Summer camps for children

Summer 2014 camps include:

(Camps by date and grade level)

Biomimicry: Nature as Teacher: Nature has a lot to teach us if we know how to look, listen, and study. Using biomimicry we can look at how nature has solved a problem (such as bird,s feathers and bones being hollow to make them light)and try to apply those lessons to designing human structures (what can we learn from birds help us make better airplanes?). During the week we will investigate some of our favorite animals and see what we can learn from them and how we can apply that new knowledge to designing things to help people.

Blood and Guts, Brains and Bones Science (FULL): Do you want to learn all of the cool facts of blood, guts, brains, and bones? Then this summer camp is for you! For one week, you will get to explore and learn about each of these necessary body parts. Each day will be a fun-filled set of activities where we will focus on one of these exciting topics. Monday will be blood day. Tuesday will be guts day. Wednesday will be brains day. Thursday will be bones day. And on Friday, we will put it all together so you can show your family and friends what you have been up to all week.

Body Art: Can't choose which class you like better, art or science? In this camp, you get both! This camp will focus on using art as a fun and creative way to learn about body systems. Your young scientist will learn about how the cells and organs in their body work, and then we will create models and pictures of those tissues. The human body has amazing structures that are just waiting to be created by your artistic scientist. Did you know that liver tissue looks a lot like honeycomb or that nerve cells look like microscopic trees? During the week, students will get to explore body systems like blood vessels, skin, and brain cells with human models, animal organs, and microscopic slides of tissues.

Crafty Science: Is your child and Einstein or a Picasso? This is a class for kids who love science and art! Students will use both sides of their brains, and get their hands dirty, as they learn that science is an art, and there is art in science. We will discover how the two connect in nature. From rocks to rockets, and pinecones to polymers, we will have a blast with lab experiments, nature treks and craft projects.

Earth Encounters: This camp is filled with fun and adventure! During the week your young scientist will spend time with local scientists to sample a different science each day, including wildlife biology, geology, entomology, paleontology, and botany. Students will explore the natural environment using binoculars, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. We'll take nature hikes to discover nearby ecosystems, hold giant arthropods, touch fossils, go on scavenger hunts, and make critter catchers, terrariums, and nature art to bring home. Students will be encouraged to "think like a scientist" and use their curiosity to learn about our natural environment.

Forensics: Are you interested in being a forensic artist and learning how to reconstruct a skull? How to analyze remains to determine age, sex, ancestry and stature and unique features of a decedent from a skeleton? If you like the television show Bones and CSI, then this Forensic Camp is for you. Learn about and get a behind-the-scenes look at the field of forensic science. Participate in artistic rending of skeletal remains, critique forensic programing, participate in a field trip to the morgue, along with lectures and hands on activities — and more! In this popular camp, now in its 3rd year, join us have fun and learn a ton!

Light & Lasers: Come explore the fascinating world of light! Learn how to use lasers to manipulate atoms and matter. Activities include making holograms and spectroscopy. Investigate the strange world of quantum mechanics. Tour UW research labs to see cutting edge physics in action.

Paleontology and Geoscience Institute: If you're interested in fossils, rocks, and minerals, you won't want to miss this camp! We'll canoe to bubbling springs, visit the Cave of the Mounds, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of a real dinosaur prep lab, and learn how to identify common rocks and minerals. You'll meet paleontologists and geologists, and have a chance to add to or start your own fossil, rock, and mineral collection. Come dig deep into our fossil and rock record by joining this expedition! This camp is for students entering grades 7 & 8 in the fall.

Problem Solved!: Do you like games and puzzles? Have you ever watched a magician and thought I can do that!? Think you have what it take to be a detective? Do you have the skills to find a hidden treasure? Welcome to Problem Solved! an exciting, hands-on summer math camp for students entering grades 4-6 in the fall.

Science Theater Synthesis: Science Theater Synthesis offers a melding of two seemingly different worlds-Theatre and Science, to allow young actors/scientists entering grades 4-6 to explore every facet of their imaginations. In this brand new summer camp, youth will be able to explore together through dance, music, improv games, and scripted text to find out all the wonderful secrets hiding in the world around them. Science Theater Synthesis offers an opportunity to shine, think, and create in a unique and fun way by making science into a theatrical event! The week will end in a performance that will combine the skills gained throughout the camp and a scientific exploration. Join us for a camp experience you won't ever forget!

Science Theater Synthesis 7/8: Science Theater Synthesis offers a melding of two seemingly different worlds-Theatre and Science, to allow young actors/scientists entering grades 7 and 8 to explore scientific concepts and develop acting and theater skills. In this brand new summer camp, youth will be able to explore together through dance, music, improv games, and scripted text to find out all the wonderful secrets hiding in the world around them. Science Theater Synthesis offers an opportunity to shine, think, and create in a unique and fun way by making science into a theatrical event! The week will end in a performance that will combine the skills gained throughout the camp and a scientific exploration. Join us for a camp experience you won't ever forget!

Strategy Games: These make Monopoly look like child's play!: Do you like to think on your feet, make quick decisions, plot and plan? Do you like game play with others? Enter the world of strategy and simulation games. In this camp we will move beyond chess to explore an entire genre of games designed to help you think ahead, analyze information, make decisions, and respond to changing situations all while having great fun with others that share your interests. We will start with Ricochet Robots and move on from there. We may even design games of our own. This camp is designed for students entering grades 4-6 and will introduce you to the real thinking person's games.

Strategy Games: Strategic Thinkers Unite!: Do you like to think on your feet, make quick decisions, plot and plan? Do you like game play with others? Enter the world of strategy and simulation games. In this camp we will move beyond chess to explore an entire genre of games designed to help you think ahead, analyze information, make decisions, and respond to changing situations all while having great fun with others that share your interests. We will start with Settlers of Catan and move on from there. We may even design games of our own. This camp is designed for students entering grades 7 and 8 so play will be at a high level, fierce, and full of surprises.

Why, Mommy, Why? Little People, Big Questions: This summer camp is designed for pre-school children to explore and investigate the world around them. Hands-on activities will engage you and your child with a different science topic each week. Come with a sense of adventure and in clothes that can get a little dirty. We'll be doing activities both inside and outside.

Wingra Water Explorations: This camp is filled with fun and adventure! During the week your young scientist will explore Lake Wingra using binoculars, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. We'll take nature hikes to discover how water gets to the lake, where our drinking water comes from, and what lives in and around the lake. Students will be encouraged to use their curiosity to learn about our natural environment.