Science Matters 2020
Camp-in and Tour


Thank you to all applicants that applied for the 2020 Flint Hills Resources Camp-In and Tour. Programming has now been awarded for the 2020 season. Please check back next October for your chance to apply next season!

With generous support from Flint Hills Resources, the Science Matters Program provides access to a range of science enrichment experiences for students both at their school and the Science Museum. If your school is selected your 4th and 5th grade students will attend the museum for an Overnight Camp-In, and on another date the museum will come to your school and provide assemblies for the whole school!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my school was NOT awarded FHR SM Camp In?

Thank you for applying to the Flint Hills Resources, Science Matters Program. Out of 52 applications 19 schools were awarded.

What happens if my school was awarded a FHR SM Camp In?

Congratulations! We are excited to see you! You will receive a registration form to fill out the details of your school for both the Camp In and Assembly portions. Our registration team will reach out with any additional questions. You will receive a confirmation by Friday, January 10.

What is included in an awarded FHR SM Camp In?

  • Admission to the general museum exhibit halls and Omnitheater
  • Explore Science Stations
  • A Science Live Theatre presentation
  • Pizza dinner buffet, late-night snack, and a continental breakfast the following morning
  • An overnight stay in selected Science Museum of Minnesota galleries
  • Busing to and from the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Assembly Programs for K-5th grade students at your school

When do awarded schools come to the Science Museum of Minnesota?

Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, and concludes at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.We will be in contact regarding the bussing pick up and drop offs from your specific school. Please contact or with questions or concerns.

Camp-In CoEd Policy

All Science Museum of Minnesota Camp-Ins are coed. We encourage parents and chaperones of any gender to attend with their children or charges. The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Camp-In Team is gender diverse. Therefore, all efforts will be made to provide appropriate accommodations, providing a fun and safe experience for all. If you have any questions concerning this policy contact


Part 1: Science Matters Camp-In

Fun and science combine naturally in a sleepover at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Your 4th and 5th grade students will explore and discover how science impacts their lives and the future. This year's theme is Digital Engineering. Throughout the museum, campers will be immersed in the world of digital design and engineering.

  • “Explore Science Stations” with access to all museum exhibits!
  • A Science Live Theatre production.
  • An Omnitheater film.
  • Complimentary bus transportation to and from the museum.
  • Pizza dinner, late night snack, and continental breakfast.

When signing up for Science Matters, you’ll be asked to select your preferred choice(s) of date(s) for the camp-in. The options for Camp-In 2020 include:

Science Matters Camp-In #1 February 20-21, 2020
Science Matters Camp-In #2 March 12-13, 2020
Science Matters Camp-In #3 March 26-27, 2020


Part 2: Science Matters Outreach Tour

No matter where you live in Minnesota, the museum will come to you! The second part of the Science Matters experience will have our outreach instructor come to your school to inspire and engage all of your students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. With bigger–than–life props and memorable, interactive science demonstrations! Below are the topics being offered this year:

Engineering K-2

What do sleds, glue and other everyday objects have in common? They are all technology and were designed by engineers. Student volunteers discover how technology solves different kinds of problems, and then test a technology to see how well it performs in different situations. They put the engineering design process into use by building a tower using an unexpected construction tool.

  • This assembly is designed for up to 150 students. If there are significantly more than 150 K-2 students at your school, we will perform additional programming to ensure students get the best experience possible.

Engineering 3-5

We live in a designed world — engineered solutions can be seen everywhere. From developing high speed trains to gloves that insulate from heat and cold, engineers are identifying needs, designing and testing solutions. Through engaging and interactive presentations, our presenters will explore what engineers do, what inspires them and why engineering is important.

  • This assembly is designed for up to 250 students. If there are significantly more than 150 K-2 students at your school, we will perform additional programming to ensure students get the best experience possible.

Science Matters Camp-In

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