Per 2012 legislation by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there exists in the Commonwealth a need to (i) disseminate knowledge pertaining to scientific and technological research and development among public and private entities; (ii) promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education; and (iii) promote industrial and economic development through the development and promotion of the commercial space flight industry. To accomplish the mission in education, Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) Board Members and Staff lead and participate in a number of activities and organizations related to STEM education, including programs sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Virginia Space executes its charter to support STEM education through multiple venues, including a summer internship at MARS, and by supporting multiple educational efforts in the Commonwealth, including the Virginia Space Flight Academy.
Established in 1998, the Virginia Space Flight Academy holds Space Flight Adventure Camps near the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, an operational NASA installation located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and adjacent to Chincoteague Island, a picturesque family vacation destination. Six co-ed residential camps are held July through August, for ages 11 to 15. These are all 6 days, 5 nights. If you are 11-15 years old, interested in spaceships, aerodynamics, microgravity, robotics, rocket assembly and launching, and weather, then the Virginia Space Flight Academy Space Flight Adventure Camp is the place to be in the summer!Check out the Virginia Space Flight Academy site current year Sessions link for camp dates and see their Registration page for registration forms.