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Local Youth Attend 4-H Mission in Space in Huntsville, Alabama

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Jon Niemeyer, Chaise Rolwes, Grant Herin, Alexia Lukacina and adult chaperones Scott Herin and John Nickler of St. Charles County were among 29 youth and adults from all over Missouri who recently traveled to the original Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


Paired with a tour and demonstrations at Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, Alabama (this archaeological site contains the most complete record of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast), the trip gave the participants a wide perspective of history, time and human progress through the ages.
At the US Space and Rocket Center, the youth participated in the Space Camp Pathfinder program. The Pathfinder program is three days of non-stop activities exploring the history, present and future of manned space flight. Participants were immersed in hands-on training for a space shuttle mission. They experienced both shuttle and space station simulators, such as the G-force, Multi-Axis Trainer, and 1/6th Gravity Chair. Guided tours through the History of Space Museum prepared participants for a team “Space Bowl” quiz competition. The teams designed Mission Patches and constructed and launched their own solid-booster rockets.  For many, the highlight of the Pathfinder program was the Shuttle Mission simulation. The trainees worked together to launch the shuttle to the International Space Station, completed experiments that approximated those conducted in space and returned their crew safely to Earth.
The trip toward home included a stop at the Spaghetti Factory in historic downtown Nashville, TN.
The 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) program is the national priority of the 4-H Youth Development Program. Currently 5.9 million youth participate in educational activities that focus on science, engineering, and technology. For more information on 4-H, and experiences such as the 4-H Missions in Space opportunity, contact John Nickler, 4-H Youth Specialist, at 636-970-3000 or