Sign your kids up for a fun-filled summer at Discover Science Center. Kids will learn about sharks and jellyfish, explore our solar system and launch rockets, and investigate cells and body systems. Our science camps are enhanced with art and creativity projects to help kids integrate what they have learned during the week.See what a day of camp (ages 5-11) at Discover Science Center looks like here.
8:30am-4:30pm - $290/week (10% off Early Registration - February 1-March 31).
Extended hours from 8:00am until 5:30pm are available - $340/week (10% off Early Registration - February 1-March 31).
Campers are grouped by age (5-8 and 8-11 year olds) for age-appropriate activities and instruction by our camp leaders.
Campers should bring two snacks, lunch and a water bottle each day, and wear close-toed shoes.
2018 SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE:
CODING WEEK May 29 – June 1 (4 days) Ages 5-8 - Young coders use “unplugged” activities to learn how computers work and the logic of programming, practice age-appropriate coding skills, and create art related to computers and coding. Campers are encouraged to bring their own device or laptop, but we have a few to share.
Ages 8-11 - Campers practice keyboarding, learn coding commands to create fun apps and games they can play at home, and use offline activities to understand computational thinking. Campers are encouraged to bring their own tablet or laptop (a physical keyboard is needed for coding projects for 8-11 year olds), but we have a few to share. REGISTER
OCEAN SCIENCE June 4-8 Ages 5-8 - Young campers explore the beach and ocean this week. They learn how sand is made, hold sea stars and sea urchins, experiment with water density, dissect a squid, make salt-water paintings, create sand art and more.
Ages 8-11 - Campers discover what it is really like to study ocean habitats as creatures as they learn about saltwater tanks, experiment with buoyancy, learn about ocean currents and habitats and dissect different marine organisms, and use landscape art to create a coral reef scene. REGISTER
MAD SCIENCE June 11-15 Ages 5-8 - Kids love potions. This week the young campers explore chemistry by creating potions that change color, fizz, bubble and smoke, learn about polymers with water balls and slime, make non-Newtonian fluids, and study the power of magnetism.
Ages 8-11 - This week, campers conduct laboratory experiments involving chemical reactions, experiment with polymers, separate pigments with chromatography, and explore electricity with circuits and magnetism with ferrofluid. REGISTER
MINI-MED, VET AND DENTAL SCHOOL June 18-22 Ages 5-8 - Campers learn about the tools doctors, veterinarians and dentists use, study how our bodies and our pets’ bodies work, get grossed out with fake brains, burps and x-rays, and investigate germs. We learn the importance of dental hygiene with fake tooth-brushing challenges.
Ages 8-11 - This week we study how the body works, use microscopes to see what different types of cells look like, and even investigate a real (not human) heart and brain. Our Doctors-In-Training learn basic first aid and care for animals, as well as study dental and bone x-rays and have fun learning about teeth. REGISTER
SHARK WEEK June 25-29 Ages 5-8 - Shark Week! Learn more about sharks, what they look like, how they swim, what they eat, where they live, and what their skin looks like under a microscope. Young campers create shark tooth jewelry and shark skin, and learn more about their favorite shark.
Ages 8-11 - This week, campers investigate sharks and their anatomy, and how researchers study sharks. We track migration patterns and create an investigative report on their favorite shark. Campers create shark tooth jewelry, and study shark skin under a microscope. REGISTER
PIRATE SCIENCE July 2-3 (2 days) Ages 5-8 - Young campers learn how pirate ships float, build catapults, learn the science of pirate treasure, make a working compass, and create a cool treasure map.
Ages 8-11 - Campers learn about the science pirates used to sail the seven seas, and find out that shipworms are not really worms at all. Kids read real maps, make treasure maps, learn the science of gemstones, and use buoyancy principles to try to sink our enemy’s ships. REGISTER
SCIENCE OF ART July 5-6 (2 days) Ages 5-8 - Art and science go hand-in-hand. Campers learn about symmetry and its importance to biology and art, create paintings with paint made in nature, use physics to create balancing sculptures, and more.
Ages 8-11 - Campers use science to make works of art, learn how famous painters used science to create their masterpieces, use saltwater as paint and learn about fusing glass. REGISTER
SPACE EXPLORERS July 9-13 Ages 5-8 - Campers study space by exploring our solar system, building and launching rockets, learning about freeze-dried food, and conducting experiments using the sun’s rays. Space explorers design and build a space station, make glow-in-the-dark planets, and create galaxy-inspired art.
Ages 8-11 - Campers learn about space and space exploration as they make and test a space shuttle glider, design and launch rockets, explore constellations, planets, moons and comets, and make a scale model of our solar system. REGISTER
NATURE INVESTIGATORS July 16-20 Ages 5-8 - Explore the world around us as we investigate nature. Young campers learn where water goes, look at creatures that live in aquatic and marine habitats, investigate owl pellets, and explore what lives in and under old logs. Kids learn how to press leaves and create nature-inspired art.
Ages 8-11 - Campers explore the ecosystems of the world, conduct experiments based on different environments and habitats, and learn how creatures can live in some extreme conditions. Kids create a habitat for a new creature they learn about, make a terrarium, and create nature-inspired art. REGISTER
GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY July 23-27 Ages 5-8 - This week, campers investigate characteristics of rocks and gemstones, learn about crystallization as they create their own “geodes,” study fossils and learn how they formed, and dig like an archeologist as they search for prehistoric life forms.
Ages 8-11 - Campers explore rocks, gems and fossils, learn how they formed and practice classifying them. We experiment by creating and destroying landforms, and make crystals and fossil replicas. Campers investigate their favorite dinosaur, and tell us how they think they lived.
BREAK IT AND MAKE IT July 30-Aug 3 Ages 5-8 - Young campers learn how to use tools to take apart household electronics and explore what is inside, watch how 3D printers work, create art projects from upcycled materials, and make robots that scribble.
Ages 8-11 - Campers learn about creating models using our 3D printer, have fun building circuits, use tools to take apart household electronics and battery-operated toys, upcycle the parts to make a new creation, and design and create mini-robots.