NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Has your child ever thought about being an astronaut?  Have they dreamed of launching a rocket or perhaps designing a colony on Mars?  With the initiation of Space Club in September 2020, dreams do come true at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. 

Space Club is a national program that typically runs as an academic year-long, weekly after school program in which teams of middle school students join a virtual Mission to the Moon! From space suit design to growing plants in space, the students participate in sessions with NASA engineers and aerospace physiologists and weekly challenges as well as have a chance to win telescopes and robots.  Prior to COVID-19 times, Space Club also involves field trips including the opportunity for over 150 students to visit the NASA Johnson Space Center.

The middle school students at the Academy are just as excited to participate in the all-virtual Space Club option for the 2020-2021 school year.  In fact, the excitement is building as six separate teams spanning 5th through 7th grades, are busy preparing their designs for the upcoming competition. Mrs. Alys Tyler, the Space Club Program Director at the Academy, adds that students worked hard during their study hall, recess and at home to complete each week’s assigned missions.

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According to the founder, Space Club was developed to teach the journey of humankind's exploration of other worlds and to inspire and engage interest in science and engineering.  Mrs. Tyler mentioned, “I wish this was around when I was in middle school!  It is a true STEAM club bringing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.”

About the Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Founded in 1954, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic elementary school serving children in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Students come from New Providence as well as surrounding communities and parishes of Berkeley Heights, Summit, Mountainside, Chatham and North Plainfield. To learn more, please contact Mrs. Danielle Mollo at 908-464-8657 or