Destination SPACE: Aerospace Engineering and Climate Science

Build and test nano-satellite weather stations and robotic rovers; collect and analyze live weather data. 

This program is designed to cultivate a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), by providing engaging, hands-on, remote sensing, and educational opportunities for high school students. During this session, students will learn about weather and climate, satellites, and remote sensing.


Registration Details

  • Closed for 2021
  • $1,500 per session
  • Scholarships are available through Destination SPACE (email for more information)
  • Price includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions
  • Students reside in campus residence halls and dine in campus dining hall

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  • Experience residential campus life in a fun, engaging setting with challenging STEM curriculum.
  • Learning about satellite sensors and remote sensing.
  • Electrical engineering, and applications.
  • Interact with NASA and NOAA scientists and engineers.

Sample Schedule

  • Morning

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – Use remote sensing Instruments & learn about electrical circuits and how they work
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch & free time
  • Afternoon

  • 1 p.m. – Introduction to robotics, construction and programming of robotic rovers, and teach your rover to navigate a maze
  • Evening

  • 5 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. – Activities / recreation / free time
    Options include: swimming, beach volleyball, Asheville Tourists game, observatory, game night, movie
  • 11 p.m. – Lights out

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  • Learn to use remote sensing instruments, learn about electrical circuits, develop new presentation skills and demonstrate your prowess in data analytics.
  • Design and build your own nano-satellite weather station and a robotic rover, and challenge your camp colleagues in navigating a maze with your rover.
  • Launch your nano-satellite on a weather balloon, then gather and analyze atmospheric data. Present results to NASA and NOAA mentors. 
  • Design, build, and launch water-bottle rockets with a customized payload, and compete with your fellow camp participants.


Meet Your Faculty


L. DeWayne Cecil, Ph.D.

Dr. L. ​DeWayne Cecil founded Destination SPACE in March​ 2017 with a vision of providing students with space related interactive science education ( As the director of Destination SPACE, he draws upon both his extensive background in applied earth sciences and remote sensing. After earning a Ph.D. in earth science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Cecil went on to serve as chief scientist of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters, and as senior science advisor at NASA Langley Systems Engineering Office, lead applications scientist at the USGS Global Change Research Program, ​and the premier Western Region ​climate services director at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information​ (NCEI)​. 

Dr. Cecil has worked extensively around the world​. His travels have taken him to Japan, Nepal, China, Argentina​, Brazil, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, ​Russia, ​and beyond. He has climbed both the Tien Shan and ​Himalayan mountains, traversed glaciers, and searched the world’s oceans​. Dr. Cecil’s breadth and depth of experience in research and applied sciences has inspired him to pass on his expertise and enthusiasm to the next generation of scientists, engineers, and data managers.

Guest presenters and an astronaut have also been invited.


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