Stillwater siblings spent part of summer at Space Camp

August 18, 2017
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Two siblings from Stillwater had an out-of-this-world summer vacation. Austin (AJ) and Lorelei Fierro  traveled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama and spent a week at Space Camp in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

AJ, a ninth grader at Stillwater Area High School, was part of the Robotics Academy program, and Lorelei, a sixth grader at Stillwater Middle School, took part in Robotics Camp. The mission of Space Camp Robotics is to show trainees how engineers develop solutions for real-world problems using real-world technologies. At all age levels, trainees use state-of-the-art robotics systems to compete in air, sea and land activities and missions. Using the Office of Naval Research’s SeaPerch undersea robotics, AJ, Lorelei and the other trainees test payloads on an unmanned aerial vehicle, all while strengthening teamwork and leadership skills.

Both AJ and Lorelei graduated the Space Camp program with honors, and their teams earned top awards in the robotics challenge competition. They were the only Minnesota students on their teams, and Lorelei was one of two girls on her team.

More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp and its sister programs since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA Expedition 48 astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins. Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 69 international locations attended Space Camp.