Our campers will embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to build the skills that will serve as their tool set for the future. In our camps, we work together to ignite curiosity and get excited about STEM in our everyday lives.
With fun themes and sessions for different grade levels, there is something for everyone. Give your child a camp experience that will unlock their potential.
NEW! School’s out – STEM is in!
School Break Single Day Camps now offered:
Spring Break Camps!
April 10 – 14
The Children’s Science Center Lab is offering single-day camps during spring break for hands-on STEM learning with three camp themes. In each camp, children learn principles of science, design, and engineering, and apply their ingenuity to problem solve a creative challenge. The Children’s Science Center Lab’s single-day Spring Break Camps are presented in partnership with Invent Now, a not-for-profit organization which operates the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Engineering the Medieval Way!
During Engineering the Medieval Way camp, children will:
- Investigate basic scientific principles and enjoy creating and building to address engineering design challenges presented in the context of medieval times
- Work collaboratively to complete tasks demonstrating concepts of gravity, buoyancy, and simple machines
- Build towers, boats, draw-bridges, and catapults as well as design medieval coats of arms and jewelry
- Integrate data gleaned from simple hands-on science experiments with the creation of their own inventions.
Monday, April 10: Grades 1-3
Thursday, April 13: Grades 3-6
This fun camp explores the science, technique and importance behind recycling. During this camp, children will:
- Identify ways that waste makes its way into water systems and oceans
- Examine ways to build machines to clean contaminants from water systems
- Discover the use of eco-friendly, sustainable living through reducing, reusing, and recycling
- Demonstrate how polluted waters can be cleaned by constructing filtration systems
- Foster the practice of recycling and its importance in sustainable living
- Investigate the pH of mock polluted water and the construction of inventions to clean up contaminated water.
Tuesday, April 11: Grades 1-3
Friday, April 14: Grades 3-6
During STEM Solutions camp, children will:
- Conduct science experiments and tackle engineering design challenges by applying inventive science and mathematical solutions to everyday problems to help the owners of the “E.Z. Science Journal” company!
- Create sand clocks, design an experiment, build a stronger egg carton, solve knot puzzles, and design journal cover art
- Sketch and construct a new device to help students, create science games, and develop more efficient delivery routes for the “Journal.”
Wednesday, April 12: Grades 1-3
Fun and learning all summer!
THREE FUN THEMES. With the museum’s unique Dream It, Build It!: Nature Center Camp, children learn principles of building design and engineering and apply their ingenuity to design a dream indoor/outdoor nature learning space for Northern Virginia. Two additional camp themes are inspired by real inventors: The Launch Zone and Creativity In Motion, which are presented in partnership with Invent Now, a not-for-profit organization which operates the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Creativity in Motion
Work as “design interns” for the world’s newest and largest imaginary amusement park, Imagination Point. Design and utilize your imagination to design prototypes of roller coasters and amusement rides. Use real tools to take apart electronics and uncover mechanical gears and guts while using STEM, creative problem solving, and hands-on applications to further your 21st-century critical thinking skills. Work as a team to create marketing to sell your invention to your peers. This camp taps into the creative spirit and curiosity in every child.
June 26 – 30, Grades 1-3
July 17 – 21 , Grades 3-6
August 7 – 11 , Grades 1-3
The Launch Zone
Build a space rocket while exploring rocket science. Protect your team’s Space Lab from a meteoroid storm, search for fallen meteorites, and identify their type. Explore how machine pieces and parts might be used in a Spy Gadget Alarm Box. Dissect appliances, using tools correctly and safely to investigate how machines work through the process of reverse engineering. Keep an inventor log and express ideas through writing and sketching. Become an entrepreneur and bring an invention to a mock market. Create duct tape money bags to hold your capital. “Launch” a business and pitch your product to an audience of “investors” on the final day to families and friends!
July 10 – 14: Grades 1-3
July 24 – 28: Grades 3-6
August 14 – 18: Grades 1-3
Dream It, Build It: Nature Center!
You are the designer! Design your own sustainable indoor/outdoor learning space that incorporates socioeconomic, engineering, and environmental factors. Work with your team to plan, design, build a large model as well as presentation materials for your nature center. Present the dream nature center model and plans to an audience of families and friends on the final day. All models and presentations will be incorporated within the Center’s digital archives as input for actual future museum planning as a part of the Center’s unique “For Kids, By Kids” design methodology.
July 31 – August 4: Grades 1-3
August 21 – 25: Grades 4-8