Science Camp Course Descriptions

Learn more about the course offerings at LSC Science Camp.

Rising Grade 1

Who Digs Dinos?
Step into the world of your favorite dinosaurs! Immerse yourself in the landscape of a real paleontological dig in LSC’s Dino Dig Adventure. Create a fossil replica using 3D-printing pens. Learn about dinosaur adaptations, prehistoric environments, and what caused the extinction of these fascinating creatures. (July 11-15)

Let’s Build It
What does an engineer do? Explore LSC’s Skyscraper! exhibition to discover some ultimate achievements in engineering. Campers will work together to build towers, construct bridges, launch balloons, and more! (July 18-22)

I Can Code
Design, create, and animate! Learn basic computational skills to code your own animations and interactive stories. Meet and play with Kubo, our very special robot. Learn to communicate with Kubo in his code language and teach him how to move and solve problems. (July 25-29)

Explore the Planets
Get to know the fascinating planets of our solar system through hands-on activities, songs, and games. Explore each planet’s place in space. Then see all of them as NASA does, in the biggest planetarium in America and on LSC’s giant, glowing globe called Science On a Sphere. (Aug. 1-5)

Find My Science
Discover the scientist within you! Are you a physicist able to build perfect parachutes? Or maybe a super-cool chemist with the secret behind the perfect slime? Are you a biologist with a passion for interacting with animals? Explore LSC’s diverse exhibits and examine the world around you to figure out your favorite kind of science. (Aug. 8-12)

Storybook Science
Enter the world of your favorite books and engineer new solutions to the characters’ problems. Explore the science behind why the three little pigs’ house blew down. Find a solution to prevent Humpty Dumpty from breaking after his great fall. Build Corduroy the bear a flashlight to help find his missing button. Let your imagination rewrite the story! (Aug. 15-19)


Rising Grades 2-3

Explore the Universe
Do you ever look up and wonder about the night sky? You’re not alone! Investigate the night sky, its planets, and its stars. Hear stories of the night sky from around the world. See it through the eyes of modern-day astronomers and space probes in LSC’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the biggest planetarium in America. (July 11-15)

Designed by Nature
Velcro, friction-reducing swimsuits, and dirt-resistant paint. What do all of these innovations have in common? They were all inspired by nature! Scientists use elements of nature to solve real world problems in a process called biomimicry. Be inspired by the live creatures in LSC’s Wild About Animals exhibit to learn all about how we can use nature’s blueprints to create extraordinary innovations. (July 18-22)

Mind Games
It’s not magic, it's science! Use the power of science to become an illusionist and fool your friends and family. Learn the science of optical illusions, sleight of hand with card tricks, and how your brain learns about the world around you. Play the immersive and stimulating games in LSC’s Brain Games exhibit. (July 25-29)

Level-Up Game Design
Are you the next great game designer? Unleash your creativity and innovation by designing custom characters, animations, and behaviors for video games using Scratch. Showcase your games in LSC’s Tech & Design Studio. See how your game stands up against the competition! (Aug. 1-5)

Build the Awesomest Playground
You’ve played on many playgrounds. Get ready to design the best one yet! First, we’ll focus on what makes your favorite playground equipment go. Then we’ll apply the principles of simple machines, force and motion, gravity, friction, and more to design, engineer, and build the ultimate miniature playground. (Aug. 8-12)

Messy Chemistry
Ready to get messy? Explore the world of chemistry to uncover the cool science all around us. Investigate things that squish, fizz, bubble, pop, gush, and splat! Learn the chemistry behind LSC’s awesome Boom Time show, and witness the spectacular results of cool chemistry experiments. (Aug. 15-19)


Rising Grades 4-5

Make It with Minecraft
Whether you are a seasoned Minecrafter or new to the game, this is your chance to build, design, develop new skills, and explore! Learn how to install and manage Minecraft mods, and perfect your 3D design skills. Test your skills with 3D design challenges like “Design Your Dream Home” or “Becoming DaVinci.” Immerse yourself in LSC’s premium show, Minecraft: The Exhibition. Show off your creations to family and friends at week's end in LSC’s Interactive Theater. (July 11-15)

Eyes on the Skies
Enjoy the visual splendors of the skies and learn how the universe works. Explore constellations, learn to use telescopes, make sunspot observations, and more. Experience stunning visuals in the immersive environment of LSC’s Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and Weston Family Lab. Learn how to use Stellarium—a free, user-friendly, open-source planetarium—on your own computer, and become a great sky explorer for years to come. (July 18-22)

Science Showtime
Do you have what it takes to be one of LSC's premier STEM presenters? As a team, produce a Live Science show! Use science to bust a myth or educate the public. Research and re-create science demonstrations to amaze your audience and inspire others to become scientists. Incorporate good science practices, audience participation, oversized props, and humor! Best of all, present your show live at Liberty Science Center to our guests. (July 25-29)

Start Your Engines!
Take a fast ride through race-car design. Study the forces of motion and assemble a mini engine block with components fabricated on a 3D printer. Sculpt, 3D design, and print your miniature car, and test your mini creation in a wind tunnel. Finally, become a member of the pit crew as you work with a team to design a chassis and assemble a life-sized “race car.” (Aug. 1-5)

Lights, Camera, Science!
Become a digital storyteller! Explore the science of animation, elements of story design, and the power of sound effects. Build upon ideas starting from flip books, pixelation, and stop motion. Produce an animated story to share with families and friends in LSC’s Interactive Theater. (Aug. 8-12)

Astronaut Training Camp
Congratulations, cadet. You have been accepted! First, you need knowledge: Explore the stars, moons, planets, and galaxies up close using Science On a Sphere and the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. Second, you need skills: Brush up on your piloting then take a virtual ride through space in the planetarium. Third, prepare for the mission: Build tools, harness solar energy to power your equipment, and design a sustainable habitat. You’ll be ready to blast into space! (Aug. 15-19)

Virtual* Minecraft Neighborhood
Looking for summer camp fun without leaving home? Grab your laptop and move right into our virtual Minecraft community, where you get to build your town, set your rules, and live your way. All levels of Minecraft knowledge are welcome to design, develop, and explore this new world together. Learn to create mods and put your skills to the test. This course includes two free passes to explore LSC’s Minecraft: The Exhibition with a family member for added inspiration. (Jul. 11-Aug. 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Monday - Friday)
*All instruction for this course is remote.


Rising Grades 6-8

Build the Future
Design a home that reduces the impact of climate change by adopting sustainable solutions. Take a virtual journey around the world using Google Earth to explore sustainable structures and use open-source software tools like Tinkercad to create a 3D model. Take your 3D model to the next level by handcrafting a physical model. During the week, you will take residence in LSC's SURE House, a Solar Decathlon award-winning home designed by Stevens Institute of Technology students. (July 11-15)

America’s Next Game Designer
Design your own interactive video game using the Construct 3 game engine. Learn to create your very own characters, develop the function and logic behind your game, and dive into game programming and prototyping. Design a playable, fun game that you and your family will love. (July 18-22)

Master the Universe
Take your astronomy skills to the next level. Discover the mysteries of the vast cosmos: galaxies, supernovae, black holes, the Big Bang and such cosmic concepts as dark matter and gravitational waves. Join a citizen science effort to classify galaxies, and learn to model constellations and the expansion of the universe. You’ll have all the resources of America’s biggest planetarium at your fingertips! (July 25-29)

CSI: LSC
You’ve seen popular TV shows about forensic science and unsolved cases. Now it's your turn to solve a mystery! Crack the case using investigative techniques including DNA analysis, toxicology, PCR testing, and even autopsies. Campers will collect and analyze evidence just like professionals do. Can you solve the crime before the week is over? (Aug. 1-5)

All-Star Showcase
It’s showtime! Learn to use open-source astronomy software called NASA’s Open Space to explore the universe and produce original planetarium shows. Create your own flight to the planets or travel to the very edge of the universe. Showcase your work and bring your custom programs to life for friends and family on LSC’s 90-foot planetarium dome. (Aug. 8-12)

Make It with Minecraft
Whether you are a seasoned Minecrafter or new to the game, this is your chance to build, design, develop new skills, and explore! Learn how to install and manage Minecraft mods, and perfect your 3D design skills. Put your building skills to the test with 3D design challenges like “Design Your Dream Home” or “Becoming DaVinci.” Immerse yourself in LSC’s premium show, Minecraft: The Exhibition, to experience the Minecraft world in real life. Show off your creations to family and friends at week's end in LSC’s Interactive Theater. (Aug. 15-19)

Virtual* Minecraft Neighborhood
Looking for summer camp fun without leaving home? Grab your laptop and move right into our virtual Minecraft community, where you get to build your town, set your rules, and live your way. All levels of Minecraft knowledge are welcome to design, develop, and explore this new world together. Learn to create mods and put your skills to the test. This course includes two free passes to explore LSC’s Minecraft: The Exhibition with a family member for added inspiration. (Jul. 11-Aug. 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Monday - Friday)
*All instruction for this course is remote.