Are you looking for an extraordinary summer camp experience for your child in 2023? Look no further! Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) presents its highly anticipated summer camps for the upcoming year. With a wide range of engaging and educational activities, OMSI summer camps are designed to spark curiosity, foster creativity, and ignite a passion for science in children of all ages.
At OMSI summer camps, we believe that learning should be fun and hands-on. Our team of experienced educators and scientists have carefully curated an unforgettable program that combines interactive experiments, exciting field trips, and collaborative projects. We strive to create an immersive environment where campers can explore various scientific disciplines, develop critical thinking skills, and make lifelong friendships.
Discover the Wonders of the Universe
Embark on an astronomical journey as we delve into the mysteries of the universe. Campers will have the opportunity to explore celestial bodies, learn about space exploration, and even conduct their own experiments. From stargazing to building and launching rockets, this session promises an out-of-this-world experience!
Exploring Celestial Bodies
In this session, campers will learn about the different celestial bodies that make up our universe. They will explore the planets, moons, stars, and galaxies through engaging activities and interactive presentations. Campers will have the chance to observe the night sky through telescopes and learn how to identify constellations and other celestial objects.
Campers will dive deep into the history and future of space exploration. They will learn about famous missions, such as the Apollo moon landing, and the technology used to explore space. Through hands-on activities, campers will get a taste of what it’s like to be an astronaut, including experiencing simulated zero gravity and designing their own space suits.
In this session, campers will have the opportunity to conduct their own experiments related to space and astronomy. They will learn about the scientific method and proper experimental procedures as they explore topics such as gravity, light, and the solar system. Campers will design and build their own rockets, launching them into the sky and analyzing the data collected.
By the end of this session, campers will have gained a deeper understanding of the universe and developed a passion for space exploration and astronomy.
Unleash Your Inner Engineer
Calling all budding engineers! In this session, campers will dive into the world of engineering through hands-on challenges and projects. From designing and building structures to constructing simple machines, participants will develop problem-solving skills and gain a deeper understanding of the engineering principles that shape our world.
Campers will explore the field of structural engineering, learning how to design and build strong and stable structures. They will experiment with different materials, such as popsicle sticks and marshmallows, to create bridges and towers. Campers will learn about the forces that act on structures and how engineers use their knowledge to ensure safety and stability.
In this session, campers will discover the world of simple machines. They will learn about the different types of simple machines, including levers, pulleys, and inclined planes. Through hands-on activities, campers will build their own simple machines and explore how they can make work easier. They will understand the concept of mechanical advantage and how engineers use simple machines in everyday life.
Campers will delve into the world of electrical engineering, learning about circuits, conductivity, and electrical components. They will experiment with different circuit configurations, building their own circuits and exploring how electricity flows. Campers will also learn about renewable energy sources and the importance of sustainable engineering practices.
By the end of this session, campers will have developed a strong foundation in engineering principles and gained the confidence to tackle complex challenges with creative solutions.
Investigate the Wonders of Nature
Step into the great outdoors and embark on a thrilling adventure into the natural world. Campers will explore local ecosystems, identify plant and animal species, and learn about environmental conservation. Through engaging activities and field trips, participants will gain a deeper appreciation for the wonders of nature and the importance of protecting our planet.
Exploring Local Ecosystems
In this session, campers will have the opportunity to explore the diverse ecosystems found in their local area. They will learn about the different biomes, such as forests, wetlands, and deserts, and the unique plants and animals that inhabit them. Campers will go on nature walks, observing and identifying various species, and learn about the interdependencies within ecosystems.
Conservation and Sustainability
Campers will learn about the importance of conservation and sustainability in preserving our natural environment. They will engage in discussions about the impact of human activities on ecosystems and explore ways in which they can contribute to conservation efforts. Campers will participate in hands-on projects, such as planting trees or cleaning up local parks, to make a positive impact in their community.
In this session, campers will develop their photography skills while capturing the beauty of nature. They will learn about composition, lighting, and storytelling through photographs. Campers will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a nature photography exhibition, fostering a sense of pride and appreciation for the natural world.
By the end of this session, campers will have a deeper understanding of the natural world and a sense of responsibility towards its conservation.
Unearth the Secrets of Archaeology
Travel back in time as we unravel the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Campers will become junior archaeologists, excavating artifacts, deciphering hieroglyphics, and examining historical sites. This session offers a unique opportunity for children to explore the past and connect with different cultures through hands-on activities and interactive learning experiences.
Campers will experience the thrill of excavation as they dig for artifacts in simulated archaeological sites. They will learn proper excavation techniques and how to document and preserve their findings. Campers will uncover objects from different time periods and civilizations, analyzing their significance and piecing together the puzzle of the past.
In this session, campers will delve into the world of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. They will learn about the symbols and their meanings, practicing their skills in deciphering inscriptions. Campers will create their own hieroglyphic messages and decode those of their fellow campers, further immersing themselves in the fascinating world of ancient Egypt.
Historical Site Exploration
Campers will have the opportunity to visit historical sites and museums, further deepening their understanding of archaeology and ancient civilizations. They will explore ruins and artifacts, learning about the lifestyles, customs, and achievements of past cultures. Campers will engage in interactive activities and guided tours, enhancing their appreciation for history and archaeology.
By the end of this session, campers will have gained a greater appreciation for the importance of preserving our cultural heritage and a deeper understanding of the methods and techniques used by archaeologists.
Immerse Yourself in the World of Chemistry
Get ready to put on your lab coat and goggles as we dive into the fascinating world of chemistry. Campers will conduct exciting experiments, learn about chemical reactions, and discover the properties of various substances. From creating colorful explosions to making slime, this session will leave participants in awe of the wonders of chemistry.
Campers will explore the world of chemical reactions, understanding how different substances interact and transform. They will conduct experiments to observe and analyze various reactions, learning about concepts such as exothermic and endothermic reactions. Campers will also explore the role of catalysts and the factors that influence reaction rates.
States of Matter
In this session, campers will learn about the different states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. They will conduct experiments to observe phase changes, such as melting and evaporation, and explore the properties of each state. Campers will investigate the behavior of gases and learn about the principles of pressure and temperature.
Campers will discover the chemistry hidden in our everyday lives. They will explore the chemical composition of common household items and learn about the science behind cooking, cleaning, and personal care products. Through hands-on activities, campers will create their own cosmetics or household cleaners, gaining a deeper understanding of the chemistry behind these products.
By the end of this session, campers will have a newfound appreciation for the wonders of chemistry and its impact on our daily lives.
Unleash Your Inner Inventor
Calling all young inventors and innovators! In this session, campers will tap into their creativity and problem-solving skills to design and build their own inventions. From brainstorming ideas to prototyping and testing, participants will learn about the invention process and gain the confidence to transform their innovative ideas into reality.
Brainstorming and Ideation
Campers will learn techniques for effective brainstormingand idea generation. They will explore different creative thinking methods and engage in group discussions to generate innovative ideas for their inventions. Campers will learn the importance of open-mindedness and collaboration in the ideation process, allowing them to come up with unique solutions to real-world problems.
Prototyping and Design
In this session, campers will bring their ideas to life through prototyping and design. They will learn about different materials, tools, and techniques for building their inventions. Campers will sketch and create 3D models of their designs, refining and iterating on their prototypes to ensure functionality and usability.
Testing and Refinement
Campers will put their inventions to the test, evaluating their functionality and effectiveness. They will learn how to collect data and feedback, using it to refine and improve their designs. Campers will engage in user testing, seeking feedback from their peers and making necessary adjustments to optimize their inventions.
Presentation and Showcase
In this culminating activity, campers will have the opportunity to showcase their inventions to a wider audience. They will prepare presentations, highlighting the problem they aimed to solve, the design process, and the functionality of their inventions. Campers will gain confidence in public speaking and receive recognition for their creativity and innovation.
By the end of this session, campers will have developed critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of empowerment as they see their ideas come to life. They will understand the importance of innovation and how their inventions can make a positive impact on the world.
Explore the World of Robotics
Step into the future and discover the exciting field of robotics. Campers will have the opportunity to design, build, and program their own robots, using cutting-edge technology and tools. Through hands-on challenges and team projects, participants will develop essential skills such as coding, problem-solving, and teamwork, while exploring the limitless possibilities of robotics.
Introduction to Robotics
Campers will be introduced to the fundamentals of robotics, learning about the different components of a robot and their functions. They will explore basic programming concepts and understand how to control the movements and actions of a robot. Campers will engage in activities that demonstrate the capabilities of robots and their real-world applications.
Building and Designing Robots
In this session, campers will have the opportunity to design and build their own robots using robotics kits and tools. They will learn about mechanical structures, motors, and sensors, and how to integrate them into their robot designs. Campers will experiment with different configurations and test the functionality of their robots.
Campers will dive into the world of robot programming, using coding languages and software to program their robots’ behaviors. They will learn about algorithms, loops, and conditional statements to control the actions of their robots. Campers will engage in challenges that require problem-solving and logical thinking to accomplish specific tasks.
In this session, campers will have the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions, putting their robot designs and programming skills to the test. They will work in teams to solve complex challenges and compete against their peers. Campers will learn the importance of teamwork, communication, and strategy in achieving success in robotics competitions.
By the end of this session, campers will have developed a strong foundation in robotics and gained practical skills in building and programming robots. They will understand the potential of robotics in various fields and be inspired to pursue further studies and careers in this exciting field.
OMSI summer camps 2023 offer an unparalleled opportunity for children to engage with science in a fun and interactive way. With a variety of sessions that cater to different interests and age groups, every child can find their perfect summer camp experience at OMSI. So, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to ignite your child’s passion for science and create lifelong memories. Enroll your child in an OMSI summer camp today!