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Mason Space Exploration Center at George Mason University

We have a new name and email address for our camp in our second year, but our camp will be in the same location, led by the same expert Professor Plavchan, and staffed by students at George Mason University.

The Mason Space Exploration Center camp will inspire the next generation to "launch" their curiosity and creativity about space. Campers will get fun and engaging hands on training in STEM activities from experts in working with programming and electronics (arduinos), generative AI tools like ChatGPT, mathematics, the physics of motion and gravity, creating a scale model of the Solar System, touring the 2nd largest on campus Observatory on the East Coast, a small-sat development lab and radio dish, using a Solar Telescope, experience robotic food delivery, and much more!

A Rocket Ship with George Mason colors landing on another inhabited world with an exoplanet and the milky way in the background.

2024 Mason Space Exploration Center Summer Camp for Middle-School Aged students!

Registration for Summer 2024 is open! Space is vast, but seats are limited.


Camp photo

Appropriate for students in the following grade levels:

Rising fourth through rising ninth graders, or with permission outside of these years via email.  Contact the camp organizers at:

Space is vast, but our seats are limited:

30 students per week capacity


Early "launch" special: $400/week, including $100 in take-home materials

Scholarships available on a need-basis, inquire via email to the camp organizers:

Weeks of Camp available:

Dropoff: 9 to 9:15 a.m.

Pickup: 4 p.m.

Location: Research Hall, Fairfax Campus, George Mason University

Weekly details to be announced

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Session 1 - June 17th-21st

Session 2 - June 24th-28th

Session 3 - July 8th-12th

Session 4 - July 15th-19th

Session 5 - July 22nd-26th

Session 6 - July 29th - August 2nd

Thank you to our team and sponsorships

We'd like to thank the following organizations and staff for helping "launch" the first 2023 summer camp:

Kevin Collins, Lead Flight Director and Mason PhD student

Flight Directors: S Falgiano, Emi Thorne, Jonathan Saldana, Bobby Craig, Nasiir Davis-Barkley, Sebastian Arnez, and Aiden Kriel; Mason students and alumni.

Center Marketing and Communications: Natasha Gilliam, Laura Powers, Zander Leon, and Tracy Mason

Center Development: Audrey Kelaher and team

Camp Leadership

Center DirectorAssociate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and George Mason Observatories Director Peter Plavchan.

Dr Peter Plavchan's research is supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation to study the formation and frequency of exoplanets, planets that orbit other stars. He has led the development of several NASA mission concepts.

Observatory Director Peter Plavchan