Exciting NEW Summer Camps

Everyone knows that the Science Museum has great summer camps every year.  Our campers always have lots of fun (and learn a little something, too), and this year we’re offering a few new camps in collaboration with some pretty amazing groups–check out these remarkable opportunities!

SPARCLS Girls Camps, June 13-17 (K-2) and June 27-July 1 (3-5)

Simple Physics, Applied Robotics, Chemistry, and Life Science: SPARCLS is a camp just for girls which seeks to engage young women in STEM learning. We bring in a variety of female STEM professionals to lead the girls through exciting hands-on activities and to tell their stories of pursuing careers in STEM fields. We work closely with Virginia Tech and many other local businesses, museums, and schools to bring in a wide variety of female STEM professionals. Additionally, we visit the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg and spend the day working with some of the STEM professionals in their labs. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your SPARCLS Girl.) Click here to register for the SPARCLS Girls Camps.

My Very First Animal Camp, July 25-29 (Pre-K) This camp has been filled.

This Eric Carle-inspired camp is FREE due to the kindness of the folks at MemberOne Federal Credit Union.  You must register in advance to attend and space is limited. In this camp we will learn about a variety of animals, meet them up close, and conduct some investigations to learn about the ways animals survive in their homes. We will also visit the library and explore some animals outside. All food is included in this day camp so campers will be provided with a healthy snack and lunch.  Please note:  this camp runs from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Before Care starts at 8:00 am and After Care ends at 2:00 pm.


This camp is being generously sponsored by MemberOne. All registration fees, food (including a lunch and a snack), and before and after care are available free of cost.  Space is limited and participants will be registered on a first come-first served basis. This camp has been filled. No further registrations are available.

MemberOne logoEric Carle is a children’s author and illustrator.  He wrote “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and illustrated “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”  If you’d like to find out more about this artist, you can investigate his website.  His illustrations have been engaging very young children for many years, which inspired our educators to create this camp for Pre-K children.


 VTC Camp, July 25-29 (Middle School – conducted off SMWV property) Only 2 spots left!

Our premier camp experience takes place at the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute. We’ll have a rare chance to do daily experiments in anatomy and medicine, learn from leading research experts, and interact with VTC’s state-of-the-art equipment. If you’re interested in the human body and the cutting-edge research being conducted every day at VTC, this camp is for you! (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your medical student.) Click here to register for VTC Camp

????????????????????????Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is a public-private partnership between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic.  VTCRI includes both a medical school and a research center and is located near downtown Roanoke and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. This particular camp is not new, but it was our first experiment with the collaborative camp idea.  It has worked out wonderfully well, providing incredible experiences for middle school kids and we are very proud of our success with this camp.  Not only has it enriched the lives of the campers, it has also deepened our relationship with a great organization.

These are only a few of the exciting summer camps we have scheduled for 2016.  Click here for the full schedule of camps or click here to register today!

If you have any questions about any of our summer camps, please contact Christy Brooks, Scheduler, at 540-342-5721 or

If you are interested in volunteering as an Assistant Summer Camp Counselor, click here for more information!

 Register Today!




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