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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 717-214-ARTS.


2015 Summer Discovery Camps

Ages 3 & 4 with one Adult  (Based on age as of May 31, 2015)

It All Makes Sense
Tuesday, July 7 or Wednesday, August 12 (choose one)
10:00am – 11:30am
$18/non-members; $15/members
Register here. 
Touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing – children use these senses daily to experience and learn about the world around them. Join us as we explore how these senses work together in our everyday experiences.


Magnet Madness
Wednesday, July 8 or Tuesday, August 11 (choose one)
10:00am – 11:30am
$18/non-members; $15/members
Register here.
Discover the world of magnetism through the eyes of a child. Together we will uncover which objects are magnetic, discover how to make things float using magnets and use magnets to create an original work of art.
 



Ages 4 – 6  (Based on age as of May 31, 2015)

Ladybugs Galore
Tuesday, June 23 or Thursday, July 16 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here.
Look at a leaf or flower in the summer and you are likely to find a gardener’s friend – the ladybug. During this camp, learn all about the ladybug’s body, life cycle, defenses, favorite foods, and much more. Bring a ladybug friend home to observe for a short time before releasing it into a yard or garden.

Eww! What’s This?
Wednesday, June 24 or Wednesday, July 15 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
It’s all about me! From ear wax to toe jam, examine what makes our bodies so amazing! Learn about sweat, blood, and snot and where they all come from. Make your own fake blood and snot to take home and fool your friends!

Discovery CampsSafari Adventures
Thursday, June 25 or Tuesday, July 14 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Grab your binoculars – we are going on safari! Journey with us to the grasslands of Africa and be amazed by the remarkable animals to be met along the way.
       
Bubble Bonanza
Friday, June 26 or Friday, July 17 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Have a blast with bubbles! Does a square wand blow a round bubble? Can you tell exactly when a bubble with burst? Get ready to investigate soapy spheres as we blow bubbles using a multitude of materials, make bubble art, and even surround ourselves in a bubble column.
 



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


Geology Rocks
Tuesday, July 21 or Wednesday, August 12 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
Discover why rocks “rock” during a down and dirty investigation of the ground beneath your feet. Become a “rock-hound” as we sniff out the similarities and differences of your favorite stones. Become a force of nature and create your own sandstone formation.

Tools of the Trade
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 – July 1 (camp is both days)
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
$55/non-members; $50/members
Register here. 
You be the builder! Discover how to use basic woodworking tools and use your new skills to design and build your own wooden treasure chest. We’ll provide the tools and supplies—you provide the “elbow grease.”

Discovery CampsUnder a Rock: Bugs, Slugs and other Ughs
Thursday, July 2 or Wednesday, July 22 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here. 
There is a whole world hiding under the rocks at your feet! Investigate the dark and dirty world of worms, beetles, cockroaches, ants, spiders, and more. Uncover their hidden talents and bizarre behaviors and discover the important role they play in our ecosystem.
   
Blood, Boogers and Burps: My Body’s Barricades
Thursday, July 23 or Tuesday, August 11 (choose one)
9:30am – 12:00pm
$28/non-members; $25/members
Register here.
Gross yourself out! Explore your body’s nauseating secrets: snot, blood, plaque, and spit. How do we keep cool? What makes us sick? What disgusting things do our bodies do to protect us? Make your own fake blood and snot to take home and fool your friends!
 



Grades 3 – 5 (Based on grade completed as of camp date)


Survive on Science
Wednesday – Friday, July 8 - 10 (camp is three days)
9:00am – 3:00pm
$200/non-members; $180/members
Register here.
You have become marooned on Inquiry Isle – do you have the skills needed to survive? Discover how to cook using the sun, navigate the unknown with a compass, and purify your own drinking water. Put your newfound skills to the test in a final competition to see who will be rescued first in this game of survival science.

Beginning Robots
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4 and 5 (camp is both days)
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.
       
Animation Studio
Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7 (camp is both days)
9:00am – 3:00pm
$180/non-members; $162/members
Register here.
Do you love cartoons and animated movies? This camp will help you learn about the complexity of their creation as we discover how movies work and how to make a thaumotrope, a flip book and your very own stop-motion animated movie.

Discovery Camps

 

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, 2015.
  • 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 2015 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.