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Summer Camps

Summer Science Camps began in 1997 with Tod Gugino’s dream of sharing the love for science. Today, ExploreHope provides over 50 fun-filled educational camps for grades K–12.

2022 Schedule

  Morning
(Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon)
Afternoon
(Monday–Thursday, 1–4:30 p.m.)
June 13–17
  • Super Science Sampler (K–2)
  • Science of Harry Potter (3–5)
  • Roller Coaster Science (3–5)
  • Inventing 3D (6–12)
  • Nursing, Health Professions & Human Performance (9–12) Full day camp
  • Crazy Chemistry (K–2)
  • Exploring Ecosystems (3–6)
  • Movie Making 1.0 (4–8)
  • Uke 1 (2-8)
  • Nursing, Health Professions & Human Performance (9–12) Full day camp

June 20–24
  • Crazy Chemistry (K–2)
  • EV3 Basic (3–5)
  • Research Experience- Photovoltiac Fabrication (10–12) Full day camp
  • Python & Raspberry Pi (8–12)
  • Tinker Engineers (K–2)
  • Video Game Making with Scratch (3–5)
  • Research Experience — Photovoltiac Fabrication (10–12) Full day camp
  • Neuroscience (8–12)
June 27–July 1
  • Tykes Lego (K–2)
  • Art 2D–3D (3–5)
  • Watershed Restoration (9–12) Full day camp
  • Dive Deeper Dissection (7–10)
  • Art in Nature (K–4)
  • Taking Command of Circuits (5–9)
  • Watershed Restoration (9–12) Full day camp
  • Super Science Sampler (K–2)
July 11–15
  • Cool Critters and Crawlies (K–2)
  • Club Vet (3–5)
  • Wonders of the Watershed (6–8)
  • EV3 Intermediate (4–8)
  • Uke 2 (5–8)
  • Prehistoric Planet (K–2)
  • Dive into Dissection (3–6)
  • Crazy Chemistry (3–5)
July 18–22
  • Tykes Lego (K–2)
  • Science of Art (3–5)
  • Geo Camp; Michigan's Mysterious History (3–5)
  • EV3 Challenge (7–12)
  • Classic Cartooning — A Googenius Camp (2–10)
  • Super Hero (K–2)
  • Exploring Energy (3–5)
  • Websites and Animations (6–9)
  • Comics, Magna, & Graphic Novels — A Googenius Camp (4–12)
July 25–29
  • Doing Science with Disney (K–2)
  • Science of Harry Potter (2–4)
  • Art and Design (4–8)
  • Crazy Chemistry (6–8)
  • Science Olympiad- Crime Buster Skills (6–9)
  • Tinker Engineers (K–2)
  • CSI (3–5)
  • Movie Making 2.0 (6–9)

Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

Grade levels vary by camp. Please read carefully to make sure your student(s) is appropriately placed. Camps are listed alphabetically by grade band. Register for the grade your student will be entering in fall 2022.

Elementary (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

Art 2D/3D — June 27–July 1
Grades 3–5
This camp takes old favorites and combines them with new projects while exploring the elements and principles of 2D and 3D art through the mediums of watercolor, graphite, colored pencils, wood, clay and metals 

art and Design — July 25–29
Grades 4–8

Love to create new costumes, art projects and sculptures? Explore basic art principles that can be applied to making your own dynamic and creative designs. Camp will involve a range of 3D media.

ART in NATURE — June 27–30
Grades K–4
Inspired by Nature! Get up close and personal with the life of a plant. We’ll dream up amazing art works using seeds, leaves and petals as we become scientists studying the natural world. Expect a lot of creative creations with this camp!

Club vet — July 11–15
Grades 3–5
Attention all future veterinarians! Do you love caring for animals? Want to learn what vets do? Come join us as we explore what veterinarians do and and the ways they help care for animals. Hear from a local vet, participate in lab testing, explore parasites and more. 

COOL Critters and Crawlies — July 11–15
Grades K–2

Hakuna Matata is the theme for this camp as we explore the awesome world of bugs from butterflies to beetles, spiders to wasps and insects in between. (Formerly Creepy Crawlies)

CRAZY CHEMISTRY — June 13–16 and JUNE 20–24
Grades K–2 — June 13–16 and June 20–24
Grades 3–5 — July 11–July 14

Chemistry is fun! Major chemistry concepts underlie every hands-on experience in this camp designed for budding chemists and curious kids alike. Do you like to mix things together and watch what happens? We will explore how different substances reach to each other; some will "explode," others will connect, while others will grow into crystals. Ever wonder how dry ice and liquid nitrogent react to normal room temperature? Come to camp to find out! Parents: this camp provides a good base for Crazy Chemistry 3–5.

Crazy chemistry — July 11–14
Grades 3–5 — July 11–14

Solids, liquids, and gasses — oh my! Polymers, pH and density — no lie. Come explore chemistry like never before with hands-on, exciting experiments and activities designed to satisfy both blooming and budding scientists. Who doesn't like liquid nitrogen, dry ice, alka seltzer rockets, flubber and so much more? 

CSI — July 25–28

Grades 3–5

How do modern-day detectives put the pieces of evidence together to solve crime? Find out the tricks and high-tech gadgets used as you solve an all-new crime. Topics covered include fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood typing and more!

dive into dissection — July 11–July 14
Grades 3–6 

Have you ever wondered what’s on the inside of animals? Join us to discover animals from the inside out. Apply dissection techniques to cow eye, sheep brain, fish and rat.

Doing science with disney — July 25–29
Grades K–2

Come explore science in the lands created by Disney. Heroes, villains and sidekicks alike will be our focus as we learn about all the special ways they use gems, energy and structures within their magical kingdoms.

EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS BASIC — June 20–24
Grades 3–5

Welcome to the exciting world of Lego Robotics, EV3 style. Get an introduction to machines, robot construction, programming and teamwork as your group builds robots and completes challenges.

EV3 LEGO Mindstorms intermediate — july 11–July 15
Grades 4–8

Loved EV3 Basics Camp? Come get new programming challenges to face, sensors to explore and new robots to build with our intermediate camp! For those with some mindstorms programming experience. 

Exploring ecosystems — June 13–16
Grades 3–6

Step outside to explore local ecosystems! Whether it’s in the woods or water, there are critters everywhere that interact with their environment. You will get to collect, observe and identify organisms and measure abiotic factors to understand how they all interact to form an ecosystem.

Exploring Energy: A MAKE and Take Camp — July 18–21
Grades 3–5
Energy is all around us — and this camp will prove it like never before. Students will use common household or hardware items to study and create mini-projects that can be taken home for keeps! Science concepts that my be explore include sounds and light waves, color and optics, electricity and magnets, winds and solar power, heat and temperature.

Geo camp: Michigan's mysterious history  — July 18–22
Grades 3–5
The secrets of Michigan's history lie right beneath your feet! Come discover whether or not Michigan's past was filled with volcanoes, mountains, glaciers or oceans. Using field trips, lab equipment and lots of rocks, we'll uncover Michigan's mysteries from thousands of years ago.

Movie Making 1.0— June 13–16
Grades 4–8

Explore the world of digital video communication through the creativity and technology of movie making. You’ll use digital video cameras, editing software and Mac computers to make your own documentary movie.

PRE-HISTORIC PLANET — July 11–14

Grades K–2
Discover the world of dinosaurs as we learn the types, where they lived and what they ate. Explore rock formations, volcanoes, bones and fossils.

Roller Coaster Science — June 13–17
Grades 3–5
Roller Coaster science will bring out creativity in everyone as campers will explore how to build ramps, runs and machines as well as how to make small adjustments and problem solve. Each project lets campers explore a specific scientific concept that will impact the coasters they build.

Science of art — July 18–22
Grades 3–5
Did you know scientific discoveries made new colors, materials and designs possible for artists? Explore the awesome world of art as you create your own masterpieces and learn the science of painting, ceramics, printing, photography and sculpture.

Science of Harry Potter — June 21–25 and July 26–30

Grades 2–4: July 25–29
Grades 3–5: June 13–17
Upon arrival Monday, you’ll be “sorted” into houses and whisked away to the magical world of science — Harry Potter style. Perform experiments that illuminate the “science” from the Goblet of Fire to the Deathly Hallows.

SUPER SCIENCE SAMPLER — June 13–17 and June 27–30
Grades K–2
Looking for a mix? This camp will have different themes each day from our K–2 camps… Club Vet, Cool Critters and Crawlies, Prehistoric Planet, Pirates Cove and others.

SUPERHERO SCIENCE — July 18–21
Grades K–2
Come to Superhero Science to discover the facts behind superpowers! We’ll cover everything from Iron Man’s flight skills and the biology of Hulk to Wolverine’s incredible senses and Thor’s knowledge of the universe. Who knows… you might become a superhero yourself!

TINKER ENGINEERs — June 20–23 and July 25–28
Grades K–2
Calling all tinkerers! Want to see what you can make from from your imagination? Come learn how to make simple machines and create your own contraptions to make stories come to life.

TYKES LEGO — June 27–July 1 and July 18–22
Grades K–2
Get ready to build awesome Lego structures as you are introduced to the science of simple machines, the mechanics of motion and the control of forces. Who doesn't love LEGOS? 

UKE CAN DO IT! SESSION 1 — June 13-16
Grades 2–8
This week-long camp will be a first experience in ukelele playing (an instrument for life-long music making!) Students will strum their way through the week learning basic chords, notes, and as many songs as they can. The week will end with a short recital to celebrate all we have learned. Bound to be one of your child's favorite weeks of summer. (No need to purchase a ukelele to participate. Ukeleles will be provided for registered campers during camp). Students entering grades 2-8 who attend Uke 1 are then welcome to attend Uke 2! 

Uke Can Do It! Session 2 — July 11-15
Grades 5–8
This week long camp will be a continued experience in ukulele playing. Students who are enrolled must have taken Session 1 either this summer or the summer before. Students will strum their way through the week continuing to learn new chords and new songs! The week will end with a short recital to celebrate all we have learned. Bound to be one of your child's favorite weeks of the summer! (No need to purchase a ukulele to participate. Ukuleles will be provided for registered campers to use during camp.) Students in grades 2–5 who attend Uke 1 may register for Uke 2!

Videogame making with scratch — June 20–23
Grades 3–5
Program your own stories, artwork, animation and more with this simple computer program, Scratch. Explore the possibilities of computer science with this web-based platform then continue your creations at home after camp.

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

ART AND DESIGN — July 25–29
Grades 4–8

Love to create new costumes, art projects and sculptures? Explore basic art principles that can be applied to making your own dynamic and creative designs. Camp will involve a range of 3D media.

CLASSIC CARTOONING: A GOOGENIUS CAMP — JUly 18–22
Grades 2–10
Learn the basics of cartoon strip and panel development. Create characters, add expressions and learn inking techniques. A treasury will be assembled at the end of the class. Returnees will be challenged.

Crazy Chemistry — July 25–29
Grade 6–8
Calling all chemists! Come explore elements, chemical and physical properties, solutions, polymers, states of matter and more in this week-long immersion in all things chemistry. Who doesn't love liquid nitrogen, dry ice and exploding hydrogen balloons? 

Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels: A GooGenius Camp — July 18–21
Grades 4–12

Hone your graphic story-telling skills and create a collective graphic novel. Comic book, manga and basic graphic novel illustrations highlighted. Returnees welcome for more advanced exercises and a final project.

DIVE DEEPER into Dissection — June 27–July 1
Grades 7–10

Hone your future skills as a surgeon! Explore deeper and advance your dissection skills through comparative anatomy of animals from different classes with and without backbones! You will apply your dissection skills to squid, fish, frog, pigeon and fetal pig.

Exploring Ecosystems — June 13–16
Grades 3–6
Step outside to explore local ecosystems! Whether it’s in the woods or water, there are critters everywhere that interact with their environment. You will get to collect, observe and identify organisms and measure abiotic factors to understand how they all interact to form an ecosystem.

EV3 Lego Mindstorms – INTERMEDIATE  — July 11–15 

Grades 4–8
Loved EV3 Basics Camp? Come get new programming challenges to face, sensors to explore and new robots to build with our intermediate camp! For those with some Mindstorms programming experience.

EV3 Lego Mindstorms Challenge — July 18–22
Grades 7–12
We know you still love your LEGOs and Mindstorms. Middle and high school students still get to join the fun of Mindstorms program and build challenges based on FIRST Lego League prior competitions. Come show us what you can do.
**Camp intended for students with prior Mindstorms experience.

INVENTING IN 3D — June 13–17
Grades 6–12
Bring your creations to life with online drafting and 3D printing. Come explore this cutting edge technology along with developing skills in mechanical drawing, material testing and engineering design.

MOVIE MAKING 1.0 — JUne 13–16
Grades 4–8 
Explore the world of digital video communication through the creativity and technology of movie making. You’ll use digital video cameras, editing software and Mac computers to make your own documentary movie.

Movie Making 2.0 — July 25–28
Grades 6–9
Get ready for cinema cameras, boom mics and real experience of a serious film production. This camp will upgrade your creativity and skills, and help you produce a documentary movie at a higher level.

NEUROSCIENCEJune 20–23
Grades 8–12
Explore the power of the brain! Have you ever wanted to record your own brain activity or dissect a real brain? Have you ever been curious about how our brain controls our movements or how our senses work? If so, this is the camp for you! Come explore these topics and many more as we unpack the power of our minds!

Science olympiad – crime buster skills — July 25–29
Grades 6–9
Come to the camp to learn critical skills to help you be successful in the Science Olympiad Crime Busters event or if you just like solving mysteries in a fun and engaging way. Specific areas of focus will be (1) qualitative analysis of powders, non-powdered metals and liquids, (2) paper chromatography, (3) polymer testing identification of hair, fiber and recyclable plastics and (4) crime scene physical evidence — fingerprinting. 

TAKING COMMAND OF CIRCUITS — June 27–30
Grades 5–9
Electronics are all around us — be part of creating them! Practice the logic of programming, explore how your favorite technologies use information, and build your own electronic circuits.

UKE CAN DO IT! SESSION 1 — JUne 13-16
Grades 2–8
This week long camp will be a first experience in ukulele playing (an instrument for lifelong music-making)​! Students will strum their way through the week learning basic chords, notes and as many songs as they can. The week will end with a short recital to celebrate all we have learned. Bound to be one of your child's favorite weeks of the summer! (No need to purchase a ukulele to participate. Ukuleles will be provided for registered campers to use during camp.)​ Students entering grades 2–8 who attend Uke 1 are then welcome to attend Uke 2!
Grades 6–9 
What’s behind those websites and games you love? Pull back the curtain on technology and learn to program your own websites and animations. Camp uses free software that can be continued to be used at home after camp! No experience necessary.

Wonders of the Watershed — July 11–15
Grades 6–8
Water is vital to all life! That life depends on the quality of that water. In this camp, you will get to work beside Hope College students to sample water from a local river, run chemical and biological tests and use the results to determine its quality and ability to support life. 

High School (Grades 9–12)

CLASSIC CARTOONING: A GOOGENIUS CAMP — JUly 18–22
Grades 2–10
Learn the basics of cartoon strip and panel development. Create characters, add expressions and learn inking techniques. A treasury will be assembled at the end of the class. Returnees will be challenged.

Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels: A GooGenius Camp — July 18–21
Grades 4–12

Hone your graphic story-telling skills and create a collective graphic novel. Comic book, manga and basic graphic novel illustrations highlighted. Returnees welcome for more advanced exercises and a final project.

DIVE DEEPER into Dissestion — June 27–July 1
Grades 7–10

Hone your future skills as a surgeon! Explore deeper and advance your dissection skills through comparative anatomy of animals from different classes with and without backbones! You will apply you dissection skills to a squid, fish, frog, pigeon and fetal pig.

EV3 Lego Mindstorms Challenge — July  18–22
Grades 7–12
We know you still love your LEGOs and Mindstorms. Middle and high school students still get to join the fun of Mindstorms program and build challenges based on FIRST Lego League prior competitions. Come show us what you can do.
**Camp intended for students with prior Mindstorms experience.

INVENTING IN 3D — June 13–17
Grades 6–12 
Bring your creations to life with online drafting and 3D printing. Come explore this cutting-edge technology along with developing skills in mechanical drawing, material testing and engineering design.

Movie Making 2.0 — July 25–28
Grades 6–9
Get ready for cinema cameras, boom mics and real experience of a serious film production. This camp will upgrade your creativity and skills, and help you produce a documentary movie at a higher level.

NEUROSCIENCEJune 20–23
Grades 8–12
Explore the power of the brain! Have you ever wanted to record your own brain activity or dissect a real brain? Have you ever been curious about how our brain controls our movements or how our senses work? If so, this is the camp for you! Come explore these topics and many more as we unpack the power of our minds!

Nursing Health Professions and Human Performance — June 13–17 (Full Day)
Grades 9–12
Explore the exciting range of careers in health care and participate in many of the skills required to be successful in nursing, health care and the development/improvement of human performance. Hands-on daily experiences will be split between nursing and kinesiology department labs. Focusing on human anatomy, nursing skills, athletic training, strength and conditioning, performance psychology and exercise physiology.

PYTHON AND RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING — June 20–24
Grades 8–12
Get started on your own Raspberry Pi projects. Learn Python programming and the basic logic of the Raspberry Pi microcontroller to control a range of devices. Cost includes your own Raspberry Pi and circuitry components.

Research Experience — Photovoltaic  fabrication— June 20–24 (full day)
Grades 10–12 
Participants will experience the laboratory theory and techniques to fabriate their own simple dye-sensitized solar cell. The campers will explore photvoltaic energy and electronics through the use of pre-made silicon mini-modules, storage batteries and other electronic components. The hands-on nature of the experiments will provide participants an up close look at photovoltaics and their operation. Outside of lab work, students will also participate in journal article reading and discussion, testing protocol development and preparing a research poster showing their work. 
**Campers must have completed a year of high school to apply.

TAKING COMMAND OF CIRCUITS — June 27–June 30
Grades 6–9
Electronics are all around us — be part of creating them! Practice the logic of programming, explore how your favorite technologies use information, and build your own electronic circuits.

WATERSHED RESTORATION — June 27–July 1 (Full Day)
Grades 9–12
Here in Michigan, we are fortunate to be surrounded by water. Let’s fight to protect that water! The focus of this camp is on water restoration. Campers will work alongside Hope College students to collect and analyze water from a local river to determine the water quality and produce a remediation plan to be reviewed by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.

WEBSITES AND ANIMATION — July 18–21 
Grades 6–9 
What’s behind those websites and games you love? Pull back the curtain on technology and learn to program your own websites and animations. Camp uses free software that can be continued to be used at home after camp! No experience necessary.

Additional Information

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISION

Lunchtime supervision is available for campers enrolled in a morning and afternoon camp during the same week. Available Monday through Thursday, $40/week. Sign up when you register. All campers, regardless of age, staying on campus during lunchtime must register for safety concerns.

Lunch is not provided. Due to allergies, please do not send items containing peanut products with your camper.

FINANCIAL AID
A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for campers. Determination usually made based on free and reduced school lunch. Indicate on your registration or contact sciencecamp@hope.edu for more information.
MEDICAL AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Please inform us of all medical and special needs for your child. We aim to create a welcome environment for all. However, we are not staffed for one-on-one assistance for students. Please indicate on your registration and we will contact you for further information.
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Science camps are self-funded through tuition and grants. Support us with a donation to our scholarship fund. 100% of donations go to campers in need.

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