ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — If you’re looking for something fun yet educational for your kids this summer, the Science Museum of Western Virginia may have you covered.
The museum is introducing several new in-person summer camps that will help your kids develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
The camps reportedly focus on teaching your children about STEAM subjects — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
According to the museum, the summer camps run from June through August from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. However, for an extra fee, you can add “before camp care” starting at 8 a.m. and/or “after camp care” ending at 5 p.m. to any camp session.
“Science-based Summer Camps are essential in maintaining STEAM skills that are developed throughout the school term and often deplete over summer break. Attending fun and engaging Summer Camps results in marked improvements across all STEAM subjects when they return to school! Additionally, Summer Campers gain key skills, such as team work and confidence, that are retained for their future careers.”Science Museum of Western Virginia
Here is a list of the available camps:
- June 14-18: Harry Potter Camp with the Mill Mountain Theatre, which explores the intersection between science and theatre.
- June 21-25: Make It or Break It, which allows campers to solve challenges through engineering activities while developing their problem-solving skills.
- June 28 to July 2: Cosmic Camp, while explores other planets in the solar system by gathering data, conquering obstacles, and designing spacecrafts.
- July 12-16: Forensic Science/Little Sherlock, which turns campers into STEM detectives so they can hunt down clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to catch the culprit.
- July 19-23: Go With the Flow, which unveils the amazing properties of water and the community’s role in conserving this valuable resource both indoors and outdoors.
- July 26-30: Animal Ambassadors, which allows campers to get a close look with the museum’s cutest residents, as well as learn about their habitats and their role in their ecosystems.
- Aug. 2-6: By Land, Air, or Sea, which helps campers investigate what makes things go by teaching them how to propel things forward with mechanics and chemistry.
- Aug. 9-13: Bacteria Bunch, which gives campers a chance to grow their own bacteria samples, conduct culinary experiments, and learn how bacteria affects the world.
- Aug. 16-20: Code Breakers, which turns campers’ love of technology into real world skills by teaching them about computer coding.
All of these camps are will have a class for rising Kindergarten through 2nd graders and a class for 3rd through 5th graders.
For more information about these camps — including their coronavirus protocols — follow this link.