Discovery Center Summer of Science

Discovery Center will be offering eight fantastic weeks of Monday—Friday summer science camps. Details about individual camps are below.

Registration Dates:

DCS Member Priority March 1-12, Non-Member begins March 14

Camp Dates:  Week long summer camps are offered Monday-Friday, June 6th—July 29th from 9am—3pm

Camp Cost: (per week and includes one FREE t-shirt) $200 member  $220 non-member

Before and After Care Options: Child care is now available before and after our summer camps

Before Care: 8am-9am: $35 per week, After Care: 3pm-6:00pm: $60 per week, Both Sections: $75 per week

Register here.






 Planet Party
 June 6-10 or June 27-July 1
Come learn about the universe beyond Earth's atmosphere. We will explore the details of space, study astronomy, discuss planetary motion, investigate the physical properties of celestial bodies, and shoot rockets!
Goopy, Slimy, Bubbly, Chemistry 
June 13-17 or July 18-22 
Come learn about the phases and properties of matter, expecially gooey, squishy, oozing, bubbly stuff! We will practice measuring and observing, explore solubility, density, and properties of atoms and molecules.
Zany Zoology 
June 20-24, July 11-15, or July 25-29 
Are you an animal lover? Come play and discover the wild world of zoology. We will learn about different types of animals and classification systems within Kingdom Animalia as we study the food chain and the interactions between organisims and their environments.
Chemistry Concoctions 
June 6-10, June 27-July 1 , or July 11-15
Put on your lab goggles and join us for a week of chemisty fun! Experiment with physical and chemical changes as you mix matter. Watch it change colors, burn, bubble, glow and more!
Deep Down Underground 
June 13-17 or July 18-22 
What mysteries lie beneath our feet? Dig up rocks and minerals and hunt for buried treasure while discovering fossils of prehistoric organisms. We will learn about subterranean worlds and go spelunking in a real cave.
Summer PLAYcation 
June 20-24 or July 25-29 
Did you know that playing is good for your brain? This class is all about the science of play, from toy design to the physics of sports, and LEGO engineering to game development.
 Insect Inspectors
 June 13-17 or July 18-22
Come explore the wild world of insects! Kids will go on daily bug hunting excursions around downtown Springfield to observe and collect various insects. Note to Parents: Kids must be willing to catch and handle insects and prepare them for display. We will spend 1 to 3 hours a day outside.
 Dig It, Plant It, Grow It
June 6-10, June 27-July 1, July 11-15 
Come be a botanist with us this summer as we learn all about plants and gardening! Kids will get their hands dirty as we perform various plant dissections and examine how a plant develops from seed to sprout to flower. Note to Parents: Kids will get dirty during planting activities and may spend significant time outside on walking field trips.
Lab Science 
June 20-24 or July 25-29 
This summer get the true science lab experience as our workshop gets full access to the Discovery Center's Chromozone Lab! Kids will be trained on actual lab duties techniques using real lab equipment and do the lab work. We'll learn about everything from genetics, to microbiology, to chemistry and more!
STEM Week Class 
June 20-24 
Missouri State University's College of Natural and Applied Sciences is providing campers with a highly stimulating environment for the exploration of science and engineering. We'll investigate and explore science topics with MSU scientists, utilize college laboratories, and discover options for study in college. Please drop off and pick up your camper on the MSU campus.
Coding for All 
June 13-17 
Campers will learn a variety of introductory programming techniques with applications for several classroom science subjects: physics, chemistry, biology, and math. Please drop off and pick up your camper on the MSU campus.
Lights, Camera, Math 
June 13-17 or July 11-15
In this girls only class, use your creative talents to design web videos that make learning fun for girls! You will learn how to design, direct, create, and edit great web videos. Choose stop-motion, music, storytelling, movement, or animation to produce a video that shows a math concept in an innovative way. The videos will be used to launch a new YouTube channel that will be created by girls, for girls.

Pre-registration & pre-payment are required. Once processed, you will receive an email confirmation. If you think you have registered and have not received an e-mail confirmation, please contact us immediately.

Campers must bring a sack lunch with drink each day.

Registration Deadline & Changes:

Campers must register no later than 7 days prior to start of workshop. Refunds will only be given up to two weeks before the date of the program or if the program is canceled.

Most camps are limited to 20 campers. Courses with fewer than 8 campers who are enrolled 7 days prior to the start of the session may be subject to cancellation. In this instance, we will contact you immediately to discuss further options.

Grade Requirements:

Camp grade levels are indicated for the grade the camper is going into.