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

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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


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Program Detail

Program type: Out-of-School-Time
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Science
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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


Lauren Agans

Director of Summer Camp Programs

Providence Day School

5800 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270



Ellen Beuing

Director for After Schools Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools

1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203



Leigh Bishop

Elementary Specialist Mecklenburg Afterschool Programs

1600 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte,NC 28210




Cancellation Policy

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