18 May 2010
Posted in Press and Media
New Summer Camps Being Offered, Now Enrolling for Grades PreK-9
Engaging Science Available Weekly From June 14 - August 20
(Orlando, FL) - May 18, 2010 - School may be ending but that doesn’t mean the learning does! The Orlando Science Center’s summer camp program has an exciting and creative roster available for kids to enjoy, including hands-on exploration in science and nature, space and astronomy, archeology, math, computers, robotics, and even cooking! During the hottest days of the summer, kids will enjoy each full-day, weeklong session in air-conditioned comfort (thanks to a new A/C system) with special access to Science Center exhibits and films.
Camps are offered weekly this summer from June 14 to August 20. New camps have been added to this year’s roster of opportunities for children in grades K-6. Campers can experience the joys of cooking while experimenting with different elements and creating their own favorite concoctions. If cooking isn’t their passion, kids can get fizzy with the science of bubbles. Another new addition includes an engineering camp where children can design their own racecars and create contraptions to perform everyday tasks.
In addition, there are opportunities to explore LEGOs, dinosaurs, robots and forensic science. These summer camps are designed to create an enjoyable, memorable experience. They feature hands-on activities that are not only fun, but also present essential knowledge in an engaging and understandable way. These camps are developed to allow students to experience hands-on learning about archaeology, science, nature, and more in ways that many classrooms cannot offer.
Science Academies for teens in grades 7-9 are also available this summer. Designed specifically so that the knowledge gained can be easily applied to the real world, the academies are focused on stimulating interest in future careers. These experiences will open up a teen’s perspective on potential careers in subjects dealing with the medical field, engineering, robotics, forensics, computer and gaming design, and even NASA.
Lockheed Martin is presenting two new academies for this summer, including the “Ultimate SIM Quest.” This weeklong experience takes the educational investigation to the next level with hands-on exploration into the world of simulation. The academy wraps up with a field trip to Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Solution Center. Lockheed’s other academy is focused on engineering with teens designing, building and testing their own creations. It concludes with a field trip to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control where students will see how complex systems are tested while interacting with the engineers that designed them.
There is also an opportunity this summer for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, to enjoy hands-on activities that promote their physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning. Preschool camp is offered in weeklong sessions from June 13 to August 13 with topics ranging from the circus to fairy tales to outer space and much more. Each experience provides hands-on classroom and outdoors activities embedded with literacy, language, cognitive, math, science, and fine motor skills. The preschool camp is licensed by the Department of Children and Families and is a great introduction for families considering enrolling in the Science Center’s full year, preschool program this Fall.
All camp activities are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week from June 12 to August 20 (preschool camp wraps up earlier on August 13). For all camps, early drop-off and late pick-up are included in the registration fees and available as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. This option makes the Science Center’s summer program a great resource for working parents. Half-day opportunities are also offered for grades K-1.
For information on registration fees and a complete listing of camps for grades preK-9, please call 407.514.2112. Science Center members get discounts on camp registration. All summer programs are now enrolling and many classes fill to capacity quickly so register early to ensure your child’s spot.
For more information on the various camps, interested parents can also attend one of two open houses at the Orlando Science Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 and Saturday, June 5. Open houses provide an opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet camp staff, get the latest information and also register to win a free week of camp.