Select the grade your child will be entering for the 2017-2018 school year to find the perfect camp session!

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Pre-K
K-1
2-3
4-5
6-8
9-12

Download the 2017 Summer Camps at Great Lakes Science Center Calendar.


Preschool

Morning sessions run 8:30-11:30 a.m. • Afternoon sessions run 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Preschool introduces a brand new world of exploration, and our Pre-K camps make the transition fun and adventurous! We teach cooperative play, foster a sense of discovery, build a foundation in STEM and start campers on the path to
school readiness, all in an engaging and interactive environment.

ABCs of Science
June 5-9

Explore science concepts and the alphabet! Each day has its own collections of letters, poems and related science activities. $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Awesome Astronauts
June 12-16

Prepare for a journey into space and experience our STARLAB Portable Planetarium. Look for pictures in the stars, explore the night sky and learn about the moon and planets. $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Fun with Forces
June 19-23

Why do mirrors reflect heat? Why do magnets stick to metal? Spend the week exploring the incredible and changing forces of heat, motion, energy and light through observation and experimentation. $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Superhero Science
June 26-30

Create your own super-identity and explore the incredible powers of people and animals! Learn how science and technology have given us the power of flight, use your own “super breath” to do amazing things and investigate the power of invisibility and X-ray vision! $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Shake, Rattle and Roll!
July 3-7, no camp on July 4

Experiment with rhythm, vibrations and tuning forks and learn how our ears work. Put yours to the test by making your own instruments! Explore music through song, dance and games designed for a little scientist! $88 ($72 members) Prices reflect a shortened week due to the holiday. Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Little Scientist
July 10-14

Dive into the exciting world of science and spend the week making crazy concoctions, testing out moon shoes and exploring the physics of fun! A different scientific focus each day will transform campers into little scientists! $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Science Ahoy!
July 17-21

Avast, me hearties -- learning ahead! Join our motley crew of pirate scientists and discover what sinks and floats, create your own ships, design flags for your voyage and hunt for the ultimate treasure -- knowledge! $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Seuss on the Loose
July 24-28

Seuss is on the loose! Discover the science behind Dr. Seuss’ wild contraptions and imaginative creatures. Each day will focus on a different book with related science experiments, crafts and games.$110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Shadows, Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes
July 31-August 4

Spend the week learning about light from prisms to shadows. Discover properties of light and color using flashlights, mirrors and prisms. Create kaleidoscopes, capture shadows and explore with the “Rainbow Fish” using chromatography to separate colors. $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.

Storybook Science
August 7-11

Let’s read our way into some fun experiments! We start each day with a favorite children’s book, followed by a series of related hands-on experiments for a well-blended experience in science and literacy. We’ll get lost in some good books. . . and find our way back through science! $110 ($90 members) Register for the morning session here. Register for the afternoon session here.


Grades K-1

All sessions run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Our K-1 camps are perfect for easing the transition into the structure of a classroom in a fun, social and stimulating way. Campers will gain valuable social skills with emphasis on cooperative play, exploration and critical thinking -- all designed to get them excited and comfortable as they look forward to the new school year.

LEGO: Space Race
June 5-9
August 7-11

Countdown to impact! An asteroid is heading straight toward Earth and NASA has recruited a team of kids to protect the planet. Use LEGOs and your imagination to build simple machines to solve problems and protect the Earth. Can your creation withstand impact? $250 ($230 members). Register for June 5-9 here. Register for August 7-11 here

Mess It Up!
June 5-9

This camp experience is the perfect fit for anyone who loves making a mess! Gain hands-on experience with solids, liquids and gases through gooey exploration and chemical reactions. It’s a slimy, science-y good time! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Chemical Concoctions - SOLD OUT
June 12-16

Experiment with acids and bases, make slime and mix solutions that glow in the dark. Learn basic principles of chemistry while you mix, pour and stir concoctions that change before your eyes. Chemistry isn’t just about beakers and laboratories -- it’s all around us! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Jr. Engineer
June 19-23

What do engineers do? Investigate the structure of bridges and buildings, illuminate a light bulb, design an airplane, create your own city and more! Learn about structures by becoming one of the lucky few who have taken a behind the scenes tour of our newly renovated DOME Theater! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Pirate Adventure
June 26-30

Ahoy, me first science officer! ‘X’ marks the spot to uncover how yer ship stay afloat, how yer gold stay a-shiny and how ye can navigate using only yer wits and yer knowledge of astronomy. Plunder the seas of science, scallywags, if ye dare! ARRRRGH! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Space Explorer
July 3-7, no camp on July 4

Space Explorer camp is out of this world! Build and launch a rocket, train to become an astronaut, analyze Martian soil and experience the STARLAB Planetarium and the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. $200 ($184 members) Prices reflect a shortened week due to the holiday. Register here

LEGO: Ultimate Builder
July 10-14

Join us for a full week of LEGO! Based on the LEGO Master Builder Academy, practice your speed and creative free-building skills while competing in a series of LEGO challenges. Focus on design and engineering as you build your way up to the highest honor of Ultimate Builder. $250 ($230 members). Register here

Imaginate
July 17-21

There's a problem to solve -- and you only have teamwork, creativity and a mystery box of supplies to get it done! Start by investigating simple machines, then work with a team to solve a problem using your imagination and the mystery supplies. $250 ($230 members). Register here

Science Sampler
July 24-28

Be a science explorer on a journey through the amazing world of animal adaptations. The adventure continues into the chemistry lab and other fascinating areas of science and fun. Build a crazy kaleidoscope and learn aboutcameras and light. Build arches, bridges, a geodesic dome and a catapult. $250 ($230 members). Register here

Monster Maker
July 31-August 4

Spend the week imagining and engineering the perfect monster. Growl, stomp and claw to create your very own monster suit with simple motors and lights. Bring along your creativity and your ROAR! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Jedi Academy
August 7-11

The force you must use, become a Jedi you must! Enter the Order and fight for peace and justice in the galaxy. Learn about forces, light and the solar system. Prepare to become one with the force! $250 ($230 members). Register here


Grades 2-3

All sessions run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Campers in grades 2-3 are all about one thing – hands-on exploration. Our camps are specifically designed to highlight exploration and foster creativity in a highly interactive and social environment. We focus on using the engineering design process to enhance our learning and build a base for successful scientific investigation.

LEGO: Movie Maker
June 5-9 - SOLD OUT
August 7-11

Lights, camera, LEGO! Spend the week creating a stop-motion LEGO movie from scratch. Learn about story development, cinematography, special effects and editing while building the set, props and costumes from bricks! $250 ($230 members). Register for June 5-9 here. Register for August 7-11 here

Rockin’ Rockets
June 5-9
July 24-28

Let your imagination soar and build your own model rocket capable of flying more than 100 feet in the air! Learn about propulsion and experiment with a variety of different models and fuels while working to design and launch the perfect rocket. $250 ($230 members). Register for June 5-9 here. Register for July 24-28 here

Crazy Chemistry
June 12-16
July 31-August 4

Become a chemist! Learn about the chemistry we encounter every day at home and at school. Experiment with chemical reactions and test different liquids. Create a chromatography T-shirt to take home. Make and eat exothermic ice cream! $250 ($230 members). Register for June 12-16 here. Register for July 31-August 4 here

Pokémon-a-Thon
June 12-16 
July 24-28 - SOLD OUT

Join Ash and Pikachu on a weeklong adventure capturing and battling your very own Pokémon! Use engineering to throw the perfect Pokeball, discover elements while experimenting with Pikachu power and use geocaching to find and stock your Pokadex. Can you catch ‘em all? $250 ($230 members). Register for June 12-16 here. Register for July 24-28 here

May the Force be With You
June 19-23

The force is strong with you, young Padawan. The force of SCIENCE! Learn the science behind the epic story. Can a change in the force be sensed? Is it possible to make a light saber? Could the Death Star be blown-up with one shot? Experiment and explore during this epic week of camp. $250 ($230 members). Regsiter here

Spy Science
June 26-30

Investigate the science behind codes, invisible ink, surveillance techniques, undercover maneuvers and disguises. You’ll feel like a master spy as you dust for fingerprints, crack a code, build an alarm system, search for clues and solve a scientific mystery! $250 ($230 members). Register here

LEGO: Machines and Mechanisms - SOLD OUT
July 3-7, no camp on July 4 

Use gears, motors, potential energy and balance to design your own contraptions. Investigate how gears translate motion and how different types of energy propel machines. Build and explore machines and mechanisms, calibrate and capture wind, and study gearing mechanism – all using LEGO. $200 ($184 members) Prices reflect a shortened week due to the holiday.Register here

Build it Up, Break it Down
July 10-14

Build a bridge and test it to see how much weight it can take before it collapses. Construct a skyscraper and put it to an earthquake test. Learn basic principles behind engineering and spend the week building, testing and breaking down your creation! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Maker Studio
July 17-21

Love inventing? Doodling in your notebooks? Taking apart your alarm clock? This camp is for the artists, the inventors and the curious. Take apart technology, make circuits and create what you see in your imagination! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Girls Only: Engineering Challenge
July 17-21

Get a great hands-on experience in engineering and construction activities. Meet professional women with a wealth of cuttingedge engineering topics. Explore the fields of engineering, construction, robotics and chemical engineering, all through interactive experiments! $250 ($230 members). Register here

Everyday Science
July 31-August 4

Calling all scientists: this session is one GIANT science experiment! Discover the fields of engineering, chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology and more. Perform a variety of our favorite experiments and learn about the different branches of science. $250 ($230 members). Register here

Physics of Fun
August 7-11

Spend a week tinkering with toys and increasing your “funderstanding” of physics. Defy gravity and build flying machines and parachutes; avoid breaking surface tension using bubble-ology; spark up energy with wind-up gadgets; design a marble coaster to investigate Newton’s laws; and go topsy-turvy for centripetal force with spinning tops. $250 ($230 members). Register here


Grades 4-5

All sessions run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

At the pre-teen age, science content becomes more focused, and at school, the structure of formal education sometimes does not permit individual students to explore their interests in a way that best suits their learning style. Our camps provide a suite of highly interactive and engaging sessions that are designed to help campers delve into topics of interest in an informal, hands-on environment.

LEGO EV3: International Takedown
June 5-9

Explore the world and travel to the most popular destinations with robotics! Climb the Pyramids of Giza, wheel around Stonehenge and straighten out the Leaning Tower of Pisa! By the end of the week, you’ll be programming your ‘bot like an international jet-setter! $280 ($260 members). Register here

DIY: Music Tech
June 12-16

Turn up the tunes while you study how to make your own music – Science Camp style. Learn about acoustics, the science behind sound, and how it is processed by the ear. Make your own rhythm and beats with different types of technology, including makey-makeys, program your own music video and manipulate your beats using editing technology. $280 ($260 members). Register here

Dissection Discovery
June 19-23

Calling all biologists! Explore the anatomy of fish, amphibians and mammals using the process of dissection. Learn how a heart beats, follow the path of a vein, and look inside a stomach while exploring careers in the medical field. Due to its graphic nature, this camp may not be suitable for everyone. $285 ($265 members). Register here

June 26-30 - NO CAMP for grades 4-5

Chemistry Cafe
July 3-7, no camp on July 4

Experiment with the kitchen chemistry that produces some of our favorite treats. Create edible, super-huge sugar crystals, get a rise out of yeast and perform “egg-citing eggsperiments.” Best of all, you get to eat your creations! $224 ($208 members) Prices reflect a shortened week due to the holiday. Register here

DIY: Video Game Tech
July 10-14

Grab your controller and level up to learn the art of video game design. Learn the programming languages that create games, develop characters and edit rooms to take your players by surprise. Dominate the gaming world and take home valuable knowledge of the science behind your favorite X-Box One and PS4 games! $280 ($260 members). Register here

Girls Only: CEO in Training
July 10-14

Do you have an idea to make the world a better place? Bring it to the Science Center for an exciting week of innovation and prototyping. You’ll create a business plan and be inspired by female entrepreneurs who call Cleveland home. Maybe you’ll even pick up a few pointers as you train to be a CEO! $280 ($260 members). Register here

Explore Cleveland
July 17-21

Science is all around us – explore the best that Cleveland has to offer! Learn about biomed technology while visiting medical facilities. Explore marine biology and water quality at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Learn about the latest in engineering while visiting local factories. Get the scoop on how to merge creativity with science at the Cleveland Museum of Art. $295 ($275 members). Register here

Amusement Park Science
July 24-28

Experiment with physics, friction, inertia and momentum. Use your design and engineering skills to create miniature models of your favorite rides. Explore centripetal force and kinetic and potential energy while riding real amusement park rides and getting a behind the scenes tour of Cedar Point Amusement Park! $295 ($275 members). Register here

Minecraft Multiverse: Portal Pioneer - SOLD OUT
July 24-28

Grab your pickaxe and diamond sword and discover the different dimensions of the Minecraft universe. Using skill and strategy, create portals to travel and explore different worlds. Bring your design savvy to the real world and use our digital fabrication equipment to design and print your own weaponry for fighting guard dragons. $280 ($260 members). Register here

EV3 Advanced: Sensors
July 31-August 4

Stretch your imagination and knowledge of LEGO EV3 engineering and see the world around you in a new way -- through the use of EV3 sensors. This camp focuses on programming four sensors -- color, touch, gyro and ultrasonic – to complete everyday errands in new ways to help mankind. Previous experience in robotics required for this camp. $280 ($260 members). Register here

Life on Mars
July 31-August 4

NASA projects humans will be on Mars by 2030 -- are you ready for the future? Train to live and work on Mars and command your own simulated Martian missions! During the week you’ll study propulsion techniques to get to Mars, build a coring ‘bot to take a sample of the Martian soil, research the art of growing food with hydroponics and return to Earth safely by building a lunar lander. $280 ($260 members). Register here

DIY: Art Tech - SOLD OUT
August 7-11

Meld color and engineering, creativity and technology in this new camp experience. Study and create amazing art that is laced with technology. Work with kinetic sculptures, 3-D printing technology, conductive thread and more while developing a flair for artful workmanship. $280 ($230 members). Register here


Grades 6-8

All sessions run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise. 

Research shows that when it comes to science and math, we tend to lose kids during their middle school years, either due to changing interests or limited school resources. Our 6-8 grade camps are designed with this in mind. We focus on real-world applications, careers and experiences in an effort to re-engage interest and ignite that scientific spark.

DIY: Video Game Tech - SOLD OUT
June 5-9

Grab your controller and level up to learn the art of video game design. Learn the programming languages that create games, develop characters and edit rooms to take your players by surprise. Dominate the gaming world and take home valuable knowledge of the science behind your favorite X-Box One and PS4 games! $280 ($260 members). Register here

LEGO EV3: Living LEGOs
June 12-16
August 7-11

Travel back to 1450 AD and study the world of automatons with Leonardo Da Vinci. Be inspired by his blueprints and build your own army of living LEGOs using EV3 robotic technology. With your fellow campers, curate your own exhibit of robotic sculptures that will rival Da Vinci’s workshop! $280 ($260 members). Register for June 12-16 here. Register for August 7-11 here

June 19-23 - NO CAMP for grades 6-8

Dissection Discovery: Aquatic
June 26-30

Explore. Discover. Dissect. Learn about anatomy UP CLOSE in an exciting and hands-on environment while dissecting a fish, starfish, squid and shark. Learn basic anatomy, draw with squid ink, and see how these creatures swim, eat and breathe. Due to its graphic nature, this camp may not be suitable for everyone. $280 ($260 members). Register here

DIY: Art Tech
July 3-7, no camp on July 4

Meld color and engineering, creativity and technology in this new camp experience. Study and create amazing art that is laced with technology. Work with kinetic sculptures, 3-D printing technology, conductive thread and more while developing a flair for artful workmanship. $224 ($208 members) Prices reflect a shortened week due to the holiday. Register here

Mission: ISS
July 10-14

An adventure on the International Space Station is calling! Learn and experience how astronauts live, work and play on the ISS. Conduct microgravity research, print your own tools using 3-D printing technologies, and freeze dry your own meals. Using the Science Center’s connection to NASA, you’ll simulate a year-long mission in space. $280 ($260 members). Register here

Explore Cleveland - SOLD OUT
July 17-21

Science is all around us – explore the best that Cleveland has to offer! Learn about biomed technology while visiting medical facilities. Explore marine biology and water quality at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Learn about the latest in engineering while visiting local factories. Get the scoop on how to merge creativity with science at the Cleveland Museum of Art. $295 ($275 members). Register here

Girls Only: Welding Workshop
July 17-21

Spend a week of your summer mixing molecular structure to meld your own creations. Solder circuits, braze metal, and perfect striking your arch in an actual welding lab. Do you think you can handle the heat? $295 ($275 members). Register here

Amusement Park Science
July 24-28

Experiment with physics, friction, inertia and momentum. Use your design and engineering skills to create miniature models of your favorite rides. Explore centripetal force and kinetic and potential energy while riding real amusement park rides and getting a behind the scenes tour of Cedar Point Amusement Park! $295 ($275 members). Register here

EV3 Advanced: Gears
July 24-28

Get your robotics skills in gear in this intense camp focused on the cause and effect of gears in simple machines. Learn about gear trains and calculate gear ratios for your robotic designs. Previous experience in robotics required for this camp. $280 ($260 members). Register here

Animation Station: Director's Cut
July 31-August 4

Focus on the art of storytelling in this hands-on animation camp. Use technology and explore many different types of animation and their principles. Create and produce your own animation to be screened by the end of the week. $280 ($260 members). Register here

Elements! My Dear Watson
July 31-August 4

Join Sherlock and Dr. Watson for a week of forensic chemistry. Learn about classic chemistry techniques that the famous detective might have used, and concoct and analyze your own mixtures using the periodic table of elements. Scotland Yard is calling! Will you accept the challenge? $280 ($260 members). Register here

Junkyard Wars
August 7-11

Join a team and build the ultimate structures! Guided by experts, campers form teams to build the coolest machines, bridges, skyscrapers, outfits and inventions out of recycled goods. Perfect for those campers looking to expand their imaginations, build teamwork skills and develop new inventions. $280 ($260 members). Register here


Grades 9-12

All sessions run Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

The world is moving faster than ever and careers in science, technology, engineering and math are in demand. Our high school summer camp sessions are designed to keep pace with these changes and provide campers with hands-on, practical application and real-life career experience.

Pediatric Doctor
July 10-14

Do you dream about helping the next generation stay safe and healthy? Follow the physical and cognitive development of a child in this new camp experience. Partnering with local doctors and hospitals, campers will learn how medical professionals help children stay healthy, and safely help in emergency situations. $280 ($260 members). Register here