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science: space camp!

  • Dec 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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what we are doing

Welcome to Space Camp!

During this overnight Paekakariki event, you'll learn astronomical amounts about space, astronauts, Mars, night photography, rocket science, star navigation, astronomy and astrophysics -- while camping by the beach and surrounded by bonfires, rocket launches, telescopes, cameras and much, much more!

This event will include active space simulations and exercises, and space-themed educational classes.

The camp will include the following subjects:

Aliens

Astronomy

Astrophysics

Astronauts

Mars

Navigation

Photography

Rockets

Satellites
- pongsats

Space Rovers

skill required

1/10 - complete beginners welcomed - all you need is a passion for space!

cost
$20 - campground fee included

Please pay to Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
#[masked]
Details to include:[masked] - Your name - SpaceCamp

chalklers scheduled will include:

  • Becky Bateman (Astronomy)

Becky is a presenter and educator at Carter Observatory.

  • Elf Eldridge (Astrophysics, Rocket science)

Elf is a space pirate who works at the Carter Observatory, and a PhD student at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology where he researches nanopore technology.

  • Haritina Mogosanu (KiwiMars)

Haritina is deputy head of Kiwispace and the closest thing New Zealand has to an astronaut.

Haritina will discuss her recent mission to the wilds of Utah in April 2012 where she and three other intrepid Kiwinauts simulated a landing on the surface of the red planet, Mars. For 2 weeks they lived in "The Hab", ate and explored as if they were marooned on this desert rock (above). Hari will explain the difficulties of the mission and also chat about her plans for NZ's and mankind's space future. You'll get the chance of replicating some of these simulations while learning about what systems are needed to support life in space and on Mars and how we currently do this. Why aren't more humans currently living in space? Will we ever live on mars and what do we need to get there?

  • Bob Zuur (Space Photography)

Bob is a skilled nature photographer and will be demonstrating how to photograph the universe from earth, such as this photograph taken from Space Camp's location in September 2012.


what to bring

WARM CLOTHES - you will be outside so make sure you are dressed warm
TENT - if you do not have tent you can request one on the event page. This is your own responsibility
SLEEPING BAG and everything you need to stay the night
BREAKFAST - we will not be providing any food
NO ALCOHOL - Please note this is a non-alcohol event due to our fire permit and rockets
RED TORCH (or red cellophane taped over a normal torch) - if you have one, as it helps read star maps better
TELESCOPE & CAMERA - if you have one
PEN AND PAPER - to catch all the great ideas and information
2L PLASTIC BOTTLE - to make your own water rocket



our cancelation policy

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

If you cancel your RSVP:
- more than seven days = refund minus 10% admin fee.

- less than 7 days = no refund

- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

about chalkle

Chalkle is an award-winning education platform which connects people interested in teaching and learning from each other face-to-face -- in a fun, social environment!

Choose from many affordable classes (from intros to master classes) in agriculture, art and craft, business, construction, digital media, food, languages, music and performance, science, technology and zombie survival... and many of the classes are free!


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  • Karen F.

    I had a great time!! The activities were fun and I learnt some really cool things!!! Thanks for putting on such an awesome event!!!!

    March 25, 2013

  • Silvia

    After so much anticipation - I hope that was a wonderful experience for you all. I sure enjoyed it. I loved seeing and hearing all the 'ah ha' moments as people looked upwards.

    December 15, 2012

  • J. Paul I.

    Hi, seems that I have nearly organized everything for this night. Last thing missing is something to sleep on ;) Does anyone have an air mattress to spare?

    December 14, 2012

  • Neli S.

    Hi,
    I have 2man tent that can share, but have no idea how or when I will arrive there. Is there anyone leaving the city around 7 or after and have a speare seat to give me a ride?

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi earthlings. I drive up, and take 3 others too. i'll possibly leave town before 5 though...

    September 23, 2012

    • J. Paul I.

      Hi Jon, is your ride and the additional seats still on?#

      December 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      hi, sorry, i'm no longer able to go to this event...

      December 13, 2012

  • Silvia

    SPACE CAMP WILL LAUNCH THIS FRIDAY! This is to confirm that Space Camp will go ahead this Friday. We will send you more details, including what to bring and other bits and pieces by tomorrow midday. Please make sure you have paid, and if you can no longer come please change your RSVP. Thanks!

    December 12, 2012

    • Jaz

      Hi silvia, sorry to be a pai, just wondering what are the chances of signing up again. I live in paekakariki so I dont need tent site. I dont mind paying the $ 20 though. Jaz

      December 13, 2012

    • Silvia

      Great that you can come! Yes that is fine - pl transfer the dollars today. We will send out more details at midday today. See you tomorrow!

      December 13, 2012

  • J. Paul I.

    Hi Guys,

    just signed up for the camp. Unfortunately I don't have any gear for the camping available but a sleeping bag. Can anybody help me out ?

    December 12, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    Hi Silvia, just wondering when I can expect the refund.
    Thanks, Andrea

    December 6, 2012

    • Silvia

      Hi Andrea - we process all chalkle payments on thursdays - so I have just done them all today - let me know if it does not clear through in the next day.

      December 6, 2012

    • Andrea B.

      Hi Silvia, thanks - I wasn't sure what your process was. All good. Cheers Andrea

      December 7, 2012

  • Leticia M.

    Yeah!! I'm happy of having had 2 changes...now the new date I can do it. I have done payment

    December 4, 2012

  • Ali L.

    Darn I can't make the 14th either as I'm in a show that night till 11 (15th was ok) If it gets moved again (oh, the Wellington weather gamble) I'll prob be able to go ... can I change my rsvp and then change it back again?

    December 2, 2012

    • Silvia

      Yes that is fine - and I can just do your refund when we finally have it if you can't come them

      December 2, 2012

  • Jaz

    I Can't make it either, I've completed the form. Thanks jaz

    December 2, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    Hi - I've just seen the form so have filled that out and changed my RSVP. Hope that is ok.
    Cheers Andrea

    December 1, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    hi Silvia - I can't make the 14th as I have family arriving from overseas that evening. How do I organise the refund ??
    Cheers Andrea

    December 1, 2012

  • Silvia

    That is Friday 14th Dec - Sorry.

    November 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Silva - I[we] won't be able to attend then as we have a market and a workshop on that day :( how does the refund thing work? Cheers,

      November 29, 2012

    • Silvia

      What a shame! Just fill in this form for a refund: http://tinyurl.com/9l...­ and change your RSVP.

      November 29, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi everyone,

    As crazy as it seems given today's clear blue sky (the Hobbit folk must have greater connections with the weather folk than we do), we have to postpone this Friday's Space Camp due to forecast cloud cover and rain. Clouds and full moon just mean terrible viewing (even without rain).

    The new date is Friday December 15th! (No moon too!)

    November 28, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi all - we will confirm by this evening if it will go ahead. Just needing confirmation from the park, permits and a few other details.

    November 28, 2012

  • Brenton H.

    Kerry beat me to it. Weather's not looking flash for the weekend. When does the go/no go decision get made?

    November 28, 2012

  • Kerry O.

    Hiya, is this going ahead on Friday or Saturday as the weather is looking quite cloudy for Friday. Many thanks!

    November 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    there may also be a quiz on these schematics at spacecamp: http://www.xkcd.com/1133/

    November 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I shouldn't have looked. That cost me a (happy) 40 minutes. be warned.

      1 · November 16, 2012

  • Silvia

    What a shame about the clouds, but this could mean you can go to Friday Fiesta :-) http://www.meetup.com/sixdegrees/events/87617982/

    October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering what the Saturday plan is? I have a friend arriving in wellington early pretty sat morning I have to meet / pick up, but could scoot back up if there if stuff is going on during the morning day?

    October 29, 2012

    • Silvia

      Lets just say you may not want to miss Sat morn... we will be starting bright and early and a lot of things will be taking off....

      October 29, 2012

  • Leah H.

    Great, just paid! Looking forward to it.

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG, looks like we broke the Meetup website again; I only see 20 names or so on the RSVP list instead of the 150+ that are supposed to be going!

    October 23, 2012

    • Silvia

      Nat is on to it :-) We have two meet up events running, as Space Camp is co-hosted by both AW and Chalkle....

      October 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well spotted :) Guess my brain is still in Monday mode...

      October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn it - have to cancel. Silly job has me going to a compulsory all weekend meeting. I've paid for the 02/11/12 so if its cancelled, assume I can move my RSVP across? Already paid.

    September 24, 2012

    • Silvia

      What a shame Heidi! Yes if you wish we can keep the payment and only refund if it goes ahead? You may just need to email afterwards to remind me.... [masked]

      September 24, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi all - Space Camp is only a short walk (15min-ish) from Paekakariki train station. We can arrange a shuttle for your gear if you catch the 6pm train from Wellington that arrives in Paekakariki at 6:42pm. Please let us know so we can know numbers.

    September 23, 2012

  • Mel C.

    This sounds AWESOME! You guys should do another one that's not the week i go to Auckland for The Black Keys :P

    September 23, 2012

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