Discovery Center Summer of Science

DCS has an ALL NEW summer camp schedule to best accommodate your family’s needs this summer by offering hands-on, engaging workshops that look at a STEM concept as participants become scientists at DCS.

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Camp Dates:  

Once a Week Camps: Dates and times vary based on camp chosen
Week Long Camps: Varying weeks, Monday-Thursday, starting June 19—August 10 from 9am—3pm
School’s Still Out, Discovery’s In Workshops: August 14 and 15

Camp Cost:

Once a Week Camps: $110 Members/$125 Non-Members
(Tuesday July sessions discounted $75 Members/$95 Non Members)
Week Long Camps: $200 Member/$225 Non Member 
School’s Still Out Workshops: $25 Member/$30 Non Member

Once a Week Camps:

Campers attend either the June or July dates listed for the following camps:

Mondays 

June 5, 12, 19, 26 OR July 3, 10, 17, 24

Egyptian Exploration 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Walk like an Egyptian to the Discovery Center and create a mummy, design a death mask, and learn about the Egyptian alphabet!

Mad Lab 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Become a real lab scientist with full access to our Chromo-Zone Lab as we use biology and chemistry to collect real data to display on the floor for visitors to view.

Magnificent Magnets 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Find out how to perform cool magic tricks, levitate a train, and so much more - all with magnets!

Eye on Ancient Egypt 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Join us for a look at one of the most fascinating civilizations in history and engineer a pyramid, make a model of the Nile River, and learn about Egyptian mythology.

Tuesdays

June 6, 13, 20, 27 OR July 11, 18, 25

(Discount shorter July session)

Fossil Frolic 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Stomp on over to the Discovery Center for a fossil-filled workshop! We will learn how fossils are formed, make our own fossils, and take a trip to the Missouri Institute of Natural Science! This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a one day trip to the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.

Sea Monsters 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Come discover the creatures that live thousands of feet below the surface of our great bodies of water.

Discovery Space Camp 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Join us for an out of this world camp where we will build models of the solar system, study the phases of the moon, and launch rockets!

Fossil Field Day 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Learn what creatures roamed the Earth long ago, polish your own prehistoric amber, and take a trip to the Missouri Institute of Natural Science! This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a one day trip to the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.

Wednesdays

June 7, 14, 21, 28 OR July 5, 12, 19, 26

Animal Planet 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Wander into the world of exotic and native animals across our planet. This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a special field trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo!

Predator Planet 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Come learn what makes a predator a predator. We will dissect a shark and a snake, learn about food webs, and meet live predators! This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a one day special field trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo.

Chef Science 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Come learn the science of smell and taste in the Discovery Center Test Kitchen! (Students with food allergies or sensitivities should call before registering).

Endangered Species 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Explore wildlife adventures and research our oldest living creatures that are still roaming around our world today. This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a special field trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo!

Thursdays

June 8, 15, 22, 29 OR July 6, 13, 20, 27

Itsy Bitsy Science 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Explore a world that is too small to see – even with a microscope! Learn how snowflakes build themselves, experiment with polymers, and see how some animals use nano-sized adaptations to help them survive.                                                         

Culinary Concoctions 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Learn how pickles and candy are made through chemistry and even make your own in this foodie-friendly science camp! (Students with food allergies or sensitivities should call before registering).

Laboratory Adventures 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Create a science experiment and witness different chemical reactions as a REAL LAB SCIENTIST in the Discovery Center Chromo-Zone Laboratory!

Neat-O Nano 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Experiment with how we use nanotechnology in our everyday lives and take a look at the future of nanotechnology in medical treatments and robots.

Fridays

June 9, 16, 23, 30 OR July 7, 14, 21, 28

Superhero Training Camp 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Discover your superpowers and the mysteries of physics as we create superhero costumes all while learning the real life science behind superheroes.

Solving Mysteries with Science 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Use forensics to solve a crime, uncover technology of the past, and design your own myth-busting experiments to test a hypothesis in this super sleuth class.

Science Detectives 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Follow the clues to catch a criminal. Use chemistry to identify a mysterious concoction and solve mysteries with science!

Superheroes Vs. Physics 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Find out which superpowers can be performed verses the ones that are physically impossible from the mysteries of The Hulk to Rogue and beyond!

Week Long Camps

All Week Long Camps are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

June 19-22

Explore Girls (Girls grades 6-8)
Explore the world of life sciences, from DNA to ecology, in this ALL GIRLS 6th-8th grade camp. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

July 17-20

Creatively Tech (Girls grades 6-8)
Join the technology revolution in this ALL GIRLS coding and 3-D printing 6th-8th grade camp. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

July 24-27

STEM Week Long Camp (Grades 6-8) at Missouri State University
Missouri State University’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences is providing campers with a highly stimulating environment for the exploration of science and engineering. We’ll investigate and explore science topics with MSU scientists, utilize college laboratories, and discover options for study in college. Camper must be dropped off and picked up at MSU and pack a sack lunch each day.

July 31-August 3

Superhero Science (Grades K-2)
Join us in investigating the superpowers of multiple superheroes and learning the mysteries of physics as we become superheroes! Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

Dinosaurs and Fossils (Grades K-2)
Join us for a roar-ing good time as we learn about and make fossils in this dinosaur camp. This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a one day trip to the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

Mysteries with Science (Grades 3-5)
Learn how to solve mysteries with the help of science from designing myth-busting experiments to using forensics to solve a crime. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

August 7-10

Rockets and Space (Grades K-2)
Explore what life is like for astronauts as we build and launch rockets, study the phases of the moon, and build a model solar system. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

Predator Planet (Grades 3-5)
Do you love animals with razor-sharp teeth and knife-like claws? Join us for a shark and a snake dissection and meet some live predators. This class will have an additional $5 charge and require parent transportation for a one day special field trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

Lab Science (Grades 3-5)
Learn advanced lab techniques such as microscopy and conduct experiments as a real lab scientist. Get hands on experience with multiple subjects from biology to chemistry and everything in between. Campers must pack a sack lunch each day.

School’s Still Out, Discovery’s in Workshops

Monday, August 14

Human Body Biology 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Learn about bones, muscles, heart, lungs and healthy habits.

Chemistry Capers 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Learn about the chemical and physical changes through hands-on experiments

Ecology Explorations 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Find the connections in a food web through an owl pellet dissection.

Cell Biology & DNA 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Investigate cell biology and DNA with an introduction to electrophoresis.

Tuesday, August 15

Phases of Matter 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades K-2)
Learn three common states of matter and experiment with a unique solid-dry ice!

Geology Rocks 9:00 – 11:30 am (Grades 3-5)
Investigate where rocks come from and how they change over time.

Bugs & Insects 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades K-2)
Become an entomologist as we learn about insects and metamorphosis.

Astronomy Abounds 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Grades 3-5)
Discover the planets and solar system and create a model to take home!

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Scholarship Applications

To qualify for a Summer of Science camp scholarship, applicants must be able to provide ONE of the following documents: either a Free/Reduced Lunch Qualification letter showing the participant’s first and last name from the student’s school OR a letter on school letterhead signed by the school principal that states the student is on free/reduced lunch. 

Applicants must complete the paper registration form and attach the selected eligibility document—scholarship applicants cannot register online. For more information, please contact Jennifer Collins at 417-862-8810 ext. 726 or jcollins@discoverycenter.org.

Due to limited availability, only one scholarship will be awarded per child and limited to two scholarships per family. All scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Scholarships will not be processed with missing information, including proof of eligibility. Acceptance/denial letters will be sent via email. Contact Jennifer Collins at 417-862-8810 ext. 726 or jcollins@discoverycenter.org with scholarship questions.

Policies

Pre-registration & pre-payment are required. Once processed, you will receive an email confirmation. If you think you have registered and have not received an e-mail confirmation, please contact us immediately.

Students attending week long camps must bring a sack lunch and drink to camp each day.

Any children with on-going behavior problems that disrupt the learning environment will be excused from the class without refund.

If a parent or authorized pick-up person does not arrive by 5 minutes past the designated pick up time, staff will begin to call emergency contacts for your child. Continued disregard for the pick-up time can be cause for the dismissal from the program with no refund.

Registration Deadline & Changes: Refunds will only be given up to two weeks before the date of the program or if the program is canceled.

Most camps are limited to 20 campers. Courses with fewer than 8 campers who are enrolled 7 days prior to the start of the session may be subject to cancellation. In this instance, we will contact you immediately to discuss further options.

Grade Requirements: Camp grade levels are indicated for the grade the camper is going into. 

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