SUMMER CAMPS AT DISCOVER SCIENCE CENTER

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Sign your kids up for a fun-filled summer at Discover Science Center. Kids will learn about sharks and jellyfish, explore our solar system and launch rockets, and investigate cells and body systems. Our science camps are enhanced with art and creativity projects to help kids integrate what they have learned during the week. See what a day of camp at Discover Science Center looks like here. 

CAMP INFORMATION

  • 8:30am-4:30pm - Drop off begins at 8:30am. Campers must be picked up by 4:30pm - $299/week 


  • Extended hours from 8:00am until 5:30pm  - Drop off begins at 8:00am. Campers must be picked up by 5:30pm - $349/week


  • Early registration discount (10% off summer camp registrations) available through February 29th.


  • Sibling discount available beginning March 1st (10% off additional sibling registration for same week of camp). 


  • Campers are grouped by age (5-8 and 8-11 year olds) for age-appropriate activities and instruction by our Camp Leaders. NOTE: Age groupings may change slightly depending on the number of campers registered for each age group. 


  • 8-11 year olds will meet in our Science Center (suite 5) and then be led to our STEM Lab (up the sidewalk to suite 21) by their Camp Leader to participate in more advanced activities in a laboratory setting. 8-11 year olds will be picked up back in our Science Center (suite 5).


  • Campers should bring two snacks, lunch and a water bottle each day, and wear close-toed shoes. 


  • Half-day camps are not available.


  • We also offer STEM camps at Atlanta Academy. Schedule to be announced soon.

2020 summer camp schedule

CODING WEEK  May 26-29 (4 days)

Ages 5-8 - Young coders use “unplugged” activities to learn how computers work and the logic of programming, practice age-appropriate coding skills, use color to program Ozobots, and create art related to computers and coding. Campers are encouraged to bring their own device or laptop, but we have a few to share. 


Ages 8-11 - Campers practice keyboarding, learn coding commands to create fun apps and games they can play at home, and use offline activities to understand computational thinking. Campers are encouraged to bring their own tablet or laptop (a physical keyboard is needed for coding projects for 8-11 year olds), but we have a few to share. 

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OCEAN SCIENCE  June 1-5

Ages 5-8 - Young campers explore the beach and ocean this week. They learn how sand is made, hold sea urchins, experiment with water density, dissect a squid and other ocean creatures, make salt-water paintings, and more


Ages 8-11 - Campers discover what it is really like to study ocean habitats and creatures as they learn about saltwater tanks, experiment with buoyancy, learn about ocean currents and habitats and dissect different marine organisms, and see how scientists conduct research underwater.
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BREAK IT AND MAKE IT  June 8-12

Ages 5-8 - Young campers learn how to use tools to take apart household electronics and explore what is inside, create art projects from upcycled materials, complete building challenges using our giant bricks, as well as our LEGO® bricks, and make robots that scribble.


Ages 8-11 - Campers learn about creating models using our 3D printer, have fun building circuits, use tools to take apart household electronics and battery-operated toys, upcycle the parts to make a new creation, design and build simple and motorized LEGO® vehicles, and design and create mini-robots.
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MAD SCIENCE  June 15-19

Ages 5-8 - Kids love potions. This week the young campers explore chemistry by creating potions that change color, fizz, bubble and smoke, learn about polymers with water balls and slime, make non-Newtonian fluids, and study the power of magnetism. 


Ages 8-11 - This week, campers conduct laboratory experiments involving chemical reactions, experiment with polymers, create metal crystals, and explore electricity with circuits and magnetism with ferrofluid.
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MINI-MED, VET AND DENTAL SCHOOL   June 22-26

Ages 5-8 - Campers learn about the tools doctors, veterinarians and dentists use, study how our bodies and our pets’ bodies work, get grossed out with brains, burps and x-rays, and investigate germs. We learn the importance of dental hygiene with fake tooth-brushing challenges.


Ages 8-11 - This week we study how the body works, use microscopes to see what different types of cells look like, and even investigate a real (not human) heart and brain. Our Doctors-In-Training learn basic first aid and care for animals, as well as study dental and bone x-rays and have fun learning about teeth. 

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FORENSIC SCIENCE  June 29-July 3

Ages 5-8 - Young campers learn the science of solving mysteries as they test their observation and interview skills, investigate fingerprints, DNA and ink samples, and analyze clues left behind at our "crime scene."


Ages 8-11 - Older campers take Forensic Science to the next level using microscopes to investigate hair, fiber and pollen evidence, learning how DNA sequences are analyzed, identifying blood types from synthetic blood, and recovering fingerprint evidence.

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SHARK WEEK  July 6-10

Ages 5-8 - Shark Week! Learn more about sharks, what they look like, how they swim, what they eat, where they live, and what their skin looks like under a microscope. Young campers create shark tooth jewelry and shark skin, and learn more about their favorite shark.


Ages 8-11 - This week, campers investigate sharks and their anatomy, and how researchers study sharks. We track migration patterns and create an investigative report on their favorite shark. Campers create shark tooth jewelry, and study shark skin under a microscope. 
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SPACE EXPLORERS  July 13-17

Ages 5-8 - Campers study space by exploring our solar system, building and launching rockets, and conducting experiments using the sun’s rays. Space explorers design and build a space station, make glow-in-the-dark planets, and create galaxy-inspired art.


Ages 8-11 - Campers learn about space and space exploration as they make and test a space shuttle glider, design and launch rockets, explore constellations, planets, moons and comets, and make a scale model of our solar system. 
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MOVIE-INSPIRED SCIENCE July 20-24

Ages 5-8 - From Fairy Tales and "Harry Potter" to "The Incredibles" and "Frozen," we conduct experiments inspired by the movies kids love. We test the ability of balloons to lift objects from the movie "Up," investigate how Elastigirl can stretch, experiment with ice, create fairy doors, and more. 


Ages 8-11 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math experiments inspired by the big screen. We will not be watching movies, but will be experimenting with "Harry Potter" chemistry potions, "The Incredibles" physics of super powers, "Star Wars" space science, "The LEGO Movie" engineering, and more.
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GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY  July 27-31

Ages 5-8 - This week, campers investigate characteristics of rocks and gemstones, learn about crystallization as they create their own “geodes,” study fossils and learn how they formed, and dig like a paleontologist as they search for prehistoric life forms.


Ages 8-11 - Campers explore rocks, gems and fossils, learn how they formed and practice classifying them. We experiment by creating and destroying landforms, and make crystals and fossil replicas. Campers investigate their favorite dinosaur, and tell us how they think they lived.


Single-day options are available for this camp ($75/day 8:30am-4:30pm; $85/extended day). 

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SCIENCE OF MOTION  Aug 3-7

Ages 5-8 - Young campers use simple machines to create complex chain reactions, study flight with paper rockets and airplanes, experiment with force and motion using catapults they build, learn how sound is created by vibrating molecules, and more.


Ages 8-11 - Campers design and create elaborate Rube Goldberg contraptions to perform a simple task, test elasticity to determine why some materials bounce and others don't, engineer rollercoasters and design the fastest racetracks. 


Single-day options are available for this camp ($75/day 8:30am-4:30pm; $85/extended day).

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