As Memorial Day looms on the horizon, it’s time to consider what you’re going to do with your little ones during the long, hot Florida summer. One of the best options might be to send them away to camp, even if only for the day!
South Florida Museum Summer Science Camps will present six week-long camps, each focusing on different scientific themes. The camps take place in the Museum classroom, utilizing the full facilities of the Museum, Planetarium and Aquarium. The camps are $180 per session for Museum members and $225 for non-members, with additional discounts available to Museum members. Financial assistance may be available to help subsidize fees, inquire for details. The camps will run for six successive week-long sessions from June 11 – July 19. Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to register for South Florida Museum Summer Science Camps, visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org or call 941-746-4131 ext. 13.
Kids may enjoy one week of a particular topic – or sign up for the whole summer! All courses are taught by Sarah Hammock, a Manatee County teacher, in accordance to Manatee County standards. Jeff Rodgers, the Museum’s Director of Education says, “Sarah is such a talented educator. In one summer, she exposes the kids to more science, technology, engineering and math than they get in full year of school. The best part is that they’re having so much fun they don’t even realize that they’re learning.”
- Week 1: June 11-14 (no camp Monday June 10) – The ‘ologies: Geology, Paleontology, Archaeology, Grossology
One day each of comprehensive hands-on activities in the “O-logies”. In Geology, learn the various types of rocks, soils, sands, mountain “building” and the science of our Earth. Paleontology will engage campers in DINOSAUR DATA and activities. During Archaeology, our campers will EXCAVATE THE PAST and learn of ancient civilizations here and around the world; Gross-ology, well the name speaks for itself……everything from eating bugs to dissecting worms! This camp is NOT for the faint hearted! Let’s have FUN!
- Week 2: June 17-21 – Engineering II*
Pre-requisite courses are not required Engineering II or Forensics II. Novice and returning campers alike will find experiments and challenges to engage them with the science of these topics in new ways. Engineering II is a continuation of one of our most popular camps where campers learned to build bridges, skyscrapers and boats. This time, we’ll engage our campers in building for strength and testing our designs on MORE bridges as well as building lean-to’s and houses that stand up to the “elements”. Our campers will also engage in building solar cars, electrical circuits and a robotic arm! LET’S GET BUILDING!!!
- Week 3: June 24-28 – Mammoths, Mastodons & Megalodons…Oh My!
In this camp campers will explore the GIANTS of the age AFTER the dinosaurs. Our campers will learn of the great creatures that roamed not only in Florida but in the U.S. and elsewhere after the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. What did these giants look like? What habitats did they live in? Did they roam singularly or in packs or pods? These and many more questions will be answered during this week with each day bringing new animals back to life!
- Week 4: July 1-5 (NO CAMP THURSDAY, JULY 4TH in celebration of independence day! Weekly rate reduced) – Cosmic Science
What’s out there in there in space? What are the boundaries of the universe? What is dark matter and what is dark energy? Our campers will explore galaxies, supernovas, matter and energy, cosmic expansion and contraction all in the space of one week! We’ll fly through the solar system, out past the far reaches of our own little neighborhood and tip-toe through the stars, all the while learning about our great cosmos! Don’t miss this one!
- Week 5: July 8-12 – Forensics II*
Pre-requisite courses are not required Engineering II or Forensics II. Novice and returning campers alike will find experiments and challenges to engage them with the science of these topics in new ways. CSI BRADENTON! Forget watching how they solve mysteries through the use of Forensic Science on those TV shows….come learn HOW and experience REAL-TIME forensics. Fingerprint detection, entomology (BUGS and how they help in solving crimes!), DNA forensics, and many other fun and exciting topics this week. Campers will also be dissecting grasshoppers, worms, and a fish! Come to this camp and CSI with Snooty!
- Week 6: July 15-19 – Earth: Extreme Planet
Our Earth……EXTREME! Campers will learn the dynamics of VOLCANOES, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS, SUPERSTORMS, ROGUE WAVES and METEORS and METEORITES! Campers will delight in hands-on activities in understanding the various elements that make our Earth one extreme planet. We will also explore the Earth’s formation and catastrophic collisions that made our Earth and our Moon how we know them today. It will be one DYNAMITE camp, so don’t miss it!
The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Current operating hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon – 5 p.m. General admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee, Manatee County’s most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world. Also featured are full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando De Soto’s birthplace surrounding an open-air Spanish Plaza. For more information about hours, current exhibitions and special programs, please call 941-746-4131.
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