Instead to lead NASA summer program at Camp Fire

FREMONT — Longtime Camp Fire volunteer, employee, and high school senior Rachel Anstead was recently chosen to head Camp Fire’s “Spark Discovery Lab, Powered by NASA” program that teaches participants the science behind cryogenic propellants. The afterschool program is open to Sandusky County students in grades fifth through eighth.

In the STEM program, students will design, test and improve systems in a simulated cryogenic propellant tank and have the opportunity to meet NASA engineers and scientists through a Zoom call.

“The kids will try to determine which is the best insulator,” Instead said. “I’ll be creating lesson plans and will teach the kids. I’ll give them the material and will guide them through the process.”

Second year for NASA program

This the second year Camp Fire has offered the NASA design challenge program. Last year, it was taught by a local teacher.

“Because it was so successful, we wanted to do it again and expand it,” said Camp Fire Program Director Micah Zinna. “We received NASA Glenn education funding and had to hire someone to drive the program. Rachel does a really great job with the kids. They really respond to her.”

NASA funding requires recipients to create videos of the program.

Rachel Anstead will teach children the science behind cryogenic propellants in the Powered by NASA program at Camp Fire.

“They’ll create a video at each of the programs, and NASA will put those on their YouTube channel,” said Camp Fire Executive Director Tory Thompson. “How cool for the kids that they get to be highlighted by NASA.”

The seven-day Powered by NASA program is being hosted at Croghan Elementary School for Croghan and Atkinson students. It will be held at Lutz Elementary School (in conjunction with Otis students) for fifth grade students beginning April 25 and at Fremont Middle School for sixth through eighth grade students beginning May 4. Any Sandusky County student in grade six through eight can attend the program at Camp Fire in Fremont beginning on May 16.

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