Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia encourage hypothesis testing, problem solving, and teamwork to complete hands-on science challenges.

Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

The Science Museum of Western Virginia offers fully hands-on camps in a variety of STEM subjects. Some of our programs even include visits to local higher education institutions to offer campers the opportunity to set foot on a university or college campus and in doing so increases their chance of pursuing higher education.

Science-based Summer Camps are essential in maintaining STEM skills that are developed throughout the school term and often deplete over summer break. Attending fun and engaging Summer Camps results in marked improvements across all STEM subjects when they return to school! Additionally, Summer Campers gain key skills, such as team work and confidence, that are retained for their future careers.



Summer Camp Programs 2020

Frozen: Science Behind the Magic (Pre K – 2nd)

June 8th-12th

Take a journey through Disney’s magical fairy tale and use science to recreate your favorite Frozen storylines.

Code Breakers (K -5th)

June 8th-12th

The world runs on code, and we’re building the next generation of internet pioneers, one line of code at a time!

Ultimate Hacker (6th-8th)

June 15th-19th

Learn how to create code, program computers and develop your own software to become the Ultimate Hacker!

Little Sherlock (K – 3rd)

June 22nd-26th

Search a crime scene, collect important evidence and solve a mystery at this introductory Summer Camp into Forensic Science.

Forensic Science Camp (4th-7th)

June 29th- July 3rd

An in-depth introduction to Forensic Science, different types of evidence and how they are used to solve crimes.

Star City Explorers (K-5th)

July 13th-17th

This adventurous Summer Camp celebrates the diverse ecosystems found within our very own Star City!

Make It Or Break It (K-5th)

July 20th-24th

In an effort to put tools back into the hands of kids, we’re discovering the hidden workings of everyday household items from the inside out.

Early Explorers (Pre K – 2nd)

July 27th-31st

From reptiles, insects, fish and birds, we’re learning about the incredible flora and fauna dispersed throughout our planet, and the habitats they live in.

Pre-Med Camp (6th-8th)

July 27th-31st

Pre-Med Camp is the first step in the path to a medical career. This camp takes place at Roanoke’s hub of medical education and innovation: Virginia Tech School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

Cosmic Camp (K-5th)

Aug 3rd-7th

Suit up, Cosmic Explorer, because we’re about to go on the journey of a lifetime to the very outer edges of our universe!

Before and After Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (finishing at 5pm each day; 2pm for Half-Day camp) can be added to any camp session for an additional fee:

Before Camp Care: $35 per week

After Camp Care: $35 per week

Before and After Camp Care: $50 per week

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Should you wish to withdraw your child from any camp session, you may apply that child’s registration to another camp session, provided that space 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.


May 15th or earlier

After May 15th but more than 14 days prior to start of Camp Program

Less than 14 days before start of Camp Program, but more than 7 days prior

Less than 7 days before start of Camp Program





0%, except in cases of documented medical or family emergencies