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Summer Science Camps




 


From outer space to the wild blue yonder, Cool Science summer camps
at the Virginia Air & Space Center are hands-on fun!

These educational science camps inspire young minds to pursue careers in the sciences and offer them hands-on experiences and lots of new friends!

2014 Schedule

Grades K - 1 Grades 2-3 |  Grades 4-5 | Grades 6-8
(Grades entering Fall 2014)

Grades K - 1 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$175 non-members/$165 members (Grades entering Fall 2014)
**Must be age 5 by 0
7/31/14

** Each camp will include a "cool" science kit! **

Stage Struck I - June 16-20
Be stage struck when you take a hands-on look at the basics of theater!  Create your own mask and practice speaking in different voices to portray various characters. Construct puppets that look and act like you!   See how props can enhance a production and try your hand at “improv!” Learn how to conquer stage fright and then perform for your friends and family!

CSI:  Space Detective I - June 23 - 27
Travel to outer space and become a Sci-Fi Space Detective.  Discover the challenges investigators could face in collecting and analyzing evidence in space.  Work with your fellow space detectives to solve a new mystery every day! Learn to fingerprint and create your own CSI kit.

Cool Science I - June 30 – July 4
See how cool science can be each day when you take a new science adventure from Chemistry and Ecology to Meteorology and Zoology! Discover Dinosaurs, build volcanoes, see how things grow and color with food. Make a cloud mobile, and your own Elephant Toothpaste.

Aviation Adventure I - July 7-11
Take flight with this aviation adventure as you explore the fun of flight!  Discover the many ways man has attempted and succeeded in soaring through the air, from hot air balloons to the Wright Brothers’ First Flight.  Design your own kite.  Experiment with balloon travel, design a parachute, and make a paper helicopter.  Learn the many parts of a plane and how it flies, and make your own airplane.

Architect This! I - July 14-18
Become an architect for a week as you experiment with design and construction techniques.  Discover the power of simple machines and how they can assist with construction.  Participate in an egg drop challenge and wok in a team to build a Rube Goldberg contraption.  Create a large, stable building out of Legos and then combine your building with your friends’ to create a city.

Robotics I - July 21-25
Explore the world of robotics with hands-on “robo” fun!  Discover the many uses and the importance of robots in our world. Experiment with multiple types of robots and play the robot command game.  Program a “robot” friend to pick up items blindfolded.  Participate in Brushbot races.  Try your hand at a Robot Build kit and practice programming your own Bee Bot robot.

NASA STEM: Mission to Mars I – July 28 - August 1
Pack your bags for a trip to the Red Planet!  What do you need to survive on Mars?  Find out if life has ever existed on Mars. Create your own Martian surface and construct a volcano.  Find out what Curiosity has taught us about the Red Planet and learn the challenges of exploring a planet with a rover.  Create an edible rover.  Build your own Mars rover to compete in a rover race!

Astronaut Me – August 11-15
Train to be an astronaut as you explore living, working and playing in outer space!  Make a space suit to wear on your intergalactic journey and design your own mission patch.  Work in space like an astronaut with your own training box. Create a Mars rover out of candy, and make a shoebox spacecraft. Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft!  Discover why Saturn has rings as you build a model of Saturn, and create your own galactic art galaxy montage.

Blast Off I: Rocket Kids - Aug 18-22
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo missions and the first man on the moon!
Create a model of the Saturn V rocket that blasted the first Apollo astronauts into space!  Launch paper, water, and balloon rockets, build your own rocket racer, and participate in rocket relays.  Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft! 

Grades 2-3 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$175 non-members/$165 members (Grades entering Fall 2014)

** Each camp will include a "cool" science kit!! **

Stage Struck II- June 16-20
Be stage struck when you take a hands-on look at the basics of theater!  Work in a team to write a story to perform.  Create and develop a character using actions, dialects, and more.  Create props to enhance your production.   Build a stage and set for your production.  Learn how to conquer stage fright and then perform for your friends and family!

CSI:  Space Detective II- June 23 - 27
Travel to outer space and become a Sci-Fi Space Detective.  Discover the challenges investigators could face in collecting and analyzing evidence in space.  Work with your fellow space detectives to solve a new mystery every day! Learn to fingerprint, investigate “splatter” patterns, and create your own CSI kit.

Cool Science II - June 30 – July 4
See how cool science can be each day when you take a new science adventure from Chemistry and Ecology to Meteorology and Zoology! Discover Dinosaurs, build volcanoes, see how things grow and experiment with speed and time. Learn about El Nino as you make some El Nino pudding, and create your own map puzzle out of clay.

Aviation Adventure II - July 7-11
Take flight with this aviation adventure as you explore the fun of flight!  Discover the many ways man has attempted and succeeded in soaring through the air, from hot air balloons to the Wright Brothers’ First Flight. Experiment with a bag balloon, design a parachute, and make a paper helicopter.  Learn the many parts of a plane and how it flies, and make and test different paper airplanes.

Architect This! II - July 14-18
Become an architect for a week as you experiment with design and construction techniques.  Discover the power of simple machines and how they can assist with construction.  Participate in an egg drop challenge and work in a team to build a Rube Goldberg “mouse trap” contraption.  Learn how gravity can affect structural designs.  Build a catapult and test its accuracy.  Create a number of structures out of everyday items and test their structural integrity.

Robotics II - July 21-25
Explore the world of robotics with hands-on “robo” fun!  Discover the many uses and the importance of robots in our world. Experiment with multiple types of robots and navigate a robot through a maze.  Build a robotic arm to perform a task. Experiment with Sphero robots and participate in Brushbot races.  Try your hand at a Robot Can Build kit and practice programming your own Bee Bot robot.

NASA STEM: Mission to Mars II – July 28 - August 1
Pack your bags for a trip to the Red Planet! Investigate the Martian climate and determine what you need to survive on Mars. Find out if life has ever existed on Mars. Create a 3D model of a Mars community and construct a volcano. Find out what Curiosity has taught us about the Red Planet and learn the challenges of exploring a planet with a rover. Retrieve and test samples of a simulated Martian surface. Build your own Mars rover to compete in a rover race!

Astronaut Me II: Space Exploration – August 11-15
Train to be an astronaut and explore our solar system and beyond.  Create a classroom planetarium and take a virtual trip through outer space to visit a number of planets, the Milky Way and more!  Catch Moon Mania when you discover how the moon impacts our lives here on Earth.  Create space food for your trip and experience what an alien encounter could be like!  Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft!  Discover how big, how far, and how old the planets are with a sun, moon, and planets activity. Create a flight path to get astronauts to their orbiters. 

Blast Off II: Rocket Kids - Aug 18-22
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo missions and the first man on the moon!
Create a model of the Saturn V rocket that blasted the first Apollo astronauts into space!  Launch water, balloon and bottle rockets, Build a bubble-powered rocket. Design a rocket that could blast off into space.  Build your own rocket and launch it into the air.  Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS). 

 

Grades 4-5 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$175 non-members/$165 members (Grades entering Fall 2014)

** Each camp will include a "cool" science kit!! **

Grades 4-5

Lights, Camera, Action I- June 16-20
Create your own recording of a live performance when you discover the many facets of production.  Using an existing script, work in a team to produce scenes that can be combined to create one production.  Design a stage and set for your “shoot,” discover how to apply stage make-up and create costumes for your characters. Record multiple scenes and then edit the scenes into one production.  Take a copy of the final edits home on a DVD.

CSI: From Crime Scene to Lab I - June 23-27
Become a crime scene investigator when you learn the techniques and technology to collect, process, and analyze evidence.  Create your own forensics kit to use at the scene of crime. Perform a mock crime scene where you collect evidence.  Take fingerprints to analyze back at the “lab,” and extract DNA from a strawberry.  Use your findings to solve the crime and catch the culprit!

Cool Science III - June 30 – July 4
See how cool science can be each day when you take a new science adventure from Chemistry and Ecology to Meteorology and Zoology! Create a design using Mentos and soda, discover the science behind recycling and make a Kitchen Composter!  Learn about polymers as you make Fluffy’s Drool, and explore indicators as you create a Witch’s Brew.

Aviation Adventure III - July 7-11
Take flight with this aviation adventure as you explore the fun of flight!  Discover the history of aviation - it started before the Wright Brothers! Design, construct, test and re-design your own parachute.  Discover the magic of flight when you learn about the forces of flight.  Learn the many parts of a plane and how it flies, and build and fly various types of aircraft, from paper to wood.

Kooky Contraptions I:  Mouse Trap! - July 14-18
Explore the complex world of simple machines when you make groovy gadgets and amazing contraptions.  Learn about the six simple machines and how they can be combined to make complex machines. Use your creativity to design and build a complex machine that can accomplish a simple task. Meet an engineer and learn how they use the engineering design process to design, implement, and test ideas of their own.  Build a catapult ad experiment with a trebuchet and ballista. Discover the science behind roller coasters.  Use your kooky contraption knowledge to build a “mouse trap” Rube Goldberg Machine.

Robotics  III - July 21-25
Are you ready for a radical adventure in the world of robotics?  Investigate the history of robotics. Discover the many uses of robots in our world and in space, including on-going Mars missions.  Navigate a maze as if you were a robot.  Experiment with multiple types of robots, and practice building a robot using Robotix. Get some pointers from a real Robotics Engineer and create a fully autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms. Use the engineer design process to modify and improve your robot design to get it to its peak potential. 

NASA STEM: Mission to Mars III – July 28 - August 1
Study the science of Mars alongside NASA's newest rover Curiosity. See how Curiosity made its way to the surface of the Red Planet and test your skills on landing your own spacecraft. Get your hands dirty as you dig into investigations similar to those Curiosity is doing on the Red Planet right now. Discover hazardous weather lurking on Mars and see how it compares to conditions we experience on Earth. Twist and turn as you discover how much Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury have in common in an out-of-this-world twister game! Investigate what it will take to send YOU to Mars!

NASA STEM: Mission to Mars III – August 4 - 8 ***SOLD OUT***
Study the science of Mars alongside NASA's newest rover Curiosity. See how Curiosity made its way to the surface of the Red Planet and test your skills on landing your own spacecraft. Get your hands dirty as you dig into investigations similar to those Curiosity is doing on the Red Planet right now. Discover hazardous weather lurking on Mars and see how it compares to conditions we experience on Earth. Twist and turn as you discover how much Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury have in common in an out-of-this-world twister game! Investigate what it will take to send YOU to Mars!

Space Explorers I – August 11-15
Become a space explorer as you take a journey through our solar system and beyond! Create a classroom planetarium.  Travel back in time to discover how Galileo first came up with the concept of “space” and what it encompasses.  Understand the relationship of the eight planets in our solar system as you create a three dimensional representation. Discover how weather affects other planets in our solar system and how scientists can study the phenomena from here on Earth.  Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Apollo and the first man on the moon!  Meet a NASA scientist and learn NASA’s plans for human space exploration in the near future. Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and investigate the possibilities of colonizing Mars.  Explore the concept of life on other planets and investigate a secret message that could have been sent by extraterrestrials.

Blast Off III: Rocket Kids - Aug 18-22
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo missions and the first man on the moon!
Create a model of the Saturn V rocket that blasted the first Apollo astronauts into space!  Launch pencil and film canister rockets.  Design a water and stomp rocket.  Build your own Estes rocket and launch it into the air.  Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS).  Learn about the different forces on a rocket. Find out what it takes to get rockets off the Launch pad, and discover the importance of the parachute for a safe landing.

Grades 6-8
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - $185 non-members/$175 members (Grades entering Fall 2014)

** Each camp will include a "cool" science kit!! **

Lights, Camera, Action II- June 16-20
Create your own recording of a live performance when you discover the many facets of production.  Write your own script to perform and produce into a video. Design every aspect of your character and experiment with dialects.  Discover how to apply stage make-up and create costumes for your characters. Film your production using green screen technology and learn to apply special effects in the editing process.  Receive a copy of the final video production on a DVD to take home. 

CSI: From Crime Scene to Lab II - June 23-27
Become a crime scene investigator when you learn the techniques and technology to collect, process, and analyze evidence.  Create your own forensics kit to use at the scene of crime. Design a realistic crime scene and collect evidence.  Take fingerprints to analyze back at the “lab,” and extract DNA from a strawberry.  Interview witnesses and suspects! Use your findings to solve the crime and catch the culprit!

Cool Science IV - June 30 – July 4
See how cool science can be when each day you take a new science adventure from Chemistry and Ecology to Meteorology and Zoology! Experiment with Mentos and engineering, discover the science examine soil texture in a jar, create a heart rate lab and test yeast for life!  Build a physics machine that explains the basic laws of nature. Grow your own crystals and learn what the different shapes represent.  Take a look into water densities, and build and launch a water rocket.

Aviation Adventure IV - July 7-11
Take flight with this aviation adventure as you explore the fun of flight!  Discover the many ways man has attempted and succeeded in soaring through the air, from hot air balloons to the Wright Brothers’ First Flight.  Design, construct, test and re-design your own parachute.  Experiment with a bag balloon.  Discover the magic of flight when you experiment with thrust, air, gravity and lift.   Learn the many parts of a plane and how it flies, and design your own different aircraft.

Kooky Contraptions II - July 14-18
Explore the complex world of simple machines when you make groovy gadgets and amazing contraptions.  Learn about the six simple machines and how they can be combined to make complex machines. Use your creativity to design and build a complex machine that can accomplish a simple task. Meet an engineer and learn how they use the engineering design process to design, implement, and test ideas of their own.  Build a car structure for boxcar races, design a crane to see what can lift the most.  Build a shock absorption system.  Design a windmill to catch air.  Construct a labyrinth for a marble to traverse.  Use your kooky contraption knowledge to build a Rube Goldberg Machine.

Robotics IV- July 21-25
Experiment with multiple types of robots and programming techniques.  Learn how to wire and display using Arduino programming.  Design and program a vehicle from the ground up that can avoid an obstacle and follow a line track.  Build and program a PicAxe robot designed for collisions.   Use the engineer design process to modify and improve your robot designs. 

NASA STEM: Mission to Mars IV – July 28 - August 1
Study the science of Mars alongside NASA's newest rover Curiosity. See how Curiosity made its way to the surface of the Red Planet and test your skills on landing your own spacecraft. Examine Earth and Mars through the 'Eyes' of NASA satellites by using real-time data, satellite imagery, GPS units, and Google Earth/Mars. Get your hands dirty as you dig into investigations similar to those Curiosity is doing on the Red Planet right now. Discover hazardous weather lurking on Mars and see how it compares to conditions we experience on Earth. Investigate what it will take to send YOU to Mars!

Space Explorers II – August 11-15
Become a space explorer as you take a journey through our solar system and beyond! Create a classroom planetarium.  Travel back in time to discover how Galileo first came up with the concept of “space” and what it encompasses.  Discover how weather affects other planets in our solar system and how scientists can study the phenomena from here on Earth.  Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Apollo and the first man on the moon!  Meet a NASA scientist and learn NASA’s plans for human space exploration in the near future. Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and investigate the possibilities of colonizing Mars.  Train like an astronaut as you participate in the Fit Explorer Challenge.

Blast Off IV: Rocket Kids - Aug 18-22
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo missions and the first man on the moon! Discover the history of rockets - they are older than you think! Create a model of the Saturn V rocket that blasted the first Apollo astronauts into space!  Launch balloon and water rockets.  Learn about the forces on a rocket as you build your own rocket and launch it into the air.  Explore NASA’s next steps in human spaceflight with the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS).  Become a moon explorer as you create a moon habitat.


Click here to Register online for Camps
or call 757-727-0900, ext. 727


Purchase lunch for the entire week for only $30!
Child’s combo meal includes:
meal and a drink!

Extended Program
Before care:
8-9 a.m.$25 per child per week
After care: 3-5 p.m. $50 per child per week
Before & After care: 8-9 a.m. & 3-5 p.m. $75 per child per week

Registration policy:
Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first paid basis.
Payment must be made at the time of registration.

If you must cancel or change a registration and wish to receive a refund, you may do so up to seven days before the start of the camp for a processing fee of $20.

Cancellations made less than seven days from the start of camp will be charged a $30 processing fee.

Refunds are not available after a camp session has begun.

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