What A Great Time To Be A Fourth-Grader In Alabama

Being a Mom of a fourth-grader, the news I read today makes me one VERY proud and excited Parent!

It was announced today that Fourth-grade students across Alabama are going to be given a chance to be an integral part of space exploration. The Rocket City Space Pioneers announced a contest that will allow fourth-graders to name its moon lander. The students from the Huntsville Center for Technology, who are members of the Rocket City Space Pioneers team, built a full-scale model of a moon lander, which they unveiled on Tuesday.

"Every spacecraft needs a name," said Tim Pickens, chief propulsion engineer for Dynetics and the team leader for the Rocket City Space Pioneers. "We want a name that speaks to technology, innovation and a love of Alabama."

What is really cool is that the winning class will get a free trip to SPACE CAMP®. The class' teacher will receive a $500 gift card for classroom supplies. Teachers can register for the contest online. The deadline to register for the contest is Feb. 15.

The contest runs from Feb. 15 until Feb. 23. The winning name will be chosen in early March.

For those of you who may not know about SPACE CAMP®…It is a wonderful program that has been here for years. SPACE CAMP® was founded in 1982 as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® museum’s education program to promote the study of math, science, and technology. This educational program couples classroom instruction with hands-on activities and teaches teamwork, decision-making, and leadership. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, while leading the team of scientists and engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center that sent astronauts to the moon, inspired these programs that have challenged and educated youngsters from all 50 states and over 40 countries and territories. SPACE CAMP®has become known as one of the premier math/science/technology educational programs in the United States.

Space Camp

Camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students. Additional programs are available for trainees who are blind or visually impaired, and for the deaf or hard of hearing. "Space Is Special" is a program for special education students.

SPACE CAMP® programs are also available for adults, and special camps have been designed for educators and for corporate groups. Additional Space Camp Family Programs are available for children as young as 7 years.

If you watched ABC’s Hallmark Hall Of Fame Series movie A Smile As Big As The Moon, you got to see a lot of what SPACE CAMP® is all about. The Movie is about a special education teacher’s dream of helping his students attend SPACE CAMP®.

A Smile As Big As The Moon

Although I am a “transplant” here in Huntsville, I am so VERY proud to call Huntsville home. My Children are getting a spectacular education along with all of these added bonuses of living in such a technology driven City. Now, time to go help my daughter think of names (shhhhhh.)

Diane Casale, Coldwell Banker First


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Comment balloon 1 commentDiane Casale • January 31 2012 08:50PM


Sounds like a great contest.  I hope it inspires them to study science, math and engineer, etc.

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