WonderCamp is the museum’s popular summer science enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade (in fall 2014). WonderCamp's primary purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry and basic science content in an informal setting. WonderCamp is held Monday through Thursday at University Elementary School on Bloomington’s northeast side, and will take place at WonderLab on Fridays.
This year, thanks to a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation, we're offering an even higher level of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) content at this summer’s WonderCamp! The grant funds a greater number of technology-focused camps using specialized equipment, new camps using multidisciplinary space science curricula from NASA, and STEM professional community partners as role models who reflect the diversity of people with exciting careers in science. In addition, WonderCamp participates in the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA), an assessment tool that enables youth programs to track and improve their performance based on the Indiana Afterschool Standards. Overall, WonderCamp will offer exciting science content while maintaining the fun, engaging atmosphere characteristic of a relaxed summer program. We look forward to providing your children with the best summer science enrichment in the region!
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
WonderCamp serves children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in the fall of 2014. To help ensure a successful experience, children should be registered for a camp that is appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. WonderCamp may not be appropriate for children entering kindergarten who have not yet had a successful nursery school or daycare experience. Discovery Time may be more appropriate for such children. Teens may become involved in the museum's Volunteer Program, and those of high-school age may apply to the Summer Internship Program.
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. Scientists and other experts in their field will visit some camps. Selected camps may take field trips. Parents receive daily information that is intended 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.
Camp is held for five days (Monday through Friday) during the weeks of June 16, June 23, July 7, and July 14, 2014. Morning camps are held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and afternoon camps are held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Campers may attend morning, afternoon, or both camps. Each camp includes a break for a healthy snack. Most camps include a brief "recess" as a break from concentrated work on science activities.
Unless children are signed up for the childcare option, they may not arrive more than ten minutes before the start of camp. Each day, the parent/caregiver should accompany the camper to the check-in table and then to the camp classroom. Children should be picked up on time when camp ends. The parent/caregiver should come to the camp classroom to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.
NEW! Childcare Options
This year we will offer a new extended day childcare option from 8:00 am – 9:00 am before the morning camp session and from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm following the afternoon camp session. We will offer supervised activities such as board games, construction sets, drawing materials, and books. We will continue to provide a supervised “bring-your-own lunch” break between camp sessions as well.
Children may sign up for the supervised lunch hour between the morning and afternoon sessions. They should bring their own lunches and beverages. The lunch hour includes supervised play with campers of all ages on the school playground or inside, depending on weather. Children may come to lunch either after a morning camp or before an afternoon camp. Those attending camp all day must sign up for the lunch hour.
2014 Fees and Scholarship Information
Member Child $83/camp
Note: Your membership must be current during camp week(s) to apply this discount fee.
Note: $93/camp for "Squishy Circuits & More" and for "NASA Robotics" (week of June 23-27)
Nonmember Child $93/camp
Note: $103/camp for "Squishy Circuits & More" and for "NASA Robotics" (week of June 23-27)
Supervised Lunch Hour: $15/week Food is not included. Campers bring own lunches.
Childcare from 8 - 9 am: $15/week
Childcare from 4 - 5 pm: $15/week
2014 WonderCamp logo t-shirt: $15 The t-shirt must be ordered no later than June 1.
Full and Partial Scholarships: 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 and printed forms for details regarding documentation.
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