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Science Camps

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.


2019 Schedule

  Morning
(Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon)
Afternoon
(Monday–Thursday, 1–4:30pm)
June 10–14 Tykes Lego (K–2)
Fantastic Flight (3–5)
CSI (5–7)
Python and Raspberry Pi (8–12)
Crazy Chemistry (K–2)
Science of Harry Potter (3–5)
Exploring Ecosystems (3–8)
Inventing in 3D (7–12)
June 17–21 Super Science Sampler (K–2)
Little Bits Electronics (3–5)
Club Vet (3–5)
Experimental Design (10–12 (all day))
Club Safari (K–2)
Awesome Animal Anatomy (3–5)
Movie Making (4–8)
June 24–28 Prehistoric Planet (K–2)
Crazy Chemistry (3–5)
EV3 Lego Mindstorms Basics (3–5)
Art and Design (4–8(all day))
Classic Cartooning (2–8)
Tinker Engineers (K–2)
Science of Star Wars (3–5)
Nursing and Health Professions (7–12)
Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (4–10)
July 8–12 Pirates Cove (K–2)
Science of Art (3–5)
EV3 Mindstorms — Intermediate (4–6)
Movie Making 2.0 (6–9 (all day))
Cool Critters and Crawlies (K–2)
Tinker Engineers (K-2)
Cooking Chemistry (4-6)
Ukelele 1 (2–5)
July 15–19 Doing Science with Disney (K–2)
Science of Star Wars (3–5)
Art 2D/3D (3–5)
EV3 Challenge (6–12)

Hammer Time (K–2)
CSI (3–5)
EnviroCaching (4–8)
Crazy Chemistry (6-8)
Inventing in 3D (6–12)
Ukelele 2 (5–8)

July 22–26 Tykes Lego (K–2)
Science of Harry Potter (2-4)
Videogame Making with Scratch (3–5)
Programming and Circuitry (6–9)
Super Hero Science (K–2)
Exploring Energy (3–5)
Awesome Animal Anatomy (6–8)
Everest Trek (5–8)

Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

Grade levels vary by camp. Please read carefully to make sure your student(s) is appropriately placed.

Elementary (Kindergarten–Grade 5)
Art 2D/3D — July 15–19

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 — June 24–28 (All day)

Grades 4–6
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.

Awesome Animal Anatomy — June 17–20

Grades 3–5
Discover animals from the inside out. Apply dissection techniques to a wide variety of organisms and their parts. (Formerly Disgusting Dissection)

CLASSIC CARTOONING: A GOOGENIUS CAMP — June 24–28

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.

CLUB SAFARI — June 17–20

Grades K–2
Explore the awesome world of animals as we expand our study of our furry, feathered and scaled friends across the globe (think Lion King or Madagascar). If you’ve wanted to be a safari guide, vet, zookeeper or start your own pet business… this is the camp for you!

CLUB Vet — June 17–21

Grades 3–5
Explore the exciting world of animal care. If you want to own a pet, be a vet or work/volunteer in a pet-related job, then definitely come learn how different kinds of vets care for animals big, small and exotic.

COOL Critters and Crawlies — July 8–11

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)

Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels: A GooGenius Camp — June 24–27

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.

Cooking Chemistry — July 8–11

Grades 4–6
Campers will learn about the scientific reasoning behind the processes that happen while in the kitchen. They will find out what is in their food, how food changes and other interesting properties. Come join for a delicious adventure exploring the science behind what we eat! (Please indicate all allergies during the registration process)

CRAZY CHEMISTRY — JUNE 10–13 and June 24–28

Grades K–2 — June 10–13
Grades 3–5 — June 24–28

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? (Activities appropriate to the age group)

CSI — June 10–14 and July 15–18

Grades 3–5 — July 15–18
Grades 5–7 — June 10–14

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!

New! Doing science with disney — July 15–19

Grades K–2
Come explore science in the lands created by Disney. Heroes, villians and sidekicks alike will be our focus as we learn about all special ways they use gems, energy and structures within their magical kingdoms.

Envir-Caching — June 15–18

Grades 4–8
Like GeoCaching? Explore environmental science around you as you use geocaching techniques to find your daily outdoor adventure.

EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS BASIC — June 25–29

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 programming — july 8–12

Grades 4–7
Loved EV3 Basics Camp and want to learn more EV3 Mindstorms programming? Then this camp will give you new programming challenges to face, sensors to explore and robots to build. For those with some Mindstorms programming experience.

New! Everest trek — July 22–25

Grades 5–8
You’ve been stranded on Mt. Everest!! Can you save yourself? Explore hands-on design activities and survival challenges as you travel on your Everest Trek!

Exploring ecosystems — June 10–13

Grades 3–8
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 22–25

Grades 3–5
Students 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.

FANTASTIC FLIGHT — JUNE 10–14

Grades 3–5
Master the forces of flight as you discover the secrets of rockets, flying animals, hot air balloons, airplanes, helicopters and launch your own A8 engine rocket.

HAMMER TIME — July 15–18

Grades K–2
Grab your hard hats and strap on your tool belts as we discover the science behind tools, materials and machinery. Let's get excited about the world of construction.

KINDERCHOIR — July 9–13

Grades K–2
A Kinderchoir experience for children entering K–2nd grade. An introduction to choral music through Music Mind Games, vocal development and age-appropriate rehearsal skills.

Little Bits — June 17–21

Grades 3–5
Blink the light, run the motor, play the music – you are in control with these electronics that let you invent and create your own ideas. Learn the basics of electronics while making your own ideas happen. *Note: Due to the cost of materials, not all creations will be taken home.

Movie Making — June 17–20

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 movie.

PIRATES COVE — July 9–13
Grades K–2
Explore the awesome world under the sea. Learn about the marine creatures that make their homes beneath the surface. See how they live, “breathe,” eat, survive and find some treasure too.
PRE-HISTORIC PLANET — June 25–29
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.
Science of art — July 8–12

Grades 3–5
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 10–13 and July 22–26

Grades 2–4  — July 22–26
Grades 3–5 — June 10–13

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.

Science of Star Wars — June 24–27 and July 15–19

Grades 3–5
The Force is calling you to travel galaxies a long time ago and far, far away. We will explore force shields, photons, creatures, droids and life forces. Build your own hovercraft and more as you join forces during our weeklong Jedi training.

SUPER SCIENCE SAMPLER — June 18–22
Grades K–2
Looking for a mix? This camp will have different themes each day from our K–2 camps… Club Vet, Creepy Crawlies, Prehistoric Planet and Pirates Cove.
SUPERHERO SCIENCE — July 23–26
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 ENGINEERING — June 25–29 and July 8–11
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 11–15 and July 23–27
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.
UKE CAN DO IT! SESSION 1 — July 9–13

Grades 2–5
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.)​

Uke Can Do It! Session  2 — July 15–18

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 (2018). 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.)

Videogame making with scratch — July 22–26

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 — JUNE 24–28 (ALL DAY)

Grades 4–6
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.

Awesome Animal Anatomy — July 22–25

Grades 6–8
Explore deeper and advance your dissection skills through comparative anatomy of animals from different classes (think reptile, mammal, etc..) with and without backbones! (Formerly Disgusting Dissection)

CLASSIC CARTOONING: A GOOGENIUS CAMP —  June 24–28
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 & GRAPHIC NOVELS: A GOOGENIUS CAMP — June 24–27

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.

Cooking Chemistry — July 8–11

Grades 4–6
Campers will learn about the scientific reasoning behind the processes that happen while in the kitchen. They will find out what is in their food, how food changes and other interesting properties. Come join for a delicious adventure exploring the science behind what we eat! (Please indicate all allergies during the registration process)

CRAZY CHEMISTRY — July 15–18

Grades 6–8
Calling all chemists!! Come explore elements, chemical and physical properties, solutions, polymers, states of matter and more in this weeklong immersion in all things chemistry. Who doesn’t love liquid nitrogen, dry ice and hydrogen balloons?

CSI —  July 10–14

Grades 5–7
How do modern day detectives put the pieces of crime scene puzzles together? 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!

ENVIR-CACHING — JUNE 15–18

Grades 4–8
Like GeoCaching? Explore environmental science around you as you use geocaching techniques to find your daily outdoor adventure.

 EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS CHALLENGE — July 15–19
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.
EV3 Lego Mindstorms PROGRAMMING — July 8–12

Grades 4–6
Loved Lego 1 camps and want to learn more EV3 Mindstorms programming? Then this camp will give you new programming challenges to face and new robots to build. For those who some Mindstorms programming experience.

New! Everest trek — July 22–25

Grades 5-8
You’ve been stranded on Mt. Everest!! Can you save yourself? Explore hands-on design activities and survival challenges as you travel on your Everest Trek!

EXPLORING ECOSYSTEMS — June 10–13
Grades 3–8
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.
INVENTING IN 3D — June 10–13 and July 15–18

Grades 7–12
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 — JUNE 17–20

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 movie.

MOVIE MAKING 2.0 — July 8–11 (all Day)
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 movie at a higher level.
NUrsING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS — June 24–27
Grades 7–12
Explore the exciting range of health professions and the skills needed to be successful in nursing and health care. Hands-on daily experiences provided in conjunction with Hope nursing students in our newly renovated skills lab.
PROGRAMMING AND CIRCUITS — July 22–26
Grades 6–8
Electronics are all around us — be part of creating them! Practice the logic of programming, explore how your favorite technologies work and build your own electronic circuits.
PYTHON AND RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING — June 10–14
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.
UKE CAN DO IT! SESSION 2 — July 15–18
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 (2018). 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.)
High School (Grades 9–12)
CLASSIC CARTOONING – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — June 24–28
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 & GRAPHIC NOVELS: A GOOGENIUS CAMP — June 24–27
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.
EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS CHALLENGE — July 15–19
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.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN — June 17–21 (All Day)
Grades 10–12 only
Step into the world of research labs and high-tech investigations. Learn first-hand research techniques, lab protocols and data analysis. Focusing on biofuel development, students will explore how new fuels are developed, visit an active agricultural research station and perform their own experiments. Camp is aimed for high school students interested in engineering and science careers and hoping to learn how cutting-edge research is performed at the college level. Presented in partnership with materials from the MSU Extension program. Campers must have completed a year of high school to apply.
INVENTING IN 3D — june 10–13 and July 15–18

Grades 7–12
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 8–11 (ALL DAY)

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 movie at a higher level.

PYTHON AND RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING — June 10–14
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.

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.
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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