Summer camps for children
Summer 2013 camps include:
Camps for Pre-schoolers:
Why, Mommy, Why? Little People, Big Questions FULL: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. For example: Static Electricity, Color Mixing, What's in Lake Wingra?, Circuits, Volcanoes, Freezing Cold (Liquid Nitrogen). Come with a sense of adventure and in clothes that can get a little dirty. We'll be doing activities both inside and outside.
Camps for students entering grades 1-3:
Crafty Science SECOND SESSION ADDED: Is your child an 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 FULL: 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.
Camps for students entering grades 3-5:
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.
Camps for students entering grades 4-6:
Science in Two Languages: Exploring the Environment Through the Lens of Science and Language: An exciting, outdoor-based and hands-on bilingual summer science camp for students entering grades 4-6 in the fall. Come explore the wonders of Wingra while using and expanding your Spanish! During our week together, we will be interacting with and appreciating Lake Wingra and the surrounding Edgewood Campus.
Camps for students entering grades 5-8:
Geocaching: What could be more fun than using twelve billion dollars' worth of military satellites to find Tupperware in the woods? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. This five-day experience will introduce students to the excitement and fun of Geocaching. Students will learn the history and specifics of Geocaching, hunt for "practice" caches, design their own cache containers, and even create their first "hide". At the end of the week, students will seek out their classmates' caches, and even go hunting for an official Geocache. A handheld GPS unit or GPS-enabled mobile phone is required.
Camps for students entering grades 7-9:
Forensics: This program gives middle school students a behind-the-scenes look at forensic science. Through participatory research using written and visual media, field trips to the crime lab and the morgue, lectures by forensic pathologist and hands-on activities in the lab students will learn about the field of forensic science. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with a forensic anthropologist and pathologist and learn first-hand their motivation and passions, and envision a day in their life.