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Curious minds make clever campers!

Science camps help children form friendships and develop a love for science early on. Curiosity and inquisitiveness happen naturally in informal camp settings.

Hands-on experiences during SCI Camps encourage campers to explore how and why things happen and discover the answers through experimentation.

Campers get to see and do activities they might not normally get a chance to try, which creates a sense of accomplishment and allows them to uncover interests they didn't know they had!

Summer Camps

June 8 – August 14, 2020
Find more to explore with SCI Summer Camps! From chemistry to astronomy and from invention to dissection, SCI Summer Camps provide week-long experiences for students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.

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Winter Camps

Escape the cold and find more to explore with SCI Winter Camps during winter break! Day camps are available for young scientists in Pre-K through 8th grade.

Winter Camp information coming Fall 2020

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You can contribute to SCI's Accessibility Fund and help send a child in need to camp! Consider adding a small tax-deductible donation to your registration.

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  • Campers explore genetics with Chubby the guinea pig

    • Friday August 14 2015
    • Camps

    STEM learning can come from a variety of places. In this summer’s Vet Tech camps for third and fourth graders, it came from Chubby, a brown-and-white guinea pig who doubles as a cute, cuddly example of genetics in action.

    “What do you think her parents might have looked like?” asked SCI Programs Coordinator Bridgett Harvey.

    Using the guinea pig as an example, campers completed Punnett Squares for Chubby’s fur color, softness and more. In between exclamations of “Awwww!” and, “We love you, Chubby!” students explored phenotypes and genotypes, as well as proper pet care.

    Harvey said Chubby exemplifies the hands-on experiences that are at the core of SCI Summer Camps.

    “Chubby brings a real-life example of what campers are learning about with Punnett Squares in the Vet Tech camp,” she said. “They can see her different colors and fur types and relate those to dominant and recessive traits.”

    In addition to helping teach genetics, the Vet Tech campers’ beloved pet also exemplifies real-life resilience.

    Abandoned in a dumpster, Chubby was surrendered to a local Animal Rescue League for rehabilitation, where she was then adopted by Bridgett.

    “Chubby has an incredible story and charming personality that campers love,” Harvey said. “She is also a good role model for responsibility with pet care, which is an important message to campers.”

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