Space Camp Presenters

Chris Amundson– Lead teacher of the new STEM school within the Sparta Area School District.

Laurel Brandt– Licensed pilot, retired teacher from the Sparta Area School District who taught mathematics, computer programming, and aerospace science, and Museum Ex Officio member.

Lynn Edwards-Food and Nutrition Supervisor at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Sparta, WI.

Alli Karrels– Director of the Deke Slayton Museum, with a Bachelor’s degree in art and history, and a Masters degree in museums studies and nonprofit management from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Dawn Kopacz- Professor of Practice in Meteorology and Climate, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Mark Lee– Retired NASA Astronaut, with a Master’s of engineering from MIT, completed 4 successful space shuttle missions.

Oakley Moser– Teacher of physics, digital electronics, and AP physics at the Tomah Area School District with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics.

Nate Newby- NASA scientist at Johnson Space Center focusing on human health in space.

Alaine Olthafer- Pilot, certified flying instructor, manager of the Platville WI airport, and owner of her own flight business.

Michael Purucker- NASA Planetary Magnetosphere Lab chief, Solar System Exploration Division, Goddard Space Flight Center.

Larry Scheckel– Retired physics teacher with the Tomah Area School District with a Master’s degree. Known as “Mr. Science” and is famous for the hundreds of science presentations he’s done over the years.  Also a Deke Slayton Museum board member.

Amy Schreiber- Youth services librarian at the Sparta Free Library.

Alyssa Young –Administrative Assistant at the Deke Slayton Museum. Bachelor’s degree in music education from Luther College.

Society of Women Engineers

*List of presenters is subject to update/change without notice.