector as well as two other permanently-mounted telescopes. There are numerous exhibits throughout the observatory, a library where events such as summer camps and lectures are held, and a large brick patio in the rear where outdoor activities take place.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: An underlying philosophy of the camp program is that every child with a interest in science should have the opportunity to explore and understand the universe in which we live. The camps are led by staff outreach astronomer Dr. Billy Teets and are facilitated by seasoned volunteers with extensive knowledge in astronomy and physics, as well as high school-age counselors who serve as mentors to the camp participants.

The camp curriculum has been created by an expert team of astronomy professors, space scientists, and area science teachers. Participation in group activities builds self-confidence, problem solving ability, and social skills.

Sample past activities:
• Interact with cutting-edge research astronomers
• Learn how telescopes work, and build your own
• Safely view the dynamic surface of the Sun through a solar telescope and attend a nighttime telescope viewing
• Journey to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL for a day-long adventure
• Learn about basic electronics, and use the knowledge to build working projects
• Construct a functioning model Hubble Space Telescope
• Make your own realistic models of comets, and learn how craters are formed
• Design and launch bottle rockets as an introduction to rocketry

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Merit scholarships are not awarded, but financial aid is available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Please email a.rockafellar[AT] for more information.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: March-November we have monthly daytime Open Houses and monthly Telescope Nights which are open to the public. Tickets may be accessed through our website:

July 8-12 2019 9am-3pm for rising 5th and 6th graders
July 15-19 2019 9am-3pm for rising 7th and 8th graders

The field trip day will be longer (which is usually Wednesday.) Campers and their parents will be invited one evening during the week for a telescope viewing program.

Each one week session is $450 and includes all materials and the field trip to the Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

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