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Teen creates free virtual space camp

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 11:16:07-04

San Diego (KGTV)- A high school teen decided to use his passion for science and astronomy to create a virtual space camp. The teen hopes to spark the interest of kids around the county and beyond.

Ryan Clairmont is a junior at Canyon Crest Academy High School. He says his interest in astronomy started at a young age.

“I remember when I was 6 or 7 years old, I went to the Palomar observatory,” says Clairmont. “I was able to look through their 60-inch telescope at Jupiter and the moon. It was an eye-opening experience for me.”

The teen had plans to participate in a bio-physics internship this summer, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.

“At that point, I realized there must be a lot of other children in San Diego and across the country, whose in-person summer programs have been canceled for the summer.”

That’s when Clairmont created Cosmoto, a free virtual space for kids.

Each day kids will learn about a different space topic and participate in hands-on science experiments and activities. All of the materials for the activities are low-cost items you can find at home. The full list of supplies is located on the Cosmoto website.

So far, more than 100 kids have signed up for the virtual space camp.

There are five weeks of lessons. Kids can start at any time.