STEM

Junior Robotics

When: June 24‑28
Grade Level: Grades 1‑4
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Miss Sarah Gilmore, Summer at Independence Assistant Director and Fourth‑Grade Teacher

This camp is designed to develop the naturally curious and innovative minds of young children. While engaging in hands‑on challenges, your child will gain experience in engineering, technology, and coding. We'll spend time working with snap circuits, LEGOS, including LEGO WEDO 2.0, LittleBits, Cubetto, and more! No experience necessary.

Science Explorers: Take a Dive

(maximum 23 participants)
When:
July 8‑12
Grade Level: Grades 2‑7
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑3:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m. or 12:30‑3:30 p.m.
Cost: $475 (full day) or $310 (half day)
Instructor: Science Explorers staff

Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography! In our morning day camp, you'll dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman's challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish and learn the ancient technique of gyotaku or "fish rubbing," learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest, and make your own submarine. Stay for the full-day camp and come face‑to‑face with some unique sea creatures! You'll complete a squid dissection, bring to life genuine Triassic Triops, conduct a whale adaptations lab, and examine many weird wonders that live under the sea!

Count Me In: A Math STEM Camp for Girls

(maximum 12 participants)
When:
July 22‑26
Grade Level: Grades 1‑3
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $280
Instructor: Mrs. Terri Shockley, Independence Fifth‑Grade Teacher

The founders of Count Me In know that you want your daughter feeling confident about math and able to recognize the unique way that girls play and learn. This camp will help them accomplish both. For more information, visit their website at http://www.countmeinmath.com.

Oceanography

(maximum 20 participants)
When:
July 29‑August 2
Grade Level: Grades 5‑8
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $430
Instructor: Mrs. Heather Watt, Independence Lower School Science Teacher

Oceanography Camp is designed to emphasize environmental discovery and exploration. This camp is offered to students who are curious about the ocean and the world around them. This hands‑on program seeks to raise awareness about marine environments and stimulate an interest in the sciences through a variety of fun and engaging activities such as snorkeling, salt marsh exploration, beach and island ecology, and ocean life studies. This camp also includes visits to a local aquarium, wildlife refuges, and of course…the beach!

Science Explorers: Jr. Investigative Team

When: July 29‑August 2
Grade Level: ECII (age 4)‑Grade 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $310
Instructor: Science Explorer staff

Hey there, future Science Explorers, do we have the camp for you! Join our team of curious tiny‑techs as we explore a new theme each day. We will create an edible ocean, experiment with a "magic" magnet bottle, investigate butterflies, discover how birds adapt to their environments, and make colorful sidewalk chalk! Children are never too young to be scientists! Campers must be potty-trained.

Science Explorers: Slime of My Life

(maximum 23 participants)
When:
July 29‑August 2
Grade Level: Grades 2‑7
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑3:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m. or 12:30‑3:30 p.m.
Cost: $475 (full day) or $310 (half day)
Instructor: Science Explorers staff

We've taken our after‑school club programs from 2018‑19 and turned them into a fun‑filled, week‑long camp that features a new slime every day, in addition to exploring an array of amazing science! In the half‑day morning camp, we will make chalkboard slime and all‑new color changing slime and magnetic slime! We'll also build inventions like catapults, discover how electricity and circuits work by making conductive dough, and explore biology as we extract DNA from a banana and dissect an owl pellet. Stay for the full day and we'll examine anatomy as we make a model lung and observe a real sheep heart, continue our exploration of circuits as we send messages via Morse code and build a metal detector to test objects to see if they are conductors or insulators, and explore wonders of the Earth as we erupt a volcano and experiment with pollination.

Messy Mixtures

(maximum 15 participants)
When:
August 12‑16
Grade Level: ECI (age 3)‑K
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mrs. Jane Fouracre, Independence Early Childhood Teacher

LET'S GET MESSY!! Ooey, gooey, smooshy, slimy fun! This camp lets children make a mess…on purpose! During this hands‑on, messy camp, campers will learn how to make their own slime and goop from ingredients found in the home (with supervision, of course). Dress for the mess. We will even create a few messy snacks to eat during camp. Campers must be potty‑trained.