Mars Academy

In Mars Academy, teams of campers will find out if they have what it takes to survive on Mars! Campers overcome the challenges of gathering life-sustaining resources while operating robotics. After teams complete the Settlement Challenge, they will embark toward a low Earth orbit mission in Cosmosphere’s Astralis capsule-based simulator.

Entering 7-8 Grade
5 Days / 4 Overnights
$600 + $70 registration fee

Check-In: HCC dorms 12:00-12:45 pm

Orientation: 1:00 pm on first day

Graduation: 2:30 pm on final day

2024 Dates

  • June 5-9, 2024
  • June 12-16, 2024
  • June 19-23, 2024*
  • June 26-30, 2024
  • July 3-7, 2024
  • July 10-14, 2024
  • July 17-21, 2024**
  • July 24-28, 2024
Registration Opens September 1

*Astronaut Don Thomas will be a part of the June 19-23 session, $100 additional fee applies.

**Astronaut John Herrington will be a part of the July 17-21 session, $100 additional fee applies.

To register for a camp, a parent or guardian can log in to an existing profile on the Camper Portal. New users will need to create a new profile. For more information about registering for a camp, view the FAQ page. If you have questions or need help, please contact the camp support team from the CONTACT page.

*If the camp your camper wishes to attend is sold out, please email with your name, the camper’s name, and camp date to be placed on a waitlist.


  • Complete a mission to orbit the Earth using both the Cosmosphere’s Mission Control Center and Astralis capsule-based simulator, which is modeled after NASA’s Orion capsule
  • Train like an astronaut in the 4-G Centrifuge, the Multi-Axis Trainer (MAT), and a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Simulator!
  • Use teamwork and communication skills to collect crates using our Sphero RVR rovers.
  • Dive into exciting worlds using virtual reality technology.
  • Build team communication and problem-solving skills on Cosmosphere’s CosmoWorks Challenge Course.
  • Complete engineering design challenges to build robot arms and a Mars Lander.

For more information, please check out the Preparing for Overnight Camp document.

Activities are subject to change. Significant changes will be communicated prior to camp.

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