Satellite Week is a weeklong, intensive aerospace program for high school students. Most of our students come into our program with little to no background in aerospace, engineering, or weather and climate. However, they leave with a solid foundation of knowledge, research experience, leadership skills, and professional network, that gives them the ability and confidence to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. 

Our program is designed to cultivate a long-term interest in STEM by providing engaging, hands-on remote sensing educational opportunities for high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields. Students learn about satellites and remote sensing during a weeklong overnight camp on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville’s Museum of Science, and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. 

Destination Space inspires and empowers students to become the next generation of STEM leaders.

Camp Highlights:  

- Learn about remote sensing and applications

- Learn about satellite sensors and electrical engineering 

- Gain leadership skills

- Develop a professional network of mentors

- Form friendships with fellow students

- Get hands-on experience using remote sensing instruments 

- Create your own CricketSat 

- Launch your CricketSat on a weather balloon

- Use remote sensing data for an applied project 

- Present results to NASA and NOAA mentors

- Live in UNCA dorms and get a taste of what to expect in college

Cost: $900*

Includes dorm room housing, meal accommodations, transportation during the camp, and camp activities.

*Financial Assistance is available for those that qualify. In 2018, 84% of our participants received scholarships.