Plugged In

2019 summer camp fun, by the numbers

Thursday, September 5, 2019
Posted by
Sarah Imholte


Science summer camps - jewelry maker
Jewelry Maker's Workshop


Science summer camps - solar power
Sunsational Solar Power Camp


Science summer camps - castles and catapults
Castles and Catapults Camp


Science summer camps - chemistry
Intro to Chemistry Camp


Science summer camps - blow it up
Blow It Up Camp


Science summer camps - marine biology
Calling All Marine Biologists Camp


Science summer camps - wizard school
Wizard School Camp


Science summer camps - archaeology
Camp Curie: A Science Camp for Girls


Science summer camps - marine biology
Calling All Marine Biologists Camp - Life-sized Whale Model


Science summer camps - carpentry
Intro to Carpentry Camp

The cooler weather provides a great opportunity to look back at a busy summer of science discovery here at the Science Museum!

The museum’s Summer Camp team worked together like a well-oiled machine, providing nearly 200 camps to thousands of kids over the twelve-week camp season. Many families tell us that Science Museum summer camp experiences are the highlight of their kids' summers. We love seeing kids return summer after summer to join us in our signature brand of fun, challenging, sometimes messy science fun.

Some fun facts from this year’s camp offerings:

  • We offered 77 different camp titles that addressed topics as diverse as veterinary science, coding and app-building, chemistry, carpentry, and catapults!
  • Science Museum camps and classes served kids as young as three, all the way up to teenagers.
  • Proceeds from the sale of summer camp t-shirts go towards scholarships for the following year’s camp season. This year, nearly 300 campers purchased shirts, giving us a solid foundation that will make Science Museum camps possible for dozens of deserving kids in 2020.
  • Summer camps get kids engaged in hands-on experimentation using real science tools  - and all sorts of crazy materials. This year’s camps used 310 pounds of dry ice (roughly equivalent to the weight of a gorilla!), about 120 market squids, more than 1500 batteries, 10,000 feet of pipe cleaners, more than $70,000 worth of equipment borrowed from the museum’s Lending Library for educators, and one life-sized whale model!
  • 2019 campers had the opportunity to see themselves in science by making connections with a dozen real-life scientists and STEM industry professionals – from a beekeeper to a video game designer.

Thank you to the families who shared their kids with us this summer – and to the wonderful staff who made those camps possible. See you in 2020!

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