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Summer Camps

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When School is Out,
the Science Center is In!

Want your child to do something unique and absolutely cool this summer? How about adding in a huge helping of science-filled fun? Summer Science Camps at the Science Center are an adventure for kids ages 4 - 14 (and a real break for parents)!


Schedule


Ages 4 – 5+

Cost: $130 members / $145 non-members per session.
Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

Morning session: 9 am – noon (am)
Afternoon session: 1 – 4 pm (pm)

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $105 members / $120 non-members.

NOTE: Waiting list status can be requested if a program is full. No deposit is necessary to hold a place on the list. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone if space becomes available.

Camp Peg + Cat

Join PBS KIDS' Peg + Cat for a totally awesome week of math, music, and fun! We’re counting on YOU to help them solve some REALLY BIG problems using measurement, estimation, sorting, and creativity. This camp was developed in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company. Go to Peg + Cat to learn more.

July 30 – Aug. 3 (am)

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New! Storytime Science

Discover the science hiding in beloved stories and books. Explore life cycles with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," and experiment with your senses in "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." Experience the classic "Cat in the Hat" and modern favorite "Pete the Cat" in new, exciting ways!

August 6 – 10 (am)

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Little Builders

Unleash your imagination as you build bridges and castles with blocks, and turn ordinary objects into extraordinary structures! Join fellow engineers as you discover which shapes are the strongest, test out different building materials, and tinker with recycled materials.


My Place in Space

3, 2, 1, blast off… into outer space! Discover the planets that make up our solar system and investigate what makes Earth so special. Shoot for the stars as we explore our place in space.


Science of Me

Learn about the most unique organism on the planet... YOU! Discover the amazing bones, organs, and tissues that make you, you!


Creepy Crawly Bugs

Beetles and locusts and ants, oh my! Get an up-close look at the tiny world of bugs. Discover how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, build a bug house, and identify a myriad of interesting insects!


Science Explorers

Get messy with chemistry, and creative with engineering. Explore the night sky and the inside of your body. Find out just what science is all about with a different and exciting topic every day!

July 30 – August 4 (pm)

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New! Science in Motion

Get things moving as you experiment with the laws of motion and simple machines. Make creations that roll, spin, and swing, and even make a mini amusement park with LEGO® STEAM Park!

August 6 – 10 (pm)

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Wee Bots

What is a robot and what does it do? Is it the same as me and you? Learn as you interact with some robots in action!

August 6 – 10 (pm)

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New! Messy Science

Get ready to get messy with science! Make fun fizzy concoctions, compare slime and Oobleck, and paint with gravity. Decorate your very own smock to take home at the end of the week!


Weather Wonders

Learn about the one thing that affects everyone tall and small...wild and wacky weather! Campers will track our daily weather conditions, experiment with the heat of the sun, and explore the clouds.

July 30 – August 3 (pm)

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Things That Go

From airplanes to cars, learn all about things that go. Explore the vehicles that we see on land, in water, and up in the sky – and even make a few of your own!

August 13 – 17 (am)

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Splish, Splash, Science

Make a splash as you dive into the world of water! Investigate the water cycle, experiment with density, and investigate what kinds of creatures call our rivers and oceans home.

July 30 – August 3 (am)

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New! Feet and Feathers

Explore the amazing world of animals and their unique features! From scaly snakes to feathery falcons, discover what different animals look like, where they live, and how they move.

August 6 – 10 (am)

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New! Color Chameleons

Take a closer look at the rainbow of color all around us. Experiment with the light spectrum, discover the different shades of nature, and explore the countless creative ways to mix colors!

August 13 – 17 (pm)

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Ages 6 – 7+

Cost: $240 members / $270 non-members per session.
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs as listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am – 4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $190 members / $220 non-members.

NOTE: Waiting list status can be requested if a program is full. No deposit is necessary to hold a place on the list. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone if space becomes available.

Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

New! Toy Factory

Have you ever wondered how your favorite toys work? Uncover the science behind classics like spinning tops, balancing birds, and wind-up cars, and then become a toy engineer as you create your own!

August 13 – 17

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Introduction to Programming

Combine creativity, math, and computer skills in this weeklong introduction to programming. Build up your skills through a variety of games, robots, and apps, and then put them to the test as you use Scratch to make interactive animations.


Camp Odd Squad

Are you adventurous, love kooky creatures, and enjoy solving odd crimes? Then PBS Kids' Odd Squad agents need your help! Become an honorary Odd Squad agent for the week using math and basic computer science to solve bizarre mysteries and thwart weird enemies. This camp is provided in partnership with the Fred Rogers Company.

July 30 – August 3

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I'm Biology

Become a doctor-in-training for the week as you learn about the inner workings of the human body. Test your senses and reflexes, follow the path of the digestive system, and map your circulatory system.

July 30 – August 3

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Camp Magic School Bus

Hop aboard the Magic School Bus and take a fantastic voyage through the world of science! Explore everything from the ocean floor to the far reaches of space. Shrink down and travel through the circulatory system, and ride on a river of lava. It will be a trip you won't forget!

Aug. 6 – 10

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New! Motors and Mechanisms

$250 Member/$280 Non-Member (Includes special visit to The Art of the Brick traveling exhibition)

Have fun building with blocks as you design, build, and program a variety of motorized machines with LEGO® WeDo 2.0 kits. Create contraptions that drive, pull, grab, and more, all while learning basic engineering and computer coding skills!

Aug. 6 – 10

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Jr. Wizard

Is it magic or is it science? Become a real-life wizard when you make objects shrink and expand, change color, and even disappear! Examine the genetics of mythical creatures, make potions, and try your hand at transfiguration.


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Aug. 6 – 10

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Aug. 13 – 17

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Gadgets and Gears

Discover the thousands of ways we use simple machines in our everyday lives. Construct a working pulley to lift a heavy load and experiment with levers, then tinker with wheels and axels and design a car to race down an inclined plane.


New! Around the World

Embark on a journey around the world in just 5 days. From the seven continents to the four oceans, discover different biomes, and the plants and animals that are adapted to live in each. Explore weather and climate, investigate natural landforms, and find your place on the map!


Superhero Science

Go behind the mask and investigate the science of superheroes! Discover the physics of flight and super-strength, and harness invisible forces such as electricity and magnetism. Create a secret identity and design your own cape and gadgets!


Engineering Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be an engineer? Find out as you tackle a series of trials designed to test your skills. Build the tallest towers, strongest bridges, and the fastest airplanes. Bring your problem- solving skills and creativity to this week-long Engineering Challenge!

July 30 – August 3

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New! Scientist for a Day

Do you have a desire to study the stars? Or a passion for the ocean? Step into the role of a different scientist each day and discover what they do. Identify minerals as a geologist, experiment with the elements as a chemist, and forecast weather as a meteorologist!

July 30 – August 3

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New! Test It!

Grab your safety goggles and join us for a week of scientific experimentation. Answer all of the burning questions you have about the world as you test the powers the sun, observe chemical changes, and predict how far a projectile will travel.

August 6 – 10

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Be A Roboticist

What makes a robot different from other machines? Discover how they sense, think, and act as you get hands on with a fun variety of educational robots. Program a robot with color, race through a maze, and explore endless possibilities with Cubelets™.

August 13 – 17

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Nature Nuts

Are you nuts about nature? Discover the abundance of creatures and natural features right outside your door in this week of fun. Get up close with plants and animals as you learn what makes up an ecosystem and what it takes to survive out there.


Far Out Space

Travel through space as we explore our vast solar system. Explore the planet we call home, our moon, and the rest of the planets. Investigate how astronauts live and work in outer space, then blast off to visit distant stars and galaxies.


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Ages 8 – 9+

Cost: $240 members / $270 non-members per session

(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am – 4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $190 members / $220 non-members.

NOTE: Waiting list status can be requested if a program is full. No deposit is necessary to hold a place on the list. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone if space becomes available.

Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

New! Space Exploration

Join pioneering scientists in their quest to explore the far reaches of space. Become a rocket scientist to test propulsion techniques and launch angles, and practice remotely controlling robotic rovers. Learn about the challenges of living outside of Earth, and design a model Mars habitat.


New! Robot Roundup

Discover the wide world of robotics with a survey of fun and hands-on products such as Cubelets®, Sphero, Makeblock and more. Test out different types of sensors, experiment with programming platforms, and challenge your classmates to races or robot soccer matches.

July 30 – August 3

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New! Weird Science

Discover the weird, wacky, and wild experiments you can do with science! Make square bubbles, watch Oobleck dance, and move objects without touching them. From glowing rocks to waterproof sand, you will get hands-on with the best of chemistry, physics, and biology.


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August 13 – 17

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New! Inventor’s Workshop

Put your ingenuity to the test with a week of engineering, prototyping, and inventing! Using the simple but versatile littleBits kits, add motors, sensors, and lights to your creations. From burglar alarms and musical devices to light-up creatures and miniature amusement park rides, the sky is the limit on what you can make!

August 13 – 17

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Ready, Set, Code!

$279 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)
*No camp on July 4. Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $220 Member/$250 Non-Member

Gain valuable new skills while having a blast! Learn a real programming language while playing through levels of the addictive game CodeMonkey, design and test games with littleBits Coding kits, and edit apps with Bitsbox.

July 30 – August 3

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New! Machine Mania

$250 Member/$280 Non-Member (Includes special visit to The Art of the Brick traveling exhibition)

Discover the science of simple and powered machines with a week of LEGO® engineering fun. Build motorized cranes, self-propelled cars, and walking animals. Then explore energy production as you build windmills and generators to measure output. Finally, put it all together to make an amazing chain reaction contraption!

August 6 – 10

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Introduction to Robotics

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Become a robot engineer as you design, build, and test a rover using LEGO® Education’s EV3 software and technology. Use drag and drop programming to create a robot that can complete challenges such as climbing a ramp, traversing a maze, and even battling other robots.

August 6 – 10

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Explore Pittsburgh

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

Learn about our beautiful city through a series of activities and trips. Visit Heinz Field and the National Aviary as you take a look at the science of football and the power of flight. Discover Pittsburgh’s history at the Fort Pitt Museum, and explore the iconic three rivers from a kayak!


Culinary Chemistry

Take a bite out of science in the summer camp that actually encourages you to play with your food! Learn about the science behind taste, discover how cooking alters your food, and uncover some unusual uses for items in your pantry.


Nature's Fury

From hurricanes and tornadoes to tsunamis and earthquakes, the Earth is always in motion. Spend a week learning about the beautiful yet destructive forces that are constantly shaping our planet. Build a working seismograph, make a volcano erupt, and design buildings to see how they stand up to natural disasters.


River Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

Hoist your sails and get ready to embark on an adventure along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Get your bearings with a Just Ducky boat tour, then grab a paddle to kayak down the river. Step into the lab to carry out water quality testing, examine microscopic plankton, and study the life that calls the river home.


New! Brain Games

Take a deeper look into the hidden secrets of the human mind! Investigate how the brain works, and how it can deceive you. Fool your eyes with optical illusions and virtual reality, and then trick your senses of taste and touch. Test your mental powers with puzzles, ciphers, and codes and make your own brain teasers.

August 6 – 10

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Kennywood Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics of your favorite rides, the math behind carnival games, and the sweet chemistry of cotton candy! Put that knowledge to good use as you conclude the week with a field trip to Kennywood.

July 30 – August 3

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Fab Lab: Maker Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Experience first-hand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer; 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.

July 30 – August 3

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Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Learn about game development and get creative with your own games. Use Scratch programming and the Makey Makey board to design your own video game and handheld controller. Transform the Fab Lab into an arcade as you share your game with other campers on the final day.


Fab Lab: Toy Works/h2>

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

What types of games and toys can be made with 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutting machines? In this camp, learn how to make some simple toys in the Fab Lab and then create your very own toy company, design a t-shirt, and manufacture personalized toys of your very own design.

Ages 10 – 11+

Cost: $240 members / $270 non-members per session
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs listed in camp descriptions.)

Full-day camps run from 9 am – 4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $190 members / $220 non-members.

NOTE: Waiting list status can be requested if a program is full. No deposit is necessary to hold a place on the list. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone if space becomes available..

Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

Coding with Arduino

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Combine coding, engineering, and innovation as you use littleBits™ Arduino Kits to make awesome inventions. Turn your computer into an Etch-A-Sketch™, make an automated catapult, or create your own contraption. You'll use easy to use color-coded electronic components and simple code to customize your creation!

August 6 – 10

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NEW! Short Circuit

Harness the power of electricity into fun and innovative forms. Explore conductivity, and make circuits out of Play-Doh, LEGO® blocks, and even paper. Experiment with alternative energy sources, and use Makey-Makey kits to add some simple programming to your projects!


NEW! CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Put your detective skills to the test as you analyze evidence and solve mysteries. Hone your powers of observation and deductive skills, and then step into our brand-new laboratory to carry out chemical tests, identify microscopic clues, and perform DNA analysis to solve mysteries!

August 6 – 10

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NEW! Expedition Earth

Explore the world as you never have before! Take virtual reality trips to the far reaches of the planet with Google Expeditions. Visit coral reefs, voyage into volcanoes, and get up close with endangered animals. Get a new perspective on the most interesting, dangerous, and beautiful places on Earth, and discover their roles in our ecosystem.


NEW! Video Game Design

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Immerse yourself in the creative world of video game design! Aspiring game designers will create their own worlds, design unique characters, and build complex levels. Investigate the differences in 2D and 3D development and experiment with the design process as you program, debug, and polish off a game of your very own.

July 30 – August 3

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Medical Mysteries

Don your scrubs and become a doctor for a week as you uncover the mysteries of the human body. Explore the various body systems, learn about cutting edge surgical techniques, and diagnose some common and not so common ailments.


Robotics Space Challenge

$275 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)
*No camp on July 4. Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $220 Member/$250 Non-Member

Join our crew as we train for a robotic journey to Mars. You will work with your mission crew to design your LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 rover, then investigate, observe, calculate, and apply your knowledge to solve specific tasks. Once your training missions are complete your crew will be transported to our Martian landscape where you must work together using everything you've learned to complete a series of mission objectives.

Aug. 13 – 17

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River Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

Hoist your sails and get ready to embark on an adventure along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Get your bearings with a Just Ducky boat tour, then grab a paddle to kayak down the river. Step into the lab to carry out water quality testing, examine microscopic plankton, and study the life that calls the river home.


Games of Science

What is the best way to learn? By having fun of course! Master science topics by playing entertaining science board and card games. Design space shuttles with Xtronaut, build chemical compounds with Science Ninjas, and even discover ocean food chains with Killer Snails! Then apply what you learn in hands-on activities and try your hand at making your own games.


Kennywood Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

A long-time favorite! Explore the science of amusement parks as you discover the physics of your favorite rides, the math behind carnival games, and the sweet chemistry of cotton candy! Put that knowledge to good use as you conclude the week with a field trip to Kennywood.


Explore Pittsburgh

$310 members / $335 non-members (Field trip and materials fees included in price.)

Learn about our beautiful city through a series of activities and trips. Visit Heinz Field and the National Aviary as you take a look at the science of football and the power of flight. Discover Pittsburgh's history at the Fort Pitt Museum, and explore the iconic three rivers from a kayak!

July 30 – August 3

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Fab Lab: Maker Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Experience first-hand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer; 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.


Fab Lab: Girls Maker Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

In this maker camp designed especially for girls, experience 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, and vinyl cutting in a friendly and fun atmosphere! Fab Lab Educators will work with the girls to create daily projects to take home.


Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Get into the world of VR with this hands-on camp. Campers will design and fabricate their own personalized cardboard VR viewer and experiment with some cool VR software. Campers will also get a chance to adapt virtual worlds and create some of their own. *Campers should bring their own smartphone to this camp and have access to installing free apps.

July 30 – August 3

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Fab Lab: Toy Works

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

What types of games and toys can be made with 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutting machines? In this camp, learn how to make some simple toys in the Fab Lab and then create your very own toy company, design a t-shirt, and manufacture personalized toys of your very own design.

August 6 – 10

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Ages 12 – 14+

Cost: $240 members / $270 non-members per session
(Camps with field trips or extra supplies subject to additional costs listed in camp descriptions.))

Full-day camps run from 9 am – 4 pm
Campers must bring a bagged lunch

* No camp on July 4. Reduced price for four-day camp: $190 members / $220 non-members.

NOTE: Waiting list status can be requested if a program is full. No deposit is necessary to hold a place on the list. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone if space becomes available.

Please check the website often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.

NEW! Digital Storytelling and Game Design

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Do you have a passion for telling stories, making videos, or inventing games? Get your creative juices flowing as you use Alice software, created by Carnegie Mellon University, to make immersive 3D animations and interactive games. Design your very own digital world full of unique characters and complex environments, all while learning essential computer programming skills and mastering computational thinking.


Engineering A Better Future

Do you have a passion for math and science and a desire to make a difference? Learn about some of the greatest engineering challenges of the 21st century and design potential solutions. From energy efficient cities and disaster-proof housing to clean drinking water and space exploration you will see how you can use your skills to influence the future!

August 6 – 10

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NEW! Robot Engineers

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Explore the fascinating world of robotics as you design and program robots to carry out a variety of tasks, from fetching items and playing games to creating music and even watering plants! Use LEGO® Mindstorms EV3’s and Hummingbird Robotics Kits to solve problems and have fun, all while learning essential computer programming and engineering skills.


NEW! Art + Tech

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Discover the intersection of art and technology and use modern tools to set your creativity free! Experiment with 3D printing, digital animation, and green-screen technology. Program robots to draw, manipulate images and sound, and add programmable circuits to your work of art.


NEW! DNA Detectives

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Step into our brand new laboratory and investigate DNA, the essential molecule of life! Learn about the structure and function of genetic material, and discover how to use genes to solve real-life mysteries. Use PCR and Gel Electrophoresis technology to isolate, replicate, and analyze DNA to match samples and uncover answers!

July 30 – August 3

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Science Escape

Do you love solving puzzles and deciphering codes? Challenge yourself to solve a series of escape boxes and mini escape rooms while learning about astronomy, chemistry, biology and more. Discover different ways make creative puzzles with anything from ciphers to circuits, and then design your own science-themed room to test your fellow campers. Finally, take a field trip to a professional escape room and test out your skills! Science Escape Camp made possible with the participation of Enter the Imaginarium.

July 30 – August 3

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Aug. 13 – 17

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App Design

$275 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)
*No camp on July 4. Reduced price for premium four-day camp: $220 members/ $250 non-members.

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating your favorite app? Discover just how much programming, math, and imagination go into creating an app for everyday use. Learn some coding, test out prototypes, and design an app of your very own.

Aug. 6 – 10

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NEW! Investigating our Environment

$270 members / $295 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Take a deeper look into the many facets of our complex environment through a series of fun, hands-on experiments. Collect samples of water and soil and analyze them in our brand new laboratory classroom with cutting-edge sensors. Investigate weather and the process of climate change as you study heat, light, and humidity. Finally, explore renewable energy sources while making and testing working windmills and solar panels.


Survivor's Guide: After the Apocalypse

An apocalypse has occurred, and has sent civilization back to a world without electricity and plumbing.   Learn the skills you will need to survive, such as creating shelter, filtering water, and finding edible food. Engineer helpful tools like compasses and solar ovens from household items, and assemble your own survival kit.


Fab Lab: Maker Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Experience first-hand all of the new technologies Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center has to offer; 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other CNC machines. Learn the design software for both 2D and 3D machines and make daily projects to take home.

Aug. 6 – 10

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Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge

$360 members / $385 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Experiment with the science behind quad copter flight as you assemble and build your own mini indoor drone. Using Fab Lab’s 3D printer and laser cutter, design and test your drone chassis. Challenge other drones in an indoor obstacle course the final day of camp.


Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp

$310 members / $335 non-members (materials fee included in price)

Get into the world of VR with this hands-on camp. Campers will design and fabricate their own personalized cardboard VR viewer and experiment with some cool VR software. Campers will also get a chance to adapt virtual worlds and create some of their own. *Campers should bring their own smartphone to this camp and have access to installing free apps.

July 30 – August 3

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Ages 14 – 18+

Cost: $120 members / $145 non-members per session

Full-day camps run from 9am–4 pm.
Campers must bring a bagged lunch.

Fab Lab: Teen Making Workshop

In this two-day intensive, teens of all making levels will be immersed in the digital fabrication technologies of Fab Lab: 3D printing, laser cutting, and other CNC machinery. Fab Lab educators will work with teens to learn, explore, and create using those technologies. Interested teens could sign up for more than one Teen Making Camp to build on their previous knowledge and create more complex projects.

$120 members/ $145 non-Members

Aug. 8 – 9

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Fab Lab: Quadcopter Challenge Workshop

$170 members/ $195 non-Members *Price includes materials fee.

Experiment with the science behind quadcopter flight as you assemble and build your own mini indoor drone. Using Fab Lab’s 3D printer and laser cutter, design and test your drone chassis. Challenge other drones in an indoor obstacle course the second day.

Aug. 6 – 7

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Please check back often. As camps fill up, additional sessions may be added.


Registration


How to register for camp+

Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Online registration requires payment in full by credit card. Registration can also be done with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Call 412.237.3400 to register.

Financial Assistance+

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.

Cancellation Policy+

In case of insufficient registration, Carnegie Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp or receiving a full refund.

Refund Policy+

Our summer camps are very popular and fill quickly. If you cancel your camp registration at least 14 days in advance of the camp start date, you will receive a refund equal to the cost of camp minus a $50 service fee ($25 for half-day camps) fee per camper. Cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the first day of camp will not receive a refund.

What’s Included+

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp; camps with field trips may have additional costs.

*Note – Lunch is not provided by the Carnegie Science Center. Campers will need to bring a bagged lunch to camp each day.


The Camp Experience


Camper Check-in and Check-out+

  • Summer Camp check-in occurs in the Group Reception area, located on the ground floor of the museum from 8:30-9 am. All campers must be signed in by an adult each day.

    Workshop Pick-Up and Drop-off Route

  • Summer Camp check-out will also be held in the Group Services area from 4-4:30 pm. Please bring a photo ID – proper identification is required of all adults who will be picking up campers. Your child will not be released to an adult not listed on your authorized contacts list or to anyone that does not bring an ID.
  • Parking - When you arrive, please take a ticket from the parking meter. If you are in the parking lot for less than 45 minutes, you will not be charged for parking. Simply insert your entry ticket back into any gate to exit. If you plan on staying past 45 minutes, you will need to pay the $5 fee for parking.
  • See below for information on Pre and Post Camp Care.

Daily Activities and Schedule+

The summer camp experience is specially designed to offer opportunities the school-year classroom cannot, with plenty of individual hands-on activities, supervised exploration, and interactive fun. In addition to classroom experiments and projects, campers will explore different museum exhibits each day, and experience shows in our demonstration theaters and Rangos Giant Screen Cinema throughout the week. A brief description of the daily activities will be provided each Monday for each camp.

Food and Snack+

Lunch is not provided by the Carnegie Science Center. Campers need to bring a lunch from home that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. Lunches should be brought in a disposable bag with the campers’ name clearly marked on it.

A small snack will be provided to campers each day. All snacks are nut free, but may include other allergens, so please clearly indicate any food allergies on the camp permission form. Campers may bring their own alternative snack from home if there are allergy concerns, however outside food may not be shared with other campers.

Example snacks include: Fruit snacks, pretzels, crackers, and granola bars. When attending a movie in The Rangos Giant Cinema Theater campers will be provided with a small popcorn as their daily snack.

Camp Instructors+

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are current professional teachers or recent graduates of an education program. They are assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Teenage volunteers and interns may also assist with camp activities. All summer camp staff members–instructors, assistants, and volunteers—have passed thorough background checks.

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student: teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

Pre and Post Camp Care+

For your convenience, we offer pre- and post-camp child care. This time is for supervised, unstructured play. Toys, such as blocks and puzzles, will be provided for campers to engage with. Campers may also bring books or other items from home during this time.

Pre-Care runs from 7:30 - 8:30 am for an additional charge of $25 per week.

Post-Camp runs from 4:30 - 6 pm for an additional $50 per week. Campers will be provided with an additional snack during post-camp.

Please note: For half-day preschool camps your child must be enrolled in an afternoon camp in order to sign up for post-camp, and a morning camp to sign up for pre-care.

Pre-registration is required and can be arranged when you book your camp.

FAQ’s+

When can I register?

Members can register by calling 412.237.3400 beginning Monday, Feb. 5. Registration via the website will be available to Members and non-Members beginning Monday, Feb. 12. To register via the website, click the “buy” button next to your desired camps (available Feb. 12).

What is your payment policy?

Registration fees must be paid in advance to hold your place in camp. The easiest way to pay is with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. You can also mail a check to Carnegie Science Center, Attn: Summer Camp Registrar, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.

My child can't attend camp. What is your refund policy?

Our summer camps are very popular and fill quickly. If you cancel your camp registration at least 14 days in advance of the camp start date, you will receive a refund equal to the cost of camp minus a $50 service fee ($25 for half-day camps) fee per camper. Cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the first day of camp will not receive a refund.

Can my camp be cancelled?

In case of insufficient registration, Carnegie Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp or receiving a full refund.

Who are the camp instructors?

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are professional teachers and college seniors majoring in science or education, assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Camps are designed by camp instructors and full-time Carnegie Science Center professionals to be age-appropriate, stimulating, and exciting. All summer camp staff members–instructors and assistants—have passed thorough background checks.

How many children are in each camp?

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student:teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

What does the camp registration fee include?

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp; camps with field trips may have additional costs.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.


Forms


Camper Self-Medication Form

Epi-Pen Waiver



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