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Summer Camps

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When School is Out,
the Science Center is In!

Campers ages 4–14 can choose from a variety of camps, including video game design, robotics, virtual reality, biology, and more!

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

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3/4/2017 to 5/26/2019

Save the Date:

Summer Camp Open House

Sat.–Sun., May 25–26
10 am–3 pm

Join us for an open house to learn more about our Summer Science Camps! We invite all families and campers to meet the camp staff, see the classroom, and ask questions. Get a taste of some of the upcoming fun with hands-on science activities, get a sneak peek at the 2019 T-shirts, and take care of your camp paperwork all at once. Summer Camp registration is NOT required!

Please note: This event is free to attend, but does not include general admission to the Science Center.

RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Featured Camp: NEW! Da Vinci’s Designs

For ages 10–11

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

$250 members / $280 nonmembers (Includes special visit to Da Vinci The Exhibition)

*No camp on July 4. Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $200 members / $230 nonmembers

Bring da Vinci’s historic drawings to life as you investigate Renaissance era engineering, biology, and art. Explore how human eyes work with the camera obscura, tinker with hydraulic machines, and design chain mail.

Aug. 12 – 16

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Members get discount rates on select programs!
Non-members can add programs to your cart and buy a membership at checkout!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Schedule


Ages 4 – 5+


Cost: $130 members / $145 nonmembers per session.
Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

Morning session: 9 am–Noon (am)
Afternoon session: 1–4 pm (pm)


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Little Builders

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–Noon

Unleash your imagination as you build bridges and castles with blocks, and turn ordinary objects into extraordinary structures! Join fellow engineers as you discover which shapes are the strongest, test out different building materials, and tinker with recycled materials.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Science in Motion

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Mon., Aug. 5– Fri., Aug. 9
1–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–Noon

Get things moving as you experiment with the laws of motion and simple machines. Make creations that roll, spin, and swing, and even make a mini amusement park with LEGO®STEAM Park!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Messy Science

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
1–4 pm

Get ready to get messy with science! Make fun fizzy concoctions, compare slime and Oobleck, and paint with gravity. Decorate your very own smock to take home at the end of the week!

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Neighborhood Science

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–Noon 

Be a part of our community and discover the people, places, and technology found in our city. Explore trains, trolleys, and boats, then build and design your own block city. Examine how veterinarians care for animals, sort recyclables, and investigate where garbage goes.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Invisible Forces

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
1–4 pm

Join us as we explore scientific phenomenon you cannot see! Investigate the science behind gravity, static electricity, magnetism, and sound. Drive a car without touching it, levitate balloons, and race objects down ramps.

Ages 6 – 7+


Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs as listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am–4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Be A Roboticist

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

What makes a robot different from other machines? Discover how they sense, think, and act as you get hands on with a fun variety of educational robots. Program a robot with color, race through a maze, and explore endless possibilities with Cubelets™.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Camp Odd Squad

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Are you adventurous, love kooky creatures, and enjoy solving odd crimes? Then PBS Kids’ Odd Squad agents need your help! Become an honorary Odd Squad agent for the week using math and basic computer science to solve bizarre mysteries and thwart weird enemies. This camp is provided in partnership with the Fred Rogers Company.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019
3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Junior Wizard

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Is it magic or is it science? Become a real-life wizard when you make objects shrink and expand, change color, and even disappear! Examine the genetics of mythical creatures, make potions, and try your hand at transfiguration.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

I’m Biology

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Become a doctor-in-training for the week as you learn about the inner workings of the human body. Test your senses and reflexes, follow the path of the digestive system, and map your circulatory system.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Camp Magic School Bus

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

Hop aboard the Magic School Bus and take a fantastic voyage through the world of science! Explore everything from the ocean floor to the far reaches of space. Shrink down and travel through the circulatory system, and ride on a river of lava. It will be a trip you won't forget!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Just Add Water

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

It’s a splash of science! Experiment with water chemistry and explore water in all three of its forms. Discover aquatic life, navigate life as a pirate, and engineer a sea-worthy vessel.

Ages 8 – 9+


Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs as listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am–4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Brain Games

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Take a deeper look into the hidden secrets of the human mind! Investigate how the brain works, and how it can deceive you. Fool your eyes with optical illusions and virtual reality, and then trick your senses of taste and touch. Test your mental powers with puzzles, ciphers, and codes and make your own brain teasers.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Robot Roundup

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

Discover the wide world of robotics with a survey of fun and hands-on products such as Cubelets®, Sphero, Ozobots, and more. Test out different types of sensors, experiment with programming platforms, and challenge your classmates to races or robot soccer matches.

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Explore the world all around you! Cook food using a solar oven and discover how to navigate the stars. Examine why trees have rings, construct an animal habitat, and investigate extreme weather!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Engineering Through the Ages

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

$250 members / $280 nonmembers (Includes special visit to Da Vinci The Exhibition)

Science and history come together in this fascinating adventure through thousands of years of ingenuity. Explore engineering wonders from pyramids and obelisks to castles and bridges. Discover the scientific secrets of Roman chariots, medieval trebuchets, pirate ships, and much more!

Ages 10 – 11+


Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs as listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am–4 pm.
Campers must bring a bagged lunch.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Short Circuit

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

Harness the power of electricity into fun and innovative forms. Explore conductivity, and make circuits out of Play-Doh, LEGO® blocks, and even paper. Experiment with alternative energy sources, and use Makey-Makey kits to add some simple programming to your projects!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

$270 members / $295 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Put your detective skills to the test as you analyze evidence and solve mysteries. Hone your powers of observation and deductive skills, and then step into our brand-new laboratory to carry out chemical tests, identify microscopic clues, and perform DNA analysis to solve mysteries!


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Apocalyptic Architecture

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

Band together with your fellow campers to design and build new cities in an imaginary post-apocalyptic world. Discover how disasters, like storms and plagues, can ravage your city, and figure out how to protect yourself from these potential dangers.

Ages 12 – 14+


Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs as listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am–4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Robot Engineers

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

$270 members / $295 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Explore the fascinating world of robotics as you design and program robots to carry out a variety of tasks, from robotic hands and minesweeping rovers to a robotic amusement park ride. Use both LEGO® Mindstorms EV3’s and Hummingbird Robotics Kits to design, build, program, and beta-test your robotic creations.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Art + Tech

Mon., Aug. 5–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

$270 members / $295 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Discover the intersection of art and technology and use modern tools to set your creativity free! Experiment with 3D printing, digital animation, and green-screen technology. Program robots to draw, manipulate images and sound, and add programmable circuits to your work of art.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

NEW! Science Beats

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

$270 members / $295 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Combine your love of music and passion for technology as you dive into the science of sound manipulation. Visualize sound waves with fire, make digital instruments with littleBits and Makey-Makey technology, and use computer programs and apps to mix sound and make your own theme song! Campers also will visit Bricolage Production Company to get an in-depth look at sound effects and radio technology.

Ages 14 – 18+


Cost: $120 members / $145 nonmembers per session

Full-day camps run from 9 am–4 pm. 
Campers must bring a bagged lunch.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Fab Lab: Teen Making Workshop

Thurs., Aug. 8–Fri., Aug. 9
9 am–4 pm

In this intensive workshop, teens of all making levels will be immersed in the digital fabrication technologies of Fab Lab: 3D printing, laser cutting, and other CNC machinery. Fab Lab educators will work with teens to learn, explore, and create using those technologies. Interested teens could sign up for more than one Teen Making Camp to build on their previous knowledge and create more complex projects.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Fab Lab: Girls Teen Maker Camp

Mon., Aug. 5–Tues., Aug. 6
9 am–4 pm

In this intensive workshop, teen girls of all making levels will be immersed in the digital fabrication technologies of Fab Lab: 3D printing, laser cutting, and other CNC machinery. Fab Lab educators will work with teens to learn, explore, and create using those technologies. Interested teens could sign up for more than one Teen Making Camp to build on their previous knowledge and create more complex projects.


3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge Workshops

Mon., Aug. 5–Tues., Aug. 6
9 am–4 pm

Experiment with the science behind quad copter flight as you assemble and build your own mini indoor drone. Using Fab Lab’s 3D printer and laser cutter, design and test your drone chassis. Challenge other drones in an indoor obstacle course the second day.

Please check back often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.


Registration


How to register for camp+

Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Online registration requires payment in full by credit card. Registration can also be done with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Call 412.237.3400 to register.

Financial Assistance+

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.

Cancellation Policy+

In case of insufficient registration, Carnegie Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp or receiving a full refund.

Refund Policy+

All changes or cancellations to camp reservations must be completed by May 31st. Prior to May 31st all cancellations will be subject to a refund of up to the full price of the camp minus a $25 fee, per camp. For those camps purchased after May 31 there will be no changes, cancellations or refunds issued.

What’s Included+

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp; camps with field trips may have additional costs.

*Note – Lunch is not provided by the Carnegie Science Center. Campers will need to bring a bagged lunch to camp each day.


The Camp Experience


Camper Check-in and Check-out+

  • Summer Camp check-in occurs in the Group Reception area, located on the ground floor of the museum from 8:30-9 am. All campers must be signed in by an adult each day.

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  • Summer Camp check-out will also be held in the Group Services area from 4-4:30 pm. Please bring a photo ID – proper identification is required of all adults who will be picking up campers. Your child will not be released to an adult not listed on your authorized contacts list or to anyone that does not bring an ID.
  • Parking - When you arrive, please take a ticket from the parking meter. If you are in the parking lot for less than 45 minutes, you will not be charged for parking. Simply insert your entry ticket back into any gate to exit. If you plan on staying past 45 minutes, you will need to pay the $5 fee for parking.
  • See below for information on Pre and Post Camp Care.

Daily Activities and Schedule+

The summer camp experience is specially designed to offer opportunities the school-year classroom cannot, with plenty of individual hands-on activities, supervised exploration, and interactive fun. In addition to classroom experiments and projects, campers will explore different museum exhibits each day, and experience shows in our demonstration theaters and Rangos Giant Screen Cinema throughout the week. A brief description of the daily activities will be provided each Monday for each camp.

Food and Snack+

Lunch is not provided by the Carnegie Science Center. Campers need to bring a lunch from home that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. Lunches should be brought in a disposable bag with the campers’ name clearly marked on it.

A small snack will be provided to campers each day. All snacks are nut free, but may include other allergens, so please clearly indicate any food allergies on the camp permission form. Campers may bring their own alternative snack from home if there are allergy concerns, however outside food may not be shared with other campers.

Example snacks include: Fruit snacks, pretzels, crackers, and granola bars. When attending a movie in The Rangos Giant Cinema Theater campers will be provided with a small popcorn as their daily snack.

Camp Instructors+

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are current professional teachers or recent graduates of an education program. They are assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Teenage volunteers and interns may also assist with camp activities. All summer camp staff members–instructors, assistants, and volunteers—have passed thorough background checks.

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student: teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

Pre and Post Camp Care+

For your convenience, we offer pre- and post-camp child care. This time is for supervised, unstructured play. Toys, such as blocks and puzzles, will be provided for campers to engage with. Campers may also bring books or other items from home during this time.

Pre-Care runs from 7:30 - 8:30 am for an additional charge of $25 per week.

Post-Camp runs from 4:30 - 6 pm for an additional $50 per week. Campers will be provided with an additional snack during post-camp.

Please note: For half-day preschool camps your child must be enrolled in an afternoon camp in order to sign up for post-camp, and a morning camp to sign up for pre-care.

Pre-registration is required and can be arranged when you book your camp.

FAQ’s+

When can I register?

Registration is currently closed.

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

Members can register by calling 412.237.3400 or via online beginning Mon., Dec. 10. Registration via the website will be available to members and nonmembers beginning Mon., Dec. 17. To register via the website, click the “buy” button next to your desired camps.

What is your payment policy?

Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Online registration requires payment in full by credit card. Registration can also be done with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Call 412.237.3400 to register.

3/4/2017 to 8/10/2019

My child can’t attend camp. What is your refund policy?

All changes or cancellations to camp reservations must be completed by May 31st. Prior to May 31st all cancellations will be subject to a refund of up to the full price of the camp minus a $25 fee, per camp. For those camps purchased after May 31 there will be no changes, cancellations or refunds issued.

Can my camp be cancelled?

In case of insufficient registration, Carnegie Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp or receiving a full refund.

Who are the camp instructors?

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are professional teachers and college seniors majoring in science or education, assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Camps are designed by camp instructors and full-time Carnegie Science Center professionals to be age-appropriate, stimulating, and exciting. All summer camp staff members–instructors and assistants—have passed thorough background checks.

How many children are in each camp?

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student: teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

What does the camp registration fee include?

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp; camps with field trips may have additional costs.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.


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