The most wonderful, exciting, and educational thing I've done since moving into this area 10 years ago...It really 'Rocks"! John B. Captain, US Navy, Retired, Grottoes. Read ...
The John C. Wells Planetarium is excited to announce three two week-long Space Explorer summer camps for rising students in 2nd grade to 10th grade! All camps are led by Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Our full-day Space Explorers camp will be held July 10–14, 2017 for rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Our half-day camp for elementary school students - rising 2nd to 4th graders - will be held July 17–21, 2017. Parents can choose either a morning camp or an afternoon camp. Our residential Space Explorers camp for rising 8th to 10th grade students will be held July 23-29, 2017. Our residential explorers will again go camping in the George Washington National Forest on Friday, July 28 to (hopefully!) star gaze under a dark, moonless night sky! All camps will take place and make extensive use of the John C. Wells Planetarium, a $2M, state-of-the-art, hybrid planetarium.
For nearly a decade, it was my dream to someday send my daughter to Virginia Tech. Two months ago, I began to rethink that dream when my daughter, Megan, attended space camp at JMU - Anita, Harrisonburg. Read ...
We seek to inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. These exciting camps will demonstrate to students that science is constantly changing, constantly uncovering new clues about why our universe is the way it is and not some other way. We will ask questions and then use the scientific method to try to answer them! We will investigate the size and scale of our solar system, learn about the robotic exploration of it, and learn about our own planet Earth and our fragile environment! Special Space Explorers camp visitors may include JMU science professors, engineers working at NASA on new missions, and perhaps even a NASA astronaut!
The opportunity for students to come on campus, use facilties, interact with staff, and be successful is a true game-changer. - Donna Whitly-Smith '75, Assistant Superintendent, Page County Public Schools. Read ...
Please be aware: The John C. Wells planetarium strives to bring cutting-edge science to JMU as well as to the larger Shenandoah Valley community. Hence, the staff presents established science that is based on consensus from the scientific community. We will present the scientific evidence on topics such as evolution, the Big Bang, age of the Earth, and climate change. All of our full dome shows, activities, and live star talks make reference and begin with the premise that the age of the Universe is 13.8 billion years old, and that our Sun and the Solar System formed ~5 billions years ago. Our staff will not alter their presentations when discussing what some consider controversial science topics.
Anita H. Harrisonburg, Va
Dear Mr. Alger,
For nearly a decade, it was my dream to someday send my daughter to Virginia Tech. Two months ago, I began to rethink that dream when my daughter, Megan, attended space camp at JMU.