Space and Rocket Engineering
Rising 6th - 10th grade; (Co-Ed)
Led by previous SpaceX engineer turned McCallie Teacher Andrew Voss, students will work together in SpaceX-like problem solving teams to design, build, test, and launch their own model rockets while learning the fundamental first principles of science, math, and engineering that allow students and their rockets to reach new heights.
Students get to learn to apply tools like 3D printing, laser cutting, computer-aided design, advanced rocket computer simulation and modeling, and simple machine shop tools to their rockets and be able to add these skills to their own toolbox, allowing them to standout amidst their peers as they confidently take more projects over the rest of their academic journey.
Teams compete to win awards for the overall grand prize, the most accurate launch prediction, the design award, and the innovation award.
We spend time learning about SpaceX rockets and spacecraft, how they work, and all the amazing rockets that have been launched throughout history- even watching the videos of the big rocket explosions and learning the details of how things went wrong.
Students leave this camp grinning ear-to-ear as certified rocket scientists, carrying with them incredible memories and great new friends.
Meet the Director
After growing up in Columbia, SC, Andrew attended Vanderbilt University and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there, he served as President of the school’s NASA Rocket Launch Team and subsequently took his passion for rockets to a career at SpaceX in Los Angeles. Andrew and his wife Adeline began to dream of a different home than LA and took the leap of faith to Chattanooga at the start of 2020. Leaning into a growing interest in engineering education, Andrew started a program called Tiger Team, running after school rocketry clubs around Chattanooga and with a SpaceX-affiliated school. Andrew was hooked by the culture at McCallie and attracted by its ability to lead intrepidly while honoring truth and tradition. He teaches Precalculus and builds awesome stuff (like rockets) with the boys.
Drop-off: McCallie Gameroom. Follow signs to Day Camp; a staff member will be waiting in front of the Gameroom.
Pick-up: McCallie Gameroom (3:30 PM) OR McCallie Lake (4:15 PM) OR McCallie Gameroom (4:20 PM – 5:00 PM)
Camp Location: will be held in the McCallie Science Building – Walker Hall
Lunch is provided and Early Drop Off (8AM) is available.
Optional After-Camp Activities
“Lake” Free Swim: 3:40 PM – 4:15 PM (In case of severe inclement weather, campers swim in the Indoor Pool, on the 2nd floor of the SAC.)
After 4:15 pm, late pick up at McCallie Gameroom. No campers on Campus after 5:00 PM