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Discovery Camps

Discovery is part of Summer at Whitaker Center.

Children can sharpen their science skills, explore a favorite topic or new interests – and most importantly have fun while they learn! With professionally structured programs for ages 3 through 11 and everything from half-day to multiple day camps, Harsco Science Center has the perfect program for your child.

 

All Discovery Camps include a snack, make-and-take projects, and activity extensions so that children can continue their learning at home.Campos take place at Whitaker Center or at locations within walking distance of the Center.

 

Space in each camp is limited to between 16 and 20 campers (depending on camp) and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.For registrations call 717-724-3862.


2014 Summer Discovery Camps

Ages 3 & 4 with one Adult  (Based on age as of May 31, 2014)

Kaleidoscope of Colors
Tuesday, June 24 or Wednesday, July 9 (choose one)
10:00am – 11:30am
$18/non-members; $15/members
Register here. 
Color your world and explore the colors of the rainbow. Experiment with mixing colors to create new ones in various forms and make a pair of rainbow glasses to take home. Come join us for a “colorific” time.


Storybook Science
Wednesday, June 25 or Tuesday, July 8 (choose one)
10:00am – 11:30am
$18/non-members; $15/members
Register here. 
Experience a blend of science and storytelling as we jump into several of our old favorite and fantastic new children’s stories. Whether it’s constructing houses for the Big Bad Wolf to blow down or learning about spider webs from the Very Busy Spider, parents and children will work and play together as they explore the science behind the stories.
 



Ages 4 – 6  (Based on age as of May 31, 2014)

Water-Works
Tuesday, June 17; Wednesday, July 23 or Thursday, August 7 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here.
Explore the science behind the splashy-splashy world of water! Pour, squirt and pump water through tubes and down walls to explore the properties of water. Compete in H2Olympics and unravel the mysteries behind water’s adhesive properties, water travel and much more in our wet lab.

Musical Moments
Wednesday, June 18 or Thursday, July 31 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Shake, rattle, and roll into this musical extravaganza! Tune into music and the sound waves that create the music we hear. Experiment with instruments from around the world, such as the kass-kassa and kuge and make your own instrument to take home with you.

Discovery CampsThe ABCs of Ants and Bees
Thursday, June 19 or Tuesday, July 22 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
There are whole kingdoms in your own backyard! Enter the world of busy, buzzing bees and active ants to experience the life of these community insects. Create your own ant farm so you can observe these fascinating creatures at home.
       
Garden Quest
Friday, June 20 or Thursday, July 24 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Earn your “green thumb” as we explore how plants grow and what they need to survive. Roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty as we investigate the life cycle, parts of a plant and much more.
 



Grades 1 and 2 (Based on grade completed as of camp date)


Wild and Wacky Weather
Tuesday, July 1 or Friday, July 25 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Become a meteorologist-in-training as we explore the remarkable weather of our world. Find out how clouds form and produce rain. Uncover the mysteries behind wind as you build your own anemometer and wind sock to measure wind speed and direction. Learn about devastating weather such as hurricanes and tornados and the delicacy and individuality of snowflakes.

Blowing in the Wind
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5 – 6 (camp is both days)
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
$55/non-members; $50/members
Register here. 
Come “fly the skies” with us as we investigate air, how it moves and how humans harness air for different uses. Build hot air balloons, airplanes, and windsocks, then experiment with model windmills, cloud formations, and much more.

Discovery CampsZoom In!
Thursday and Friday, August 7 – 8 (camp is both days)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$55/non-members; $50/members
Register here. 
There is a world seemingly invisible to the naked eye that can be seen with the help of a little magnification. Come explore how lenses, magnifying glasses, telescopes and microscopes work. Take an up close and personal look at lots of everyday and unique items.
   
Incredible Edible Science
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 – 30
9:30am – 12:00pm
$55/non-members; $50/members
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Join in the fun as we turn the kitchen into a science lab using some favorite recipes! Explore how chemical and physical changes occur in the kitchen every day and uncover the science secrets used in preparing some of our favorite foods and treats.
 



Grades 3 – 5 (Based on grade completed as of camp date) Note: Please pack a brown bag lunch for participants on each of the camp dates.


Circuit Extravaganza
Thursday and Friday, June 26 – 27 or Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15 – 16 (choose one)
9:00am – 3:00pm
$180/non-members; $162/members
Register here.
Electricity is an integral part of our every day life. Explore how electricity is generated, its powers and dangers and how electricity can be harnessed to work for humans. Each camper will receive a snap circuit kit that will be taken home at the end of camp to explore more electrical projects.

Rootin’ for Newton
Tuesday – Thursday, August 12 – 14 (camp is three days)
9:00am – 3:00pm
$200/non-members; $180/members
Register here. 
Find out why scientist Isaac Newton could be called the “father of the amusement park.” Discover the laws of motion that govern your favorite thrill rides and work with other campers to use K’Nex and other objects to create our own amusement park that would make Newton proud.
       
Beginning Robots
Thursday and Friday, July 17 – 18
9:00am – 3:00pm
$200/non-members; $180/members
Register here. 
From searching for earthquake survivors to vacuuming the living room rug, robots are becoming a larger part of our world. Discover the secrets of these incredible machines, while building your own robot. No prior experience with robots or electronics is required; all necessary parts and tools will be provided.

Discovery CampsScience Crime Solvers II
No longer available.
Thursday and Friday, July 31 – August 1
9:00am – 3:00pm
$180/non-members; $162/members

Do you have what it takes to be a science crime-solver? Join our team as we explore what it takes to investigate crime scenes and use basic forensic techniques such as fingerprinting, DNA analysis, entomology and more. We will visit the scene of the crime, put our skills to the test and attempt to solve a mystery. (Note: This camp is intended for all interested campers as it will cover techniques not covered in previous camp offerings and a new mystery to solve. No prior forensics experience is necessary.)

 

Registration Information

  • Enrollment accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.A minimum of ten participants is needed to run any camp.
  • Camp placement is based on the last grade completed, or for preschool camps, the participant’s age as of May 31, 2014.
  • Registrations must be received at least two weeks before the scheduled start of a camp.Robot camp registrations must be received a minimum of four weeks prior to the start of camp.
  • Full payment must accompany all registrations.A credit card is required for phone registrations.
  • Whitaker Center reserves the right to cancel any camp with at least three days notice.In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to another camp during the summer of 2014 or receive a full refund.
  • Participants who cancel in a timely manner will receive a partial refund.Registrants who cancel at least two weeks in advance (four weeks for robot camps) will receive a refund of 75% of the registration fee.No refunds will be given for cancellations made within two weeks (four weeks for robot camp) of the start of a camp.

 

For more information or to register, email swass@whitakercenter.org call 717-724-3862.