Please note! Number of days per camp may vary by location. Please see your location's registration guide for program dates and times!
3, 2, 1… Blast Off!
Ages 7-13 5 full days
This action packed week will focus solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight and expand on many of the concepts learned in Rockin’ Rockets and Aerodynamics Week 1. After learning the model rocket safety code, campers will build ten different types of rockets and participate in the launching of 6 different rockets during the weeklong program. Children will be divided into three groups; altitude trackers, launch preparation and launchers for all rocket launches and will get the opportunity to try all three roles.
Topics: Rocket Basics, Rocket Flight, Mission Control, Rocket Propulsion and Recovery, Go for Launch!
Claws, Codes & Constellations
Ages 6-13 5 full days
Spend five days with Mad Science exploring the "awesomeness" that is science! Discover how to send secret messages to your friends using special codes. Learn about your surrounding environment and how science will help us protect our planet. Explore how Newton's laws are at work in your favorite sport. Become a young astronaut for a day while exploring the mysteries of the solar system.
Topics: Earth Awareness, Mad Messages, Nature, Science of Sport, Space
Super Science Lab
Ages 6-13 5 full days
Let Mad Science get you moving with this great five-day camp. Do you love to build, design, and fix things? Put on your engineer's hat to see how science is used to build skyscrapers, bridges, and tunnels. Use simple machines to help lift weights and even launch marshmallows. Spend a day being a true Mad Scientist as you learn about chemical reactions that you might encounter in your daily life. Ever wonder how a camera works? See how film captures light to store images and how filmmakers make images move. Take a walk on the wild side as you explore the nature of birds, beasts, and bugs.
Topics: Birds and Beasts, Crazy Chemistry, Junior Engineers, Machine Mania,Lights and Sights
Age 7 - 12, 3 hours/day x 5 days
Topics: Insects, Birds, Mammals, Trees and Plants, Earth and the Environment
The Wright Stuff
Age 7 - 13 3 hours/day x 5 days
From the earliest flying machines to the first rocket flights, this hands-on program will allow them to build many different flying devices, see how Newton’s Laws of motion help explain how things move and how rockets fly and show them how amazing our Milky Way is.
Age 7-13 3 hours/day x 5 days
Learn about the history of robot design, how robots sense, decide and carry out tasks, program a robot to do a series of maneuvers and participate in robot relays. Build a working robot to take home.
Secret Agent Lab
Age 6-13 3 hours/day x 5 days
Step into the shoes of a detective—uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Become a super sleuth and learn clever ways of performing tasks in this hands-on view of the science that spies use. From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, campers will have the opportunity to check out spy equipment, and discover the technological tools of detection!
NASA Journey Into Outer Space
Age 7-13 3 hours/day x 5 days
From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program for children ages 7-13 sends them on a quest for exploration! Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel, and participate in a rocket launch!
Topics: Earth & Beyond; Astronaut in Training; Solar Launch; Space Race
My First Science Lab (age 4-6)
Age 4-6, 2.5 hours/day x 5 days.
This camp offers young children ages 4-6 an exciting introduction to basic environmental science. Each session is devoted to different aspects of the Outdoors, allowing children to progressively enrich their understanding of how living things grow and how they interact with the environment around them. During the course of each 2 1/2 hour session, children will perform hands-on experiments, play themed games, and enjoy a story related to the theme for that day. A mural will grow through the course of the program as children illustrate their latest discoveries at the close of each session.
Topics: Soil & Seeds; Sun, Wind & Rain; Plants & Leaves; Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables; Butterflies, Ladybugs & Bees.
Camp Program Descriptions
Birds and Beasts
Where do owls live and what do they eat? How do some bugs walk on water? Do ants collect all of their food? These types of questions and more will be answered with a walk on the wild side of things to explore owls, birds and all kinds of bugs. Students will be introduced to the science of ornithology by investigating different species of birds and how they each fit into their own niches in their environment. They will build their own birdhouse and create their own blend of bird food. They will participate in a territory and a food chain game following the rigid rules of nature. They will discover the purpose of a gizzard and dissect their own owl pellet, investigate how some insects walk on water. They will learn the parts of an insect by creating their own bug to take home and they will study insect life cycles and behavior by building their own tiny bug house.
In this workshop we investigate chemical reactions happening all around us every day, in the kitchen, the laundry, the garden even the walls! Young scientists will build crystals, make sidewalk chalk, bath fizzers and a chromatograph T-shirt, investigate water absorbing chemicals, and use chemical reactions to make their own ice cream.
Discover how science will help us protect our planet. Children will understand the basics of water pollution, acid rain and the benefits of solar energy.
Young engineers will have lots to talk about after a full day of building and testing structures out of lots of different materials! They check out pyramids, arches, inflatable beams, test the strength of eggs, and build bridges and sky scrapers. In between, children will have fun playing games and puzzles with shapes and structures.
Find out how wedges, screws and levers help us in our daily lives. Run through an obstacle course and use teamwork to show how useful simple machines can be.
Students will be introduced to the concepts of simple machines; the wheel and axle, pulleys, levers, wedges, inclined planes, screws, and pulleys. They will discover the three classes of levers, the use of the fulcrum and investigate the relationship between screws, inclined planes and the forces of balance, gravity and friction. Students will observe the awesome power of pneumatics and hydraulics, participate in a pincher relay, experiment with pulley systems, investigate the force of friction, and construct their own mega-pinchers, micro-pinchers and a miniature catapult to take home. They will see how combining simple machines they can create very complex machines such as robots.
Discover the world outdoors by using microscopes to investigate plants, animals and insects. Create cool tie-dye designs using natures beautiful colors, and play the role and develop the skills of a naturalist tracking animals in the wild.
Science of Sport
Check out how science has helped us understand sports and performance. Investigate everything from why your toes are important, the role of chemistry in your blood, to the capacity of your lungs. And what’s this? Physics is part of baseball, football and even acrobatics! It’s all about energy transfer, gravity and forces we explore in this full day of fun science.
Lights and Sights (formerly Shutterbugs)
Students discover the secrets of light! Break light into its parts, and put them back together, learn about waves and colors, explore reflection, refraction and diffraction, and make your own multi-colored Sun Catchers using only three primary colors, make messages appear and disappear using colors and patterns that deceive the eye.
Children will discover how astronauts live and work in space. The sun, moon, stars and gravity are only a few of the things that we must deal with on this Mad Science mission. Grades K-2
The Organ Trail
Explore your insides and learn how your heart is actually a pump, how your organs work as a team and make your own model lungs.
At the Scene of the Crime
Reveal the elusive ice cream thief by learning actual forensic science techniques in this fun-filled science sleuth program.
Get a hands-on, up close look at reactions in action when this cool chemistry day explores mystery substances, chemical bonding, catalysts and even your own invisible ink!
Elements, molecules and chemicals oh my! Step into the shoes of a chemist and find out how chemicals combine, explore electroplating and cool colour changing reactions.