Rockville Science Center Summer Camps

The Rockville Science Center enriches the summers of children ages 5 to 14 through the camp programs of Rockville City and Bullis School. We want your children to experience science and engineering with exciting hands-on activities and give them a summer to remember.
Contact: Bob Ekman, camps@rockvillesciencecenter.org, 240-386-8111

Here are the RSC Science Summer Camps being offered in 2017:

City of Rockville Summer Camps

To register, visit https://rockenroll.rockvillemd.gov

City of Rockville Summer Camps

Geology and Exploration

Explore a creek that carved valleys into rock, created waterfalls and caused trees to fall making natural bridges. Learn how to conduct field measurements. Make observations on how streams cause changes in landscapes and experience a place where the liquid, solid and gaseous parts of the Earth interact with each other.
Ages: 8-12
July 5 to July 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Camp Number 58368, $145 ($125 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851

Molecular Biology and Evolution

Explore what it means to be a scientist while you investigate evolution and molecular biology using hands-on experiments and current scientific technology. They delve into DNA, dissecting fruit and creating DNA models, and they explore the Croydon Creek biosphere and biodiversity as they work to discover the answers to complex questions rooted in biology.
Ages: 8-12
July 5 to July 7, 1-4 pm
Camp Number 58369, $145 ($125 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851

Robotics

Robotics is ideal for girls and boys who love to build things and want to learn mechanical and programming concepts. Campers will be grouped in small teams as they create their robots using a LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. They program their robots to solve a series of challenges, culminating in a competition on the last day of camp.
Ages: 10-14
August 7 to August 18, 1-4 pm
Camp Number 58171, $235 ($225 Rockville resident)
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center
12920 Twinbrook Parkway, 20851

Bullis Summer Programs

10601 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854
To register, visit: http://www.bullis.org/summerprograms

Bullis Summer Programs

Robotics Challenge

Build and battle robots in these exciting camps tailored to either the 9-11 or 12-14 age group. Robotics challenges campers to think critically and work with others to solve problems. These camps are ideal for hands-on campers who love building while learning mechanical and programming concepts. Grouped into small teams, campers build and program their robots to solve a series of real-world challenges, culminating in a competition on the last day of camp.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $265 – Pick 3 Camp
Session 1: June 19- June 30
Robotics Challenge 101, 8:45 am-10:45 am, (9-11 yrs.)
Robotics Challenge 102, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, (12-14 yrs.)

Electronics Workshop

Tinkerers and builders welcome! Explore the underlying technology of our modern world in this exciting camp. Take apart computers and other electronics to see what makes them work, and learn to solder parts together and control the flow of electricity. Campers examine the history of electronics and try outdated electronics such as dial telephones and computer keypunch cards. They will build a radio from tiny electronic parts and then use it to communicate with people from around the world.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $270 – Pick 3 Camp
Session 1: June 19 – June 30, 1:30 am-3:30 pm
Session 3: July 24 – August 4, 8:45 am-10:45 am

Geology & Exploration

Sample soil and rocks, and simulate a variety of geological processes. Campers create their own crystals and conduct experiments with fossilization, stream erosion and sedimentation. In addition to learning about soil and rock formation, volcanism and principles of mountain building, campers view first-hand plate tectonics. Campers see how natural erosion by evidence of floods, air, water, rocks and vegetation intermingle at Great Falls National Historic Park.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $265 – Pick 3 Camp
Session 2: July 10 – July 21, 8:45 am-10:45 am

The Science of Life

Do you wonder how animals evolve or what DNA is? In this camp, hands-on activities bring the fundamentals of biology to life. With a focus on animals and humans, campers receive an introduction to evolution. They delve into DNA, dissecting fruit and creating DNA models, and they explore the Bullis biosphere and biodiversity as they work to discover the answers to complex questions rooted in biology. They will learn what it means to be a scientist through studying scientific methods and reporting their results.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $265 – Pick 3 Camp
Session 2: July 10 – July 21, 1:30 am-3:30 pm
Session 3: July 24 – August 4, 1:30 am-3:30 pm

Junior Engineers – Specialty Camp

Designed for younger campers, Junior Engineers explores the properties of friction, gravity, leverage, electricity and magnetism through fun, interactive and age-appropriate experiments. Take a closer look at how forces are used in motors and gears, as well as bridges and other structures! Each day focuses on a different simple, hands-on activities. Campers are encouraged to work in teams and to identify what they learned through reflection. This camp is sure to pique the curiosity of all budding engineers.
Ages: 5-8, Fee: $325
Session 3a: July 24 – July 28, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Session 3b: July 31 – August 4, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm