Space - The Final Frontier

July 11-15, 2021 (Virtual Camp)

Are you ready for an intense hands-on challenge to design, build, and fly a small satellite? S&T's Space the Final Frontier Virtual Camp is unlike anything you have ever experienced. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter the edge of outer space.

Your math and science skills will be used to design and construct a small spacecraft at home (materials provided) that you will send back to the Missouri S&T campus to be launched on a high altitude balloon to 100,000 feet. Throughout the week, video lessons will include satellite building and testing instructions, virtual laboratory tours, and interviews with aerospace engineering faculty and students.

Once all satellites have been received, S&T will host a virtual launch event so you can watch your satellite begin its journey to the edge space and track it online throughout the flight. After the satellites are recovered, you will receive images and data captured by your satellite from the edge of space that have never been seen before! 

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Camp Activities

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Spacecraft Design and Construction
  • Electronics and Computer Programming
  • High Altitude Ballooning and GPS Tracking
  • Registration Details
  • Camp Schedule
  • Campus Cancellation Policy

Registration Details

Date: July 11-15, 2021 (Virtual Camp)

Eligibility: Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders fall 2021

Capacity: Space is limited to 30 students.

Registration Fee: $575 (includes activity package of materials)  

Scholarships Available:
Missouri S&T is offering a limited number of need-based scholarships. If you would like to apply, please register for the camp and check the "Yes" box on the form to receive a scholarship application and instructions (via email). Scholarship review and awardee communication will begin April 1 and continue until funds are gone. Priority will be given to Missouri residents. For questions, email or call 573-341-4200.

The 2021 scholarships are provided in part by the E.J.Endownment, TREKK Design Group and Missouri S&T's student diversity initiatives.

Registration Cancellation Policy
Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so two weeks (14 full days) prior to the first day of the program. No refunds will be made after this date.

Camp Schedule

  • All times are central daylight time (CDT). 
  • All videos are posted at 7 a.m. on the day they are intended to be watched, but will be left up until July 28, 2021. 
  • Each day will begin with a 45-minute meeting at 9 a.m. to introduce topics and activities for the day.
  • For assistance, live office hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., via Zoom with a camp staff member.

Sunday, July 11, 2021
Live Zoom Session with Campers and Parents
4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 12, 2021
Assemble your Flight Computer

  • Satellite Kit 101 – what will you be building your satellite with?
  • Intro to Arduino, Intro to Sensors, Step-by-Step Assembly Instructions

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Build Your Spacecraft Structure

  • Introduction to Spacecraft Structures
  • Step-by-Step Box Building Instructions

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Test Your Spacecraft

  • light logistics and tracking
  • Step by Step Testing Instructions

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Final Preparations

  • Preparing spacecraft for shipping, final checklist
  • Q&A with Aerospace Engineering Students
  • Tour of Space Systems Engineering Laboratory

Video content remains available until July 28.  Your satellite must be received on campus by August 6 to be included in the balloon launch.

Campus Cancellation Policy

Missouri S&T reserves the right to cancel any program in the event of insufficient registrations, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately via email and phone, and all fees will be returned in full. 

Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so two weeks (14 full days) prior to the first day of the program.  No refunds will be made after this date.


Contact Us

Are you ready for your next adventure?

For more information, contact Kummer Center for STEM Education