The Original Curiosity Camp

The Original Curiosity Camp

Miss Ava, locally known as “The Science Lady”, founded the Original Curiosity Camp on June 14, 1993. She has presented hands on science programs to over 100,000 children in local schools and organizations. Each program is designed to enhance the child’s education through discovery learning and experimentation. The motto of The Original Curiosity Camp is “Satisfying a child’s Curiosity is like trying to catch a comet.” Time honored favorites include Ooze, Glop, & Slime, Fossil Fun, Stomp Rockets, Invisible Forces, and ZAP! Electricity.


  4526 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211



Astronaut Training Class

Program description

Launch your students’ imaginations into a world where gravity loses its grip. Learn about the special equipment that is needed by the astronaut for travel in outer space. Students will witness a demonstration using a scale model of a Saturn 5 rocket. They will participate in a problem solving activity to emulate Apollo 13 Crew’s challenge of desiging an adapter that will enable a square fitting to go into a round hole. Each student will be given a brown bag containing several objects from which they will build a tool with a specific purpose.

Learning concepts include astronaut training, space travel, invisible forces, and problem solving.

Booking / scheduling contact

Ava Bowen


Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Out-of-School-Time
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Academic School Calendar

Available times:

 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Length of program: 45 minutes - 1 hour

 Charlotte area schools and organizations

Fees / Ticketing:

 $100 per class


NC Standard Course of Study:

R3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text; specifically how the Apollo 13 astronauts had to work together as a team to find a solution.

R7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. A scale model of the Saturn 5 rocket will be used to help students understand the malfunction on Apollo 13.

W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts from books and charts about space to support analysis, reflection, and research. 


NC Essential Standards:

3.P.1: Understand motion and factors that affect motion.

4.P.1: Explain how various forces affect the motion of an object.

5.P.1: Understand force, motion, and the relationship between them.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

 A two weeks’ notice is appreciated. The cancellation fee is $50.