Fish & Richardson Awards 33 Scholarships to U.S. Space Camp

By Gene Quinn
August 13, 2012

Fish & Richardson has awarded full scholarships to 33 students and their teacher chaperones this year, marking 14 years of supporting kids and providing them with an opportunity to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.  The goal of Fish’s Space Camp Scholarship program is to get middle school students excited about the fields of math, science, and technology.

The goal of Space Camp is to inspires youngsters to want to pursue learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The home base for Space Camp is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® which is also the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

During the week long program at Space Camp, crew trainers guide the children in grades 4 to 6 through the past, present and future of space exploration. The children see the first rocket that put an American in space, the massive Saturn V rocket that took us to the Moon, and the capsules early astronauts used during their missions.  They can pursue either a “Space Track,” “Robotics Track,” or a “Aviation Track.”

Fish attorneys select the scholarship winners based on a written application and an in-person interview.  All of the students are from schools in economically disadvantaged areas in the 11 U.S. cities where Fish has offices:Atlanta; Austin, Boston; Dallas; Houston; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York; San Diego; Silicon Valley; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE.  The scholarship winners spend six days at Space Camp experiencing simulated space shuttle missions, participating in programs on space exploration, and learning about mission control.

As participants in Fish’s Space Camp Scholarship program, the students receive full tuition to Space Camp, round trip airfare and accommodations for themselves and their chaperones, spending money, and a “flight spacesuit” to take home.  For many of the students, the trip to Space Camp is their first experience flying in an airplane and seeing a different part of the United States.

A tip of the hat to Fish & Richardson for attempting to inspire children to pursue studies in Math, Science and Engineering!

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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