Summer Science Camps started 20 years ago with Tod Gugino’s dream of sharing the love for science. Today, ExploreHope provides over 50 fun-filled educational camps for grades K–12.
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Summer Science 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 2020.
- Middle School (Grades 6–8)
Animal Aids — Explore Bioengineering
Prosthetics, camo suits, biodegradable plastics — all developed from amazing animal adaptations. Use those adaptations to design mechanical beaks, legs and other assistive devices. Campers examine the engineering design process as they explore what it means to invent something of their own creation.
Calling all chemists! Come spend time with us in a college chemistry lab to explore elements, chemical and physical properties, solutions, polymers, states of matter (liquid nitrogen, dry ice and hydrogen balloons!) and more in this week-long immersion in all things chemistry!
An opportunity for campers interested in participating in the Science Olympiad Crime Busters event to practice some of the vital skills they will need to be successful. This camp is open to any camper interested in forensic science. The skills we will be focusing on are paper chromatography, power identification, fingerprint identification and polymer identification (plastics, fibers and hair). Other topics may be added based on interest, time and material availability.
Investigate and compare ecosystems on the Hope College campus and natural areas within walking distance. Campers will collect samples and analyze both abiotic and biotic data to understand water quality. Campers will also investigate the biodiversity of different terrestrial ecosystems and come to understand its importance to the environment and humankind.
Campers will use common household or hardware items to study and create mini-projects that can be taken home for keeps! Science concepts that may be explored include sound and light waves, colors and optics, electricity and magnets, wind and solar power, heat and temperature.
- High School (Grades 9–12)
Raspberry PI and python programming
Get started on your own Raspberry Pi projects. Explore the fun ways programming is used in electronics controls, application development and machine learning. For those with prior programming experience, apply your knowledge and build your skills to apply programming in ways we use every day. If you took a programming class in high school, come check out the next step! Students will assemble and take home a Raspberry Pi kit.
Become familiar with many of the fossils required for the Science Olympiad Fossils event. Campers will see real examples and also come to understand many of the topics outlined in the rules for the event. This camp is open to any camper interested in fossils and Earth science.
Experimental DesignApply the scientific skills needed to be successful in the Science Olympiad event, Experimental Design. Campers are provided materials that spark a research question. Campers then work in a group of three to design, carry out and report the results of their experiment in order to answer the question. Tips and hints will be shared that will help you be successful in this event. Join us and get a head start on your preparation for this event.
Science olympiad headstartProviding students interested in Science Olympiad a chance to get a head start in preparing for the following events: Anatomy and Physiology, Designer Genes, Dynamic Planet, Ornithology and Water Quality. Students will be provided a binder, where applicable, help and advice for collecting useful resources and understanding difficult topics for any or all of the events listed. This work will save you valuable time during the school year.
Skills in Forensic ScienceAcquire confidence in performing some of the critical skills required to be successful in the Science Olympiad Forensics event. This camp is open to any camper interested in forensic science. The skills we will be focusing on are paper chromatography, power identification, fingerprint identification and polymer identification (plastics, fibers and hair). Other topics may be added based on interest, time and material availability.
- LUNCHTIME SUPERVISION
- Lunchtime supervision is available for campers enrolled in a morning and afternoon camp during the same week. Available Monday through Thursday, $5/day. Sign up when you register. All campers, regardless of age, staying on campus during lunchtime must register for safety concerns.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- SUPPORT US!
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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