Balloon Museum Presents Robotics and Rocketry Summer Camps

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will present a series of robotics and rocketry camps this summer in Albuquerque and other New Mexico cities in partnership with RoboRAVE International as an effort to increase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and engagement for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available for each camp, and camps will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 11, 18, and 25; and August 1 and 8. Camps will be held in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Moriarty, Rio Rancho, Socorro, and Tucumcari. Discounts are available for full-day enrollments, and for enrollment of more than one child, such as with a sibling or friend.

"The Balloon Museum's subject matter and iconic stature make it ideal for increasing STEM education and engagement in the community," said Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager. "In expanding our STEM outreach and programs, we are excited to partner with RoboRAVE International, a local educational organization with a global profile, much like the Balloon Museum."

According to RoboRAVE International Director Russ Fisher-Ives, RoboRAVE - with "RAVE" standing for "robots are very educational" - robotics and rocketry education is important because those subjects integrate science, technology, engineering and math. "RoboRAVE International aims to make robotics accessible to any kid anywhere," said Fisher-Ives. "Surveys tell us that 85% of students say STEM engagement makes a difference in whether they pursue career in those fields."

"As our partnership with RoboRAVE International develops," said Garver, "we will begin to include ballooning and other lighter-than-air challenges with robotics projects for students. This will add a dimension that helps us to achieve our mission to promote and highlight the history and science of ballooning."

Enrollment in the robotics and rocketry camps is now open. For more information and to sign up, please visit gotoif.org. Free admission to the Balloon Museum is included for all campers and up to four guests each.