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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.

Welcome to our
 2018 Summer Camp Season!

Camps run June 11–29 and July 9–27.
Camps for all ages K–12 in science, engineering, art and music.
Register for grade entering in Fall 2018. Camp descriptions follow the schedule. Lunchtime supervision available.

Register for camps today!

Schedule

  Morning
(Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon)
Afternoon
(Monday–Thursday, 1–4:30pm)
June 11–15 Tykes Lego (K–2)
Space and Flight (3–5)
CSI (5–7)
Python and Raspberry Pi (8–12)
Crazy Chemistry (K–2)
Harry Potter (3–5)
Exploring Ecosystems (3–5)
Inventing in 3D (6–12)
June 18–22 Super Science Sampler (K–2)
Little Bits Electronics (3–5)
Club Vet (3–5)
Experimental Design (10–12 (all day))
Club Safari (K–2)
Disgusting Dissection (3–5)
Movie Making (4–8)
June 25–29 Prehistoric Planet (K–2)
Crazy Chemistry (3–5)
EV3 Lego Mindstorms Basics (3–5)
Exploring Ecosystems (6–8)
Classic Cartooning (2–8)
Tinker Engineers (K–2)
Science of Star Wars (3–5)
Art and Design (3–5)
Nursing and Health Professions (6–8)
Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (4–10)
July 9–13 Pirates Cove (K–2)
Science of Art (3–5)
EV3 Mindstorms — Intermediate (3–6)
Movie Making 2.0 (6–9 (all day))
Kinder Choir (K-2)
Hammer Time (K–2)
Cooking and Food Science (3–5)
Spy Club (3–5)
Ukelele 1 (2–5)
July 16–20 Princess Science (K–2)
Science of Star Wars (3–5)
Art 2D/3D (3–5)
EV3 Challenge (6–12)
Early Childhood Music (ages 0–5)
Creepy Crawlies (K–2)
CSI (3–5)
Crazy Chemistry (6–8)
Inventing in 3D (6–12)
Ukelele 2 (5–8)
July 23–27 Tykes Lego (K–2)
Harry Potter (3–5)
Scratch Programming (3–5)
Programming and Circuitry (6–9)
Super Hero Science (K–2)
Exploring Energy (3–5)
Disgusting Dissection (6–8)
Videogame Making with Scratch (6–8)

Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

AGES 0-5
Early Childhood Music (July 16–20) 9–10 a.m.
Did you know that babies start learning music as soon as they are born? They start hearing musical sounds and internalize them until they feel comfortable enough to make their own sound — similar to the way they learn language. Come foster your child's music making this summer with a week-long musical experience for parent and child. We will sing, chant and move together all while using engaging props and manipulatives. This session will be offered to babies and todlers ages 0–5.
GRADES K–2
CLUB SAFARI — Grades K–2 (June 18–21)
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!
CLASSIC CARTOONING – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — Grades 2–10 (June 25–29)
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 — GRADES K–2 (JUNE 11–15)
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? 
CREEPY CRAWLIES — Grades K–2 (July 16–19)
Hakuna Matata is the theme for this camp as we explore the awesome world of bugs from butterflies to beetles, spiders to wasps and things in between.
EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS BASIC — Grades 2–5 (June 25–29)
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.
HAMMER TIME — Grades K–2 (July 9–13)
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 — Grades K–2 (July 9–13)
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.
PIRATES COVE — Grades K–2 (July 9–13)
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 — Grades K–2 (June 25–29)
Discover the world of dinosaurs as we learn the types, where they lived and what they ate. Explore rock formations, volcanoes, bones and fossils.
PRINCESS SCIENCE — Grades K–2 (July 16–20)
Being a princess is not all tiaras and glittery gowns. It takes a lot to run a kingdom. Come explore the world of gems, color spectrums, flight and fashion through the eyes of science.
SUPER SCIENCE SAMPLER — Grades K–2 (June 18–22)
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 — Grades K–2 (July 23–26)
Come to Superhero Science to discover the facts behind superpowers! We’ll cover everything from Iron Man’s flight skills to 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 — Grades K–2 (June 25–29)
Calling all tinkerers!  Want to see what you can make from lost things? Come learn how to make simple machines then create your own contraptions to make stories come to life.
TYKES LEGO — Grades K–2 (June 11–15) and (July 23–27)
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 — Grades 2–5 (July 9–13)
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.)​
GRADES 3–5
ART 2D & 3D II  (gr 3–5 (July 16–20)
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 (gr. 3–5 (June 25–28)
Love to create new costumes, art projects and sculptures? Explore basic art principles can be applied to making your own dynamic, creative designs. Camp will involve a range of 3D media.
CLASSIC CARTOONING – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — Grades 2–10 (June 25–29)
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 VET — Grades 3–5 (June 18–22)
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!
COMICS, MANGA & GRAPHIC NOVELS – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — Grades 4–12 (June 25–29)
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.
CRAZY CHEMISTRY — Grades 3–5 (June 25-29)
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 — Grades 4–6 (July 16–19)
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!

DISGUSTING DISSECTION — Grades 3–5 (June 18–21)
Discover animals from the inside out. Apply dissection techniques to organisms such as earthworms, crayfish, cow eyes, sheep heart & brain and finally rats.  
EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS BASIC — Grades 2–5 (June 25–29)
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 PROGRAMMING — Grades 3–6 (July 9–13)
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! EXPLORING ECOSYSTEMS — Grades 3–5 (June 11–15)
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: MAKE AND TAKE CAMP — Grades 3–5 (July 23–26)
In this camp, 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.
HARRY POTTER – SCIENCE or MAGIC? — Grades 3–5 (June 11–15) and (July 23–27)
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.
KITCHEN CHEMISTRY- LET’S COOK — Grades 3–5 (July 9–12)
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!)
LITTLE BITS — Grades 3–5 (June 18–22)
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 — Grades 3–5 (June 18–22)
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.
SCIENCE OF ART — Grades 3–5 (July 9–13)
Explore the awesome world of art as you create your own masterpieces and learn the science of painting, ceramics, printing, photography and sculpture.
SCRATCH PROGRAMMING — Grades 3–5 (July 23–27)
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.
SPACE AND FLIGHT — Grades 3–5 (June 11–15 (June 11–15)
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.
SPY CLUB (gr3–5 (July 9–13)
Get ready to explore what it takes to be a Secret Agent and learn the science of undercover intelligence. Basic training covers the theory and practice of surveillance, night-vision, stealth, perception/awareness, coding, self-defense and critical thinking.
STAR WARS CONTINUES — Grades 3–5 (June 25–28) and (July 16–20)
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.
UKE CAN DO IT! SESSION 1 — Grades 2–5 (July 9–13)
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 — Grades 5–8 (July 16–19)
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 (2016). 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.)
GRADES 6–8
CRAZY CHEMISTRY — Grades 6–8 (July 16–19)
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? Middle school students get to have their own age-appropriate Crazy Chemistry fun!
CLASSIC CARTOONING – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — Grades 2–10 (June 25–29)
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 — Grades 4–12 (June 25–29)
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.
CSI — Grades 4–6 (July 16–20)
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!
DISGUSTING DISSECTION 2.0 — Grades 6–8 (July 23–27)
Explore deeper and advance your dissection skills through comparative anatomy of squid, fish, lizard, frogs and fetal pig.
EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS CHALLENGE — Grades 7–12 (July 16–20)
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.
EV3 PROGRAMMING — Grades 3–6 (July 9–13)
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! EXPLORING ECOSYSTEMS — Grades 6–8 (June 11–15)
Step outside to explore local ecosystems! Deepen your understanding of terrestrial (on land) and aquatic (in water) ecosystems using scientific tools and applying scientific methods to collect abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) data.
INVENTING IN 3D — Grades 6–12 (June 11–14) and (July 16–20)
Bring your creations to life with Google Sketch Up and 3D printing. Come explore this cutting edge technology and skills in mechanical drawaing, patenting, and what it takes to bring your inventions to life.
MOVIE MAKING 2.0 — Grades 6–8 (July 9–13, all day)
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 — Grades 6–8 (June 25–29)
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 — Grades 6–8 (July 23–27)
Electronics are all around us – be part of creating them! Program your own website, explore how your favorite technologies work, and build your own electronic circuits.
PYTHON AND RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING — Grades 8–12 (June 11–15)
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 — Grades 5–8 (July 16–19)
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 (2016). 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 — Grades 6–8 (July 23–27)
Learn to design and modify your own exciting arcade-style games... control characters, objects and outcomes as you increase the difficulty level and add features.
GRADES 9–12
CLASSIC CARTOONING – A GOOGENIUS CAMP — Grades 2–10 (June 25–29)
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 — Grades 4–12 (June 25–29)
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 — Grades 7–12 (July 16–20)
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.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (FOR THOSE ENTERING GRADES 10–12 ONLY (June 18–22, all day)
Step into the world of research labs and high-tech investigations. Learn first-hand research techniques, lab protocols and data analysis. Focusing on arduino microcontrollers and basic electronics devices, you will develop your own design challenge, research existing technologies, build, and test prototypes. Camp is aimed for higher level high school students interested in engineering and science careers and hoping to learn how cutting-edge research is performed at the college level.
INVENTING IN 3D — Grades 6–12 (june 11–14) and (July 16–20)
Bring your creations to life with Google Sketch Up and 3D printing. Come explore this cutting edge technology and skills in mechanical drawaing, patenting, and what it takes to bring your inventions to life.
PYTHON AND RASPBERRY PI PROGRAMMING — Grades 8–12 (June 11–15)
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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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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2017 ExploreHope Summer Staff