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2020 Summer of Science
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed our Summer of Science camp offerings to reflect current local, federal, and CDC guidelines.
Here’s what we’re changing and ramping up to make sure your camper stays safe, happy, and healthy this summer:
- All staff, volunteers, and children entering our building will be required to have their temperatures taken and to complete a health assessment
- We can’t care for children who have had a fever or have been on fever reducing medications in the 24 hours before drop off
- To avoid cross contamination, each classroom will be limited to ten students, and students will not have interactions with any other classrooms during the day. After an area has been used, we are trying to have a team member sanitize the area before another class enters the space.
- We will require everyone on our team to pass a State of Missouri background check and to complete our child-safety training program.
- We are monitoring classes and children as they move through the Center through a staffed command Center with the goal that your children are only ever interacting with our staff, their teachers, and their class of 10 other students (this is one of the ways we facilitate child safety with our team and how we know when to sanitize and clear areas before the next group of students come through)
- All teachers are required to ensure children are washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before eating. Hand sanitizer is not the primary way we’ll be cleaning hands, but we will be using it.
- We’re going to try and provide our awesome Science of Germs program to each class to teach them how to properly wash their hand using Glo-Germ and a black light through experiential learning. It’s also super fun, memorable, and engaging!
- Summer camp registrations have a no cancelation policy. Refunds can only be issued as Discovery Center credits for annual memberships or for a future summer camp.
Week Long Camps
All camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
|Week Long Camps|
$200 members/$250 nonmembers
|Week Long Camps
$200 members/$250 nonmembers
|Dates & Prices||August 10-14|
$200 members / $250 nonmembers
$200 members / $250 nonmembers
|Ages 5-7||Diggin' Dinosaurs|
NASA Mission Control
|Future Vet Camp
Odd Outrageous Animals
|Ages 7-10||LEGO Robot Masters|
|Ages 10-12||Galaxy Guardians||Pre Med Ahead|
Additional Week Long Camps
(all camps meet 9 am - 4 pm)
|Ages||Week Long Camps||Prices||Topics|
|June 8-12||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers|
|June 15-19||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||Human Body|
|June 22-26||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||STEAM|
|June 29 - July 3||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||Movie Magic|
|July 6-10||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||STEM Careers|
|July 6-10||Ages 11-14||Coding Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||Coding|
|July 13-17||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||Superhero Science|
|July 20-24||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||League of LEGO|
|July 27-31||Ages 5-12||Discover STEAM Camp||$200 members / $250 nonmembers||Engineering|
$56 members/$70 nonmembers for full week long camp
New this year, the Discovery Center is offering before and after care for camps that meet in August! Campers can be dropped off starting at 7:30 am and must be picked up by 5:30 pm. Price includes before and after care for all days of the designated camp.
Alien Hunters (Ages 7-10): Learn how NASA scientists are finding new exoplanets that could sustain life! Experiment with tools astronauts actually use in space, design a spaceship, complete virtual reality space challenges, and learn where the next humans will be sent to study our solar system. Use 3D printers to print materials like our astronauts do from space and design models of what alien life might look like. This camp will use the latest pioneering curriculum developed by NASA scientists.
Coding Camp (Ages 10-14): Explore the basics of computer programming while using cool and easy to use graphical programs to create custom applications. Students will be learn the basics of computer programming skills through interactive and exciting projects. Projects will involve students learning to code using a variety of programming platforms while offering a variety of hardware applications to create games, develop mobile apps, designing web pages, and much more!
Discover STEAM Camp (Ages 5-12): The ultimate summer experience for science-loving kids! Explore different elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math each day in the museum. Whether it’s exploring the planets in virtual reality, printing creations on 3D printers, riding the HighWire Bike, dissecting organs, or creating explosive experiments, this camp is for curious scientists.
Diggin’ Dinosaurs (Ages 5-7): Attention future paleontologists: dig for fossils, discover if the T-Rex was a carnivore, size up some dino bones, make your own fossil crafts, and learn to identify prehistoric creature remains that might be hiding in your back yard in this dino-lovers camp.
Future Vet Camp (Ages 5-7): Don your lab coat, safety goggles, and stethoscope while learning to care for our fuzzy, scaly, and feathered friends. Discover how the whole body works together as one big team to keep you healthy. We’ll do fun chemistry experiments, meet real veterinarians, pretend to dissect virtual specimens on iPads, and partner with an older student scientist to see a live dissection (if you’re up to the challenge)!
Galaxy Guardians (Ages 10-12): Learn how NASA plans to use the moon as a launch pad to Mars. See how the Artemis Mission is NASA’s next step towards establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon, laying the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy, and eventually sending humans to Mars. Talk with NASA experts, build a model lunar colony, print astronautical tools on our 3D printers, and experience the universe in virtual reality.
NOW A FULL WEEK: LEGO Robot Masters (Ages 7-10): Back by popular demand, this is the ultimate camp for LEGO-lovers! Become an engineer, maker, and tinkerer by using LEGO blocks and motors to design, build, and program your own robot. Beginners will love designing robot obstacle courses and experienced campers will learn new topics such as hydraulics in robotics, advanced coding applications, and the future of artificial intelligence.
NASA Mission Control (Ages 5-7): If you love the fascinating world of space and astronomy, discover how NASA is finding habitable worlds called exoplanets, learn how planet-hunting scientists are searching for these worlds, and explore how these planets may be like our own. Learn more about our solar system, create fun take-home planetary crafts, and explore the future of space travel with special NASA curriculum and activities.
NERF-ology (Ages 7-10): Launch into the science of flight as we engineer NERF battle obstacle courses and targets. Dissect a NERF gun and learn how the physics of projectiles and flight patterns help scientists plan flight missions every day. Bring your own foam-based weaponry or borrow from the Discovery Center’s collection to blast darts, water, and lasers with friends. Each camper will receive free admission to a museum-wide NERF battle at the conclusion of this camp.
Odd Outrageous Animals (Ages 5-7): From slimy banana slugs to poison dart frogs, we’ll explore the world of wacky creatures that suck blood, make slime, fly without wings, and re-grow body parts. Come play with live animals, create your own slug-slime, and mix up a vampire bat treat you can eat.
Pre Med Ahead (Ages 10-12): Get a jump start on all things pre-med! Learn how to read pulse, blood pressure, and how to suture wounds. This biomedical science camp will include lots of dissections to learn about the human body. Learn the basics of CPR and first-responder skills rescue crews use to save lives. Use the equipment found in most science research labs to complete lab tasks using incubators, centrifuges, and autoclaves.
Spy School (Ages 7-10): We need your help for some covert, top-secret spy operations! Crack the code with your team, lift a few fingerprints, gather DNA evidence, and use your thinking powers to solve cases. Design super-secret spy gear to take home like cipher wheels and secret ink kits and graduate as a Discovery Center certified spy.
When funds are available, the Discovery Center is able to award full funding for students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced lunch program to attend workshops at no cost to their families. To be eligible, please submit the following form by clicking on the Apply here button below. Scholarships are awarded on a first come/first served basis, and completion of the form does not guarantee funding. You will be notified via email if funding is available. Contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-862-9910 ext 726 with scholarship questions.
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 within 24-48 hours, please contact us.
Students attending week long or two day camps must bring a sack lunch, snack, and drink to camp each day.
Any children with on-going behavior problems that disrupt the learning environment will be excused from the class without refund. Please let us know of any special learning or behavior issues so we can provide additional resources for your child when necessary.
If a parent or authorized pick-up person does not arrive by 5 minutes past the designated pick up time, staff will begin to call emergency contacts for your child. Continued disregard for the pick-up time can be cause for dismissal from the program with no refund.
Summer camp registrations have a no cancelation policy. Refunds can only be issued as Discovery Center credits for annual memberships or for a future summer camp.
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.
Age Requirements: Exceptions are made on rare occasions with approval from the Education Director. For more information, please contact Jackie Douglas at 417-862-9910 ext. 701 or email@example.com