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University Of Wyoming Teton STEM Academy Will 'Travel To Mars' This Summer

Teton STEM Academy Camp Staff

This summer, the University of Wyoming will host the Teton STEM Academy, a science camp for high school students. The camp is free of charge and will be held in person from July 10 to 18.

Chip Kobulnicky, a UW astronomy professor and co-director of the Teton STEM Academy, said the camp aims to show students all of the scientific disciplines.

"We will cover life science, the physical sciences, math and engineering," he said. "We wrap up all of these themes under a general heading of planning a journey to Mars."

Kobulnicky said a journey to Mars involves conquering all kinds of different science challenges.

"We will take a couple hikes in the local forest and collect soil and water samples and analyze those in the laboratory using microscopes," he said. "We'll also take a field trip to our Wyoming Infrared Observatory research telescope."

The science camp will be in-person on the UW campus. Kobulnicky said participants will stay in dorms and learn about university life.

Students still have time to apply for the camp on the Wyoming Space Grant Consortium website.

Have a question about this story? Please contact the reporter, Ashley Piccone, at apiccone@uwyo.edu.

Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!
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