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Registration NOW OPEN for Spring/Summer Camps 2016

ScienceQuest Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth in grades K-9. Programs combine science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We inspire a life-long passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

Members receive discounts and early registration opportunities for all ScienceQuest camps. Click here for more information on how to become an Adventure Science Center member.

Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Each day includes hands-on science activities, opportunities to make friends, a break for lunch, and Science Center exploration. Depending on the session, campers may also have the opportunity to hear from and talk with guest speakers, see planetarium shows and educational films, and take part in camp-wide projects.

For questions about programs and reservations call (615) 862-5177 or email camps@adventuresci.org.

ScienceQuest camps supported in part by

 

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Upcoming Camps:

DATE TOPIC COST
Member/Non-member
President’s Day
 Feb. 15  You Are What You Eat: Food Chemistry SOLD OUT
Spring Intersession
 March 18  MAKE Stories $45/$55
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You Are What You Eat: Food Chemistry
Who knew there was chemistry hiding in your kitchen? Join us to explore the chemical properties of food.

MAKE Series
Read more about the Think, Make, Create! camp program in the Spring Break tab!

The Creativity Garden grant is giving us the opportunity to offer scholarships to cover 100% of the Spring Break camp fees for qualifying campers. Scholarship directions and application can be found here»

Think, Make, Create!

DATE TOPIC COST
Member/Non-member
 March 21  MAKE Art $45/$55
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 March 22  MAKE Sound $45/$55
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 March 23  MAKE Light $45/$55
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 March 24  MAKE Movement & Flight $45/$55
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 March 25  MAKE Fun & Games $45/$55
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 March 28  MAKE Energy & Machines $45/$55
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Think, Make, Create camp features science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. Building on the fun and excitement of the Tinkering Garage exhibit, this camp introduces students to the maker movement, providing an array of tools and materials for both free-choice and project-based learning experiences. Each day, camp participants have the opportunity to explore, imagine, build and create in a different theme. Think, Make, Create camp aims to foster new interests, knowledge and motivation in students, encouraging them to further explore STEM-based studies.

This program is a part of the Creativity Garden – a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, generously supported by Disney.

DATE TOPIC COST
Member/Non-member
  May 31 – June 3   To Infinity & Beyond! (Astronomy) $180/$220
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  June 6 – 10   Curious Chemistry $225/$275
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  June 13 – 17   Mini Med-School (Anatomy & Biology)   $235/$285
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  June 20 – 24   CSI Nashville (Forensic Science) $220/$270
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  June 27 – July 1   Bits, Bytes & Bots (Robotics & Engineering) $250/$300
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  July 5 – 8   Curious Chemistry $180/$220
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  July 11 – 15   Mini Med-School (Anatomy & Biology) $235/$285
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  Music City Science – Transit Adventures $245/$295
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  July 18 – 22   CSI Nashville (Forensic Science) $220/$270
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  Music City Science – Transit Adventures $245/$295
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  July 25 – 29   Bits, Bytes & Bots (Robotics & Engineering) $250/$300
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  Music City Science – Transit Adventures $245/$295
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  Aug. 1 – 5   Greatest Hits! (Best of Summer 2016) $45/$55 per day
Aug. 1 – Astronomy Register»
Aug. 2 – Chemistry Register»
Aug. 3 – Anatomy & Biology Register»
Aug. 4 – Forensic Science Register»
Aug. 5 – Robotics & Engineering Register»

 

To Infinity & Beyond! (Astronomy)
Are you ready for takeoff!? Launch into the adventure of a lifetime by getting a taste of space! Experience life as an astronaut, build your own telescopes, and get an astronaut’s view of our solar system while watching amazing shows in our planetarium! Plus, you’ll practice walking on the moon, learn about the upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, and design your own space shuttle!

Curious Chemistry
Experiment with new materials, create your own flubber, watch salt crystals grow and more! Through hands-on activities, discover why chemistry is so significant to the natural sciences. See first-hand chemical reactions and create some of your own. Learn the science of combustion and chromatography, all while making new friends!

Mini Med-School (Anatomy & Biology)
Paging all doctors, nurses, and medical professionals! This week you’ll dissect sheep hearts, sheep brains, and fetal pigs. It’s a unique opportunity to not only examine individual organ systems, but also investigate how these organ systems work together. In addition to understanding how the body functions, you’ll learn scientific techniques used in health sciences. Get ready to pull out your scalpel!

CSI Nashville (Forensic Science)
This week finds the fun in forensics! Covering everything from DNA to logic puzzles, come explore the problem-solving power of science and technology when it comes to solving mysteries. Work on a “criminal” investigation, get hands-on with our powerful microscopes, and learn the art and science of fingerprints.

Bits, Bytes & Bots (Robotics & Engineering)
ScienceQuest carries on its tradition of robotics fun this summer! From basic engineering to DIY electronics, you’ll explore the world of technology and engineering design. Program Arduinos, design and build model robots, and experiment with motors and battery power. Activities are tailored to campers’ age and expertise, providing unique experiences for all levels of knowledge.

Music City Science – Transit Adventures
(for rising 7th, 8th, or 9th graders)
Adventure Science Center offers a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience designed to promote independence and confidence in your adolescents while taking advantage of Nashville’s unique cultural and academic landscapes. This specially designed program for youth combines leadership development, science education and environmental stewardship in one exceptional experience! Transit Campers start each day at the Science Center where they select destinations, plan their route, choose the day’s team leader, and then head out on MTA buses with two of our trained ScienceQuest staff to explore the sights and sounds of Music City, USA. This program is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership, responsibility, and independent decision-making, all valuable skills for academic and personal success.

Music City Science – Transit Adventures is supported in part by Nashville MTA

Greatest Hits! (Best of Summer 2016)
Join us for the best of ScienceQuest where each day offers campers’ favorite activities from each theme.

Aug. 1 – Astronomy
Aug. 2 – Chemistry
Aug. 3 – Anatomy & Biology
Aug. 4 – Forensic Science
Aug. 5 – Robotics & Engineering

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Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund

Adventure Science Center is deeply grateful to the families of the late Lorene Sharp White for establishing the Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund with the goal of making interactive science learning accessible to more Nashville area youth. Over the years, the Lorene Sharp White Children’s Fund has shared the unique experience of Adventure Science Center camps and workshops with hundreds of economically disadvantaged families. Scholarships defray 90% of the program fee for a child to attend up to one (1) week of summer camp or participate in a school-break day camp. Families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, WIC) or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are eligible for consideration. Scholarships are granted on a “first-received, first-funded” basis to qualifying families until all available funds have been awarded.  Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship grant. Directions and application available here»

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Our learning environment features:

  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable teachers
  • In-depth exploration of topics
  • Interaction with peers who share similar interests
  • Hands-on activities working with different materials and tools
  • An interdisciplinary approach that works well for different learning styles
  • Opportunities to practice open-ended problem-solving
  • Cutting-edge technology in our Digital Explorations Learning Lab
  • Leadership skills for older campers
  • FUN!

Age Groups

Campers will be divided into groups according to grades. All camp themes are appropriate for campers entering K-6th grades.

Staff

The ScienceQuest camp staff includes a dedicated group of certified teachers and college students with an interest in education and/or science. Counselors are supported by ASC science educators, volunteers and interns.


What are the ages of campers?

We base our groups on the grade your child will attend in the fall. Our campers start at age 5 going into Kindergarten in the fall and go up to rising 6th graders (up to 9th grade for Music City Science summer camp).

Can you extend the camp hours?

Yes, extended care is available from 7:45 to 9 a.m. ($8 per day) and from 4 to 5:15 p.m. ($8 per day)

What if my child has to miss a day of camp?

If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177.

What is the Science Center’s behavior policy?

Adventure Science Center is committed to providing a safe, fun and supervised environment for all campers. Camp enrollment is limited so that campers have the best experience possible. ASC is one of Nashville’s most popular destinations for schools and families. Your cooperation and help are needed to make sure all visitors have an enjoyable learning experience.

Confirmation materials will include a Code of Conduct for families to review together prior to camp. All visitors, including campers, are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times. Shouting, running and disruptive behavior within our facility are not welcome and will not be allowed. If a camper continues to have difficulty adapting to the camp program, ASC reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp session with no refund.

What if a camper has special needs?

Adventure Science Center makes every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. To enroll a camper with special needs, contact the Camp Coordinator at (615) 401-5074 to set up a meeting to evaluate program suitability for the child. Please note that ScienceQuest is not a special needs camp, and there may be some needs that are beyond the Science Center’s capabilities.


If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177. Read the policies below for details concerning refunds, which are based on the amount of notice given. There are no exceptions. Extended Care is considered a separate fee and is refunded 100 percent if you cancel prior to the first day of camp.

14+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.

7+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 50% of your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.

Less Than 7 Days’ Notice: The fee is non-refundable.

Daily Camps / ScienceQuest Greatest Hits!: A three-day notice is required to make changes. If you cancel no later than three days prior, your fee may be refunded or transferred to a new date. After that time, all fees are non-refundable.


What to Bring

  • Wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Heelies, Flip flops, sandals and other backless shoes are not appropriate because of safety concerns.
  • Campers move around a lot, and we will even go outside when the weather allows. It’s a good idea to dress in weather appropriate clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
  • Adventure Science Center varies in temperature so bring an extra covering like a shirt or sweatshirt.
  • Campers are asked to leave extra money at home or in the car.
  • Please leave toys, games, ipods, cell phones and all other electronics at home.

Lunches and Snacks

  • Pack a lunch, snack and beverage every day.
  • Write the camper’s name on the lunch bag.
  • There are no refrigerators, vending machines, or microwaves at camp.
  • We do not allow hard candy or gum in camps.

Arrival and Departure

  • PARKING
    Park in the upper lot and escort your camper inside to check-in with the camp staff. Please do not drop children off, they must be escorted in by an adult.
  • CHECK IN PROCEDURE
    Early Care check-in is 7:45 am. Regular check-in is 8:45 am. Any camper arriving before 8:45 must be signed into Early Care or have a parent stay with them in the center until 8:45. Enter through the front main doors. On Mondays, we will verify your contact information and get any missing information about the camper.
  • CHECK OUT PROCEDURE AT 4 PM
    Parents will enter lobby and will be directed where to find their camper. An authorized adult with photo ID will be allowed to sign the child out. Campers collect all belongings and lunchboxes.
  • CAMPERS STAYING FOR LATE CARE
    At 4 p.m., campers that have registered for Late Care will move on to their designated location. Late Care campers are supervised by a camp staff person and will explore the center or participate in supervised activities during this time.
  • LATE CARE PICK-UP FROM 4:15 TO 5:15 PM
    Go to the front desk and explain that you are picking up your child from camp. The front desk staff will direct you to the appropriate location. All Campers should be checked out by 5:15 p.m. All parents who pick up their camper after 5:15 will pay $2 for every minute after.
  • LATE ARRIVAL OF CAMPER
    Please do your best to arrive at camp at the correct time. Arriving late may cause your child to miss an important activity.
  • EARLY CHECK-OUT OF CAMPER
    If you know in advance that you will need to pick up a camper before camp ends, please let us know that morning so that you may fill out an Early Pick-up Form. Make sure your camper is aware of the change. When you arrive to pick the camper up, please go to the front desk and they will notify camp staff.
  • PICK-UP BY ANOTHER ADULT
    We must have notification for any person picking up your child besides a legal guardian. Please make sure your child is aware of the change.

Campers Taking Medicine

Adventure Science Center prefers that all medicines be administered at home before the camper arrives at camp. If medicine during lunch is necessary, the child must check his/her medicine in each morning. Campers are not allowed to hold onto their own medicines. If your child needs to take medication during the day, please fill out a Medication/Allergy form on or before the first day of camp. Please state the time the child takes the medication. Medicine will not be accepted if it is not in the original packaging.

Staff will make every effort to help children with medicine but ultimately it is the child’s responsibility to make sure the medicine is taken at the appropriate time.

Campers with Special Needs

We will make every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. If you are interested in enrolling a child with special needs, please contact the Camp Coordinator at (615) 401-5074 to set up a meeting to evaluate our program’s suitability for your child. As we are not a special needs camp, there may be some needs that we are unable to meet. We have a policy not to accept campers whose needs are beyond our training or capabilities.

If your child has a special need or a life threatening allergy, please contact the camp director to discuss their needs before the camper’s first day. We want to prepare the staff and teachers in advance so that we can make your child’s camp experience the best and safest it can be. Please remind us of any special needs each year as we serve hundreds of campers every year.

Absence Policy

Camp fees are not refundable for absences during the camp week nor are they transferable to another date.

Policy for Families who want to visit the Science Center

Family members pay the regular admission rate to enter the Center. During the week that the camper is attending camp, he or she does not have to pay to explore the center. Children must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Center. Adventure Science Center members do not have to pay admission rates but must go to the front desk and show membership cards to enter the Center after camps conclude.

Code of Conduct

Each week, teachers and staff go over the procedures, structure, and behavior expectations of camp with every group. We have high expectations for behavior due to the hands-on nature of camp. Minor behavior problems are addressed by the counselor and camp staff. If behavior problems persist, we will ask for a conference between the child, parent and counselor. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the activities and progress of the camp, we reserve the right to cancel the registration and remove the child from the camp. No refund is given for removal of a camper from camp.

 

Subject to change.