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Published on March 25th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Challenger Center’s Summer Camps Include Advanced Drone Pilot Class

This summer at Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center, campers will learn how to build and fly their own drones, launch rockets, fly simulated space missions and so much more. An Advanced Drone Camp, as well as a spring family fun rocket camp, also have been added to the Center’s fun lineup.

The new Advanced Drone Camp will help prepare drone pilots for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) remote pilot certification exam.

Campers can sign up now for the Challenger Center’s summer camps for children ages 7 to 18. But kids don’t get to have all the fun: At two family fun camps, parents can build and launch rockets with their children. From June 10-August 16, the Challenger Learning Center will be hosting summer camps that are out of this world for children of all ages. See the details below.

All Challenger Learning Center campers should bring a bag lunch and drink to camp. For more information and to register, go to www.thechallengercenter.net, email Challenger@richlandone.org or call (803) 929-3951. The Challenger Learning Center is located at 2600A Barhamville Road.

Challenger Center Camps Ages Dates Days Camp Meets Time Cost
Astronaut Academy 8-12 years June 24-27 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $180
Astronaut Academy 8-12 years August 12-15 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $180
Rocket Fundamentals 7-10 years July 8-11 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Advanced Rocket 11-14 years August 5-8 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Family Fun Rocket Camp All ages March 25 Monday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Children $35/ Parents $10
Family Fun Rocket Camp All ages August 16 Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Children $35/ Parents $10
Robotics Camp 9-14 years June 17-20 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. $200
Robotics Camp 9-14 years July 15-18 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $200
Intro to Aviation 13-18 years June 10-13 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Intro to Aviation 13-18 years July 8-11 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Advanced Aviation 13-18 years July 15-25 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $200
Intro to Drones 9-14 years June 17-18 Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Intro to Drones 9-14 years August 5-6 Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Intro to Drones 9-14 years August 7-8 Wednesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100
Advanced Drones 13-18 years June 19-27 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $150

Astronaut Academy

As an astronaut preparing for your mission, you will explore robotics, rocketry and aviation as you prepare for your first mission!  Campers will fly a space mission, visit the e-Planetarium and fly planes with our simulators. Campers will keep the robot they assemble and the rocket they construct. (Campers also will learn how to program EV3 robots, but they will not be allowed to keep the EV3 robots.)

Rocket Fundamentals

Be a rocket scientist! Learn the basics of how to build and launch rockets at this camp for beginners 7-10 years old. Campers will keep the rockets they construct. They are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches.

Advanced Rocket

Be a rocket scientist! Campers 11-14 years old will learn how to build and launch various rockets! Participating in the Rocket Fundamentals camp is not a pre-requisite for this camp, which starts with simple rockets and advances to more sophisticated ones. Campers will keep the rockets they build. Campers are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches.

Family Fun Rocket Camp

Parents, don’t let your children have all the fun! Come to camp with your child to build and launch rockets! For details, go to www.thechallengercenter.net.

Robotics Camp

Build a robot to keep every day! All camps also will work with Mindstorm EV3 robots.  (Students will not be allowed to keep the robots constructed with the Mindstorm kits.)  

Intro to Aviation

Learn about careers in the aviation industry and the basics of flight all in one. This hands-on camp focuses on learning how to fly through simulation. Students also will get an opportunity to learn about the history of flight, airplane structural designs and basic flight maneuvers.

Advanced Aviation

For students who would like to earn their Private Pilot Certificate, our Advanced Aviation ground school includes seminars on topics tested on the FAA’s Private Pilot Knowledge Exam.

Intro to Drones

Build and fly your very own drone! Campers will construct a drone and learn how to fly it safely and ethically. After learning about the principles of flight, campers will learn drone flight maneuvers and participate in flight control and accuracy challenges. At the conclusion of camp, campers will keep the drone they built.

Advanced Drones

To earn income from flying a drone (even by selling a photo or video taken with a drone) legally, the drone pilot must have a Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the FAA. Our Advanced Drone Camp includes seminars on topics tested on the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certification Exam to prepare students for the exam.


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