HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Xenia resident William Corkum recently attended Robotics Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center.
The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on team work, leadership and decision-making.
Corkum was part of the Robotics Academy Program which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in science, engineering and aerospace. He spent the week training with a team that conquered the air, land and sea with state-of-the-art robotics. Corkum and crew completed their training in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Col. Bob Springer speak at their graduation.
Robotics Camp crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least two years of college and the majority of staff are college graduates. Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Ala., and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA. More than 600,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.
Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 58 international locations attended Space Camp.