Students shoot for stars at Children's Discovery Museum

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

June 17, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.
Updated June 18, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Landon Neubauer, 5, runs with a rocket booster. Neubauer and other students made the boosters with recycled water bottles and duct tape.

Landon Neubauer, 5, runs with a rocket booster. Neubauer and other students made the boosters with recycled water bottles and duct tape.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

Eli Cantu stomped his green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Light Up Sneakers and prepared his rocket for launch.

After minor adjustments, he took a deep breath and stood in his rocket ship stance.

3, 2, 1, blast-off.

"I got to stay and play for a long time," Eli, 6, said.

About 18 paper rocket ships soared through the air Thursday at the Children's Discovery Museum.

The museum kicked off its first summer camp in its Children's Discovery University program series.

Among the campers were sisters Charlotte Hatley, 6, and Gigi Hatley, 4.

"Rockets are cool," the sisters said in unison.

They decided to attend the camp after learning how much fun it would be.

Laney Taylor, 3, was a friend they brought along.

"I had so much fun during this camp," Laney said.

About 26 campers took a trip out of this world as they made star crystals and moon rocks during the camp.

Children ages 3 to 13 are divided into three levels. Weekly and daily rates are available.

Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria sponsor the program and supply volunteers.

The program is designed to mimic university study.

"When students take the class, this adds to their transcript," said Doug Donaldson, the museum's program director.

Hospitality and Tourism camp will begin Monday.

Campers will be able to become entrepreneurs of their own business.

The summer camps bring a learning opportunity for all ages, said Gavin Dunlap, a home-schooled student.

"I love kids," said Gavin, 12. "I plan on working here when I get older."


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