Blue Origins - Space Quest

Karin Mauer, Daniel Bartels
Rising 5th – Rising 8th Graders
June 17 – 21 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Campers will travel to King’s Dominion on Thursday for a field trip. Pickup on Thursday will take place at 5 p.m. to allow for travel time.
How do we get things into space? Let’s build some rockets and begin to find out. Along the way we will do some physics experiments to help understand gravity. We’ll launch student-built rockets as well as the biggest ones we’re allowed to launch (without a license) packed with sensors and cameras. We will also study microgravity and use virtual reality and a trip to King’s Dominion to experience what zero-gravity is like – roller coasters and the Drop Zone are hands down the best way to experience zero-gravity without leaving earth. Campers will be working with members of Collegiate’s Upper School team that is preparing an experiment to be launched on board a Blue Origins’ rocket and we will finish our week designing our own space-based experiments.
Karin Mauer, M.D., Ph.D., teaches Honors Biology, Human Anatomical Systems I and Forensics in Upper School at Collegiate. She is currently implementing a SPACE Discussion Club at Collegiate and working with Upper School students on a research project to send experimental setups to space in a Blue Origin spacecraft. Daniel Bartels is the STEAM coordinator for the Middle and Upper Schools at Collegiate. He has taught physics and mathematics since 2002 and has developed and mentored Collegiate’s FIRST Robotics teams since 2004.
For more information, contact Karin Mauer at