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FAQs

Q: Is the total charge really $250? Is there any additional fee associated with the camp?

A: Yes the total charge is $250. There is no other fee associated with the camp. The camp is run on non-profit basis. The goal of the camp is to spark interest in middle and high school students in the field of engineering in general and Aerospace in particular.

Q: Is food provided during the camp?

A: No food is provided during the camp. Students are requested to bring their own lunch / snacks.

Q: What are the timings for the camp?

A: The camp will start daily at 9am and end at 4:30pm.

Q: Is there a discount / Scholarship available?

A: Please check the Scholarship page for updates. We are looking for chaperons to help manage students during the camp. If you register early, we may be able to give you a 50% discount if you offer to help as a chaperon. The chaperon must be 21 years or older.

Q: My nephew lives in Michigan. Can he still attend?

A: The camp is open to public. Students from all states are invited to attend.

Q: My son will need boarding – is that option available?

A: SPSU has dorm rooms available. You can contact SPSU housing to find more about boarding. http://www.spsu.edu/housing/

Q: Who do I make the check payable to?

A: Make your checks payable to “Aerospace Engineering Camp”

Q: Where do I send the money?

A: Checks or cash can be handed in person or mailed to the following address:

Dr. Adeel Khalid
School of Engineering
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060

Office: 678-915-7540 Fax: 678-915-5527

Q: What is the registration deadline?

A: There is no registration deadline. The seats are filled on the first come first served basis. Registration is complete upon the receipt of the student information and the camp fee.

Q: What is the maximum number of students allowed in the camp?

A: Each camp is limited to 40 students. The highest demand is usually for the first camp – we encourage you to register early.

Q: I notice that there are several camps scheduled, are they different from each other?

A: All Aerospace Engineering camps are similar. They are scheduled on different dates to accommodate everyone. Your child can attend any of these camps. RC Pilot camp is different from the Aerospace camps. Please click on RC Pilot Camp page to see details

Q: How many instructors will there be in the camp?

A: The camp is run by one instructor and several student assistants. Flight demonstrations are done by RC pilots. In addition 3-4 adult chaperons help with managing student activities. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperon, please contact Dr. Adeel Khalid (aerocamp@spsu.edu)

Q: How advanced is the Aerospace Engineering camp?

A: Notice that this is an Aerospace Engineering camp, not an aviation camp. So students are taught not only how to fly aircraft, but the theory behind flight. Aerospace is broken down into Aero and Space components. Students are exposed to the theory of flight, what makes an aircraft fly, components of aircraft, aircraft design etc. At the same time, students are given the opportunity to experience flying airplanes using flight simulators. The mathematics and theory is kept simple enough for 12-18 year olds to understand. Flying machines like airplanes, helicopters, gliders, blimps, rockets and space shuttles are discussed.

Q: Are students allowed to ask questions – share experiences?

A: Students are highly encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences during the camp. Students are also encouraged to bring note books to take notes.

Q: Can I bring a camera?

A: You are welcome to bring a camera. You will be responsible for all the equipment you bring with you.

Q: Can I bring my model aircraft?

A: Students are welcome to bring their model aircraft. They will be responsible for the safety of the aircraft, its operations, and other students. Students are only allowed to operate their aircraft upon the instructor’s permission.

Q: What is the best way to contact the instructor?

A: The best way to contact the instructor is via email (aerocamp@spsu.edu). Instructor may or may not be able to return phone calls due to the high call volume.

Q: How do I get to the Q-Building room Q-202 where the camp is being held?

A: When you turn into SPSU Campus off of S. Marietta Pkwy (120 loop) - stay on the curved road called North Hornet Drive for about 1/2 mile until you reach a stop sign. At the stop sign turn right on South Hornet Drive. Go about 1 mile and on your right you will see the Parking Deck. There are a few visitor parking spots in the parking deck. Building Q (Engineering Technology Center) is right next to the parking deck on the north side. Room Q-202 is the big auditorium on the second floor. Campus map and directions are available at the following web link.

www.spsu.edu/visitspsu

Note that the camp location is subject to change. Updated information will be sent to all parents or guardians.

Q: Are students split into smaller groups based on age?

A: Students are split into two main groups. Group 1 has students of ages 12-14 and group 2 has students of ages 15-18. These groups are further split into smaller groups of 3-4 students. Students in these groups work together on projects, presentations and flight competitions.

Q: What if my child cannot attend the camp and we want to cancel his/her registration and get the refund?

A: The camp fee is non-refundable. There are multiple Aerospace Engineering camps offered every year. If for any reason, your child can not attend the camp and you have made the payment, we will make every effort to accommodate your child in another camp on another date. If that is not possible, we will use the payment made in a given year as credit towards the next year's camp.

Q: I would like to get pictures of the camp activities. How do I do that?

A: A large number of pictures are taken throughout the camp. Picture CDs are available for purchase for $10. If you are interested in getting a picture CD, please send a check to the following address.

Dr. Adeel Khalid
School of Engineering
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060

Make the check payable to 'Aerospace Engineering Camp' For inquiries, please send an email to aerocamp@spsu.edu. Please include the camp dates and return address. Camp pictures are available for all camps starting from summer 2010.

Q: I would like to make a donation to the camp - How do I do that?

A: We accept donations. The camp is run on non-profit basis. All the money that we receive goes towards educating students and promoting interest in Aerospace Engineering. For making donations, we ask that you write a check to "Aerospace Engineering Camp' and mail it to the following address: Dr. Adeel Khalid School of Engineering Southern Polytechnic State University 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 Office: 678-915-7540 Fax: 678-915-5527 If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Dr. Khalid at akhalid2@spsu.edu