LSC Science Camp – Nov. 8 & 9

Does your family have a break from school during the NJEA conference, Nov. 8-9? Science Camp at LSC has a fun opportunity for kids in grades 1-5: Spend two days at the Science Center exploring science concepts with our expert STEM educators. It’s going to be a blast!

Camp runs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Thursday and Friday, with the option of before-care or after-care for an additional fee.

RETURNING Campers: Click here to register.
NEW Campers: Click here to set up an account and register.

Our fall camp sessions are:

Grade 1: Curious Chemists
Curious chemists will work collaboratively to test chemical reactions, build polymers, and more through various hands-on experiments and activities.

Grades 2-3: LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics
Through active building, problem solving, and collaboration, campers are introduced to computational thinking and the engineering design process to solve different challenges each day. Note: Campers do not keep the robots after the program.

Grades 4-5: Junior Detective
Learn how to collect and analyze evidence using different laboratory tests and techniques. This course includes a visit to our new featured exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

For more information about LSC Science Camp, please call 201.253.1380, email us at sciencecamp@lsc.org, or read our Science Camp FAQs below.

Science Camp – Fall Session FAQs

Schedule

What is the camp schedule?

Camp runs Nov. 8 and 9 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm:

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am (Early care, $10 extra per day)
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Morning session)
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Lunch and recess)
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Afternoon session)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Late care, $10 extra per day)

Are there any late fees?
If a camper must remain at LSC after 5:00 pm due to an unavoidable delay such as a family emergency, an extra fee will be charged. The amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Are there breaks?
Snack breaks are included in all sessions. Weather permitting, campers may be outdoors during part of the day and should dress in layers for outside fun.


Cost, Registration, and Payment

How much does camp cost?
Tuition is $225.00 for LSC members and camp alumni, $250.00 for non-members. Tuition includes inquiry-based STEM camp curriculum, skilled teaching staff, course materials, two snacks, and museum exploration. Memberships must be active to qualify for the member rate.

Do you have early and late care?
Camp runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Early (8:00 – 9:00 am) and/or late care (4:00 – 5:00 pm) is available at $10 per hour. If a camper must remain at LSC after 5:00 pm due to an unavoidable delay such as a family emergency, an extra fee will be charged. The amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

How do we register?
Campers who have attended LSC Science Camp before should click here. Campers joining us for the first time should click here to set up an account and register. To reserve a place for your child, please register early. Most courses sell out quickly! Full tuition payment is due upon enrollment.

What if I have to cancel?
LSC cannot refund any fees to campers who cancel once registration is complete. Program Protector insurance is available through our registration application for unforeseen cancellations.


Classes and Instructors

How many campers are in each course?
Class size is 20 campers maximum.

How many teachers and assistants are in each course?
Three. Each class is led by two trained STEM educators and/or certified teachers assisted by a “near peer” youth instructor.

How much time will campers spend on the exhibition floors?
Campers will be busy working in our labs and classrooms most of the day but will have structured museum exploration during the course of each day.


What to Wear and Bring

What should my child wear?
Comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear. Weather permitting, campers may be outdoors during part of the day and should dress in layers for outside fun.

What supplies should my child bring?
Campers are welcome to bring refillable water bottles. Everything else needed for each session will be provided.

May my child bring an iPod, iPad or other electronic devices to use in class?
We encourage campers to leave electronic devices at home (see lost and found, below). If laptops are required for coursework, LSC will make them available to campers.


Lost and Found

Is there a lost and found?
Yes. If a child loses an article of clothing or other possession, it will be held by the camp staff and then turned over to the LSC Security Office at the end of the week. We are sorry, but we cannot mail or hand deliver lost articles. They must be picked up at LSC.


Food, Transportation, and Safety

Is lunch included in tuition?
No. We provide each camper with healthy morning and afternoon snacks along with bottled water every day. The camper’s family must provide a brown bag lunch and drink. Please do not send lunches that require refrigeration or warming. These services will not be available. Soda is not permitted in camp. Please note that campers will not be able to purchase lunch from our café.

How do you deal with food allergies?
We are NOT a nut-free nor a gluten-free facility, but we will work with you to try to accommodate your camper’s needs. Please advise the camp staff of any food allergies or sensitivities before your camper’s session begins.

What is the policy for early drop-off and late pickup?
Campers may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am and picked up as late as 5:00 pm at an additional charge of $10 per day for either, or $20 per day for both. Campers will be supervised in a designated area.

Do you provide transportation to camp? What about carpool options?
Transportation to and from camp is not provided. Families can make their contact information available to other parents in their area if they would like to organize a carpool.

What if my child needs to take medication?
Along with the completion and submission of the appropriate Medical Care Plan*, prescription medication must be in its original container identifying the prescribing physician, the medication name, the dosage, and the frequency. Medications will be safely stored in the camp office during the day. Please discuss your camper’s medication schedule with the camp nurse on the first day of camp.

*Medical Care Plans can be located under the Forms and Document tab in your camper's online account.


Curriculum Details

What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is considered one of the most important fields of K-12 education, and is currently part of a new national initiative. It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level.