Summer Camp Programs

Summer Science Camps

Welcome to our Summer Science Camp and Workshop page!  Edgewood College's Office of Science Outreach is committed to giving your child another amazing in-person camp or workshop experience.  Based on our very successful 2021 camp season, our 2022 season offers something for all ages.  Whether your child is a savvy gamer, a budding biologist or a phenomenal physicist, there is something in our line up that's sure to pique their interests. 

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Please note that the grade range for each camp listed in the table below corresponds with what grade your child will be going into in the fall.

 

Title Date Time Grade
Chemistry Behind The Craft Jun 13 - Jun 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 4-6

Have a curious and creative mind on your hands? In this week-long science camp, kids will combine their inner budding scientist and their artistic side to learn, explore, create and have fun! In addition to working on arts and crafts, kids will learn and experiment with different materials to learn why some materials are used more than others and why some just don’t make the cut. Kids will also learn how to make their own chalk, watercolors, and other items to discover the chemistry - the how and why - behind the art.

Instructor: Erica Schauf
Cooking Chemistry Jun 13 - Jun 17 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 7-9
In this week long camp, students will learn how chemistry relates to cooking and baking. By learning about how chemicals and ingredients bond together, students will be able to describe and model a chemical reaction. This will not only expand students' understanding of chemistry, but it will also teach students how to apply science to everyday life!
Instructor: Analee Slick
How Do Math and Engineering Connect with Fiber Art? Jun 13 - Jun 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
Crochet amigurumi (or even cactus & sea creatures) by learning how to read and write your own crochet code. Understand the mathematics behind crochet (crochet was the first method to model non-euclidean geometry (aka hyperbolic and riemann space))!!

Use/create small laser cut looms to learn weaving (did you know how the Jacquard loom gave rise to the first computers?)

Felting, cross stitching, macrame (make a hanging plant holder), fancy knot tying, parachord bracelets and more!
Instructor: Dorothy "Dot" Silverman
Intro to Artificial Intelligence in Games - High School Workshop Jun 13 - Jun 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 10-13
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly expanding field and this camp will serve as an introduction to AI by exploring how AI is used to play games. In this camp, students will learn various AI techniques to build intelligent agents which are capable of solving puzzles, navigating mazes, and controlling simple non-player characters in video games. This course will teach students to use critical thinking skills to analyze a problem, evaluate the best way to solve a problem, and write code allowing a computer to find a solution. The topics covered in this course will be of interest to students who are curious about careers in mathematics, artificial intelligence, video games, or computer science.
Instructor: Professor Alex Anderson
Simulating Reality - High School Workshop Jun 13 - Jun 17 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 10-13
Scientists have been using computers to simulate the physical world since the advent of computing and these simulations have helped us travel to the moon, make new scientific discoveries, and predict the weather. This camp will serve as an introduction to the techniques and skills needed to design, build, and run basic simulations of the physical world. Students will learn how formulate a hypothesis about the outcome of an experiment, encode equations from the fields of physics and astronomy into a simulation, and analyze the results to evaluate the truth of their hypothesis. The Computer Science and analytical methods taught in this camp will be of interest to students who are interested in careers in graphics, the physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science.
Instructor: Professor Alex Anderson
SuperHero Science Jun 13 - Jun 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 1-3

Welcome to a week of superhero training!  Chemistry and physics play big roles in the life of a superhero - we will learn to communicate with our allies using invisible ink; thwart our enemies with various forms of slime; build models of amazing vehicles and rescue machines and so much more!

Instructor: Layna Macaulay
WeDo. Who do? We all do WeDo! Jun 13 - Jun 17 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 1-3

Calling all Lego lovers! Do you like to build? Have you ever dreamt of making your creations come alive? If so, this is the class for you.

This class is designed to ignite students’ curiosity in science, engineering, technology and coding. Come spend a week learning some basic engineering principles, while collaborating with others. Then together we’ll make your creation(s) come alive while learning some basic coding.

Instructor: Diana Albrecht
Environmental Exploring - Picture You in a Canoe! Jun 13 - Jun 17 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 4-6
Our canvas will be Lake Wingra as we head out into nature and discover the unique ecosystem this area provides.  Canoeing and exploring await us!
Instructor: Erica Schauf
Basic Web Design Jun 20 - Jun 24 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 7-9

The Web is transforming the world around us, and in this course, students will learn to create their own websites. Students will gain experience using the software languages used to build websites: HTML5 (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets).

Instructor: Professor Alex Anderson
Digging Into Paleontology Jun 20 - Jun 24 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
Most little kids love dinosaurs - but do you ever wonder what happens to big kids a& young adults who love dinosaurs? Want to know how paleontologists find and protect dinosaur bones in the field? Or learn how paleontologists piece together the evolutionary history of dinosaurs? In this camp we will explore not just the scientific aspects of dinosaur paleontology, but also separate fact from fiction of dinosaurs as they are portrayed in movies. And yes, we will talk about Jurassic Park.
Instructor: Professor David Cordie
Rube Goldberg (Imagination and Engineering) Jun 20 - Jun 24 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 4-6
Reuben "Rube" Goldberg was an engineer in the early 1900s with a passion for drawing. Goldberg later went into sketching comics for local papers, many of his most famous comics featured crazy contraptions to help carry out simple everyday tasks. In this camp, we will learn how to incorporate our creativity into science and engineering through studying simple machines and designing our own contraptions!
Instructor: Layna Macaulay
Where Did We Come From? Jun 20 - Jun 24 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 4-6

As humans we come from a long line of animals stretching back millions of years! Learn more about evolution and our primate relatives. 

Instructor: Professor Helen Werner
Who lives in my lake? Jun 20 - Jun 24 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 1-3

Water!  Explore our lakes and what lives in them this summer as we get up close and personal with fish, frogs, water chemistry, plant life and much more!  We will be working closely with Lake Wingra and the life around it while also taking time to do some experiments in a science lab.

Instructor: Emma Watermolen
Zoology - It's truly a zoo out there! Jun 20 - Jun 24 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 1-3

One of the most amazing things about life is the great variety of forms it takes.  In this camp, we will learn what it means to be an animal.  We will explore the building blocks of life, DNA and examine how humans are similar and vastly different from our wild animal counterparts.

Instructor: Layna Macaulay
Above Average Aquariums! Jun 27 - Jul 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 4-6
Aquatic life is fascinating!  In this camp, you’ll learn all about life in the water, how to keep your fish as healthy as possible and how to keep their environment healthy too.
Instructor: Pete Kuhn
Cooking Chemistry Jun 27 - Jul 1 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
In this week long camp, students will learn how chemistry relates to cooking and baking. By learning about how chemicals and ingredients bond together, students will be able to describe and model a chemical reaction. This will not only expand students' understanding of chemistry, but it will also teach students how to apply science to everyday life!
Instructor: Analee Slick
The Science of Sound Jun 27 - Jul 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 7-9

In this camp, students start by observing a perplexing audio phenomenon. This leads students to start wondering about other sound-related phenomena, including 1) What causes different sounds? 2) What is traveling from a sound source to our ears? 3) How do we hear and why do we hear things differently in different places? and 4) How do electronic devices (digital sound sources) produce and detect sounds?

 

 
Instructor: Dorothy "Dot" Silverman
Thinking Like a Surgeon - High School Workshop Jun 27 - Jul 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 10-13
Explore what it’s like to be a surgeon and what it takes to prepare for this intriguing profession.  We’ll use real body parts to perform dissection and learn suturing, as well as utilizing our virtual human cadaver.
 
This active and in-depth summer camp is tailored for student grades 10-12.
 
For their safety, closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing are mandatory during dissection. Protective coats, gloves and glasses will be provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle.
Instructor: Donika Rakacolli
Volcanoes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes - Oh My! Jun 27 - Jul 1 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 4-6

During this session we will explore the underlying processes behind some of Earth's most impressive natural disasters.

Instructor: Professor Liz Ceperly
WeDo! Who Do? We All Do Lego WeDo! Jun 27 - Jul 1 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 1-3

Calling all Lego lovers! Do you like to build? Have you ever dreamt of making your creations come alive? If so, this is the class for you.

This class is designed to ignite students’ curiosity in science, engineering, technology and coding. Come spend a week learning some basic engineering principles, while collaborating with others. Then together we’ll make your creation(s) come alive while learning some basic coding.

Instructor: Diana Albrecht
Wind, Water and Sun - Making What Makes Power - High School Workshops Jun 27 - Jul 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 10-13
Why do wind mills look like that? What is a solar tree? What happens on the shallow side of a dam? In this camp, we'll learn about the designs of wind, solar, and hydroelectric generators. We'll also create and test new designs using 3D modeling and the Fabrication Laboratory.
Instructor: James Diodato
Intro To Computer Science - Unplugged Jun 27 - Jul 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 1-3
Campers will learn basic computer science and why it's important.  This camp will include these concepts through game playing, stories and hands on activities.  Campers will have a chance to work with a robot and program it to solve tasks throughout the week.
Instructor: Kirsten Webster
Bacterial Transformations Jul 11 - Jul 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
Have you ever wondered how different medicines are made? In this course, campers will get the opportunity to learn about the process of a bacterial transformation by inserting new genes into bacteria! Transformations are used in modern laboratories to produce medicine, such as insulin, in mass quantities in order to benefit million of people with diabetes. Students will learn how to micropipette, use a centrifuge, use sterile technique, perform a transformation, and interpret results.
Instructor: Analee Slick
Environmental Engineering Jul 11 - Jul 15 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 4-6

We all know that waste and pollution are a problem, but how does one solve them? Who are the people that take on these tasks? Working as Environmental Engineers we will examine real-world problems and environmental disasters and engineer ways to prevent, reduce, and clean up the mess.

Instructor: Kirsten Webster
My Green (Recycled) Garden Jul 11 - Jul 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 4-6
Campers will have the opportunity to learn about plants and how to plan a garden. They will investigate how vertical gardens help to increase the space for growing plants. Campers will also explore what recycled materials are a cheap way to create a garden in the city.

Instructor: Kirsten Webster
The Art of Biology Jul 11 - Jul 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 1-3

Learn all about our bodies while getting creative! We'll learn about human biology while working on fun projects that you can take home with you. 

Instructor: Professor Helen Werner
Wind, Water and Sun - Making What Makes Power! Jul 11 - Jul 15 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 7-9
Why do wind mills look like that? What is a solar tree? What happens on the shallow side of a dam? In this camp, we'll learn about the designs of wind, solar, and hydroelectric generators. We'll also create and test new designs using 3D modeling and the Fabrication Laboratory.
Instructor: James Diodato
Web Design is Fun! Jul 26 - Jul 30 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
The goal of this camp is to expose students to interactive web design and computer programming. This workshop aims to provide students with hands-on practical introduction to HTML5 (Hypertext Markup Language), CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheet), as well as to programming concepts using JavaScript. Students will create working web pages and multi-page websites with multimedia elements.

 

In the process, they will gain insights into methodologies and perspectives of web design and development, recognize the importance of being able to make clear arguments, evaluate them using the collected evidence as well as communicate ideas clearly when working collaboratively.

Target Audience:

o Students aspiring to learn how to think critically and solve real world problems using programming would benefit the most from this workshop.

 

o Students of all disciplines who want to learn basic coding and have fun designing their first interactive websites, would find this to be a good fit.
Instructor: Atreyee Sinha

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General Camp Information

Edgewood College’s Office of Science Outreach is here to bring the wonder of scientific discovery, the thrill of nature exploration, and the challenge of engineering design to the public.  Through our Summer Science Camps, your child will experience science and engineering with our faculty, students and associates, as we share our resources and expertise and learn something new about our world and ourselves.  Each camp is designed to best utilize the expertise of our unique staff. Many camps change frequently as we discover something new that would be cool to explore with your child.  Whether it is learning how to design new gadgets with electrical circuits, exploring other planets in search of life, or unraveling the mystery of the microbe, there is sure to be something to stimulate your child’s imagination and bring out their native curiosity and creativity.

Camp Age Ranges

Camps are created to fit the characteristic interests and abilities of a given age range while also providing opportunities for social interaction with their peers. Grade levels refer to the grade that your child will be entering in the Fall of 2022.  If you believe that your child’s needs would be better met in a camp outside of suggested grade level, please call the camp director to discuss the possibilities.

Lunch/Snack/Water Bottle

All camps are half-day in duration.  If you enroll your child in both a morning and afternoon camp in any given week, lunch supervision will be provided.  Send a sack lunch with your child as there will not be food for purchase.   There will be time to eat, explore and run around.  All campers should bring a refillable water bottle to camp each day.  A light mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack will be provided for each child.  If your child has food allergies please plan to send a snack along to avoid any issues with food reactions.  Serious allergies should be discussed with the camp director.

The Great Outdoors

All camps will undoubtedly have some portion of their time spent outdoors.  The amount of time depends on the specific camp.  This information will be given in the camp description or sent to you by the camp instructor after registration.  Use your judgement and the information provided for each camp to make decisions about hats, bug spray and sunscreen.

Attire

All camps will be very active and often messy.  Clothing that allows for active movement and that can get dirty are recommended.  Closed-toed shoes are the best bet as they are required in some labs and offer the best protection for out-of-doors excursions.  Some camps have specific requirements so please check individual camp descriptions for those.

Refund Policy

If we need to cancel a camp, you will be notified as soon as possible.  If another camp is open in your child’s age range and you want to simply move your child to that camp, we will happily do this for you.  If not, then your registration will be refunded.  If you need to withdraw your child from any/all camps, our refund structure is as follows:

  • Cancelling before March 13th, we will refund all but $25 per camp cancelled
  • Cancelling between March 14th and April 13th, we will refund all but $50 per camp cancelled
  • Cancelling between April 14th and May 9th, we will refund all but $100 per camp
  • Cancelling after May 9th, we will not offer any refunds at this point

We also recognize that emergencies can arise at any time.  We make every effort to accommodate the needs of families and will work with you in the case of an emergency.  These situations will be handled on a case by case basis. 

There are no partial refunds for missed days of camp.

Medical Forms

Completed medical forms must be submitted with your registration.  A space will not be reserved in the camp until the medical form has been submitted.   If your child has medical or other needs that will require special consideration or accommodations, please contact the camp director in advance so that we are sure to provide a safe and respectful environment for your child and others.