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Club SciKidz

Science and technology connect at Club SciKidz where girls and boys dive into the world of real-life science through a variety of exciting, age-appropriate, inquiry-based camps. Club SciKidz offers several camps across a range of ages; all camps are coed. Campers must be 3 years of age by the first day of camp and out of diapers and pull-ups. Club SciKidz offers its own Early Bird and Extended Day.

All Club SciKidz programs run from 9 AM – 3:30 PM, with Early Bird (beginning at 8 AM) and Extended Day (until 5:30 PM) provided by Club SciKidz for a separate fee.

Listed below are offerings by age, program and date.

Camps and Dates

FOR GIRLS AND BOYS, AGES 3.5 to 5 YEARS

JURASSIC
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they are very much alive in Camp Jurassic. Campers learn about a variety of dinosaurs and their habitats. Rocks, minerals and fossils are studied along with a variety of related projects. Campers will work with additional take home projects. Special emphasis is placed on observation, inference, data collection, and just plain old fun! This is Geology 101!
DATES: July 24-28
FEE: $330

LITTLE ENGINEER
Sir Isaac Newton never had this much fun! Campers are immersed into a toy maker’s workshop as they construct and take home several different toy projects during the week. Campers will learn why kaleidoscopes produce such beautiful colors, build and play with a marshmallow shooter, and create the classic rubber band ball. Each project will teach an important physical property.
DATES: July 17-21
FEE: $330

LITTLE SCIENTIST
This unique, broad-topic camp offers an incredible collection of projects and experiments that will amuse and amaze your little scientist! Campers will explore the basic scientific ideas that play a role in everyday life through projects including Rocketry, Glowing Firefly, Edible Oceans, Marshmallow Catapults, Growing Radish Head, and Beeswax Candle. This is a broad topic camp that teaches campers how the scientific method helps give us the answer to our many questions.
DATES: July 10-14
FEE: $330

TECH MACHINES
Budding LEGO builders explore science and design technology concepts with LEGO’s Early Simple Machines and Tech Machine sets. By building fun, simple models that seesaw, roll, spin, raft and more, campers learn about levers, gears, wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy and balance. For extra excitement we add Tech Vehicles where campers learn about machines, the tools used to work on machines, and their functions. Campers will be able to complete a small LEGO building project that they can take home!
DATES: July 31-August 4
FEE: $330

FOR GIRLS AND BOYS, AGES 6 to 8

ADVANCED MINECRAFT GAME DESIGN
Minecraft, the hugely popular block-building sandbox game with no set rules, proves anything is possible. Allowing players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive, Minecraft has created a new type of gaming environment. For veteran gamers, this camp will assist your survival and creativity as you learn new strategies from the creator themselves. This camp is for those campers that have already been playing Minecraft. Campers learn how to make modifications and use Redstone to expand their creative abilities.
DATES: July 31-August 4
FEE: $330

BEGINNER MINECRAFT GAME DESIGN
Minecraft is a block-building sandbox game with no set rules, where you can build anything you can possibly imagine. Campers learn how to work as a team as they take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect. There are two modes of the game: survival mode and creative mode. What kind of adventure you choose will be up to you! This camp is for beginners and those who have basic knowledge of the game only.
DATES: July 17-21
FEE: $330

GROSSOLOGY
Campers will discover loads of horribly fantastic experiments! Projects focus on blood, bones, and body bits! This is science with the squishy bits left in it with tons of chemistry and biology for the aspiring doctor or scientist. Grossologists will indulge in many other sickening body experiments. This is our most disgusting camp!
DATES: July 17-21
FEE: $330

JR. ROBOT CREATOR
Campers get a head start on simple robotics using LEGO® WeDo™ components and easy to use software. Our young creators will build models, attach sensors, and motors that are plugged into a computer, and configure behaviors using a simple programming tool. Counselors guide campers through their first twelve robot models, which include a variety of animals, soccer players, amazing mechanisms, and adventure stories. If ready, campers then move to advanced building and programming projects that include: a Racecar, Ferris Wheel, and Carousel. As the week draws to a close, campers can utilize their skills they have learned to build an X-wing Fighter or Marine Helicopter. Parents are invited to join us on Friday’s Family Day to view their child’s creations. Campers will also complete a small LEGO®project that they will be able to take home.
DATES: July 24-28
FEE: $330

LITTLE ROBOT MECHANIC
Campers discover the world of robotics through six simple machines and their roles in more complex machines. Learn about circuits and power sources by building a “Mars-like” RC Rover capable of performing twenty-three experiments and activities. Campers will construct an aluminum can robot to take home for hours of fun after the camp week has finished!
DATES: July 17-21
FEE: $380

PALEO
This exciting adventure in Paleontology will have campers playing in the dirt and having the time of their lives! Campers pan for gems and minerals, crack open geodes, excavate for dinosaurs, build a T-Rex and more.
DATES: July 24-28
FEE: $330

SEA ADVENTURES
Wannabe pirates and marine biologists explore the ocean, from its structure and marine life to environmental issues, through oceanography experiments and activities and pirate escapades. More than twenty take-home projects – map making, shark tooth necklaces, urchin wind chimes and more – make this camp a sea-farer/explorer’s delight.
DATES: July 31-August 4
FEE: $330

SPACE ENGINEER
Using LEGO® bricks, campers design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets. Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars and planets as well as the scientific topics of force, friction, simple machines and gravity. Join the crew aboard the International Space Station to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Build and launch Estes Rockets to explore physics.
DATES: July 10-14
FEE: $380

YOUNG PHYSICIAN
Make NO bones about it; this camp is for the aspiring “Young Physician”. Campers will learn that their bodies are miles of blood vessels, hundreds of muscles, many thousands of hairs, a furnace, a filter, AND a fancy computer! Your Young Physician will really have a pulse on the human body with this camp! Campers receive their own stethoscope and percussion hammer.
DATES: July 10-14
FEE: $330

YOUNG SCIENTIST
Covering a broad range of fun and exciting science topics in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and lab process skills, campers learn and have fun through hands-on experiments, which meet or exceed the National Science Standards. Campers enjoy making Wacky Window Paint and Super Bouncing balls to building cosmic rockets and diving submarines and much more.
DATES: July 24-28
FEE: $330


FOR GIRLS AND BOYS, AGES 9 to 12

For ages 9-12, Coed

3D CREATOR
3D Creator is a great camp for an introduction to 3D printing. Campers will be using 3Doodler Pens to create amazing 3D structures. They will learn how to properly use the 3D pen and learn about its practical uses in the fields of Science and Technology. Students will be introduced to concepts of engineering. They will apply their newfound knowledge when they design, plan, and create their own 3D projects. Campers will respond to engineering challenges to put their skills to the test. Some sample projects include bridge building and replica famous structures. All 3D projects will be taken home by campers.
DATES: July 10-14
FEE: $380

DEEP SPACE ROBOTICS
Developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Academy, Camp Deep Space takes campers to the edge of the universe on a mission to make a distant planet habitable for humans. Build and learn programming, tackle building challenges and hone robotic and project planning skills using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Education Components and software, videos and animations. Construct and launch two Estes Rockets and learn more about engineering and space travel. For beginners and experienced LEGO MINDSTORM users.
DATES: July 17-21
FEE: $380

EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Campers learn about important life saving techniques including first aid and CPR. Numerous hands-on projects including: using medical instruments, triage and diagnosis. Explore the structures and physiology of the amazing human body. Career opportunities are discussed as campers meet a real medical professional (based upon availability-hands on activity will be substituted). Each camper will receive a stethoscope and certificate at the end of the week.
DATES: July 24-28
FEE: $330

EMERGENCY VET
Explore the world of Veterinary Medicine with fun lessons and experiments in animal behavior, cancer research in animals, clinical procedures and more. Campers meet practitioners in the field and pet groomers and receive a medical kit.
DATES: July 31- August 4
FEE: $330

INTRO TO CODING
Campers will be using a software program from MIT called Scratch. The program was designed for children, and teaches them the basics of programing as they create animated stories, video games, and interactive artwork. Using colorful programming blocks, campers drag and “snap” together the blocks to make a character (Sprite) walk, speak, play music, or interact with other sprites. Since computer programming is considered the new literacy, young people now have an opportunity to put together multimedia programs without any previous programming knowledge. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
DATES: July 31- August 4
FEE: $330

RPG VIDEO GAME MAKER
Bring role-playing games to life! Using RPG Maker VXAce, campers create their own epic role-playing game, while learning the history, basics and all aspects of RPG. The drag-drop interface and other user-friendly features make it easy for campers/gamers to design their own RPG, playable on any Windows system.
DATES: July 10-14
FEE: $330

FOR GIRLS AND BOYS AGES 11 to 15

TOYS TOOLS TECH

Ever wonder how the millions of electronic toys, gadgets, and consumer electronics around us were designed and built? In this course, campers will design, build and program their own electronic games and gadgets using the RaspberrySTEM electronics development kit. Projects include: creating a miniature Simon game, building and programming a hand-held Space Invaders game, and designing and building a walkable piano keyboard. The end result: an understanding of how engineers and designers build all the cool electronic devices in our everyday lives. When the camp is complete, campers will take the RaspberrySTEM home, and will have the opportunity to continue building, learning and playing on their own.
DATES: July 31-August 4
FEE: $390


*Registration forms vary based on the summer program and all programs may not be completed using the same form. Please visit the registration link on the page of EACH PROGRAM you are registering for to ensure that you are completing the correct form.*

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