A highlight of overnight camp each year is career night. On the Wednesday evening of overnight camp we bring in outside speakers from various industries or academia to help campers understand different career paths, available jobs, and the schooling needed in STEM. This helps campers find direction for the future and perhaps alerts them to fields they didn’t even know existed.
Over the years we’ve hosted rocket scientists, cyber security engineers, college deans, college math professors, the inventor of the MRI, and others. Each of these presenters has encouraged our campers to continue in STEM and has gladly answered any question they have (and they always have great questions!).
This year’s career night speaker was Jeremy McCauley, the Lead Mechanical Engineer at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked on 18 flight projects ranging from instruments smaller than your hand to the THEMIS cluster of five spacecraft launched atop a single rocket. His designs can be found in orbit around the earth, the Sun, and even Mars. He is currently leading the Enceladus Organic Analyzer (EOA) development in an effort to test for organic molecules and amino acids on Saturn. Our campers loved hearing from Jeremy, a real rocket scientist (and they’ll enjoy his article included later in this newsletter!).
You never know who you’ll meet at Camp Infinity!