50+ Kids Participate Virtual Astronaut Summer Camp at MCCC

Montgomery County Community College’s favorite summer camp, Janet’s Planet Virtual Astronaut Summer Camp, held online due to COVID. Image via MCCC.

Facilitated by Montgomery County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Department, over 50 kids aged 7-14 participated in Janet’s Planet Virtual Astronaut Summer Camp.

Janet’s Planet was created by award-winning educator Janet Ivey and has been a favorite of MCCC’s Young Arts Explorers Series for several years.

Last year, Ivey taught her Astronaut Summer Camp at the Blue Bell campus. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the camp was held online this year and was just as engaging and educational.

“The girls were supposed to attend space camp in Montreal, but with travel restrictions, that was not possible. I am so incredibly grateful that I found out about this opportunity,” said parent Erin Walkow.

The online summer camp provided field experts as special guest speakers who covered topics such as the solar system, space agriculture, and computer coding, as well as an array of activities which included growing mung bean seeds, creating straw rockets, and building motorized moonbots.

To ensure all camp-goers were able to participate in the activities, each family received a package of the necessary materials.

“It is all about the kids! Listening to them talk and ask questions and seeing them do the experiments was the best part of the camp experience,” Brent Woods, MCCC’s Senior Director of Cultural Affairs. “It is our mission, whenever possible, to make these enriching programs accessible to area schools.”

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