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SUMMER SCIENCE ADVENTURES: TEN WEEKS OF HANDS-ON FUN!

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Ages

Summer camps are for rising 1st – 8th graders (students who will complete K – 7th grade in June 2020). Camps for rising 1st – 4th graders are offered all 10 weeks. Select camps are available for rising 5th-6th or 7th-8th graders.  Children must COMPLETE kindergarten before enrolling in summer camp. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Times

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Early Care: 7:30 – 9:00am
Late Care: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
You may register for early or late care at any point using our online registration system. During the week of camp, you may add on single day extended care for $5/session at the admissions desk.

Prices

$275 per week
Early Care: $20/week
Late Care: $20/week
Members receive 10% off (save $27.50 per week). Receive an additional 10% off when you register for multiple weeks in one transaction.
Need based scholarships are available. Complete this form to apply.

NOTICE April 1, 2020:
During our temporary shut down, we are offering registration with no pre-paid fees or tuition. We will follow up with payment details after we have processed scholarship requests. If you have requested a scholarship, you should also register now for the camp of your choice.
If the camp of your choice is full, we highly recommend you sign up for the wait list for that camp through the online registration process.

2020 summer camps by grade level:

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Messy Science

Slime, explosions, and surprising reactions galore! We will mix, swirl, heat and cool our way to crazy fun science creations. Find out what happens when different substances combine, and prepare to make a mess along the way.

Schedule:

June 22nd – 26th, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020

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Design it, Build it, Fix it, Share it!

Can you create something that glides, flies, or floats? What about a roller coaster for marbles? Use the engineering design process to take your inventions to the next level! We will tinker, test, and make a mess during this week of challenges designed to practice teamwork and spark your creativity.

Schedule:

June 29th – July 3rd, 2020
August 3rd – 7th, 2020

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Astronomical Artists

Step into our planetarium and explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Be inspired by fantastic planets, stars, and galaxies and learn about past and future space missions. Design, build, and test your own paper rocket and launch it high into the sky! During this camp you will use arts and crafts to show off your astronomical knowledge for family and friends.

Schedule:

July 6th – 10th, 2020
August 10th – 14th, 2020

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Dino Diggers

When did dinosaurs roam the Earth, and what was prehistoric life like? How do paleontologists know what dinosaurs looked like based on fossil evidence? Journey through time and explore fossils, rocks, soils, and what lies beneath the surface of our planet. Watch out — this camp can get volcanic!

Schedule:

July 13th – 17th, 2020
August 17th – 21st, 2020

Science Center Snake

Fur, Feathers, Tails & Scales

Animal lovers, this is the camp for you! Why are some animals furry and others scaly? How do birds fly and fish swim? Meet real animals and learn from their caretakers as we explore the diversity of animals around the world.

Schedule: 

July 20th – 24th, 2020
August 24th – 28th, 2020

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Curious Chemistry

Prepare to experiment with chemical reactions! Will your experiment melt, freeze, or explode? Is it solid, liquid, gas, or something else? Explore the unique properties of different chemical substances and put your knowledge to the test by solving some curious chemical mysteries!

Schedule:

June 22nd – 26th, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020

Explorations in Engineering

Are you an inventor, maker, or mythbuster? Do you like helping people? During this camp, we will explore the different types of engineering used to improve our world and advance technology. Through mechanical, electrical, civil engineering, and more, we will work together to design and improve solutions for problems inspired by the real world.

Schedule:

June 29th – July 3rd
August 3rd – 7th

Adventures in Astronomy

Step into our planetarium and explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Be inspired by fantastic planets, stars, and galaxies and learn about past and future space missions. Design, build, and test your own paper rocket and launch it high into the sky! During this camp you will use science and engineering to discover how scientists collect information from beyond planet Earth.

Schedule:

July 6th – 10th, 2020
August 10th – 14th, 2020

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Dig Into Science

There’s a world of discovery to be found right under our feet! Explore how volcanic eruptions, glaciers, floods, earthquakes, and more have shaped the landscape we see today. Learn about fossils, rocks, and minerals, and identify a mystery dinosaur based on fossil evidence. You’ll even create your own erupting volcano!

Schedule:

July 13th – 17th, 2020
August 17th – 21st, 2020

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Mini Vet School

Do you love helping animals? Are you curious about the amazing adaptations animals use to survive? Mini Vet School is your chance to learn all about animal anatomy, caretaking, and more! Meet real animals and learn how humans can help them stay healthy and happy. This camp includes optional dissection labs to explore vertebrate and invertebrate physiology.

Schedule:

July 20th – 24th, 2020
August 24th – 28th, 2020

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Coding Cozmos

Our fleet of Cozmo robots are waiting for your command! Learn how to program a robot using block based coding. Teach Cozmo to move items, navigate a maze, and even design your own game! We will go beyond Cozmo to explore Scratch programming and the basics of game development! This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.

Schedule:

June 29th – July 3rd, 2020
July 27th – 31st, 2020

Advanced Astronomy

Dive deep into space science with a group of peers as excited about astronomy as you are!  In addition to hands-on classroom activities, campers will have an exclusive chance to create their own mini planetarium show, with help from our planetarium director, to present to family and friends at the end of the week. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.

Schedule:

August 10th – 14th, 2020

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Conservation Creation

Have you ever wondered how zookeepers design and maintain animal exhibits? What needs do different animals have while being cared for by humans? Learn about the conservation efforts used to protect endangered species, and design your own animal exhibit! This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.

Schedule:

August 24th – 28th, 2020

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Coding and Game Development Camp

We will begin by using block-based coding to create a mini video game, and advance into the basics of programming with python. Learn about careers in video game development and expand your programming skills at your own pace. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.

Schedule:

July 13th – 17th

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Rocketry and Aerospace Engineering Camp

3-2-1-Blast Off! Learn the basic principles of aerospace engineering and build and launch your own model rockets over 500 feet into the sky! What are the different types of rocket engines? How do you properly design and pack a parachute? Explore the techniques rocket engineers must master before launching rockets into outer space. This camp is limited to 8 students to ensure a personalized experience.

Schedule:

August 3rd – 7th, 2020

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made at least 1 week prior to the start of a program are eligible for a full refund or credit, minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations after that are eligible for a 50% refund or credit. No refund or credit will be given if a cancellation is made on the day of the program or later.

Frequently Asked Questions

A:   Our summer camps are designed for children who will have completed K-7th grade before camp begins. The requirement for children to have completed kindergarten is strict. There are no exceptions. If you have a camper who you believe is developmentally and socially capable of being successful in a group of older (or younger) peers, we may make an exception for the grade level you register for. Please contact our Education Director at [email protected] or 541-682-7892 to discuss your unique situation.

A:   We are only offering full-day camps this summer. Our camps run from 9am to 4pm, with extended care available. We have found that full-day camps better meet the needs of working parents in our community. Plus, full-day camps offer campers more time to engage with science inquiry and develop friendships with their peers this summer!

A:   We love hosting educational programming for early learners at Eugene Science Center. However, we simply don’t have the space to offer pre-K camps this summer. To learn more about summer programming for our littlest scientists, like our new Early STEM Storytime, visit this link.

A:   Yes! Summer Camp volunteers must complete an application, background or reference check, and an in-person training before volunteering. If you are a parent interested in volunteering while your child attends camp, you cannot volunteer for your child’s group but can help with a different age group or work behind the scenes. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

A:   We do our best to meet the needs of every young scientist who wants to attend our camps. However, some needs may be beyond our capacity to meet. To discuss your child’s needs, please contact our Education Director at [email protected] or 541-682-7892.

A:   Yes! We offer need-based scholarships thanks to support from our wonderful donors. To apply for a need-based scholarship, complete this online form.

A: Yes! We offer single-day workshops during Winter Break, Spring Break, and most No-School-Days. Visit the school break workshop page for details and registration.

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