20 Fun Science Trips
Are you looking for a bit of family fun mixed with learning this year?
Contributing Writer: Mark Gatanga
Science camps are one of the greatest opportunities kids get to have fun and learn at the same time. We have come up with a list of United States science trips you may want to consider. Hopefully this list will guide parents towards preparing for summer vacation early. After if Spring is here summer is just around the corner and preplanning for family trips is a must! Some of the prices of these trips will be posted.
1) Exploratorium – San Francisco, California
Charges are $19 for kids between 4-12 years, $24 (13-17 years) and $29 (adults, 18-64 years)
Cognitive Technology. Kids will learn about a new device, which when worn by the “explorer”, can help them control, for example, a robot arm with their brain.
Science of Sharing. Learn the scientific study of social interactions.
Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The kids will learn how physical forces interact with the world we inhabit and how science bring the balance.
2) Camp Invention – Highland Park, North Canton, Ohio
They have locations nationwide but their headquarters are in North Canton, Ohio.
They have a theme for every year. Check them out for this year’s theme.
Kids will get a chance to interact with inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Make their own prototypes which they can carry back home.
The program features a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) modules, thus opening up your kids mind to new possibilities.
3) Alaska Summer Research Academy – Fairbanks, AK
Students engage in an intensive team work of STEM-based modules.
Plus other educational based projects just for fun and not grades.
Students are encouraged to make friends and respect each other’s inputs
4) Destination Science Summer Camp – North Elm Street, CA
Destination Science camps are held in over 130 community centers across 6 states.
Kids enjoy a week long fun-filled day camps.
They learn how to make and play with exciting take-home toys, robots, roller coasters.
Also look forward to other forms of creative engineering.
-Charges vary with the location of the camp and it can be found on their website.
5) Pollen Power – Urbana, Illinois
Cost is $350 per camper.
This is a special camp for girls who have completed their 6th or 7th grades.
If you have an interest in environmental, plant and pollen power study.
Children to learn how pollination takes place, in real time.
They also get familiar with million-dollar plant-research facilities on campus.
6) Sea Turtle Camp- North Carolina, Hawaii, Costa Rica (What a treat!)
Sea Turtle Camp majors on marine biology and the science around it
It involves patrolling the beaches in search of turtle nests.
Activities include scuba diving, volunteering in a sea turtle hospital.
Kids may also contribute to marine health.
This camps is suitable for all ages from teens to adults.
7) Digital Media Academy
Held in prestigious Universities in more than 10 US States and Canada.
Kids learns how apps are developed, create Java C++ and other programs and film making.
8) COSMOS Program – (Four University of California campuses)
It’s an intensive lab program lasting 4 weeks.
It targets students who have completed their 8-12 grades.
Involves research work that goes beyond regular school curriculum.
Students gets a hands-on exposure to ongoing researches in the University of California.
9) Dunes Learning Center – Chesterton, Indiana
-Charges are $375 per participant for 5 days and 4 nights and $150 for kids aged 6-8 for 5 days. An $80 fee applies for those who wish to participate in Mighty Arcons camp. Other special offers for military kids are available.
Learners participate in dune hiking, identify different insects found in the Indiana woodland, a night campfire, hunting for salamanders and kayaking.
10) PWSSC Science Summer Camps – Cordova, Alaska (Just in case you are able to explore)
Students learn fish ecology, marine and coastal ecosystem, environmental challenges like oil pollution and climate change. They also get to use high tech gadgets and engage with scientists and researchers.
The center offers full and partial scholarship opportunities through Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund.
11) Youth Digital Technology Camps – Washington D.C. and 3 other states.
This is a summer vacation camp for kids aged 8-16 years.
They learn 3-D animation, game design, graphic design, and modeling.
They use professional tool to create customized fashion fabrics and collection. Kids are encouraged to continue learning the basics even after the camp.
12) Program your Future – San Francisco Bay Area, California.
A camp for middle school girls.
It is aimed at equipping girls with programming basics, networking, STEM lessons.
Field trips to museums or tech firms.
Girls also learn how to write resumes and confidently attend interviews.
13) Sigma Camp – Sharon, Connecticut
Open to students aged between 12 and 16 years.
SC is powered by STEM programs and tends.
They teach these youngsters how sciences interrelate to strike natural balance.
Participants will also interact with leading scientists.
14) ID Tech Camps – (in over 28 states)
-ID Tech offers both kids (6-12) and teens (13-17) programs in over 100 top campus.
Powered by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
This camps’ motive is to inspire youngsters to get ready for the expansive tech world.
They learn game making, web design, robotic engineering, iOS and Android platforms, film making.
There are other optional pre-college courses.
15) Kids for the Bay – (Berkeley, CA)
Kids about learn marine science, ocean shores exploration, collect pond insects and tend to botanical gardens.
16) Camp Galileo – (over 25 locations around the US)
General outdoor activities, tackles team-building challenges, artistic and scientific inventions.
5th graders are given honorary titles for their work.
17) The Tech Museum (San Jose, CA)
3-D game designs, kitchen chemistry, robotics, crime scene investigation and film-making.
18) Science Explorers – PA, Delaware, and New Jersey
-Exciting hands-on artistic and scientific exposure, career exploration and motivation from speakers like Steve Harvey.
19) Space Camp – (Huntsville, AL)
-Trains kids interested in space science and astronautic engineering. Simulated space missions and mock rocket launches.
20) Girl Scouts of the USA – (headquarters in New York City)
This special science camp offers girl scouts an opportunity to explore the world of Science.
Also, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Leadership, digital art, scientific invention.
Kids learn while earning esteemed honor badges at it.