Summer Camp Programs

Summer Science Camps 2021

We are very excited to announce we are planning to offer in-person camps in 2021.  Please check back often, additional camps being added until further notice.

 

Title Date Time Grade
Cooking Chemistry Jul 5 - Jul 9 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM Grades 7-9
Instructor: Analee Slick
SuperHero Science Jul 5 - Jul 9 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
Bacterial Transformations Jul 5 - Jul 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 7-9
Instructor: Melissa Burgos
Thinking Like a Surgeon 1 - High School Workshop Jul 5 - Jul 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 11-12. 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 to camp.

Instructor: Donika Rakacolli
Environmental Exploring - Picture You in a Canoe! Jul 5 - Jul 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 Schutz
Who lives in my lake? Jul 5 - Jul 9 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM 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
Makers Challengers 1 Jul 5 - Jul 9 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM Grades 4-6

Work in groups to plan, devise and build innovative prototypes to compete in maker challenges.  Explore all of the machines, discover why some work better than others using Newton's laws of motion, thermal energy and other interesting concepts and properties.

Instructor: Jennifer Koziar
Rube Goldberg (Imagination and Engineering) Jul 12 - Jul 16 12:00 PM - 4:00 AM 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
Zoology - It's truly a zoo out there! Jul 12 - Jul 16 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! Jul 12 - Jul 26 9:00 AM - 12:00 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
Thinking Like a Surgeon 1 - High School Workshop Jul 12 - Jul 16 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 11-12. 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 to camp.
Instructor: Donika Rakacolli
Data Analytics & Visualization in Healthcare Using Python (Virtual Workshop) Jul 12 - Jul 16 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 10-13
The goal of this VIRTUAL workshop is to expose students to data analytics and use of computing in the field of healthcare, expanding the notion of what a "health career" is. In this session, students will learn the basics of data analytics and visualization using Python programming to gain literacy in data-driven, strategic imperatives that affect all facets of healthcare. This experience is for students aspiring to learn how to think critically and solve real world problems in the healthcare domain using data science, analytics, and artificial intelligence. Students who want to pursue and advance their career in the field of healthcare analytics, or data science and analytics, or computing and information sciences would potentially find this to be a good fit.
Instructor: Atreyee Sinha
WeDo. Who do? We all do WeDo! Jul 12 - Jul 16 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM 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
Understanding Extreme Weather Jul 12 - Jul 16 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 7-9
Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Polar Vortices, oh my!  Join us as we explore the atmosphere that influences these extreme events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and more!  Throughout the week, learn about Earth's systems and weather forecasting just like meteorologist to understand the science behind extreme weather systems! 
Instructor: Melissa Sikes
Makers Challengers 2 Jul 19 - Jul 23 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Grades 4-6
A continuation of Makers Challengers from week 1 of camp.  Continue to explore more concepts and properties that will allow campers to become more adept at building and utilizing prototypes/machines.
Instructor: Jennifer Koziar
Cooking Chemistry Jul 19 - Jul 23 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
Computer Science - Unplugged Jul 26 - Jul 30 9:00 AM - 12:00 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
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
Robots – Let’s Build Some! Jul 26 - Jul 30 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Grades 4-6
Has your child ever wanted to make a robot from scratch?  In this camp, they will learn how to make simple robots with everyday materials.  Camp will cover the building, testing and final modifications each child’s robot.
Instructor: Kirsten Webster

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 2021.  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 and your registration refunded by check.  If you need to withdraw from a camp we will do our best to refund your registration with a $25 fee charged for the processing.  Within two weeks of the start of the camp there will be no refund. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of families and will work with you in the case of a last minute emergency.  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.