Space Camp beckonsHudson Middle School eighth-grader Lewis Wiechmann was among 111 4-H members from Wisconsin who applied to and was accepted at Space Camp, spending two days in April at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center in Huntsville, Ala.
By: Margaret Ontl, Hudson Star-Observer
Hudson Middle School eighth-grader Lewis Wiechmann was among 111 4-H members from Wisconsin who applied to and was accepted at Space Camp, spending two days in April at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The member of Rolling Hills 4-H Club spent his time with youth from all over the country at the camp, recognized by teachers, students and adults as THE place to go.
“It was pretty exciting being able to meet other students, and trying the different stimulators was great,” said Wiechmann. “The Gyro was my favorite.”
The campers had busy days beginning at 7 a.m. with breakfast and wrapping up at 9 p.m. after an evening education session.
From walking on the moon to trying various flight stimulators, the campers got a chance to see what life is like for astronauts. Teams even got to practice being on a shuttle launch and mission.
“We were judged on team work, performances and how well we followed the script,” said Wiechmann. “Timing is critical to the mission.”
Wiechmann is already hoping to apply again next year. The 4-H program allows the students to go to the camp at a reduced rate.
“It was a pretty good experience and you learn a lot,” said Wiechmann, who is now looking toward a career as an engineer and Navy pilot.
For more information on the camp, go to www.spacecamp.com.