"Escape from Mars!" Camp for Students on the Autism Spectrum

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This 4-day camp, inspired by the book-turned-movie The Martian, will take place at University Park during the National Autism Conference and is designed for college-bound high school students who are on the autism spectrum. We welcome children accompanying attendees at the National Autism Conference that week. Registration is now open!

When is it?

M July 31st - Th August 3rd, 2017 (9am - 4pm M - W, ending at noon on Th)

Location: Whitmore Lab, University Park, PA

Who Can Attend?

Students in grades 9-12 who are on the autism spectrum

What's covered?

There is no frontier like outer space! In this camp, campers will embark on a Mars mission and will be tasked to use their unique strengths to survive in outer space and find a route back to Earth! Through hands-on activities and interactions with Penn State faculty and students, campers will learn about fascinating topics in fields including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and more!

This camp will also focus on helping our campers realize the excitement and challenges that await them in a college environment, as well as the resources and strengths they can draw upon to succeed there! Campers will work alongside mentors who are prepared to accommodate their individual differences and learning styles. They will discover and test their own abilities in a safe, accepting environment while learning about the cutting-edge of what we know about space, space travel, and human survival in space. In the end, our hope is that campers leave with a reinvigorated sense of confidence in themselves as well as a deep appreciation for where science has taken us and where it can take us in the future!

Lunch will be provided each day in the dining halls on campus.

Camp Times/Check-in

Check-in will be from 8:30 - 9am on Monday, July 31st. Camper drop-off on all other days will be between 8:45 and 9:00 am. Camp ends promptly at 4:00 pm Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, there will be a closing ceremony/event from 10:30am - 12:00pm, with an optional lunch afterwards. Please arrange to pick your child up promptly at the noted times.


Registration is now open!  Please use the following link: http://www.cvent.com/d/3vq449/4W. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-serve - register today!


Registration fee is $25 per camper and is paid at the time of registration. Financial aid is available and can be requested during the registration process.