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Ages 12-14 Full Day Camps

UPDATE: The health and safety of Carnegie Science Center visitors, members, and camp staff is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Summer Camps scheduled for the week of June 8 and June 15 are canceled. With the need to ensure social distancing and our concern about the difficulty in doing this with our youngest campers, camps for children ages 4-5 are also canceled for the summer. We are evaluating upcoming programming and will communicate by email if there are any changes to camps for which you are registered at least four weeks prior to your scheduled camp.

When it is safe to resume camps, special precautions are in place for the health and safety of all Summer Camp registrants. Our team will follow guidelines on preventative measures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opens in a new window and the Allegheny County Health Department opens in a new window. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place for the museum’s public spaces and all areas where people congregate. This includes cleaning common touch-points such as exhibits, classroom spaces, handrails, tables, and elevator buttons with increased frequency. Educational signage has been posted throughout the building and Summer Camp staff members will educate students on the importance of proper handwashing and hygiene and make proper hygiene a part of the daily practices within camps.

The goal of Carnegie Science Center is to provide a safe, welcoming, and enriching experience for all program participants. For questions regarding a Summer Camp reservation, please email our Reservations Team at CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Registration

Registration is open via the website or by calling 412.237.3400.

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

Carnegie Science Center Summer Camps are specifically developed for the age group listed. To make the most of your campers’ experience, they must be the appropriate age on the date the selected camp begins. If necessary, Science Center staff will contact you to reschedule your camper.

Alchemy Academy

Mon., June 29–Fri., July 3
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 27–Fri., July 31
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Put on your lab coat and safety goggles and get ready for some combustive chemistry. Create colorful and fizzy reactions, turn a penny gold, and see the effects of liquid nitrogen in action!


Laboratory Lockdown

Mon., June 22–Fri., June 26
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 20–Fri., July 24
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 10–Fri., Aug. 14
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Can you escape the lab? Challenge yourself to solve a series of escape boxes and mini escape rooms while learning about chemistry, physics, biology, and more. Make creative puzzles with anything from ciphers to circuits, and then design your own science-themed room to test your fellow campers. Take a field trip to a professional escape room to test your skills!


Robot Engineers

Mon., Aug. 10–Fri., Aug. 14
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Explore the fascinating world of robotics as you design and program robots to carry out a variety of tasks, from robotic hands and minesweeping rovers to a robotic amusement park ride. Use both LEGO® Mindstorms EV3’s and Hummingbird Robotics Kits to design, build, program, and beta-test your robotic creations.


Survivor’s Guide: After the Apocalypse

Mon., July 20–Fri., July 24
9 am–4 pm

COST: $250/$280 (members/nonmembers)

A zombie apocalypse has occurred and has sent civilization back to a world without modern conveniences. Learn how the zombie disease is spreading and how to avoid being infected. Figure out how to survive in the new world by navigating without GPS, finding food and water, and engineering helpful tools.


NEW! Intro to Animation

Mon., June 8–Fri., June 12 *CANCELED*
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 3–Fri., Aug. 7
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Explore the world of animation from drawn samples to complex 3D movements. Complete daily animation challenges and design your own animated story with custom characters. Take your original pixel artwork and transform it into a GIF!


NEW! Video Game Design 2.0

Mon., June 29–Fri., July 3
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 27–Fri., July 31
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Are you ready to take your programming skills to the next level? Build an immersive universe using GameMaker Studio 2 and the GML scripting language. Send your characters on an epic adventure adding in physics and realistic motion to code a game that is all your own.


NEW! Medical Detectives

Mon., June 15–Fri., June 19 *CANCELED*
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 6–Fri., July 10
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Uncover the mysteries of human health and anatomy! Investigate the inner workings of the body as you measure your cardiovascular system, explore neuroscience with a sheep brain dissection, and study your own genetic material. Become an epidemiologist as you try to solve disease outbreaks and discover how to fight off bacterial infections.


NEW! Coder’s Workshop

Mon., June 15–Fri., June 19 *CANCELED*
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 13–Fri., July 17
9 am–4 pm

COST: $280/$310 (members/nonmembers)

Combine coding, engineering, and innovation as you use Arduino Uno, Makey-Makey, and littleBits to make awesome inventions. Explore parallel and series circuitry, build an LED sign using a shift register, and prototype an augmented wind chime.


NEW! Intergalactic Explorers

Mon., June 22–Fri., June 26
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 3–Fri., Aug. 7
9 am–4 pm

COST: $250/$280 (members/nonmembers)

Step into the shoes of a space scientist as you explore the universe from our own solar system to the farthest reaches of outer space. Search for nearby habitable planets, explore the present and future of space travel, and discover how astrophysicists identify celestial bodies billions of light years away.


Camps Greatest Hits

Mon., Aug. 17–Fri., Aug. 21
9 am–4 pm

COST: $250/$280 (members/nonmembers)

Before summer wraps up and school begins, revisit the greatest hits from science camp! Launch rockets, make slime, build LEGO® contraptions, and race robots. All your favorite activities in one jam-packed week!


Fab Lab: Maker Camp

Mon., June 15–Fri., June 19 *CANCELED*
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 6–Fri., July 10
9 am–4 pm

Mon., Aug. 3–Fri., Aug. 7
9 am–4 pm

COST: $320/$345 (members/nonmembers)
Materials fee included in price

Experience firsthand all the latest technologies: 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: Quadcopter Challenge

Mon., June 22–Fri., June 26
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 20–Fri., July 24
9 am–4 pm

COST: $340/$375 (members/nonmembers)
Materials fee included in price

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


Fab Lab: Build Your Virtual World Camp

Mon., July 6–Fri., July 10
9 am–4 pm

Mon., July 27–Fri., July 31
9 am–4 pm

COST: $320/$345 (members/nonmembers)
Materials fee included in price

Design and fabricate your own personalized cardboard VR viewer and experiment with VR software. Adapt virtual worlds and create some of your own! (Campers should bring their own smartphone to this camp and have access to installing free apps).


Fab Lab: Mechatronic Maker Camp

Mon., June 22–Fri., June 26
9 am–4 pm

COST: $410/$425 (members/nonmembers)
Price includes a take-home SparkFun Inventor Kit

Ready to dive into the world of making? This interactive Fab Lab camp introduces you to circuits, hardware, and programming, setting you up for an adventure into electronics and robotics. After completing the course, take home a SparkFun Inventor Kit to continue making at home! 


Fab Lab: Video Game Arcade

Mon., July 13–Fri., July 17
9 am–4 pm

COST: $320/$345 (members/nonmembers)
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.