Space Camp in Sparta teaches kids to live like Deke Slayton

Deke Slayton Space Camp hosts 4th annual event

Students in our area are learning about STEM from NASA experts.

The week-long Space Camp takes place at the Deke Slayton Museum in Sparta, and includes hands-on STEM activities for kids 5th through 8th Grade.

“Sparta is the home of Deke Slayton, who was one of the original Mercury-7 astronauts,” said 2nd year Camper, Jack Schumacher.

Students will hear presentations by science professionals and meet retired Wisconsin astronaut Mark Lee.

Activities like rocket building, zero gravity experiments, and field trips to the Sparta airport and planetarium hope to give students team building and leadership skills.

Interim Museum Director, Alyssa Young, says “We’re trying to inspire our younger students to follow in Deke’s footsteps, not necessarily being an astronaut but just going after whatever they love. These kids all love science.”

A special graduation ceremony and dinner for the students will take place this Friday.

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