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Summer Camps

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When School is Out,
the Science Center is In!

The summer may be months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to ensure your child’s summer is fun, active, and enriching. Registration is open EARLY this year for Summer Science Camps 2019!

It’s the perfect gift to give your camper this holiday season. Campers ages 4–14 can choose from a variety of camps, including video game design, robotics, virtual reality, biology, and more!

Members can register by calling 412.237.3400 beginning, Mon., Dec. 10 and nonmembers beginning Mon., Dec. 17. 


Schedule


Ages 4 – 5+

Members can register via the website or by calling 412.237.3400 beginning Mon., Dec. 10. Nonmembers can register via the website beginning Mon., Dec. 17.

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)

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $105 members / $120 nonmembers.

Things That Go

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–Noon

From airplanes to cars, learn all about things that go. Explore the vehicles that we see on land, in water, and up in the sky – and even make a few of your own!

July 22 – 26

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My Place in Space

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–Noon

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
1–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
1–4 pm

3, 2, 1, blast off… into outer space! Discover the planets that make up our solar system and investigate what makes Earth so special. Shoot for the stars as we explore our place in space.

June 10 – 14

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Science of Me

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–Noon

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
1–4 pm

Learn about the most unique organism on the planet... YOU! Discover the amazing bones, organs, and tissues that make you, you!

June 24 – 28

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Creepy, Crawly Bugs

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
1–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–Noon

Beetles and locusts and ants, oh my! Get an up-close look at the tiny world of bugs. Discover how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, build a bug house, and identify a myriad of interesting insects!

July 1 – 5

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Wee Bots

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–Noon

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
1–4 pm

What is a robot and what does it do? Learn how robots move, sense, think, and act as you interact with robots in action!

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Splish, Splash, Science

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
1–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–Noon

Make a splash as you dive into the world of water! Investigate the water cycle, experiment with density, and investigate what kinds of creatures call our rivers and oceans home.

June 17 – 21

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July 22 – 26

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Little Builders

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–Noon

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
1–4 pm

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.

June 17 – 21

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July 8 – 12

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Science Explorers

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
1–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
1–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–Noon

Get messy with chemistry, and creative with engineering. Explore the night sky and the inside of your body. Find out what science is all about with a different and exciting topic every day!

June 24 – 28

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Science in Motion

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–Noon

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!

July 1 – 5

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Aug. 19 – 23

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Messy Science

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
1–4 pm

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–Noon

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!

June 10 – 14

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July 8 – 12

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Aug. 19 – 23

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Flight School

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
1–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–Noon

The sky is the limit as we “take off” and learn the science behind flight. Investigate how insects, birds, and even humans command the sky. Build a rocket and see how high science can really soar!

July 8 – 12

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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NEW! In the Garden

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
1–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
1–4 pm

Dig up some science growing in your own back yard! Investigate flowers and leaves, experiment with dirt, and engage all your senses as you examine everything from apples to zucchini. Get up close to some creatures that live in the ground, then plant seeds to start a tiny garden of your own.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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NEW! Big and Small

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
1–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–Noon

Explore the science of measurement as you compare height, weight, length, and distance. Sort objects by size, determine your height with LEGO® bricks, and see how far you can launch a projectile!

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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NEW! Sensory Science

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–Noon

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
1–4 pm

Get ready to engage your senses! Investigate sound waves, test your sense of smell, and explore color and light! Compare the feel of gooey and slimy concoctions and even try to fool your taste buds.

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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NEW! Neighborhood Science

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–Noon

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.

July 15 – 19

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Aug. 5 – 9

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NEW! Invisible Forces

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–Noon

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.

July 8 – 12

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Ages 6 – 7+

MMembers can register via the website or by calling 412.237.3400 beginning Mon., Dec. 10. Nonmembers can register via the website beginning Mon., Dec. 17.

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

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $190 members / $220 nonmembers.


Be A Roboticist

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

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™.

July 1 – 5

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Aug. 5 – Aug. 9

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Camp Odd Squad

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

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.

June 24 – 28

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Far Out Space

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Travel through space as we explore our vast solar system. Explore the planet we call home, our Moon, and the rest of the planets. Investigate how astronauts live and work in outer space, then blast off to visit distant stars and galaxies.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Code Builders

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Combine creativity, math, and computer skills in this week-long introduction to programming. Build up your skills through a variety of games, robots, and apps, and then put them to the test as you use Scratch to make interactive animations.

June 17 – 21

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July 8 – 12

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Junior Wizard

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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.

June 10 – 14

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July 8 – 12

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Aug. 5 – 9

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I’m Biology

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

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.

July 1 – 5

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Camp Magic School Bus

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

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!

June 17 – 21

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July 22 – 26

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Aug. 19 – 23

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Motors and Mechanisms

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

Have fun building with blocks as you design, build, and program a variety of motorized machines with LEGO® WeDo 2.0 kits. Create contraptions that drive, pull, grab, and more, all while learning basic engineering and computer coding skills!

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Around the World

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Embark on a journey around the world in just 5 days. From the seven continents to the four oceans, discover different biomes and the plants and animals that are adapted to live in each. Explore weather and climate, investigate natural landforms, and find your place on the map!

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Test It!

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Grab your safety goggles and join us for a week of scientific experimentation. Answer all of the burning questions you have about the world as you test the powers of the Sun, observe chemical changes, and predict how far a projectile will travel.

July 1 – 5

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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NEW! Just Add Water

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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.

July 8 – 12

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Aug. 19 – 23

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NEW! Novel Science

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Jump into the pages of your favorite books and stories! Compare real amphibians with characters from Frog and Toad Are Friends, and construct 2D and 3D structures and designs with Flat Stanley. Investigate the forces of nature found in fairytales and conduct candy science experiments from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

July 8 – 12

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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NEW! Energy is Everywhere

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

Get energized by science! Discover the sources and types of energy that we use and encounter in our everyday lives. Harness the energy in wind and water, visualize sound waves, experiment with light and heat, and create simple circuits. Finish out the week by using energy transfer to create complex chain reaction contraptions.

July 1 – 5

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NEW! Coasters to Carousels

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Do you love coasters, swings, and throwing rings? Discover the science behind how roller coasters defy gravity, then investigate how pendulums function. Experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion, test the power of centrifugal force, and explore the physics behind your favorite carnival rides and games.

June 10 – 14

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July 15 – 19

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NEW! Superhuman Science

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

It’s a bird! It’s a spaceship! It’s a week of investigating the science behind superheroes, supervillains, and Jedi Masters. Discover the physics of flight and super-strength, and move objects with invisible forces such as electricity and magnetism. Design a custom cape, build a lightsaber, and get ready to save the day!

June 17 – 21

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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NEW! Mix It Up

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

Mixtures, solutions, and concoctions, oh my! Use a pinch of kitchen science and a dash of chemistry to conduct various experiments. Create all sorts of slimy, fizzy, and colorful creations – you won’t believe the amazing things you can do with everyday materials.

July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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NEW! Fantastic Floating and Flying Machines

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

$250/$280 member/nonmember (Includes a special visit to Da Vinci The Exhibition)

Adventure above and beyond with all sorts of flying machines! Test different airplane designs in a wind tunnel, learn how to safely land a helicopter on a flight deck, and build stomp rockets that will reach for the sky.

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Ages 8 – 9+

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Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
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Culinary Chemistry

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Take a bite out of science in the summer camp that actually encourages you to play with your food! Learn about the science behind taste, discover how cooking alters your food, and uncover some unusual uses for items in your pantry.

July 1 – 5

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Kennywood Camp

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Field trip fees included in price)

A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics of your favorite rides, the math behind carnival games, and the sweet chemistry of cotton candy! Put that knowledge to good use as you conclude the week with a field trip to Kennywood.

July 29 – Aug. 2

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River Camp

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Field trip fees included in price)

Hoist your sails and get ready to embark on an adventure along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Get your bearings with a Just Ducky boat tour, then grab a paddle to kayak down the river. Step into the lab to carry out water quality testing, examine microscopic plankton, and study the life that calls the river home.

June 24 – 28

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Ready, Set, Code!

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

Gain valuable new skills while having a blast! Learn a real programming language while playing through levels of the addictive game CodeMonkey, design and test games with littleBits Coding kits, and edit apps with Bitsbox.

June 24 – 28

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Space Exploration

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

Join pioneering scientists in their quest to explore the far reaches of space. Become a rocket scientist to test propulsion techniques and launch angles, and practice remotely controlling robotic rovers. Learn about the challenges of living outside of Earth, and design a model Mars habitat.

July 15 – 19

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Aug.12 – 16

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Brain Games

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

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.

June 17 – 21

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Aug. 5 – 9

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Robot Roundup

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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.

July 8 – 12

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Aug. 19 – 23

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Weird Science

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Discover the weird, wacky, and wild experiments you can do with science! Make square bubbles, watch Oobleck dance, and move objects without touching them. From glowing rocks to waterproof sand, you will get hands-on with the best of chemistry, physics, and biology.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Inventor’s Workshop

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

Put your ingenuity to the test with a week of engineering, prototyping, and inventing! Using the simple but versatile littleBits kits, add motors, sensors, and lights to your creations. From burglar alarms and musical devices to light-up creatures and miniature amusement park rides, the sky is the limit on what you can make!

June 10 – 14

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July 8 – 12

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Machine Mania

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Discover the science of simple and powered machines with a week of LEGO® engineering fun. Build motorized cranes, self-propelled cars, and walking animals. Explore energy production as you build windmills and generators to measure output. Finally, put it all together to make an amazing chain reaction contraption!

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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NEW! Great Outdoors

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

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!

July 1 – 5

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NEW! Engineering Through the Ages

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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!

July 8 – 12

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NEW! Spy School

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hone your powers of observation and master mental and physical challenges as you train to be a spy. Conduct experiments to detect poisonous substances, decipher top secret codes, and test gadgets like night vision goggles and listening devices.

June 10 – 14

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July 22 – 26

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NEW! Robotics 101: Robots of the Round Table

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

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

Hear ye, hear ye! Discover the world of robotics as you build and design rovers with a medieval twist. Using LEGO® Education’s EV3 software and technology, incorporate motors, gears, and sensors to program robots that can climb ramps, batter down castle walls, and joust against other robots.

June 17 – 21

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July 22 – 26

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NEW! Robotics 101: Robot Rescue

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

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Save the day by becoming a robot engineer! Design, build, and program different types of robots using LEGO® Education’s EV3 software and technology. Incorporate motors, gears, and sensors to carry out rescue and recovery missions, safely relocate stranded animals, and race against other robots.

July 1 – 5

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Fab Lab: Maker Camp

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Experience firsthand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Learn about game development and get creative with your own games. Use Scratch programming and the Makey Makey board to design your own video game and handheld controller. Transform the Fab Lab into an arcade as you share your game with other campers on the final day.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Fab Lab: Toy Works

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

What types of games and toys can be made with 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl-cutting machines? In this camp, learn how to make some simple toys in the Fab Lab and then create your very own toy company, design a T-shirt, and manufacture personalized toys of your very own design.

July 8 – 12

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Ages 10 – 11+

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Robotics Space Challenge

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

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

Join our crew as we train for a robotic journey to Mars. You will work with your mission crew to design your LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 rover, then investigate, observe, calculate, and apply your knowledge to solve specific tasks. Once your training missions are complete, your crew will be transported to our Martian landscape where you must work together using everything you've learned to complete a series of mission objectives.

June 10 – 14

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July 15 – 19

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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River Camp

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Field trip fees included in price)

Hoist your sails and get ready to embark on an adventure along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Get your bearings with a Just Ducky boat tour, then grab a paddle to kayak down the river. Step into the lab to carry out water quality testing, examine microscopic plankton, and study the life that calls the river home.

July 22 – 26

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Kennywood Camp

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Field trip fees included in price)

A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics of your favorite rides, the math behind carnival games, and the sweet chemistry of cotton candy! Put that knowledge to good use as you conclude the week with a field trip to Kennywood.

July 8 – 12

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Short Circuit

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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!

July 8 – 12

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Aug. 5 – 9

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CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

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!

June 24 – 28

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Video Game Design

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

Immerse yourself in the creative world of video game design! Aspiring game designers will create their own worlds, design unique characters, and build complex levels. Investigate the differences in 2D and 3D development and experiment with the design process as you program, debug, and polish off a game of your very own.

June 24 – 28

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July 15 – 19

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Expedition Earth

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Explore the world as you never have before! Take virtual reality trips to the far reaches of the planet with Google Expeditions. Visit coral reefs, voyage into volcanoes, and get up close with endangered animals. Get a new perspective on the most interesting, dangerous, and beautiful places on Earth, and discover their roles in our ecosystem.

June 17 – 21

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NEW! Da Vinci’s Designs

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

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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.

July 1 – 5

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NEW! Apocalyptic Architecture

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

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.

June 17 – 21

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Aug. 19 – 23

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NEW! Studio Scratch

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

Take your programming skills to the next level! Code and design animated shorts and platformer games in Scratch, then use a PicoBoard to physically interact with your creations. Create custom, quirky, and inventive game controllers out of pool noodles, vegetables, and more, using Makey-Makey technology.

July 22 – 26

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Fab Lab: Maker Camp

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Experience first-hand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.

June 17 – 21

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July 8 – 12

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July 22 – 26

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Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Get into the world of VR with this hands-on camp. Campers will design and fabricate their own personalized cardboard VR viewer and experiment with some cool VR software. Campers will also get a chance to adapt virtual worlds and create some of their own. *Campers should bring their own smartphone to this camp and have access to installing free apps.

July 8 – 12

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Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fees included in price)

In this maker camp designed especially for girls, experience 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, and vinyl cutting in a friendly and fun atmosphere! Fab Lab Educators will work with the girls to create daily projects to take home.

June 24 – 28

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Fab Lab: Toy Works

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fees included in price)

What types of games and toys can be made with 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutting machines? In this camp, learn how to make some simple toys in the Fab Lab and then create your very own toy company, design a T-shirt, and manufacture personalized toys of your very own design.

July 15 – 19

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Ages 12 – 14+

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Cost: $240 members / $270 nonmembers per session.
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Science Escape

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

Do you love solving puzzles and deciphering codes? Challenge yourself to solve a series of escape boxes and mini escape rooms while learning about astronomy, chemistry, biology and more. Discover different ways to make creative puzzles with anything from ciphers to circuits, and then design your own science-themed room to test your fellow campers. Finally, take a field trip to a professional escape room and test out your skills!

June 10 – 14

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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Digital Storytelling and Game Design

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

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

Do you have a passion for telling stories, making videos, or inventing games? Get your creative juices flowing as you use Alice software, created by Carnegie Mellon University, to make immersive 3D animations and interactive games. Design your very own digital world full of unique characters and complex environments, all while learning essential computer programming skills and mastering computational thinking.

June 17 – 21

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July 22 – 26

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Robot Engineers

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

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.

June 24 – 28

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Art + Tech

Mon., July 8–Fri., July 12
9 am–4 pm

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.

July 8 – 12

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Aug. 5 – 9

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NEW! Alchemy Academy

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 12–Fri., Aug. 16
9 am–4 pm

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

Put on your lab coat and safety goggles and get ready for some combustive chemistry. Create colorful and fizzy reactions, turn a penny gold, and see the effects of liquid nitrogen in action!

June 17 – 21

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July 15 – 19

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Aug. 12 – 16

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NEW! Science Beats

*Mon., July 1–Fri., July 5
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 19–Fri., Aug. 23
9 am–4 pm

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

*No camp on July 4. Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $220 members / $250 nonmembers

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.

July 1 – 5

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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Aug. 19 – 23

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NEW! Figure It Out

Mon., July 8–Fri. July 12
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

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

Can you solve a crime using forensic science, or uncover the source of an outbreak? Can you design a contraption that can knock down obstacles, or find a hidden object? Each day face a new challenge and see if you can find the solution!

July 8 – 12

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July 29 – Aug. 2

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NEW! Adventures in Exploration

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Field Trip fees included in price)

Have you ever dreamed of exploring new lands or discovering new worlds? Kayak down the rivers of Pittsburgh, study far away stars and planets with our Buhl Planetarium and Observatory, and descend into the subterranean world at Laurel Caverns.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Fab Lab: Maker Camp

Mon., June 10–Fri., June 14
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Experience first-hand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.

June 10 – 14

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Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World

Mon., July 29–Fri., Aug. 2
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Get into the world of VR with this hands-on camp. Campers will design and fabricate their own personalized cardboard VR viewer and experiment with some cool VR software. Campers also will get a chance to adapt virtual worlds and create some of their own. *Campers should bring their own smartphone to this camp and have access to installing free apps.

July 29 – Aug. 2

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Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp

Mon., June 17–Fri., June 21
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

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June 17 – 21

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Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge

Mon., June 24–Fri., June 28
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 22–Fri., July 26
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

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 on the final day of camp.

June 24 – 28

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July 22 – 26

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Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

Mon., July 15–Fri., July 19
9 am–4 pm

$310 members / $335 nonmembers (Materials fee included in price)

Learn about game development and get creative with your own games. Use Scratch programming and the Makey-Makey board to design your own video game and handheld controller. Transform the Fab Lab into an arcade as you share your game with other campers on the final day.

July 15 – 19

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Ages 14 – 18+

Members can register via the website or by calling 412.237.3400 beginning Mon., Dec. 10. Nonmembers can register via the website beginning Mon., Dec. 17.

Cost: $120 members / $145 nonmembers per session

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

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.

Aug. 8 – 9

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Boy and Girl Scout Mini-Camps+

The summer may be months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to ensure your child’s summer is fun, active, and enriching. Registration is open EARLY this year for Summer Science Camps 2019!

It’s the perfect gift to give your camper this holiday season. campers ages 4–14 can choose from a variety of camps, including video game design, robotics, virtual reality, biology, and more!

Members can register via the website or by calling 412.237.3400 beginning Mon., Dec. 10. Nonmembers can register via the website beginning Mon., Dec. 17.


NEW! Scouts BSA Mini-Camp

Mon., July 1–Wed., July 3
9 am–4 pm

$150 members / $175 nonmembers

Grab your lab coats and join us in the lab to earn four different Merit badges. Venture out into the field and conduct water and soil sampling, then use Vernier sensors to gather data and measure environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, and acidity. Scouts attending will complete all requirements for the Scouts BSA Chemistry, Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Science, and Weather Merit badges.

July 1 – July 3

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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 Fri., May 31. Prior to May 31, all cancellations will be subject to a refund of up to the full price of the camp minus a $25 fee, per camp. There will be no changes, cancellations, or refunds issued after May 31.

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?

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 (available Feb. 12).

What is your payment policy?

Registration fees must be paid in advance to hold your place in camp. The easiest way to pay is with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. You can also mail a check to Carnegie Science Center, Attn: Summer Camp Registrar, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.

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

Our summer camps are very popular and fill quickly. If you cancel your camp registration at least 14 days in advance of the camp start date, you will receive a refund equal to the cost of camp minus a $50 service fee ($25 for half-day camps) fee per camper. Cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the first day of camp will not receive a refund.

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.


Forms


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