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

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Registration for 2021 Summer Camps will open on April 21, 2021

Ages

Summer camps are for rising 1st – 8th graders (students who will complete K – 7th grade in June 2021). Camps for 1st – 4th graders are offered all 11 weeks. Select camps are available for rising 5th-8th graders.  Children must COMPLETE kindergarten before enrolling in camp.

Times

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drop-Off: 8:30 – 9:00am
Pick-Up: 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Please note, we will not be offering Early or Late Care this summer due to COVID-19 precautions.

Prices

$275 per week
Members receive 10% off
Receive an additional 10% off when you register for multiple weeks in one transaction.
Need based scholarships are available. Complete this form to apply.

 

We recommend signing up for the waiting list on the registration page if a camp is listed as full. There is a very likely chance you will be able to get a spot in camp off the wait list.

2021 summer camps by grade level:

Children must have completed kindergarten before attending camp.
Camps for rising 1st & 2nd graders are capped at 10 campers.

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Astronomical Artists

Step into our planetarium and explore the wonders of our universe. Be inspired by fantastic planets, stars, galaxies, and constellations 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 create arts and crafts to show off your astronomical knowledge for family and friends.

Schedule:
June 21 – 25, 2021
July 26 – 30, 2021

Kitchen Chemistry

Yeast, flour, sugar, baking soda, butter, and eggs galore! Science is all around you, especially in the kitchen! Learn about what makes bread rise, how microbes play a role in our food, the science behind chocolate, and much more. Campers will have a chance to taste test some of their scientific kitchen creations.

Schedule:
June 28 – July 2, 2021
August 2 – 6, 2021

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Inventors’ Workshop

Can you create something for a stuffed animal 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:
July 5 – 9, 2021
August 9 – 13, 2021

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? What is the difference between a pet and a wild animal? Meet real critters and learn from their caretakers as we explore the diversity of animals around the world.

Schedule:
July 12 – 16, 2021
August 16 – 20, 2021

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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:
July 19 – 23, 2021
August 23 – 27, 2021

Science Extravaganza: Best of Summer Science Adventures!

Have a blast for the final week of summer break with our favorite science activities and outdoor games of the summer!

Schedule:

August 30 – September 3, 2021

Camps for rising 3rd & 4th graders are capped at 10 campers.

Astronomy Adventure

Stroll into our planetarium and behold the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Be inspired by our fantastic universe and learn about past and future space missions, including the recent Mars rover Perseverance. During this camp you will use science and engineering to discover how scientists collect information from beyond planet Earth.

Schedule:
June 21 – 25, 2021
July 26 – 30, 2021

Mathineering

Have you ever looked at a weird shaped building and wondered how it was built? How about vegetables or flowers that seem to grow in a pattern? In this camp we’ll learn how math intersects with science to influence buildings and designs we see in our modern world, and then create our own uniquely shaped structures! We’ll also learn more about special shapes and patterns found in the natural world around us.

Schedule:
June 28 – July 2, 2021
August 2 – 6, 2021

Food Science Fun

Yeast, flour, sugar, baking soda, butter, and eggs galore! Science is all around you, especially in the kitchen. Learn about what makes bread rise, how microbes play a role in our food, the science behind chocolate, and much more! Campers will have a chance to taste test their scientific kitchen creations.

Schedule:
July 5 – 9, 2021
August 9 – 13, 2021

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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 frog and squid dissection labs to explore vertebrate and invertebrate physiology.

Schedule:
July 12 – 16, 2021
August 16 – 20, 2021

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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:
July 19 – 23, 2021
August 23 – 27, 2021

Science Extravaganza: Best of Summer Science Adventures!

Have a blast for the final week of summer break with our favorite science activities and outdoor games of the summer!

Schedule:
August 30 – September 3, 2021

Camps for rising 5th & 6th graders are capped at 8 campers.

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Beginner/Intermediate Coding

There is a virtual world of possibilities waiting for your command! Learn how to program using Scratch, a block based coding software. Program characters on screen to move according to your inputs, bounce off each other, and even design your own game! We will also explore Cozmo robot programming and the basics of unmanned rovers!

Schedule:
June 28 – July 2, 2021

Weather Wonders

Wind, rain, sun, fog, and storms. Can you look up to the sky and describe what the clouds are telling you? Meteorology is the science of weather, and this camp will help you step into the shoes of a weather scientist! Learn about the tools that meteorologists use to study the weather, and then build your own versions of them!

Schedule:
July 12 – 16, 2021

Climate Heroes

Are you passionate about the future of our planet? Are you curious what climate change is? In this camp, we will explore climate science and how to understand the data behind this environmental crisis. Learn what is currently being done globally to help the environment by adults and kids alike, including Greta Thunberg’s Friday for Future movement and Youth v Gov, the movement that involved local youth in a constitutional climate lawsuit.

Schedule:
July 19 – 23, 2021

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 control our planetarium software to explore the universe!

Schedule:
August 2 – 6, 2021

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Veterinary Science

How can we tell when an animal is sick? Veterinarians have a very important job of keeping our pets, farm animals, and even wild animals healthy! Learn how veterinarians diagnose and treat animal patients of all different species. Learn all about animals and their care through comparative anatomy studies and dissection labs.

Schedule:
August 16 – 20, 2021

Camps for rising 7th & 8th graders are capped at 8 campers.

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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 individual project goals for each camper. Learn about careers in video game development and expand your programming skills at your own pace. This camp will include a fun afternoon inner tube float down Alton Baker Park’s Canoe Canal.

Schedule:
July 5 – 9, 2021

Aquatic Conservation Camp

Are you interested in protecting the environment? This camp will teach you how to collect water quality data from the waterways in Alton Baker Park just like professional scientists! Work together on a project to install floating islands of native plants into the Science Center’s ponds to improve the quality of the water and create habitat space for local wildlife.

Schedule:
August 9 – 13, 2021

What Are The Odds?

Can you calculate your chances of success in a game? In this camp, you’ll learn that there’s more to games than just chance! Master games like chess, cards, and dice, and have a blast using math to find the probability of your strategy leading to victory. This camp will include a fun afternoon inner tube float down Alton Baker Park’s Canoe Canal.

Schedule:
August 23 – 27

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.

A: Camps for 1st-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders are capped at 10 children. Camps for 5th-6th graders and 7th-8th graders are capped at 8 children.

During a single week of camp, the total number of campers on site will never exceed 28 children.

Campers from different groups may interact while masked and outdoors, but will not share indoor classroom spaces.

A: If you are claiming child care expenses for your tax return, our EIN is 93-0688763.

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