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Summer Academy 

Course Outcomes:

• Understand the big picture of space exploration, including the history of spaceflight, organizations doing work in space,  and the overall space environment.

• Understand how spacecraft, rockets, and launch vehicles are designed and built.

• Understand the latest advances in space technology.

• Explore career opportunities in aviation and space.

• Develop time management skills, organizational skills, writing and communication skills, and other necessary skills needed in an online learning environment

Summer Academy dates for 2023:

Week 1:  June 24- June 30, 2023

Week 2:  July 8 – July 14, 2023

Week 3:  July 28 – August 4, 2023

Important Information Regarding the Online Course and Acceptance into the Summer Academy


Completing the online course does not guarantee a slot into the Summer Academy. We would love to be able to offer the Summer Academy to every scholar who completes the program. However, space and funding limit our capabilities. Students will be informed by email if they are accepted for the summer academy in early April 2023.

Students selected to attend the summer will be staying in the University of Eastern Shore dormitory. Students check-in on Saturday and leave on Friday after the closing ceremony. Students will be sharing a college dorm room and food allergies will be addressed. Students spend their days at NASA Wallops Flight Facility working with mentors and NASA staff to develop a NASA scientific mission. Students must be US citizens or legal permanent resident to attend the summer academy.

Please see parent information below about what to bring, transportation and food at UMES. There is no cost for the summer academy.

Summer Academy Parent Information

Please click on the following links to learn more about your student attending the summer academy.

For information about traveling to UMES or the Visitor center please click here 

For more information about what your student should bring to the summer academy please click Academy What to Bring Checklist

What is on the Menu at UMES  Please click here

Important Dates

August 15, 2022: Online course opens

October 16, 2022: Application deadline

November 7,  2022: Module 1 opens

Important Links

Application link.

Read about 2020 Virtual Academy here 

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

The direct link to the course site can be found here.

Links to videos and photographs from the 2022 Summer Academies:

Week 1: Video

Week 2: Video 

Week 3: Video

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