OPEN THURSDAY–SUNDAY: We recommend reserving advance tickets for either the AM timeslot (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) or PM timeslot (1:00-4:00 pm). SCI is closed from 12:00-1:00 pm. | MASK POLICY: The Science Center of Iowa require all visitors ages 2+ as well as employees to wear masks, per CDC guidelines, until further notice.
Ever wonder what makes the weather change? Step into the shoes of a meteorologist as we explore the science behind the weather!
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Blast off into this out-of-this-world camp! Discover the different planets of our solar system and gaze into the universe beyond. Experience the Star Theater planetarium, and name your very own constellations.
Who knew you could do so much with food BESIDES eat it? Foods will become our tools, building materials and much more!
What makes a rainbow? How do we know when it’s going to rain? Learn about the water cycle, light, shadows and weather in this camp for future meteorologists.
STEM Learning Goals: Develop an understanding of the water cycle and basic weather patterns. Gain knowledge of how colors and rainbows are formed.
If you like science and creating, this is the camp for you! This camp will explore different ways to create, combining conventional crafting with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
STEM Learning Goals: Using the engineering design process and build creations to expand engineering skills and knowledge of the design process.
Calling all future astronomers: Let's learn about all things space! From stars to nebulae and even the black holes in between, this camp will be out of this world.
Your boat sank, you've made your way to a remote island, and NO ONE is coming to your rescue! Camers will work together to create an island society and complete challenges with limited resources, learning about survival and human nature in the process.
Explore the universe outside the Milky Way! Investigate nebulae, learn myths and reach for the stars in this out-of-this-world camp.
Learn how to survive the "wilds" of Gray's Lake during this throwback summer camp in the heart of the city. Explore nature, create art, swim, fish and bike. Canoeing and biking will be a big part of this camp. Discover some of Des Moines' greatest waterways and culminate the week with a full-day float trip on the river.
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Note: This camp is held offsite, and activities may change due to weather. Learn more about iEARTH camps, including biking requirements and canoeing details, at www.sciowa.org/iearth
Calling all aspiring directors, actors and behind-the-scene techs: Learn about the science behind movie-making and produce your own film using what you learned. On Friday during the open house, we will have a screening of all our work!
Rewrite your favorite fairytales using science, technology, engineering and math. Help your favorite storybook characters find solutions to their problems!
Register for this Camp (June 7-11)
Let your imagination run wild in this camp designed around creativity! We’ll use tools and learn techniques to take your tinkering to the next level.
Beep, beep, boop! Explore the world of coding and the basics of electricity while building your own robot in this technology-focused camp.
Who doesn’t love making a mess? We’ll get messy as we explore the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. (Parents, don’t worry: we’ll handle the clean-up!)
Register for this Camp (August 9-13)