Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Camps

2020 Summer Camp info is here!  All camps on sale Monday, February 3rd, 2020 @ 10am!

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Camp Descriptions

K-1

July 6-10       8:30-12:00   Culinary Concoctions (AM)          
July 6-10       1:00-4:30     Culinary Concoctions (PM)
Mix, knead, slice, and sizzle! We'll be exploring the chemistry and biology behind some favorite foods. Come experiment with flavors, smells, and textures. This delicious camp is perfect for the littlest chef, scientist, or chemist! 

July 13-17    8:30-12:00   Heroic Helpers (AM)
July 13-17    1:00-4:30     Heroic Helpers (PM)
We are looking for designers, innovators, and inventors needed to join our team and help make Harrisburg a better place! We will transform from ordinary kids into heroes who work to solve real world challenges. We’ll use our science process skills and the engineering design cycle to puzzle out solutions to authentic solvable problems.

July 20-24    8:30-12:00   Sing Along Engineering! (AM)
July 20-24    1:00-4:30     Sing Along Engineering! (PM)
Engineer solutions to problems posed by some favorite camp songs. We'll build a flying contraption to take the bear over the mountain, design a machine to help Joe at the button factory, and construct a boat to take the Princess Pat over the seven seas. We'll code, sing, and problem solve our way to engineering success!

July 27-31    8:30-12:00   Disaster Designers (AM) 
July 27-31    1:00-4:30     Disaster Designers (PM)
Calling all young meteorologists, geologists, and structural engineers! We will explore the world of extreme weather and natural disasters and learn what makes hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes happen. We'll use tools to predict these events and design structures that can withstand extreme natural forces. 

Aug 3-7         8:30-12:00   Eco Explorers (AM)
Aug 3-7         1:00-4:30     Eco Explorers (PM)
Plants! Animals! Humans! Oh My! Join us as we explore everything alive. We’ll experiment with our own senses to understand how they work, visit with an animal or two, and dissect plants. Perfect for the budding botanist, ecologist, doctor, or zoologist. 


Grades 2 - 3

July 6-10       8:30-4:30     Cooking Science
Welcome to the world of food science and culinary experimentation! In this camp we will explore fermentation, chemical reactions, the biology of our taste buds, and more! Bring your sense of smell, your hearty appetite, and your curiosity. This delicious camp is perfect for the budding chef, scientist, or chemist! 

July 13-17    8:30-4:30     Making for the Community
One of the amazing accomplishments of science, engineering, and programming is the ability to bring people together to tackle obstacles. Work as a team on projects to better the Harrisburg community by designing solutions to real world problems. Join us in collecting data for local scientists, stopping the spread of invasive species, building a community project, and more! 

July 20-24    8:30-4:30     Engineering Extravaganza
Use the engineering design cycle to build your own amusement park, code a roller coaster, and solve some olympic-size challenges. We will build like engineers, design like architects, and code like programmers in this hands on exciting camp. 

July 27-31    8:30-4:30     Mission: Natural Disasters
When the Earth quakes, the winds roar, and the temperature plummets meteorologists and engineers are the ones who answer the call. Work as a team to test and design solutions to forecast and withstand the worst that nature can throw at us. Explore both new and tested technology used by scientists to spot disasters and keep the world safe in this extreme camp!

Aug 3-7         8:30-4:30     Biology Inside and Out
From plants to animals to humans we'll explore how biologists, medical technicians, zoologists, and ecologists study and make fascinating discoveries about our world. Explore the human body, animal adaptations, native species, and how to protect the natural beauty around us. We will observe specimens, use microscopes and other scientific tools, and design solutions to living problems. 

Grades 4 - 6

July 6-10       8:30-4:30     Cooking Science
Welcome to the world of food science and culinary experimentation! In this camp we will explore fermentation, chemical reactions, the biology of our taste buds, and more! Bring your sense of smell, your hearty appetite, and your curiosity. This delicious camp is perfect for the budding chef, scientist, or chemist! 

July 13-17    8:30-4:30     Making for the Community
One of the amazing accomplishments of science, engineering, and programming is the ability to bring people together to tackle obstacles. Work as a team on projects to better the Harrisburg community by designing solutions to real world problems. Join us in collecting data for local scientists, stopping the spread of invasive species, building a community project, and more! 

July 20-24    8:30-4:30     Engineering Extravaganza
Use the engineering design cycle to build your own amusement park, code a roller coaster, and solve some olympic-size challenges. We will build like engineers, design like architects, and code like programmers in this hands on exciting camp. 

July 27-31    8:30-4:30     Mission: Natural Disasters
When the Earth quakes, the winds roar, and the temperature plummets meteorologists and engineers are the ones who answer the call. Work as a team to test and design solutions to forecast and withstand the worst that nature can throw at us. Explore both new and tested technology used by scientists to spot disasters and keep the world safe in this extreme camp!

Aug 3-7         8:30-4:30     Biology Inside and Out
From plants to animals to humans we'll explore how biologists, medical technicians, zoologists, and ecologists study and make fascinating discoveries about our world. Explore the human body, animal adaptations, native species, and how to protect the natural beauty around us. We will observe specimens, use microscopes and other scientific tools, and design solutions to living problems. 

Grades 4 - 8

July 1, 2, 3, 5           8:30-4:30     Girls in STEM!
Girls will take a hands-on approach to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  They will be introduced to architecture and engineering, physics, kitchen chemistry, and coding through experiential activities and design challenges.  The young ladies will learn vital communication skills while collaboratively working their peers in this fast-paced STEM environment. Please note, the July and August camps are the same to maximize the number of young ladies able to be served under the grant funding.  

Aug 10-14                8:30-4:30     Girls in STEM!
Girls will take a hands-on approach to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  They will be introduced to architecture and engineering, physics, kitchen chemistry, and coding through experiential activities and design challenges.  The young ladies will learn vital communication skills while collaboratively working their peers in this fast-paced STEM environment. Please note, the July and August camps are the same to maximize the number of young ladies able to be served under the grant funding.  


Musical Theater – Grades 4 - 9
                                   

June 22-26   8:30-4:30     Musical Theater Camp!  
July 13-17    8:30-4:30

Students will have their opportunity to sing, dance, and perform their way through the week! Students will learn a Broadway Jr. musical and perform it on Friday for an audience of their family, friends, and the Whitaker Center staff! (Note: weeks 1 and 2 will be different musicals.) 


Two-Day Camps – Grades 7 - 9
 
                                    

June 17-18   8:30-4:30     Apocalypse STEM Camp
Are you ready for some intense STEM challenges? Learn the skills and test yourself by using limited resources, scientific knowledge, collaboration, and experimentation to combat multiple crisis scenarios posed by our camp team. You never know what the world will throw at you, but your mission is clear: survive!

June 24-25   8:30-4:40     Science of Surgery Camp
In this two-day camp, students will investigate human anatomy and discuss the various components of surgery. Campers will have the opportunity to explore resources and tools that surgeons use, and they will get the chance to ask questions during a hysterectomy. A facilitator will guide a discussion with operating room staff, discuss the anatomy involved and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table.
Please note: This camp contains graphic content due to the live surgery they will watch on day 2.

July 8-9         8:30-4:40     Coding with Raspberry Pi
This camp is designed to introduce electronics and coding to students. Students will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi to develop STEM projects.  They will explore how the Pi can be integrated into everyday challenges and STEM careers. 

July 27-28    8:30-4:40     Science of Surgery
In this two-day camp, students will investigate human anatomy and discuss the various components of surgery. Campers will have the opportunity to explore resources and tools that surgeons use, and they will get the chance to ask questions during a gastric sleeve procedure.  A facilitator will guide a discussion with operating room staff, discuss the anatomy involved and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table. Please note that this camp contains graphic content due to the live surgery they will watch on day 2.

Aug 5-6         8:30-4:40     In Studio Production
Students will have the opportunity to produce a studio talk show that will air on WHBG-TV Channel 20.  Each student will have a role in the planning and production of the TV program. Camp will occur on Whitaker Center’s campus as well as at the adjacent WHBG-TV20 Studio. 

 

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