Summer Camps

Strategic Air & Space Museum CampsThe Strategic Air & Space Museum’s Education Department is committed to fueling the curiosity of children across the Midwest and to educating them with special emphasis in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We believe that STEM is a direction of great significance for our youth and the future of our country and world and so we strive for excellence in all of our STEM-centered educational programs.

 2014 Super Science Summer Camps

Summer Camp Brochure

Please note:

  • Registration can be completed by calling Karen at 402-944-3100 ext. 208
  • There is no tax on Summer Camps
  • For some camps, the Strategic Air & Space Museum offers transportation. The Strategic Air and Space Museum reserves the right to cancel the transportation option if the minimum passenger requirement is not met.
  • In addition, some aspects of summer camp programming are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Registration closes two weeks prior to the start of each camp, with the exception of the Johnson Space Center camp which closes one month prior to the start of camp.

Completed/Closed Experiences:

Near Space Adventure

  • Ages 8+; Families are encouraged to participate
  • $75 per person
  • July 26, 2014
  • 8am – 4pm
  • Breakfast and Lunch provided

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist, creating experiments that fly into the endless void of space? Have you ever wanted to be a flight engineer, prepping a spacecraft for an out-of-this-world adventure? Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut, and look out the window to see the curvature of Earth from miles above?

No, we will not be launching you into space but with the Strategic Air & Space Museum Near Space Adventure, you, your family, and friends can do the next best thing, all in a single thrill-packed day.

Abbreviated Schedule:

Go to flight school: Learn about high altitude ballooning, “near space,” FAA guidelines, and the specialized equipment you will use on your adventure.
Visit the laboratory: Assemble real scientific experiments your team will be sending into near space.
See you on the gantry: Assist the flight commander with the launch of your near space balloon.
Go in pursuit: Join the chase team by electronically tracking the balloon and recovering your valuable scientific payload.
Return for debriefing: Do a preliminary examination of your payloads, and see the amazing photographic footage taken from nearly 100,000 feet up.
Share your findings: Just days after your launch, flight data, scientific results, and a video of your unique experience will be available to share with your Facebook friends and family.

Robotics 101 

  • Ages 8-11
  • $225 members $250 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • June 2-6, 2014
  • 9am – 4:30pm
  • Note: Please bring a sack lunch everyday.

This future forward camp provides campers an introduction to the exciting world of robots using simple robotics and basic robotic programming!  Students will create, design, build and program robots for a variety of purposes.  Campers will dive into robotic development through hands-on construction and collaborative teamwork.  They’ll be amazed at the types of robots they can create with their own two hands! In addition to robotics, campers will learn the basics of electronics, take a field trip to see robots in action in business and industry, and prepare for a fun-filled robotics competition at the end of camp!   Campers will enjoy priceless experiences and hands-on activities designed to make robotics come alive and to prepare them for future participation in Robotics 201!  Transportation is available daily from Omaha and Lincoln for an additional $25.00 for the week.

Robotics 201

  • Ages 9-12 years
  • $225 members $250 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • July 14-18, 2014
  • 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Note: Please bring a sack lunch everyday.

In order to attend Robotics 201, the camper must have attended either Robotics 101 or be an alumni of one of the Strategic Air & Space Museum Robotics 2012 camp sessions.

Welcome back, robotic engineers! You already have a base knowledge about electronics and robotics and we would like to extend an opportunity to you to learn more advanced programming in this exciting new day camp! You will apply your knowledge of programming to Lego Mindstorm robotic kits and complete a terraforming space mission! Campers will gain more confidence and expertise in the area of robotics that will prepare them for future participation in Robotics 301. Transportation is available daily from Omaha and Lincoln for an additional $25.00 for the week.

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Robotics 301

  • Ages 10-14 years
  • $225 members $250 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • July 21-25, 2014
  • 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday
  • Note: Please bring a sack lunch everyday

In order to attend Robotics 301, the camper must have attended Robotics 201.

Robotic engineers who attended Robotics 201 are invited back to the Strategic Air & Space Museum to participate in their final test of robotics skills. Campers will expand their knowledge of robotic programming even further, building on their previous camp experiences with CEENbots and Lego Mindstorms, and applying that knowledge to VEX robotics. From the VEX website, “The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” Transportation is available daily from Omaha and Lincoln for an additional $25.00 for the week.

Astronaut Academy: Sponsored by DiVentures Scuba and Swim Center

  • Ages 11-15
  • $425 members $450 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • June 8-12, 2014
  • Drop-off at museum: 6:30 p.m. Sunday June 8, 2014
  • Parent Presentation and Pick-up: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014

Future ASTRONAUTS! Get ready to train like the best of them just like they do at NASA! Youth can fulfill their dreams of space exploration, aviation, and engineering, all right here in Nebraska. Campers will be challenged to sharpen their analytical skills, problem-solving techniques, teamwork, and knowledge of space and aeronautics.  Hands-on activities include SCUBA diving with underwater missions, survival training on a ropes course, a tour of Nebraska’s largest observatory, planetarium shows and more! Spend four nights and five days living the astronaut life. Lodging and meals will be provided.

Astronomy Weekend

  • Ages 14-17 years
  • June 13-15, 2014
  • Drop-off at museum: 6:30 p.m. Friday June 13, 2014
  • Parent Presentation and Pick-up: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014
  • Cost: $225.00, $200.00 for museum members ($75.00 deposit required)

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wished that you could see farther and deeper into the vastness of space? Using a variety of state of the art telescopes, and with the assistance of local astronomers, campers will be able to see the night sky in a whole new way.  Not only will campers be able to observe deep space objects at night, they will also participate in daytime solar viewings, analyze data from their observations, become astrophotographers, and open their eyes to the possibility of astronomy as a life-time hobby or career.  Registration is limited, so please register quickly for this out-of-this world summer camp! Lodging and meals will be provided.

High Altitude Ballooning

  • Ages 13-17
  • $275 members $300 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • July 21-25, 2014
  • 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Parent Presentation: 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 1
  • Note: Please bring a sack lunch everyday

Get ready for a unique and challenging summer camp experience! The Strategic Air & Space Museum is a leader in high altitude ballooning launches and research. Campers will get to spend a fast paced, hands-on week learning about the processes of high altitude ballooning, developing their own payloads to send into near space, and even tracking and chasing the balloon after the launch to recover the objects campers send out of this world! This is a rare summer camp experience you won’t want to miss! Registration is limited, so please register quickly. Transportation is available from Omaha and Lincoln for an additional $25.00 for the week.

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Mad Scientist: Sponsored by Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont Blair Wahoo Crete

  • Ages 6-9 years
  • $225 members $250 non-members ($75 Deposit Required)
  • June 16-20, 2014
  • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Parent Presentation: 3:30 Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Note: Please bring a sack lunch everyday

Give your child the opportunity to explore the world of science through a daily themed hands-on workshop filled with experiments and projects.  Students will perform Squishy/Slimy/Smelly science activities, explore gizmos and gadgets and how they relate to science, participate in engineering design challenges, and experiment as the scientists do! The title may be the same, but all camp content is brand new so make sure to check it out! Transportation is available daily from Omaha and Lincoln for an additional $25.00 for the week.

Survival Training Weekend

  • Ages: 10-13 years
  • June 20-22, 2014
  • Drop-off at museum: 6:30 p.m. Friday June 20, 2014
  • Parent Presentation and Pick-up: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014
  • Cost: $225.00, $200.00 for museum members ($75.00 deposit required)

You’re stranded following a plane crash at the Strategic Air & Space in this exciting and fun survival camp! During this weekend camp, campers will be introduced to elements of surviving including basic survival skills such as shelter building, finding food and staying hydrated, navigation skills, and more! The skills campers will gather from this camp are not only potentially life-saving, but are also authentic, as camp curriculum has been supplemented by actual Air Force survival training manuals. Registration is limited, so please register quickly! Lodging and meals will be provided.

Johnson Space Center Travel Camp

  • Ages 14-18 years
  • $1,000 members $1,300 non-members ($250 Deposit Required)
  • July 13-17, 2014
  • Drop-off at museum: 6:30 p.m. Sunday July 13, 2104
  • Parent Presentation and Pick-up: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014

The excitement begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Strategic Air and Space Museum and a day of SCUBA diving designed for campers to have the opportunity to perform underwater missions just like the astronauts do. Then, we’ll fly to Houston, Texas and visit Johnson Space Center for an out-of-this world tour of Space Center Houston, as well as unique presentations and experiences provided by Johnson Space Center personnel! Experience the culture of a NASA center, rich with the history of American space flight. We’ll also tour Houston, Texas and take in some local fare.  Airline flight, meals and all activities included.

In order to attend the space center travel camp, the camper must have attended a previous Astronaut Academy summer camp.

Girls Only Weekend

  • Ages: 8-12 years
  • Drop-off at museum: 6:30 p.m. Friday July 18, 2104
  • Parent Presentation and Pick-up: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014
  • Cost: $225.00, $200.00 for museum members ($75.00 deposit required)

Calling all girl scientists, engineers, and space enthusiasts! You are invited to a weekend of fun and learning–for girls only! Through teamwork, experimentation, and hands-on activities, campers will “blast off’ to learning in a fun, supportive environment where girls who love science can get together and play. Registration is limited, so please register quickly. Lodging and meals will be provided.