2022 STEM Camps
Sparking curiosity and engaging naturally scientific minds!
Channel your child's inner astronaut, doctor, archeologist, scientist, engineer, detective or inventor at Discovery Center Museum's popular STEM Summer Camps! Hands-on explorations in nature, science, and art will spark your child's imagination and inspire curiosity. Our experienced educators will guide campers through indoor and outdoor activities, games and adventures to foster valuable skills such as problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration.
Times: All-Day and Half-Day Camps available Monday through Friday
All-Day session times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (includes supervised lunch and play time)
½-Day Morning session times: 9:00 a.m.-Noon
½-Day Afternoon session times: 1:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fees for All-Day Camps: $230 Members/ $260 General Public (No discount for partial attendance)
Fees for 1/2-Day Camps: $115 Members, $130 General Public
Register: By clicking the links below or by phone at 815-963-6769.
Registration CLOSES 3:00 p.m. Monday the week before class.
Cancellation policy: Refunds (less 10%) are available for camps when cancelled at least 10 days in advance. No refunds for partial attendance. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel camps; in which case, a full refund will be issued.
Food: ½ Day Campers bring their own snack; All-Day Campers bring their own snacks and lunch
Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available – call 815-963-6769 for details.
Your child’s health, and the health of our staff, is of the utmost importance. We will follow the American Camps Association recommended guidelines with regard to any COVID protocols for this summer. Specific policies will be shared with families before the start of camps.
GAMES GALORE: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Click here to register
Use your imagination and ingenuity to create your very own board games, card games, yard games, and video games! Learn the secret code of statistics to beat the dice, and find the best ways to win some of your favorite games!
AMUSEMENT PARK PHYSICS: 1:00 - 4:00 pm SOLD OUT
Get out your tickets and grab some cotton candy as we explore the science of movement through our favorite amusement park rides! Go off the rails with us as we make mini marble roller coasters. Don't get dizzy as we make a mini ferris wheel, and learn about centripetal force that makes spinning rides so much fun!
June 27- July 1
SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
Hold on to your seats as we launch into deep space with the Discovery Center Museum! Learn about the dangers of traveling deep space and what scientists expect to find. Go where no human has gone before as we look at the James Webb space telescope.
THE SCIENTISTS OF SPACE: 1:00 - 4:00 pm SOLD OUT
3…2…1… Blast off! Take a look at the scientists behind space discovery! Walk in the moon shoes of Neil Armstrong as we look at the first moon landing. Sit in the control room and watch the first mars rover land. Learn about the scientists who launched the first humans into space.
ENVIRONMENT INVESTIGATORS: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Click here to register
Attention all earth investigators, we’ve got a job for you! Take a look at how our world works. See the importance of the energy cycle and our role in it. Create a mudslide to see the effects of erosion and how it affects humans and the environment around us. Discover invasive species that we can find in our own backyards and how they affect our ecosystem.
BOOM SHAKE WHOOSH: 1:00 - 4:00 pm Click here to register
Lightning, tornados, and earthquakes, oh my! Natural disasters can be scary stuff, so let's learn some science and safety behind them. Learn how meteorologists use weather patterns to predict big storms like hurricanes. Learn how engineers design buildings that can withstand earthquakes.
July 18 - 22
ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS: DESIGN, CREATE, AND MAKE: 9:00 am-12:00 pm SOLD OUT
This class is for the tinker-ers, take-apart-ers, and duct-tape-it-back-together-ers. See what crafts you can make with recyclables and supplies. Let's build together to make towers, tops, and whatever young engineering minds can think of! From cardboard to clay, we’ll find a way!
MAKE SOME NOISE: 1:00 - 4:00 pm. SOLD OUT
People all around the world LOVE to make sound! And who’s better at making noise than kids? Learn to make instruments and music out of anything you can find. Turn a tin can and some string into a guitar, turn a straw into a saxophone, and toot your own horn anyway you like as we play our instruments and perform for the class.
August 1- 5
JUNIOR MEDICAL CAMP: 9:00 am-12:00 pm. SOLD OUT
Calling all future doctors, nurses, and veterinarians. Scrub up! Join us in this medical crash course on the human body. Learn about the different systems of the human body and how they function. Make a moving model of an arm. Learn how to sew stitches, and go home with a fake wound. Play a part in a hospital and learn about all the different jobs that make a hospital run smoothly.
SNOT, GUTS, and THINGS THAT STINK: 1:00 - 4:00 pm. SOLD OUT
Have you ever wondered what the inside of your stomach looks like? Or maybe you've wondered why your nose makes boogers. Have you ever thought about what happens to the food you eat? Then this class is for you! Come join us for a gross look at science and how we work.
August 8 -12
CHEMISTRY: MYSTERIES AND MAGIC TRICKS: 9:00 am-12:00 pm. SOLD OUT
Come one, come all! You won't believe your eyes in this color changing, disapearning, gravity defying, and mind boggling class. Try your best to figure out our scientific mysteries and see how they work. Bring home science tricks to amaze your friends and family!
WET AND WILD ADVENTURES: 1:00 - 4:00 pm. SOLD OUT
Water, water everywhere! Who knew this simple substance could bring so much fun? Launch water powered rockets, fling water balloons from a catapult, and make some splatter art as we learn what makes water so cool. Be sure to bring a towel, because we know we're getting soaked in this class!