Imagine, Explore and Discover

the amazing world of STEAM this summer!

2015 SciTech Adventure Camp

SciTech Hands On Museum is proud to offer a safe and educational summer camp environment for children pre-K through 8th grade. Morning sessions (9am-12pm) and afternoon sessions (1pm-4pm) are centered along a weekly theme that integrates STEAM into fun and engaging experiences.

It is our priority to make SciTech Summer Adventure Camps a unique learning experience through our innovative programming. Camps will be led by dedicated, professionally trained teachers who encourage creativity, promote discovery, and support individual learning styles. Small camp size promotes personal attention and direction. Our pre-K camps are capped at 12 campers and our grades 1-8 camps are capped at 15 campers.

Adventures in STEAM

science technology engineering art mathematics

2018 Camp Topics

Our 2018 Summer Adventure Camps will explore the same topics through a variety of Hands On activities and challenges appropriate for the grade levels.

June 18 - 22: Science

Morning Session (9am – 12pm): Creature Comforts

Imagine how the world looks from an animal’s point of view. Explore how animals are classified, and the relationships they have with their habitats. Discover the biological similarities between humans and animals by participating in a dissection. Campers will visit with a Phillips Park Zoo keeper to learn about their job. Explore your wild side!

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Afternoon Session (1pm – 14pm): Digging Down Through Time

Imagine what the Earth looked like millions of years ago. Come dig with us, and learn about geology! Discover how rocks, minerals, and fossils were formed millions of years ago and why erosion matters. Create a volcano and see how they impact our planet. Explore topography in SciTech’s Augmented Reality Sandbox! This camp is sure to ROCK!

June 25 - 29: Technology

Morning Session (9am – 12pm): Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Have you ever imagined how movies are made? Come learn how movie directors and film artists are creating today’s amazing Hollywood blockbusters with the use of Science and Technology. Campers will have the opportunity to explore special effects, learn how a green screen works and create a film project with the Aurora Public Television station . Thats a wrap!

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Afternoon Session (1pm – 14pm): Hello, Computer!

Just like humans, computers have many different languages just like R2-D2 and C3PO. Explore coding and programming concepts through Hands On experiments in SciTech’s STEAM lab. Discover how robotics have impacted the lives of humans today and how they will affect the future. Campers will be able to use their imaginations as they design, program and build their own robots. Beep – Boop!

July 9 - 13: Engineering

Morning Session (9am – 12pm): Architecture Adventures

Why have ancient pyramids survived thousands of years? How do skyscrapers withstand the forces of nature? Campers will use their imagination to create their own scale model to take home. Explore the limits of form and function. Discover the world’s greatest architectural marvels and catastrophic failures. SciTech will go exploring all of the architectural secrets of historic downtown Aurora in this action-packed camp! Build a better tomorrow.

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Afternoon Session (1pm – 14pm): Theme Park Engineering

Have you ever been on a roller coaster and felt like something was pushing against you? Discover the science behind the thrilling attractions that fill theme parks around the world through Hands On experiments and activities. Explore Newton’s laws of motion and how engineers use them to push the limits. Campers will design and create their own mini theme park! Hold on tight!

July 16 - 20: Arts

Morning Session (9am – 12pm): Art Smart!

Discover how artists apply the scientific method to create their masterpieces. Explore different art mediums from paint and pastels to wire and wood. Using these different materials campers will create magnificent masterpieces. Wrap up the week by displaying your artwork for all to see in an art exhibition at SciTech. Express yourself!

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Afternoon Session (1pm – 14pm): The Magic of Animation

Discover the science behind early animation and how technology has impacted this industry. Through Hands On discovery learn how optical illusions work and why they play a key role in animation. Explore a variety of tools from pencil, paper and computers to create and develop your own animations. Wrap up the week by displaying your artwork for all to see in an art exhibition at SciTech. Sketch it up!

July 23 - 27: Math

Morning Session (9am – 12pm): Superhero Physics

Imagine if you woke up with superhuman powers. Would you have super speed like Flash or Captain America’s incredible strength. Learn how Batman and Ironman use their knowledge of science and technology to create their gadgets . Discover how YOU can be a superhero by applying your knowledge of Science and Technology to create your own alter ego. KA-POW!

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Afternoon Session (1pm – 14pm): Under Pressure

Imagine being able to bend steel like Superman or smash through walls like The Incredible Hulk. Explore why certain materials can withstand different amounts of pressure. Discover how these superheroes use their strength to manipulate and crush everyday objects. Apply your knowledge and carefully choose the right material to create a structure and test it to see how much pressure it can withstand! SMASH!

Please note:

SciTech offers camps for younger scientists, too! Children as young as 3 years old can enjoy a SciTech Nano Camp! Take a look at the Nano SciTech Summer Camp, designed specifically for PreK – K.

What do SciTech Summer Camps look like?

“It’s close, convenient, and offers an environment that’s different from other summer camps.”

“The topics were very hands on. My child enjoyed this aspect of the class.”

“A well-rounded program with good pricing for a science and technology focused camp that wasn’t all Lego-based. Overall huge win!”

“SciTech Hands On Museum provides a fun, learning, and engaged atmosphere.”

Registration

This summer, embark on a real adventure! Imagine, Explore and Discover the amazing world of STEAM! Space is limited, so don’t wait! Register TODAY!

Interested in a discounted price? Become a SciTech member and get $25 off the regular session price.

How can I register ONLINE?
Decide which camp session(s) you want to register for. Select how you prefer to organize your selections.  Camp registrations grouped either by WEEK or by GRADE LEVEL for your convenience.

Register by WEEK

“I am selecting SciTech Summer Camps based on the dates that the camps are offered.”

Week of June 18 - 22

NANO CAMP MORNING SESSIONS (Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm)

MORNING SESSIONS (9am – 12pm) CREATURE COMFORTS

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1pm – 4pm) DIGGING THROUGH TIME

Week of June 25 - 29

NANO CAMP MORNING SESSIONS (Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm)

MORNING SESSIONS (9am – 12pm) LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1pm – 4pm) HELLO, COMPUTER

Week of July 9 - 13

NANO CAMP MORNING SESSIONS (Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm)

MORNING SESSIONS (9am – 12pm) ARCHITECTURE ADVENTURES

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1pm – 4pm) THEME PARK ENGINEERING

Week of July 16 - 20

NANO CAMP MORNING SESSIONS (Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 12pm)

MORNING SESSIONS (9am – 12pm) ART SMART

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1pm – 4pm) MAGIC OF ANIMATION

Week of July 23 - 27

MORNING SESSIONS (9am – 12pm) SUPERHERO PHYSICS

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1pm – 4pm) UNDER PRESSURE

Register by GRADE LEVEL

“I am selecting camp sessions based on the grade level my child will be entering in the Fall.”

Nano Summer Camp: PreK and K

What do SciTech Summer Camps look like?

Camp Policies and FAQs

How much does camp cost?


• Register for SciTech Summer Camp BEFORE March 31, 2018 and pay only $150 per session. The full week is $300.

• Between April 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018 registration is $175 per session. The full week is $350.

• Register for SciTech Summer Camp AFTER June 1, 2018 is $200 per session. The full week is $400.

• Before and After Care options are available. Staff is available from 8am-9am and extended afternoon is available 4pm-5pm. Each option is $50 per period per week per option.

 

SciTech Nano Summer Camps for PreK and K students are $100 each week if registered BEFORE April 1, 2018.

SciTech Nano Summer Camps are $125 each week between April 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018.

Register for SciTech Nano Summer Camps AFTER June 1, 2018 and the price is $150 each week.

Are meals provided?

Meals WILL NOT be provided. Campers staying through the Lunch Period must bring their own lunch, labeled clearly with their name, and may not leave the SciTech grounds.
• SciTech camp staff and students will NOT be permitted to share or trade food with other campers at any time.
• There will be a reserved peanut/nut free table in the lunch room. Please alert the camp coordinator if there are severe allergies that require additional accommodations.
• A snack will be provided by SciTech during class each day, and students are welcome to bring their own snack in a sealed container, with their name clearly labeled on the food container. Students with any special dietary needs must bring their own snack.
• Food and drink will not be permitted in the classrooms or STEAM LAB.

Attendance Policies

• Arriving on time: If the student is going to be more than 10 minutes late, the parent/guardian must call to inform SciTech ahead of time. Students arriving 30 minutes late or more WILL NOT be permitted to attend camp that day unless prior arrangements are made.
• Weather and Safety Emergency and Cancellation: In the event that weather and/or safety conditions are too hazardous, SciTech reserves the right to cancel any and all camp activities. SciTech will notify parents/guardians of any weather and/or safety emergencies via phone and/or email. SciTech will not issue refunds due to weather cancellations.
• Sending students home due to illness: If a student is deemed too ill to participate in camp, the parent/guardian will be notified and asked to take their student home for the remainder of the camp day or until symptom-free for 24 hours.
• There are no refunds granted to do lateness, illness, absence or weather/safety cancellations.

Can I pick my child up early or arrive late?

• Please inform camp staff if your camper needs to be picked up early.
• If the student is going to be more than 10 minutes late, the parent/guardian must call to inform SciTech ahead of time. Students arriving 30 minutes late or more WILL NOT be permitted to attend camp that day unless prior arrangements are made.
• Before and After Care options are available. Staff is available from 8am-9am for $50 and extended afternoon is available 4pm-5pm for $50. Each option is per week.
• Late pickup fee: $5 for every 5 minutes that a parent/guardian is late to pick up a student.

Camp Supplies
  • All necessary camp supplies are provided by SciTech.
  • Every camper will receive one SciTech drawstring backpack and one camp tee-shirt as part of registration. Additional tee-shirts and other SciTech merchandise are available in the STEAMart with a 30% discount (not applicable to unbranded purchases).
  • Students are required to keep a backpack with them each day of camp.
  • Students should bring a water bottle, with their name clearly labeled on it, to camp every day.
  • Students are required to bring a clean change of seasonally appropriate clothes to camp each day.

Is there a uniform requirement?
  • Yes, campers are asked to wear their SciTech Summer Camp tee-shirt every day of their session.
  • Campers will receive one SciTech teeshirt for camp. Additional shirts are available in the STEAMart for 30% off for camp participants.
  • Students are expected to wear closed-toed shoes to camp every day, crocks and jellies are NOT acceptable footwear.
  • All shorts must be knee length or longer.
  • No tight or revealing clothing.
  • Attire may not mimic or represent any illegal substances, profanity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products or any kind of weapon.
  • Camp students who do not wear the appropriate attire to camp may not be permitted to participate in some class activities, and may be sent home.
  • SciTech will not be held liable for any injury that results in failure to wear appropriate attire to camps.
What is the teacher-camper ratio?

• 1st grade through 8th grade camps, class sizes are held to a maximum enrollment of 15 students per class.
• For Preschool through Kindergarten camps, class sizes are held to a maximum enrollment of 12 students per class.

Cancellation Policy

• All registrations are FINAL upon receipt of payment, and refunds will NOT be issued to any parent/guardian who wishes to cancel registration.
• Enrollment in individual sessions are final. Parents/guardians may not “switch” their child to another session after registration is finalized.
• SciTech Hands On Museum reserves the right to cancel a camp session for any reason. If your camp session is cancelled by SciTech, SciTech will refund the full cost of the camp session. SciTech will NOT offer full or partial refunds in the event that a student is sick, absent, or was otherwise dismissed from the program.
• SciTech will not issue refunds due to weather cancellations.

Safety Concerns

SciTech Summer Adventure Camp staff take your child’s safety very seriously.

Adult Supervision:
• Campers on SciTech grounds are required to be under adult supervision at all times. Parents/guardians may not leave their child unattended on SciTech grounds for any reason.

Sign-In/Drop-Off and Sign-Out/Pick-Up:
• Parents/guardians are required to sign their camper in with camp staff no earlier than 15 minutes
before class. Campers will be escorted by camp staff to their classroom after they have been signed in.
• Campers will be signed out by an adult listed on a child’s approved pick up list with camp staff at the end of the child’s camp day.
• Anyone picking up a camper from camp must have their name and phone number listed on the registration. Anyone picking up a camper from camp may be required to present government-issued identification such as State ID or driver’s license.
• Camp staff must be notified prior to pick-up of any approved and/or listed adults who will be picking up their camper either through the camp registration process or other written communication.
• Campers will not be allowed to leave the supervision of camp staff without being signed out by an adult listed on the approved pick up list.

Weather and Safety Emergency and Cancellation:
• In the event that weather and/or safety conditions are too hazardous, SciTech reserves the right to cancel any and all camp activities. SciTech will notify parents/guardians of any weather and/or safety emergencies via phone and/or email. SciTech will not issue refunds due to weather cancellations.

Toilet Training

• Campers entering Preschool or Pre-K must be toilet trained before registering for camp. SciTech Hands On Museum may dismiss a camper from the summer camp program if the camper is not toilet trained prior to attending camp.

Medication Policies

Non-Emergency Medication Policy
• Parents/guardians whose child is required to take prescription medication during the camp day must list that medication in the appropriate fields in the camp registration forms.
• Parents/guardians whose child is required to take prescription medication must also complete a medical log sheet detailing the name of the medication the child is taking, dosage information, and description of the pill. This will be done on the first day of camp during check-in prior to the camper entering day one of class.
• Parents/guardians must store the medication in its original bottle and bring the medication to SciTech Summer Adventure Camps on the first day.
• All non-emergency medication will be secured in the education office, and medical logs will be kept by SciTech camp administrative staff.
• Students will be escorted by educational camp staff to the education office to take their medication as prescribed on the medication label.

Emergency medication, such as Epipen, rescue inhaler, and insulin
• SciTech should be notified through the registration if a student carries an emergency medication including Epipen, rescue inhaler, insulin, or others.
• Emergency medication will be labeled clearly with the child’s name and will be kept in the First Aid kit controlled by the supervising Teacher/TA during the camp day.
• Parents will be required to fill out a medical log sheet on the first day of camps for each prescription medication.

Prohibited Items

•Campers may not bring any illegal substances, drugs, alcohol, e-cigarettes, tobacco products, guns, knives, any kind weapon, or dangerous item(s) to the museum.
• Campers may also not bring any toys, food, candy, clothing, or any other paraphernalia that mimics or represents any illegal substances, drugs, alcohol, e-cigarettes, tobacco products, guns, knives, any kind of weapon, or dangerous item(s).
• In the event that a camper is found with any of these items listed, the camper’s parent/guardian(s) will be notified, the camper will immediately be dismissed from the program, and legal authorities will be notified of any dangerous or illegal activity.
• Refunds will not be issued if a camper is dismissed from SciTech Summer Adventure Camps.

Scholarship Program

limited scholarships available

SciTech Hands On Museum is proud to continue its camp scholarship program for students in the community of Aurora, IL. There is a $25 application fee for scholarships. Please contact SciTech for more information and an application at 630-859-3434 x230.

This year, SciTech will be partnering with the VWR Charitable Foundation of Radnor, Pennsylvania. VWR Charitable Foundation was established in 2009 by a group of associates from VWR. Who were committed to giving back to the science community. The VWR Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million dollars since its inception, supporting organizations and programs that align with its three strategic priorities: Researching for new innovation and drug discovery, improving health and well-being of those in need, and advancing science education.

Contact SciTech Summer Adventure Camps

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(630) 859 – 3434 x230