Virginia Space Coast Scholars, 2017

Summer Academy

Dates for Summer Academies 2018

Week 1:  June 23 -29

Week 2:  July 7 – 13

Week 3:  July 28 – August 3


Arrival Time:

Scholars will need to arrive at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station between 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. on Saturday of their scheduled session.  Check in will be at the Red Knot Residence Hall located at Chincoteague Bay Field Station (see maps below).  The program will start promptly at 2:30 P.M.

Departure Time:

On Friday, at the conclusion of each session, there will be a Closing Ceremony for the parents and scholars at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center.  The Closing Ceremony will be from 9:30 A.M.. to 11:30 A.M.. in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The Scholar may invite up to 2 people to attend the ceremony.  Unfortunately, space limitations prevent more than 2 people per scholar in the auditorium at a time.

After the ceremony, scholars will need to return to the lobby of the Red Knot Residence Hall to pick up their belongings.  All belonging need to be claimed by noon.

Additional Information

Here is the Agenda for the Summer Academy.  Some tours and activities may be changed due to the flight schedule at Wallops.

Directions to the Summer Academy

From Northern Virginia

    1. Take I-95 towards Annapolis/Bay Bridge.
    2. Merge onto MD-170. Take Aviation Blvd and turn left onto Dorsey Rd/MD 176. Follow I97 S towards Annapolis/Bay Bridge.
    3. Cross the bridge (portions toll) and follow US-50 towards Ocean City.
    4. Stay to the left for the Salisbury Bypass onto US-13 S; do not take 13 Business.
    5. Continue on US-13 S to Oak Hall, VA
    6. Turn left onto Chincoteague Rd. or VA-175 , drive for 2.7 miles
    7. Turn left onto Mill Dam Rd.(just after the Sunoco gas station), drive for 0.6 miles
    8. Arriving at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium on the Left


From Hampton Roads (Southeastern Virginia)

    1. Take US-13 N via Exit 282 towards Chesapeake/Bay Bridge Tunnel. Follow US-13 across the Bay Bridge Tunnel (portions toll).
    2. Continue on US-13 N to Oak Hall, VA
    3. Turn right onto Chincoteague Rd. or VA-175 , drive for 2.7 miles
    4. Turn left onto Mill Dam Rd. (just after the Sunoco gas station), drive for 0.6 miles
    5. Arriving at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium on the Left

Housing at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at the Marine Science Consortium:

The Chincoteague Bay Field Station at the Marine Science Consortium will house our team throughout the week at the Red Knot Residence Hall.  The MSC provides resident hall suites that we will organize by male/females; ensuring that these groups are separated. Additionally, each suite will have an adult chaperone overseeing the safety of the scholars.


To further ensure safety, a 10:00 PM curfew is strongly enforced, meaning that students may not leave their rooms. See the link below to view a typical dorm room and what it contains.



Below you will also find some answers to commonly asked questions.  If you have other questions, do not hesitate to call us, ask your group’s leader who may have previously attended our programs, or check out our website where there is more program information.


  • What is the Chincoteague Bay Field Station?  We are a non-profit, educational institution.  We have a board comprised of the Presidents of the member universities.  The organization was formed in 1968 to promote education and research in the marine and environmental sciences and offer programs which range from elementary to university levels, and adult learners.



  • How can I contact my son/daughter while they are at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station?  The Chincoteague Bay Field Station office is open from 8am-4:30pm Monday thru Friday.  You can call and leave a message with the office staff.  Chincoteague Bay Field Station staff will notify the Virginia Space Coast Scholars staff to have your child can return your call when available.


  • If it is a non-office hours EMERGENCY, you can call our emergency cell phone which is carried by a staff member from 4:30pm thru 8am.  The emergency number is 757-894-7708.   Cell phone service can be intermittent because we are located next to the NASA base but Verizon service seems to work the best.

What to bring:

Please be sure that the participant is adequately prepared for their trip.  We have seen students unhappy because they were not wearing appropriate clothing. Please do not bring expensive items, snacks, or drinks other than water.  A refillable water bottle will be provided.


NOTE:  NASA Wallops is a professional environment so we want to comply with common expectations for all NASA employees and visitors.  Your attire during the day and evening dinners must look neat and professional. Please wear comfortable clothing that will not restrict you as we will be building rockets and testing balloons.

Essential Items  (Don’t forget to label your items.)

  • Photo ID–all students will need a picture ID(like a school-issued one, or driver’s permit) in order to get on NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Photocopies of ID will not be accepted.
  • Medications you take (with directions, if appropriate–very important)
  • Bath towel, soap, personal toiletries (i.e.., Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant,etc.)
  • Bed linens (twin sized), or sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Bug spray (There are tons of mosquitos and sand gnats so bring plenty.)
  • Notebook
  • Pen/pencil
  • Alarm clock
  • pillow
  • Rain gear
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags for laundry
  • Recommend shoes:
    • Sneakers or nice comfortable shoes (Soft soled, closed-toe shoes during day. Note: you will be on your feet during the day.)
    • 1 pair of sandals for free time
    • Shower shoes
  • Students will be at the NASA  center Monday – Friday.  For those times, students will want to have shirts with buttons, collars, and sleeves (Ladies, no tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts during NASA activities.) Polo shirts are okay.
    • T-shirts – free from ANY advertising (NASA may not promote or endorse commercial products), profanity, drug and/or illicit reference, stains or holes (You are representing NASA when on Center and must abide by their strict attire policies).
    • Cold weather clothing
  • Long pants
    • Khaki pants or other pants. Pants look better than jeans for pictures by NASA photographer and for the Capstone Presentation.
    • Jeans free from holes, stains, rips, tears, duct tape…whatever. Need to be clean and not extremely faded. No really tight or really baggy jeans please.
  • Socks (Don’t forget underwear & pj’s!)
  • Shorts and skirts are not permitted while at NASA Wallops during the day. You may wear shorts at the dorm and during evening activities. Bermuda shorts OK in the evenings.   No running shorts or cutoffs allowed.
  • Sweatshirt, sweater, or hoodie. Even though it will be hotter than the surface of the Sun when you are outside, it will be sub-Arctic inside some of the buildings! Light, long-pants and light long-sleeved shirt for outside activities (in case of mosquitos)
  • Belt (Gentlemen, shirts must be tucked into pants and belted at the waist during NASA activities.  Ladies, your shirts must fall below the waistband of your pants. When you lift your arms above your head, no stomach should be visible.)

August 2018: Online course opens

November 11, 2018: Application deadline

December 7,  2018: Course opens (Module 1)

Important Links

A printable flyer for the Virginia Space Coast program can be found here.

Links to videos and photographs from the 2018 Summer Academies:

Week 1: Photographs, Video


Week 2: Photographs, Video


Week 3: Photographs, Video

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