Summer camps for children - 2015

MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT TO:

	        Amy Schiebel
             Edgewood College 
         Office of Science Outreach
          1000 Edgewood College Dr.
             Madison, WI 53711


(Camps by date and grade level)

Summer Camp Descriptions

Click on the camp name for more detailed information

Grades 1-3

Nature’s Adaptations  June 15-19FULL

Have you ever seen an insect that looks like a leaf or a stick?  Wondered why a giraffe's neck is so long?  Puzzled over how animals survive outside in extreme cold or heat?  All organisms have characteristics which make them uniquely suited to survive and thrive in the specific environment in which they live.  Biologists call these unique traits adaptations, and the specific environment where an organism lives is called its habitat.  We will spend the week exploring and observing various habitats around the Edgewood campus, and learning about adaptations of different organisms.  The week will end with a field trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo.  As we observe and learn about adaptations in the natural world, we will also explore the possibilities of what humans can learn from these amazing traits.

Earth Encounters  June 22-26

This camp is filled with fun and adventure! During the week your young scientist will spend time with local scientists to learn about a different field of science each day, including wildlife ecology, geology, entomology, paleontology, and botany. Campers will explore the natural environment using binoculars, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. We'll take nature hikes to discover nearby ecosystems, hold giant insects, touch real fossils, go on scavenger hunts, and so much more! Campers will be encouraged to "think like a scientist" and use their curiosity to learn about our natural environment. REGISTRATION FORM

Crafty Science I  July 6-10 FULL 

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.  

Crafty Science II  July 13-17 

 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.  This is a repeat of Crafty Science I. REGISTRATION FORM

Grades 4-6

Camp Survivor: Scientists vs. Engineers  June 15-19

Do you enjoy watching the TV show 'Survivor'? This camp is jam-packed with 'Survivor-style' hands-on science and engineering activities and tribe challenges. Get ready to test your skills and learn new ones as you complete physical and mental challenges. This camp will be a great adventure! Registration Form.

The Incredible Life of the Brain June 22-26

The human brain has been called the most complicated object in the known universe. And yet, everyone you know has one that is as unique as their fingerprints. Can you believe this squishy, gooey blob floating inside your head is why you can remember your favorite birthday party? It is how you can feel emotions and see and hear and world around you? In this camp we will learn all about our brains by creating brain models, looking at the insides and outsides of real brains, learning how to understand the relationship between your brain and your behavior, learning how to trick your brain, and generally discovering the world from the point of view of your brain. Your brain is the coolest thing you will ever have, and it will be yours for your whole life. Registration Form.

Build an Aquarium: Understanding Aquatic Habitats  July 6-10 

Would you like to learn how to set up an aquarium like a professional? In this camp you will learn everything you need to know to set up and keep your own freshwater aquarium.  Whether you have never had an aquarium, or you are frustrated with your current or old aquarium, this camp will help you keep happy and fun fish while avoiding the problems that can often occur.  Every day will include hands-on experience working with fish, other aquatic creatures, and the gear used to maintain an aquarium.  You have the option to set up your own 10 gallon aquarium that you can take home at the end of the week (extra fee for equipment) or practice set-up using Edgewood gear and using that knowledge at home on your own current or new tank.  Everyone will get to take home some fish, shrimp, snails and/or plants to help you get started.   At the end of the week you will know much more about fish, the water they live in, and how to take care of both without a lot of hard work. Registration Form.

Camp GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science      July 13-17

This camp is just for girls! There are so many exciting, hands-on activities you'll be doing – including exploring alternative energy resources, tackling design challenges, investigating forensic technology, wiring a circuit to create electricity, making your own lip balm, and so much more! Campers will also explore the significant contributions women have made in advancing the fields of engineering, math, and science. Get ready to have a blast! Registration Form.

Grades 7-9

The Human Brain – A User Manual  June 15-19  

The human brain has been called the most complicated object in the known universe. And yet, everyone you know has one that is as unique as their fingerprints. Can you believe this squishy, gooey blob floating inside your head is why you can remember your favorite birthday party? It is how you can feel emotions and see and hear the world around you? In this camp we will learn all about our brains by creating brain models, looking at the insides and outsides of real brains, learning how to understand the relationship between your brain and your behavior, learning how to trick your brain, and generally discovering the world from the point of view of your brain. Your brain is the coolest thing you will ever have, and it will be yours for your whole life. Registration Form.

Lake Ecology      June 22-26

Lake Wingra is a special feature of our city, but how much do you know about it?   Join us for an exploration of the ecology, geology, natural history, and human relationships surrounding our neighborhood lake and wetlands.  This camp will involve a combination of field and laboratory experiences, special guests, and our own research project.  Across a wide variety of habitat types within the lake ecosystem, camp participants will investigate connections between environmental conditions and the needs of some common plants and animals.  We will also consider several ecological challenges to the lake, and how these challenges are connected to human activity.
If you’re curious about nature, enjoy the water, and want to get involved in your local environment then this is for you! Registration Form.

Tinkering With Electronics            July 6-10

If you are interested in combining creativity and art with engineering, this is the camp for you. Be prepared for a week of serious tinkering and troubleshooting that involves using your imagination, experimenting and learning from failure and success. We will start the week by learning the science behind circuits and electronics and how to use a variety of tools such as soldering irons, drills, saws and hot glue guns. Next we will go on a field trip to hunt for recycled and repurposed materials and visit some local maker spaces for inspiration.  Back in the lab we will make sewn circuits, electronic sculptures, scribbling machines and other amazing whimsical creations that respond to our commands. Registration Form. 

Crime Scene Investigator Lab July 13-17

Have you even wondered what crime scene investigators actually do?  In this camp we will spend a week learning what is happening in the lab during an investigation.  By doing the lab tests with your own two hands you will get to learn how investigators match crime scene DNA to suspects, take fingerprints, analyze forged documents, evaluate bloodstain patterns, identify unknown substances, test for illegal dumping in streams, and much more!  No experience is necessary, we'll teach you everything you need to know to use the everyday laboratory tools used in forensics labs. Registration Form.