Overview

summer camp jr doctorGive your child a summer to remember with Discovery Center's STEM Summer Camps! Our unique summer experiences are designed to be age-appropriate, educational, and, most of all, FUN!

We have summer camps for preschool through 6th grade.  Click on one of the links below for more information.

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.

Tot Spot Ages 3-6

Ages 7 to 12

 

 

Our Instructors

Chase

chaseforwebChase is a graduate of Rockford University with a B.S. in organismal biology and an emphasis in education. He conducted most of his research with rodents and birds studying the spread of tick borne disease. Chase’s first discovered his knack as an educator when he taught a science class for a homeschool group. Since then, he’s performed science demonstrations, taught after-school classes at Spectrum Progressive School, and taught dissection classes to other local groups. At Discovery Center, Chase teaches homeschool and outreach classes, performs science demonstrations, and creates new science programming. Chase’s favorite scientific subject to talk about is animals - ask him about the dino dig he went on and the bones he found! In particular, Chase loves learning about new species and how living creatures work. Chase also enjoys learning about new technologies and inventions related to computers, space travel, and electronics. In his spare time, you’ll find him hiking, biking, camping or playing the harmonica and ukulele. Chase is looking forward to exciting children about science in our summer camps!

 

Jessica

JessicaforwebJessica has been the Outreach Coordinator at Discovery Center Museum for the past 8 ½ years. She’s worked as an informal science educator for 11 years. Before Discovery Center, she assisted with live animal shows and school tours at Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Biology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology (aka she loves ALL the sciences!). In her free time, Jessica likes to host board game parties and run a book club featuring fantasy and sci-fi books. She lives with my husband, young daughter (you may have seen her with Jessica in some of our Playful Learning at Home videos), and their very opinionated cat.

 

 

Lee Ann

LeeannforwebLee Ann holds a B.S. in education from North Park University in Chicago and has worked in the STEM education field for seven years. Before joining the Discovery Center Museum Education staff, she was an administrator at the Challenger Learning Center where she facilitated and led simulated space missions to Mars and STEM summer camps. At Discovery Center Museum this summer, Lee Ann will be co-teaching our STEM Camps. She enjoys long walks with her Yorkie Macy Jo.

 

 

Andrea

 Andrea croppedBefore Andrea joined the Discovery Center in 2021 as the Early Childhood Coordinator, she worked as the Early Childhood Education Specialist at Children’s Museum Tucson, Arizona and ran the mini Pop-Up Museums for the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Education from Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Michigan State University. When she’s not teaching Tot Spot classes, Andrea loves discovering new children’s books and testing out new slime recipes. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys visiting other museums (especially art museums!) and baking bread.