SUMMER CAMPS

 

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.  This year, we are also including a free ticket to the Salem Red Sox Star Wars Night game with each registration! 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, two snacks, and a water bottle 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 2017.

New this summer: Tired of packing lunches? Let us do it for you! For a small additional fee, the museum will provide a lunch and snacks for your camper.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2017

Pre-K Camp

Early Explorers Camp (July 17-21)

Explore your world in this adventure-themed Pre-K camp for 4 and 5 year olds. We will investigate the animals, plants, and habitats found all around the world and also examine the crazy feats of engineering required to travel to some of the most exotic places in our world. This camp begins at 9am and ends at 1pm.  (Please send lunch, a snack, and a water bottle with your explorer each day.) Click here to register for Early Explorers This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

K-5 Camps

Time Traveler (June 19-23)

Travel back in time with us to explore significant events and historical figures of science’s past. Explore the history of science by recreating early experiments and investigating the ancestors of today’s technology.  This camp is an all day camp at the Roanoke Catholic School campus. Drop off and pick up will take place at Roanoke Catholic School. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Time Traveler each day.) Click here to register for Time Traveler.

Science Girls (June 19-23)

This camp is just for girls and seeks to engage young women in STEM learning. Meet a variety of female STEM professionals as they conduct exciting hands-on activities and to tell their stories of pursuing careers in STEM fields. We will also spend a day at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg to work 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 Science Girl.)

Click here to register your K-2 camper for Science Girls Only one space left!

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Science Girls  This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Give Me Some Space (June 26-30)

Join us for a week filled with engaging experiments about the sun, planets, and moons in our solar system. Explore what it takes to leave Earth by building and launching your own rocket. Travel with us to the very outer edges of known space to see what’s out there. This camp is an all day camp at the Roanoke Catholic School campus. Drop off and Pick up will take place at Roanoke Catholic School. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your astronaut each day.) Click here to register for Give Me Some Space. 

Sharks: A Week of Discovery (June 26-30)

Reptiles, fish, and sharks, oh my! Spend the week exploring aquatic animals and their habitats. Discover how different animals and plants interact with each other in some of the wettest ecosystems on Earth. Use your newfound knowledge to create an animal habitat for our science camp zoo! (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your biologist each day.)

Click here to register your K-2 camper for Sharks: A Week of Discovery  This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Sharks: A Week of Discovery   This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Impossible Science (July 10-14)

How did that happen?!?! Join us as we conduct science and engineering investigations that seem impossible. Discover scientific principles while having fun! (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your scientist each day.)

Click here to register your K-2 camper for Impossible Science This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Impossible Science  This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Make It or Break It (July 24-28)

Why throw it away when you can make something new? Take apart electronics and other household items and remake them into whatever you can imagine. At the end of the week, display your creations for your parents to see. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your inventor each day.)

Click here to register your K-2 camper for Make It or Break It This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Make It or Break It  This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Robotics (July 31-August 4)

Whether they are cleaning our houses, diving down to the bottom of the deepest oceans, or exploring far away planets, robots are everywhere. But who tells them what to do? Join us as we do a hands-on exploration of robot programming and design. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your roboticist each day.)

Click here to register your K-2 camper for Robotics   This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Robotics   This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Mystery at the Museum (August 7-11)

Mystery and intrigue await you in this whodunit themed chemistry and engineering camp. Solve mysteries using science-based techniques. After this camp, you might be able to tell who stole the last cookie from the cookie jar! (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your sleuth each day.)

Click here to register your k-2 camper for Mystery at the Museum This session is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email hweiss@smwv.org.

Click here to register your 3-5 camper for Mystery at the Museum  Only a few spaces left!

Middle School Camps

Science Girls (July 5-7)

This camp is just for girls and seeks to engage young women in STEM learning. Meet a variety of female STEM professionals as they conduct exciting hands-on activities and to tell their stories of pursuing careers in STEM fields. We will also spend a day at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg to work with some of the STEM professionals in their labs. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Science Girl each day.) Click here to register for Science Girls.

Board Game Design (July 5-7)

Think beyond the board and discover the math and science at the core of board games. Dive deep into the how and why of board game design through discussions, analysis and of course, play testing. Discuss games and game mechanics with people in the board gaming industry! In the end you will leave with a prototype of a game you design. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Gamer each day.) Click here to register for Board Game Design.

So You Want to Be a Doctor (July 17-21)

Explore medical careers and research in this exciting camp that will travel throughout Roanoke and beyond. Visit with medical professionals and engage in hands-on activities to discover what their days are like.  We will visit VT Medical School, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, VTCRI, and more. (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Doctor-in-training each day.) Click here to register for So You Want to Be a Doctor.

Musical Robot Orchestra (July 24-28)

Led by Dr. Ico Bukvic from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Musical Robots Orchestra is a 5-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.  (Food is not provided, so be sure to send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Musician/Programmer each day.) Click here to register for Musical Robot Orchestra.

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 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