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

City of Rockville Summer Camps

To register, visit https://www.rockvillemd.gov/359/Summer-Camps

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. Campers create their own crystals and conduct experiments with fossilization, stream erosion, and sedimentation.
Age: 8-12
July 1 to July 3, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Camp Number 8465, $145 ($125 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851

The Science of Life

Explore what it means to be a scientist while you investigate evolution and molecular biology using hands-on experiments and current scientific technology. Participants will delve into genetics, dissect angiosperms and create DNA models. They will explore the Croydon Creek biosphere and biodiversity as they work to discover the answers to complex biology questions. Age: 8-12
July 1 to July 3, 1 pm – 4 pm, Camp Number 8468, $145 ($125 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851

Robotics Camp

Robotics is ideal for girls and boys who love to build things and want to learn mechanical and programming concepts. Campers are grouped in small teams and create their robots using LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits. They program their robots to solve a series of challenges, culminating in a competition on the last day of camp. Age: 11-14
August 5 to August 15 (9 days), 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Camp Number 8404, $235 ($225 Rockville resident)
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, 20851

Chemistry in Action

All matter is composed of atoms and molecules that are attracted to each other and in constant motion. Campers explore chemistry in action through a variety of experiments with all states of matter. The program focuses on materials such as metals and polymers and employs a range of hands-on activities, illustrations and animations to help participants understand what is happening at the molecular level. Age: 8-12
August 19 to 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Camp Number 8491, $240 ($195 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851

Space Science & Astronomy

Uncover the secrets of the solar system and beyond! Participants learn about space weather, supernovas, black holes and the moon’s phases. They continue their investigation of the skies by exploring amazing robot discoveries on Mars, Newton’s Laws, space travel, meteorites, how to use a telescope and more. Campers construct their own spectrograph to study light, discover what stars are made out of, and build and launch a water rocket. Age: 8-12
August 19 to 23, 1 pm – 4 pm, Camp Number 8492, $240 ($195 Rockville resident)
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, 20851


 

Bullis Summer Programs

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

Bullis Summer Programs

Junior Engineers

Specialty Camp – 2 One-Week Camps

Experiment with forces both seen and unseen! 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 engineering area using simple, hands-on activities—including rockets and robots! Campers are encouraged to work in teams and to identify what they learned through reflection.
Ages: 5-8, Fee: $330
July 15 – July 19, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, July 22 – July 29, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Electronics Workshop

3 Two Week Camps, a Pick 3 Camp

Tinkerers and builders welcome! Campers explore the underlying technology of our modern world and learn to use soldering tools to build a circuit. Discover how radios work by building both an AM broadcast radio receiver and a low-power, AM broadcast transmitter. The transmitter can even be heard on the receiver that the camper builds! Learn to read electronic-circuit schematics and how to use electronics test instruments. Taught by members of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club, campers learn how to operate a ham radio station to communicate with people all over the world!
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $270
June 17 – June 28, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, July 8 – July 19, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, July 22 – August 2, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Geology & Exploration

2  Two-Week Camps, a Pick 3 Camp

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 the theory of plate tectonics. Campers see how natural erosion by evidence of floods, air, water, rocks, and vegetation intermingle at Great Falls National Historic Park and examine the geology beyond planet Earth.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $270
June 17 – June 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 8 – July 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Phun Physics

2  Two-Week Camps, a Pick 3 Camp

Thought you knew everything? You’re right—you do! Join fellow campers for really strange examples of physics gone wild. From shrink wrapping a couple of volunteers before they are mummified to finding out how the Flaming Wheel of Death works, campers experience science like never before. They watch as the Blob Monster comes to life and explore why their brains are trying to trick them all the time. Find out why what you see may not always be what is truly there. This is WEIRD SCIENCE!
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $270
June 17 – June 28, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, July 22 – August 2, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Robotics Challenge

2 Two-Week Camps, a Pick 3 Camp

Build, program, 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 design their robots to solve a series of real-world challenges, culminating in a competition on the last day.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $270
June 17 – June 28, (9-11 yrs), 8:45 am – 10:45 am, June 17 – June 28, (12-14 yrs), 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Space Science & Astronomy

2 Two-Week Camps, a Pick 3 Camp

Uncover the secrets of the solar system and beyond! Campers learn about space, weather, supernovas, black holes, and the moon’s phases. They continue their investigation of the skies by exploring amazing robot discoveries on Mars, the creation of orbits, space travel, moonrocks, and more. Campers construct their own spectrograph to study light, discover what stars are made of, and build and launch a water rocket. They learn how to use a telescope and track the sun across the sky. In this camp, find out how big is big, how far is far, and how small you really are.
Ages: 9-14, Fee: $275
July 8 – July 19, 8:45am – 10:45am, July 22 – August 2, 8:45am – 10:45am