Summer Camps

 

2016 Summer Camp

Discover, explore, and get your hands dirty this summer with a wide variety of fun science camps to choose from at the Science Museum of Western Virginia! These exciting programs occur at the museum where children will spend their days doing hands-on science under the supervision of experienced educators.  The one exception is our amazing VTC Medical Research Camp for middle school-aged children, which is conducted at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. You may sign up for as many camp sessions as you like, but please keep in mind the age requirements for each session. Each camp runs from 9am to 4pm on each appointed day, and for an additional fee, before and after camp care is provided.  Food is not provided, so please send lunch and a snack with your camper each day. Please note that the grades listed for each camp session refer to the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2016.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 2016 SUMMER CAMPS

June 7-10:
Musical Robot Orchestra Camp (Grades 8-12)

Led by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukovic from Virginia Tech’s Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Musical Robots Orchestra is a 4-day maker workshop that will explore the design and creation of musical instruments that are capable of playing by themselves and in consort with other nearby instruments. The workshop will involve ideation, design, creative coding and connecting computers with various sensors and devices designed to produce sound and music. At the end of the workshop the resulting musical robots will have an opportunity to perform together as an orchestra. No prior coding experience is required.  Please note:  Before Care and After Care will not be available for this camp.  Click here to register for Musical Robot Orchestra Camp

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June 13-17:

Scales, Tails, and Antennae Camp (K-5)

Explore the amazing world of animals. Animals come in all different shapes and sizes, and this is your chance to make friends with some unusual creatures. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send the proper food with your biologist-in-training.) Click here to register for Scales, Tails and Antennae

SPARCLS Girls Camp (K-2)

Explore Simple Physics, Applied Robotics, Chemistry and Life Science in our SPARCLS Girls Camp. Your elementary school-aged girls will explore a variety of STEM fields. They will meet STEM professionals, go on an amazing field trip, and conduct a number of hands-on investigations. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your SPARCLS Girl.) Click here to register for SPARCLS Girls Camp (K-2)

June 20-24:

Robotics Camp (K-5)

Discover how robots work and why they don’t think the way we do. Explore programming, robots, and circuits in this electrifying summer camp! (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your budding programmer.) Click here to register for Robotics

June 27-July 1:

Seven Seas Science Camp (K-5)

Welcome aboard, mates! How did pirates do their jobs? Join us as we build ships, lay siege, and discover the science of piracy! (Food is not provided, so be sure to send the right grub to keep your landlubber going through heavy seas.) Click here to register for Seven Seas Science Camp

SPARCLS Girls Camp (3-5)

Explore Simple Physics, Applied Robotics, Chemistry and Life Science in our SPARCLS Girls Camp. Your elementary school-aged girls will explore a variety of STEM fields. They will meet STEM professionals, go on an amazing field trip, and conduct a number of hands-on investigations. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your SPARCLS Girl.) Click here to register for SPARCLS Girls Camp (3-5)

July 5-8:

Big Top Science Camp (K-5)

Experience some circus and carnival fun with a scientific twist. Peek behind the curtain as we explore the science of the Big Top. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send some “fuel” with your little ringmaster.) Click here to register for Big Top Science

July 11-15:

Let’s Test It Camp (K-5)

Any good scientist knows that behind every discovery is the scientific method. Create hypotheses, test predictions, and most of all have fun as we put science and engineering to the test! (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your researcher.) Click here to register for Let’s Test It Camp

July 18-22:

Preschool Pirates (Pre-K)

Does your preschooler love pirates? If so, then this is the camp for them. Join us as we explore the science of the seven seas. Help us build boats, color mix our pirate flags, and show everyone how science savvy pirates were. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and a snack with your little pirate.) 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.  Click here to register for Preschool Pirates

Doctor Junior Camp (K-5)

Explore what’s inside of you! Learn about the human body and biology: use microscopes, see your pulse, and discover what it takes to be a doctor. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your mini med student.) Click here to register for Doctor Junior Camp

July 25-29:

VTC Camp (Middle School – conducted off SMWV property)

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

My Very First Animal Camp (Pre-K)

Explore the natural world with the Science Museum. We’ll learn about different animals and how they see the world through reading, experiments and some animal observing.  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. To register for this camp, email Derek Kellogg at dkellogg@smwv.org. Space is limited and participants will be registered on a first come-first served basis.

MemberOne logoAugust 1-5:

Building and Making Camp (K-5)

Do you like to make things? Get some experience creating in our maker lab, learn basic engineering skills, and exercise your imagination. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch and two snacks with your builder.) Click here to register for Building and Making Camp

August 8-12:

Blast-Off Camp (K-5)

Countdown to BLAST OFF! Make your own rocket, investigate outer space, and discover the basics of flight and astronomy at the Science Museum. (Food is not provided, so please send provisions with your astronaut.) Click here to register for Blast-Off Camp

 

 

Before and After Camp Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (ending at 5pm each day) may be added to any session except for the VTC Camp, for an additional fee:

Before Camp Care:  $30 per week
After Camp Care:  $30 per week
Before and After Camp Care:  $50 per week

 

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Should you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session, you may apply that child’s registration to another session of camp, provided that space in that session is available.
  • If you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session and you do not wish to transfer him or her into another camp session, the following refund policy will be in effect:
Time Period Refund Amount
 May 15 or earlier  100%
After May 15, but more than 14 (fourteen) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 50%
13 (thirteen) to 7 (seven) calendar days prior to the first day of your camp session 25%
Less than 7 (seven) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 0%, except in cases of documented medical or family emergencies