"We could not be more pleased with camp!  It is well thought out and implemented. My son brought home multiple projects each day and he wants to go again next year!"

Fall Break WonderCamp

Monday-Friday, October 5-9

WonderCamp is an outstanding science enrichment program for children currently enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. We offer exciting science content and an introduction to the process of scientific inquiry while maintaining the fun, engaging atmosphere characteristic of a relaxed school break program.   

Tinkering is the focus of Fall Break WonderCamp, which will be held Monday through Friday at University Elementary School on Bloomington’s northeast side. Tinkering camps combine science, technology, art and creative thinking to let you design and make cool things. Campers will use a surprising variety of materials and tools to tinker with circuits and electronics, with building and structures, and with rolling and flying things. Make your own light-up tiara or crown; design and build a colorful roller coaster out of paper; work as a group to build a town using littleBits electronics; and much more.

Tinkering camps actively encourage creativity, imagination, playfulness, brainstorming and collaboration. Tinkering activities make use of familiar, everyday materials to help children see design possibilities in the world around them, and to show that creativity does not depend on expensive or specialized materials. Campers will learn that there is more than just one right answer as they experiment, perhaps find that things do not work as planned, and learn how to solve those problems to get a concept to work. Campers will be divided into separate sections according to their current grade level: K-1, 2-3, and 4-6. Specific camp activities will be adjusted to provide fun, challenge, and exciting new technologies for each age group.

Register for K-1 Camp

  • Staff & Teachers

    Colleen Couper is director of WonderCamp. All camps are led by experienced teachers with help from well-trained high school interns. The typical ratio is one staff person for every four to five campers. 

  • Age of Campers

    Fall Break WonderCamp serves children currently enrolled in kindergarten through grade 6. To help ensure a successful experience, children should be registered for a camp that is appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. 

  • Science Activities and Learning

    All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. These typically are structured so that campers work together in small groups, rotate among science activity stations, or collaborate on special projects that are completed by the end of the week. Daily information about what’s going on each day in every camp will be posted on the Big Board near the camp check-in table to stimulate discussion between campers and parents about the day's activities and learning. Parents may find these discussions useful in seeking out more resources to further their child's interest in the subject.

  • Daily Schedule

    Fall Break WonderCamp will be held Monday through Friday, October 5-9. Camp activities take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Chidcare is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am  and from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and is included in the camp fee. Each camp includes a break for a healthy snack. Most camps include a brief "recess" as a break from concentrated work on science activities. We also provide a supervised “bring-your-own lunch” break. 

    The parent/caregiver should accompany the camper to the check-in table and then to the camp classroom each day of camp. Children should be picked up on time when camp ends. The parent/caregiver should come to the camp classroom with a photo ID to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.

  • 2015 Fall Break Camp Fees and Scholarship Information

    Member Child Package Fee: $215
    Nonmember Child Package Fee: $235
    Fees above include camp, including a supervised lunch hour, and the option to take advantage of extended childcare services before and after camp sessions. Lunch food is not included. Campers bring their own lunches. Members: Please note that your membership must be current to get the additional member discount fee.

    A Limited Number of Full and Partial Scholarships Available on a First-Come, First-Served Basis: A limited number of full scholarships are available to eligible families who provide written evidence of their participation in the free/reduced school lunch program or the Hoosier Healthwise program. A limited number of half-price scholarships are available for low-income families who meet certain income qualifications but are not eligible for full scholarships. See the online form for details regarding documentation. Thank you to the supporters of the John and Lilyan Carlson Fund, who make these scholarships possible.

    Click here to download a form to make changes to enrollment information you previously submitted.