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Grades K-5 Camps & Dates

Read below for individual camp descriptions for grades K-5. There is also a PDF file available with complete information on camps.

Summer Camp 2019

Grades K-1 | Grades 2-3 | Grades 4-5

Grades K-1 Camps

Aquatic Animal Adventures 

What kinds of animals live underwater?  Join us as we explore puddles, lakes, rivers and the oceans. Every day we will learn about new aquatic animals who share our world. Design whale outfits, create tadpoles that become frogs, and get your bathing suits ready the last day when we make a real splash!  

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 20-July 24 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug.14 (AM or PM)

The Air Up There 

Everyone has probably seen something flying through our skies. But what kinds of things can fly through the air and who made important discoveries about flight? We will answer these questions and more as we learn all about the science behind flight. Students will create, experiment with, and fly their own inventions every day.   

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)

Our Closest Star 

Let’s take a closer look and learn all about our nearest star: the Sun! In this stellar camp we will make sun prints, build mini sundials and learn how the sun helps us in our everyday lives. By the end of the week, we will all learn why the Sun is so important to our planet and to us!  

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 20-July 24 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug. 14 (AM or PM)

Constructed Creations 

Pyramids, bridges, arches and towers—humans have built them all and, in this camp, you will too!  We will Investigate the shapes and structures all around us, learn how major monuments were made, and apply those skills to design and build our own city!  

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)
  • July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

Magic Tree House® Explorers

Like Jack and Annie, young campers will enter the Magic Tree House® for an exciting space mission. We will explore and learn about the International Space Station, visit a real live observatory, and take a closer look at the Moon in this exciting camp. Daily story time will be an important part of this Magic Tree House® journey! 

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)
  • July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

Dino Detectives 

Calling all dinosaur enthusiasts! What do we know about dinosaurs? Making Triceratops masks and getting to know a Tyrannosaurus Rex are just the beginning of the fun as campers explore what the world was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.   

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)

Grades 2-3 Camps

Magic Tree House® Researchers  

How many stars in the starry night sky? 
If we flew to the Sun, how long would we fly? 
Will we travel to planets, and will it be soon? 
Will we ever be able to live on the Moon? 
How does it feel to journey through space? 
And why is our Earth so special a place? 

Discover the answers to these and more Magic Tree House® riddles about astronomy and space science!  

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 20-July 24 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug. 14 (AM or PM)

Coding 101*

Get ready to decipher coding language and crack open a computer in this fun and interactive camp. Coding 101 will teach programming through fun activities involving all kinds of new technology and well known titles such as Minecraft and Scratch. We’ll kick off this camp by programming and controlling robots!

*Note: There is a $40 technology fee for this camp.

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)

Potion Productions 

What “potions” do we use every day? Let’s asses the effectiveness of your homemade toothpaste, learn about polymers by making glue, and taste test your own cola recipe. Develop the best version of your choice of product and create clever advertisements to support it. This camp is great fun for young scientists AND entrepreneurs! 

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 20-July 24 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug. 14 (AM or PM)

A Piece of Mind (Mind Maze) 

Your brain controls everything you do. Learn how important your brain is as you journey inside the body’s command center! Optical illusions, mazes and even ice cream sundaes will help demonstrate how the brain controls your senses, actions, thoughts and moods. Along the way, we might even discover how to boost your brain power!  

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)​
  • July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

LABracadabra  

Harness your inner magician as we explore the science of magic! Can you make water disappear? Can you make metal float? Learn the science behind amazing tricks and illusions and put your knowledge to the test as you prepare a science magic show. You’ll be on your way to becoming a Morehead magician as fast as you can say LABracadabra! 

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)
  • ​July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

Light Up My World 

Why does your shadow change shape? Why is the sun so bright? Why is the sky blue? Through experimentation and creative play, campers will make rainbows, measure time with shadows, and discover how scientists use light to learn about the Universe. This camp is bound to be illuminating! 

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)

 Grades 4-5 Camps

Computer Science: Coding 201 

You’ve learned the basics; now level up with Coding 201! We will take a deeper look into the world of programming through cool new technology and activities. Although this a more in-depth introduction to the world of coding, Coding 101 is not required to enroll in this camp.   

*Note: There is a $40 technology fee for this camp.

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)
  • ​July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

Engineering: LEGO® Lab  ​

Physics and engineering come to life when we get to use LEGO® building bricks. We will use simple machines to complete impressive projects— wheels, axles, and gears to make cars, pulleys to make cranes, and levers to make trebuchets! On our last day we will put it all together with to build a Rube Goldberg machine or an entire LEGO® city! 

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug. 14 (AM or PM)

Chemistry: Reactions in Action 

Let’s spend a week exploring chemistry in this exciting camp. We will learn about atoms, molecules, acids, bases, and chemical reactions with a packed schedule full of hands-on experiments! Campers will experiment with freezing points using ice cream and explore the science of fireflies by making glow their own sticks! 

  • June 29-July 3 (AM or PM)
  • July 27-July 31 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 10-Aug. 14 (AM or PM)

Astronomy: Stellar Explorations 

Look to the sky – what can you see? Even without a telescope, our eyes can tell us a lot more than you might think. In this camp, learn to identify constellations, planets and lunar craters and find the International Space Station as it travels overhead.  We will also visit the planetarium to explore the Earth, the solar system and the universe!  

  • June 22-June 26 (AM or PM)
  • ​July 13-July 17 (AM or PM)
  • Aug. 3-Aug. 7 (AM or PM)

Environmental Science: Wilderness Survival  

What would you do if you found yourself in an unknown land? Campers will learn how to navigate using compasses, GPS units, the stars and more! By the end of the week, they’ll add animal observation, fire building, and teamwork to their survival skillset. 

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10  (AM or PM)
  • July 20-July 24  (AM or PM)

Food Science: Chemistry Café 

Baking, cooking, and eating are all chemistry!  We’re going to turn the kitchen into a lab and put on our science chef hats to find out what gives vegetables their flavor and makes popcorn pop. Who knew science could taste this good?! 

This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies or food sensitivities. 

  • June 15-June 19 (AM or PM)
  • July 6-July 10  (AM or PM)
  • ​July 20-July 24  (AM or PM)