Entering 3rd-4th Grades

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Camps for kids entering 3rd and 4th grade use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to delve deep into a topic of scientific importance.


Camp sessions run Monday - Thursday

TIme: 9 am - Noon

A full day option is available for several camps by pairing a Discovery Center morning camp with an afternoon camp with the Rockford Art Museum (located in the same building with us!)

Fees: $90 public / $80 members

No discount for partial attendance

Advance registration is required and closes 5:00 pm on Monday the week before class..

Three ways to register: online at discoverycentermuseum.org; call 815-963-6769; or stop by our office between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays. 

Cancellation policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration, minus 10%. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.


Session 1B: Tech Savvy

June 12-15

Play with circuitry and design a light-up card. Program a robot to go here or there. Monkey around with LittleBits to see how they perform, and then assemble them into a contraption that will sense, think, and do. Use Drawdio to scribble a song, and more in this high tech camp!


Session 2B: Hypothe-spies

NEW!!! Full day option by adding on the Rockford Art Museum afternoon session “ABC’s of ART”.  More information coming soon.

June 19 -22

Hone your powers of observation and master spycraft. Decrypt secret codes, read signposts, and build alarms and spy equipment to use in your room. Polish your observation skills and find hidden clues that you can spy with your little eye in this brain-boosting camp.


Session 3B: Magician’s Apprentice

June 26-29

Take an in depth look at the science behind magic through hands-on instruction and fun exploration! Examine stage, parlor, and close-up magic- while learning as many tricks, techniques, and illusions as possible. Finally, perform disappearing acts, escapes, levitation and the ever popular sawing people in half for family and friends in a special showcase on Friday.  


Session 4B: Go Fish!

July 10-13

Learn about lures and explore the biome of the Rock River. Pick up your pole and go fish as you practice techniques of catch and release. Become an ichthio-expert and examine different species, check out scales, and even make some fish-print art in this slippery class of outdoor fun.


Session 5B: Sugar-coated Science

July 17-20

From glucose to sucrose- investigate the sources of sweetness. Explore the history of candy and its ingredients. Mix up some tangy treats and calculate probability using your favorite flavors of Skittles. Design, construct, and market a candy bar creation of your own. *Not recommended for children with food allergies.


Session 6B: Amusement Park Science

July 24-27

Find out why it’s easier to stay upright on a speeding bike as we explore rotational inertia and make things spin. Invent your own top, use Legos and manipulate gears to construct a working model of an amusement park ride, and discover the connection between centripetal and centrifugal force.


Session 7B: Blood, Bones, and Body Bits

NEW!!! Full day option by adding on the Rockford Art Museum afternoon session “3D Discovery Camp”.  More information coming soon.

July 31-August 3

How strong are bones? What causes hiccups? Uncover the answers to these questions and many more while exploring the human body inside and out. Use microscopes, models and more to discover what makes your body tick!