The future is now

Participants of the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp launch a rocket on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Science camp expands and assists U.S. Air Force youths’ understanding of a variety of scientific experiments, discoveries and technologies as lifelong skills and potential career choices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

Participants of the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp launch a rocket on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Science camp expands and assists U.S. Air Force youths’ understanding of a variety of scientific experiments, discoveries and technologies as lifelong skills and potential career choices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

Breydon and Gavin, Goodfellow youths, build a rocket during the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Throughout the week, attendees participated in science activities involving robotics, geology, chemistry, electricity and solar power, biology, astronomy and rockets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

Breydon and Gavin, Goodfellow youths, build a rocket during the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Throughout the week, attendees participated in science activities involving robotics, geology, chemistry, electricity and solar power, biology, astronomy and rockets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

Participants of the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp watch a rocket they launched on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Goodfellow held the science camp in response to the nation’s youth showing an increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

Participants of the 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs Science Camp watch a rocket they launched on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 19, 2015. Goodfellow held the science camp in response to the nation’s youth showing an increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Austin Knox/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Force Support Squadron Youth Programs held a science camp on base for youth interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines June 15 to 19.

The goal of the science camp is to expand and assist the U.S. Air Force youths’ understanding of science as a lifelong skill and potential career choice.

“One reason [for the camp] is to get kids interested in science, but the other reason is to further the knowledge that the kids are already interested in,” said Sarah Innocenti, University of Illinois science major and mobile science camp instructor. “We’re educating, but at the same time we want them to have fun. Fun is the most important factor.”

Campers participated in several scientific activities throughout the week culminating in a rocket launch on the last day.

“Launching the rockets today was really, really, fun. It was like an 8 out of a 10. It was a lot more fun than going to Schlitterbahn (a Texas waterpark),” said Elizabeth, camp attendee.

Goodfellow held the science camp in response to the nation’s effort to interest more youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“There’s a big push in the U.S. to get kids interested in science, math and technology, so anytime we can get them more exposure to it and see the cool things that you can do, it’s always good,” said Brian Stansbury, 17th FSS Youth Programs coordinator.

Throughout the week, attendees participated in science activities involving robotics, geology, chemistry, electricity and solar power, biology, astronomy and rockets. The intent combined hands-on learning with a week of summer fun.