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WonderCamp 2018 Sessions

All camps are a full day format, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with complimentary extended care from 8:00 – 9:00 am and from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. During this extended period, we offer supervised activities such as board games, construction sets, drawing materials, and books. Each camp includes daily healthy snacks, a lunch break and most have a brief “recess” period as a break from concentrated work on science activities. Campers should bring their own lunch.

Registration begins Thursday March 1, 2018 for members and Thursday March 8, 2018 for nonmembers.

Questions: Call 812-337-1337 ext. 11

Camps for Children entering Grades K-1

JUNE 11-15  CREATIVE BUILDING  Code: C1801

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Design and build your own toys, games, and play-scapes using a variety of surprising materials.  Campers will create roller coaster, test flying machines, and take the egg drop challenge with the Fire Department! Take on small independent projects as well as really big collaborative ones. This camp explores foundations of engineering and physical science, stretches the imagination, develops spatial reasoning and early math skills, and builds creativity.

JUNE 18-22  CREATIVE BUILDING  Code: 1802

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Join us for a second week of Creative Building camp, with new engineering activities, and some repeat favorites. Campers can choose to take Creative Building for just week one, just week two, or both weeks! Design and build your own toys, games, and play-scapes using a variety of surprising materials.  Campers will create roller coaster, test flying machines, and meet the inventor of Lux Blox, and spend time constructing with this innovative tool! Take on small independent projects as well as really big collaborative ones. This camp explores foundations of engineering and physical science, stretches the imagination, develops spatial reasoning and early math skills, and builds creativity.

JUNE 18-22  WIDE WORLD OF STEAM  Code: C1803

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This camp combines the best of science, technology, engineer, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will experiment with chemical reactions, create a simple robot, take the egg drop challenge with the fire department, craft with local wool, and play games that build estimation, probability, and simple arithmetic skills. Each day of camp explores a new theme and camp features age-appropriate activities, visits from community experts, and a field trip!

JUNE 25- 29 SPACE TROOPERS  Code: C1804

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Explore what it is like to be an astronaut and live, learn, and play in space. Using resources from NASA, campers will learn about objects in space, design and test an astronaut agility course, and even experience what it might be like to play volleyball on the moon! Creativity and imagination meet astronomy and physics in this out-of-this-world camp.

JULY 9-13  STORYBOOK SCIENCE  Code: C1805

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This popular camp returns! Science and imagination come together in this fun camp. We will use books as the jumping-off point to explore science concepts. Each day focuses on a different science topic and uses hands-on activities and fiction and nonfiction books to explore that theme. Activities include meeting and observing live animals, visiting the local library, and creating personal science stories. This camp fosters skills in literacy, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration. Independent reading and writing skills are not required for this camp – just imagination and curiosity!

Camps for Children entering Grades 2-3

JUNE 4-8 JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER CAMP  Code: C1806

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Become a Certified Junior Master Gardener at Hilltop Gardens! Plan, plant, and maintain your own small plot of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This camp combines age-appropriate academic learning, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and outdoor fun. The garden plot you establish during camp will be available for you to continue working on and harvesting from throughout the summer!  Drop off and pick up at Hilltop Garden.

JUNE 11-15 TINKERLAB:  CODE AND CONSTRUCT  Code: C1807

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Get creative with with science, technology, and engineering!  Campers will design and construct with materials ranging from paper and toothpicks to LEDS and Cubelet Robots. Activities include designing a maze and coding a robot to move through it, exploring the basics of computer science with a “block-based” coding language, and taking the egg drop challenge with the fire department. Tinkerlab activities encourage creativity, imagination, playfulness, brainstorming, and collaboration and help campers learn to see challenges as opportunities to be creative!

JUNE 18-22 TINKERLAB:  CODE AND CONSTRUCT  Code: C1808

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Join us for a second week of TinkerLab camp, with new engineering and electronics activities, and some repeat favorites. Campers can choose to take TinkerLab for just week one, just week two, or both weeks!  Get creative with with science, technology, and engineering!  Campers will design and construct with materials ranging from paper and toothpicks to LEDS and Cubelet Robots. Activities include designing a maze and coding a robot to move through it, exploring the basics of computer science with a “block-based” coding language, and meeting the inventor of Lux Blox. Tinkerlab activities encourage creativity, imagination, playfulness, brainstorming, and collaboration and help campers learn to see challenges as opportunities to be creative!

JUNE 18-22  WIDE WORLD OF STEAM  Code: C1809

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This camp combines the best of science, technology, engineer, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will experiment with polymers, program a simple robot, take the egg drop challenge with the fire department, weave with local wool, and observe and replicate mathematical patterns in nature. Each day of camp explores a new theme and camp features age-appropriate activities, visits from community experts, and a field trip!

JUNE 25-29 A CLOSER LOOK AT NATURE  Code: C1810

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Nature is full of amazing details from the patterns on plants to the feathers on birds. This camp is all about exploring nature, and looking a little closer using scientific tools like microscopes, hand lenses, and digital photography. Meet live animals then explore their hair, fur, or scales under a microscope! Find a flower, and then draw or sculpt its details. This camp fosters skills in zoology, botany, and observation!

JULY 9-13 ASTRONAUT ACADEMY  Code: C1811

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Calling all astronauts! Blast off into a weeklong exploration of astronomy, physics, and engineering. Build your own astronaut gloves, make a scale models of the planets, and use a magnet to find bits of space rock. These NASA-approved camp activities help children get hands-on with big ideas.

JULY 16-20 KITCHENLAB  Code: C1812

Members: $250/week  Nonmembers:  $270/week

Back by popular demand, Bloomington Cooking School is partnering with WonderLab for a delicious week of discovery. Each day, campers will walk 1.5 blocks to the Bloomington Cooking School and work alongside professional chefs to put their science to the test in a real Kitchen. Campers will learn about kitchen tools, master safe and proper knife skills, explore measuring and mixing, and taste their homemade creations. Campers will return to WonderLab each afternoon and continue their cooking related scientific experiments.  Drop off and pick up at WonderLab.

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JULY 16-20 WILDLIFE GARDENER  Code: C1813

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Become a Certified Wildlife Gardener at Hilltop Gardens! Learn about local wildlife, and grow a habitat garden at Hilltop that provides food, water, and protection for insects, mammals and birds. Students will also make bird feeders, learn how birds eat based on their beak size, and explore botany, zoology, and conservation in an age-appropriate way. This camp includes hands-on experience gardening, harvesting, exploring nature, and more.  Drop off and pick up at Hilltop Garden.

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Camps for Children entering Grades 4-6

JUNE 4-8 TV TECH AT WTIU – Grades 4-6  Code: C1814

Members: $250/week  Nonmembers:  $270/week

Campers will have a full-day, behind-the-scenes television production experience in the studios of WTIU on the IU Bloomington campus. Morning project-based activities include: camera and lighting technology, storyboarding, editing digital media, stop-motion animation, and more. In the afternoon, campers will apply their experience to real production sets shadowing, and sometimes working hand-in-hand with, the WTIU production team during actual tapings. Drop off and pick up at WTIU.

JUNE 4-8 JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER CAMP  Code: C1815

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Become a Certified Junior Master Gardener at Hilltop Gardens! Plan, plant, and maintain your own small plot of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This camp combines age-appropriate academic learning, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and outdoor fun. The garden plot you establish during camp will be available for you to continue working on and harvesting from throughout the summer!   Drop off and pick up at Hilltop Garden.

JUNE 11-15 ELECTRONICS AND ENGINEERING  Code: C1816

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Design and build creative projects that incorporate electronics.  Explore computer science using both digital tools, such as Scratch coding, Dash and Dot robots, and Cubelets coding blocks; and tech-free tools such as hands-on building challenges, binary jewelry, and “programming” a friend to complete a maze. This camp also includes a local field trip, and introduces campers to computer science in a fun hands-on way.

JUNE 18-22 ROBOTS AND YOU!  Code: C1817

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This camp is hosted in collaboration with the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and is designed around the theme of human-centered robotics, i.e. robots designed to work with and help people in their everyday life. Campers will get hands-on experience with user-centered design, programming, engineering, electronics, and developing robots that they think could benefit their home, community, or school.  Through the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, campers will have access to research experts and unique prototyping tools such as Arduino microcontrollers, various sensors, motors, electronic components, and iRobot Create. Campers will also experience unique robots like Paro seal robot and the Baxter humanoid.  Drop off and pick up on IU Campus at Teter Hall.

JUNE 25-29 ANIMAL MD  Code: C1818

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This popular camp returns! Work with real animals as you learn about animal care, animal health, and veterinary science. Campers will practice suturing techniques, examine live specimens, receive insight from a local veterinarian, and visit Crimson Stables. Campers will hone their skills in anatomy, physiology, and biology.

JULY 9-13 WIDE WORLD OF STEAM  Code: C1819

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

This camp combines the best of science, technology, engineer, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will experiment with polymers, program a robot, construct unbreakable towers, weave with local wool, and play games you can win with the right mathematical strategy. Each day of camp explores a new theme and camp features age-appropriate activities, visits from community experts, and a field trip!

JULY 16-20 WILDLIFE GARDENER  Code: C1820

Members: $220/week  Nonmembers:  $240/week

Become a Certified Wildlife Gardener at Hilltop Gardens! Learn about local wildlife, and grow a habitat garden at Hilltop that provides food, water, and protection for insects, mammals and birds. Students will also make bird feeders, learn how birds eat based on their beak size, and explore botany, zoology, and conservation in an age-appropriate way. This camp includes hands-on experience gardening, harvesting, exploring nature, and more.  Drop off and pick up at Hilltop Garden.

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JULY 23-27 KITCHENLAB CAMP  Code: C1821

Members: $250/week  Nonmembers:  $270/week

The Bloomington Cooking School and WonderLab are partnering to bring you a week of delicious discovery. Campers will work with professional chefs on ambitious cooking projects. These project support learning about states of matter, volume and measuring, and the scientific method while encouraging collaboration, experimentation, and creativity.  Campers will return to WonderLab each afternoon and continue their cooking related scientific experiments in The Lab.  Drop off and pick up at WonderLab.

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