WonderCamp Summer 2020

WonderCamp is a fun and engaging summer science enrichment program for children entering grades K-8th in the fall of 2020. Camp activities actively encourage creativity, imagination, playfulness, brainstorming and collaboration. All sessions offer in-depth science content and give kids a chance to practice inquiry and other science process skills.

WonderCamp is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), as well as on the intersection of these fields with the arts. Specialty camps offer experiences that are more immersive and let campers go deeper into topics, ideas and skills.

Many sessions introduce campers to specialized equipment and to real scientists and other experts. Camps utilize familiar, everyday materials to help children see design possibilities in the world around them, and to show that creativity does not depend on expensive materials. Camp activities also demonstrate that there is more than one right answer to various questions.

Daily Schedule

WonderCamp weekly sessions are held during selected weeks in June and July.  All camps are a full day format, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with complimentary extended care available 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 a lunch and healthy snack break and most have a brief “recess” period as a break from concentrated work on science activities. Campers should bring their own lunch.

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 to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.

Age of Campers

WonderCamp serves children entering grades K-8th in the fall of 2020. To help ensure successful experiences, children should be registered for camp sessions that are 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. Teens may become involved in the museum’s Volunteer Program, and those of high-school age may apply to the Summer Internship Program.

Science 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. 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 Staff

Colleen Couper is director of WonderCamp.  WonderLab’s education director, Deirdre Sheets, provides curriculum support to the WonderCamp team.  Several other WonderLab staff members serve in off-site camp roles. 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.

Camp Fees

TV Tech at WTIU, Hoosier Heights, and KitchenLab Camp:  $260/week
All Other Camps: $220/week

TV Tech at WTIU, Hoosier Heights, and KitchenLab Camp:  $280/week
All Other Camps: $240/week

WonderCamp T-Shirt: $15
All campers have the option of ordering the 2019 WonderCamp logo t-shirt. Orders must be received no later than June 1.


Full scholarships are available to eligible families (one per eligible child) 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. Thank you to the supporters of the John and Lilyan Carlson Fund, who make these scholarships possible.

Scholarship Application

Drop-Add Form

Please print and complete the drop-add form to make changes to your current WonderCamp registration. The form may be emailed, mailed, dropped off at WonderLab or faxed to 812-330-1337.

Drop-Add Form