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The NASA Stennis Space Center Office of STEM Engagement has announced community collaboration opportunities for 2020 ASTRO CAMP® sessions.


The 2020 ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners Program combines an evidence-based curriculum with proven out-of-school learning methodology to provide universities, schools, museums and youth-serving organizations with a hands-on, NASA-unique STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) engagement experience for 2nd-12th grade students across the country. Currently, organizations from 12 states and one foreign country comprise this year’s list of collaborators: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, as well as El Salvador.


ASTRO CAMP® activities are aligned to Next Generation Science, and College and Career Readiness standards that support the work of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Science Activation Program in an effort to produce a more “STEM-centric” workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on increasing the participation of learners traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented in STEM fields and students in special needs populations.


The theme for this year’s ASTRO CAMP® is “We Go … Moon, Mars and Beyond with NASA Science!” The program includes the new R.O.A.D.S. (Rover Observation and Drone Survey) on Mars Summer Challenge sponsored by the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline. The R.O.A.D.S. challenge offers student teams a chance to tackle a mission to Mars, following in the path of the next rover – Mars 2020. This year’s ASTRO CAMP® program also features resources from the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium, as well as PLANETS activities from Northern Arizona University.


The community partners program highlights current and past NASA missions, and focuses on expanding STEM activities in astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics and planetary science through fun, hands-on activities. It seeks to teach teams of youth to work together in order to complete missions, relying on proven practices developed during more than 28 years of ASTRO CAMP® sessions at Stennis Space Center.


ASTRO CAMP® provides collaborators professional development, the 2020 ASTRO CAMP® Facilitators Guide, activity supply lists, on-line resources, NASA completion certificates templates and the on-line support of education specialists (as needed). Collaborating organizations must provide: 1) a program leader/facilitator, 2) support staff, 3) facilities, 4) supplies/materials and 5) program management for each camp site. Program leaders and facilitators must take part in a one- to two-day ASTRO CAMP® Educational Professional Development workshop provided by NASA education specialists in order to be designated as an official NASA 2020 ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners Site.


For more information about becoming a community collaborator contact:

Kelly Martin-Rivers, or 228-688-1500

or Maria Lott at or 228-688-1776


For more information on the ASTRO CAMP Community Partners Program, visit:


For more information about Stennis Space Center, visit:


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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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