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Space Camp

"Liftoff with Math 2015!" provides kids in grades 6-12 an opportunity to participate in a concentrated weeklong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) camp experience with an emphasis on space oriented mathematical and computer sciences. This program is designed to challenge students with learning and exploration in the applied aspects of mathematics. The strategic vision and design of the program are to challenge the students and provide opportunities to learn and explore the applied aspects of STEM disciplines.


"Liftoff with Math 2015!" is a week-long program. The camp will take place during the summer of 2015. Dates to be announced later.


  • Demonstrate the daily use of mathematics.
  • Learn how to use mathematics to model natural phenomena.
  • Become familiar with modern techniques of mathematical computer simulation.
  • Model lightning from data provided by NASA.
  • Gain mathematical test taking strategies.
  • Complete a space related project to be exhibited at the final award ceremony.
  • Participate in daily-supervised competitive sports activities.

Liftoff with Math campers will stay in a UNLV dormitory, eat meals in the campus dining commons, and experience college life.

Relation to UNLV Mission

This program falls directly in line with the UNLV outreach mission and strong effort to recruit women and traditionally under-represented minorities in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Project Goals

  1. Motivate and encourage the campers to graduate from high school.
  2. Enhance the campers' academic skills.
  3. Motivate the campers to attend college.
  4. Encourage the campers to seek careers in the STEM disciplines
  5. Increase the number of women and traditionally under-represented minorities in the STEM disciplines.

Program Objectives and Community Impact

  1. Improve and develop the campers' understanding of space sciences.
  2. Mentor campers in becoming more productive citizens.
  3. Help campers to be become role models in their communities.
  4. Improve the participation of women and traditionally under-represented minorities in the scientifically advanced economy of the 21st century.

Schedule and Leadership

The schedule for the week will include mathematics, physics, atmospheric sciences, geosciences, and space sciences.

The Camp and Project Director is Dr. Dieudonne Phanord, formerly with the NASA program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV professors in the STEM disciplines will teach the classes.

A comprehensive evaluation process will be developed that includes teacher, student, and parent evaluation forms. Students will be given a pre-assessment to determine their interests and abilities regarding STEM. They also will be administered a post-assessment to determine what they learned as a result of the camp experience.

All activities during the camp will be project based and students will be required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation as an individual or small group that reflects their project. All students will prepare a poster project to be presented at the culminating awards ceremony held at the end of each camp. Students who successfully complete the objectives of the camp will be awarded a UNLV certificate at the award ceremony by an officer at UNLV. Parents, sponsors, and interested individuals will be invited to the closing ceremony.