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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

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ScienceQuest Camps

Please note:

All of our 2017 Spring Break ScienceQuest Camps are sold out.

Register today for summer camps!

ScienceQuest Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth in grades K-6, with special programs in the summer for rising 7th-9th graders. 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. Become a member»

Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available at no extra cost from 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. 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

Peculiar Potions

Mix it up with the magic of chemistry! Potions have the power pop, sizzle, smoke, and spark. We’ll test our wizardry skills in the chemistry lab, exploring acids, bases, solutions, and reactions. Explore states of matter, cool off with liquid nitrogen, and even turn a penny into gold! Is it magic? No! It’s science!

May 30–June 2, July 24–28

Eclipse Mania

Are you stoked about the Total Solar Eclipse this year?! We are! Join us in outer space as learn more about the who, what, when, why and how of space exploration. We'll make our own eclipse viewers and get a chance to see the newest Sudekum Planetarium production - ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed. Blast off into a week of fun!

June 5–9, July 31–August 4

Movin' & Groovin'

Put on your dancing shoes and turn the radio up! Get moving with this Nashville-inspired week of groovy activities! How do dancers twirl without getting dizzy? How do guitars work? What does a sound wave look like? We’ll find the answers to all these questions and more. Break a sweat at the coolest dance party in town!

June 12–16

Amazing Animals

Animal lovers unite! Each day we will explore a different class of animals - including bugs, mammals, reptiles, and more! We’ll do dissections, learn about behaviors that help them survive, and explore how animals and humans work together. Find out how to care for the animals we love at this hands-on camp.

June 19–23

Superhero Science

It’s a bird... it’s a plane... no, it’s super-science! Dive into your favorite super powers this week. From flight to super strength to invisibility, we’ll see what it would take to become a superhero. Make things glow like Green Lantern, churn up a storm like Storm, and make some ooze and put out a pizza for our favorite turtles. This will be a week for the books... COMIC BOOKS, that is!!

June 26–30

Science Pros

Each day we’ll meet new scientists and find out what inspires them to do their job. Find out the science behind science! Learn what it takes to do the coolest jobs around:

  • On Wednesday, we’ll learn about the medical field and what we need to do to keep our bodies healthy.
  • Thursday, we’ll blast into space and chat with some experts about astro-engineering, the solar system, and all things out-of-this-world.
  • On Friday, we’ll find out what it takes to build a robot. From programming to coding and everything in between, we’ll see how technology is a part our everyday life.

July 5, 6 & 7

Amusement Park Science

Step right up to explore the “Physics of Fun” with this hand-on, action-packed camp! We’ll design, engineer, and test models of some of your favorite amusement park rides. You’ll even get to explore the science behind your favorite carnival treats. Wrap up the week and show off your skills by designing your own carnival booth with your new camp friends!

July 10–14

Gamer's Week

Ready for action and adventure? It’s time to explore games, old and new. Check out everything from traditional board and card games to Minecraft and RPGs, even escape-style games. This week is enhanced by the addition of our brand new maker space, the Innovation Incubator (I2). There, you’ll learn how to design your own avatar and get high-tech by creating a game controller!

July 17–21

Transit Camp (Grades 7–9)

Check out the diversity of Nashville in this one of a kind summer camp designed for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Get to know the awesome city of Nashville using only public transportation to visit some of the best local attractions and businesses. Campers will develop and sharpen their navigational skills, practicing leadership and teamwork every step along the way. Transit campers start each day at the Science Center, where they find out their destination, plan their route, and prepare for their day. With a small size of up to 15 campers and two of our Educators, this is sure to be a fun filled week!

June 12–16, July 17–21

Transit Camp supported in part by 

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.

All 2017 Scholarships have been rewarded.

General Camp Information

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 starting at 7:45 a.m. and running until 5:15 p.m. with no extra charge. Parents of campers not picked up by 5:15 p.m. will be charged $2/minute after 5:15 p.m.

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.

Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel, please notify Adventure Science 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. Cancellations of week-long camps will result in a $35 processing fee.

14+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your registration to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 100% of your registration payment.

7+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your registration to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 50% of your registration payment.

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

Parent Information

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
    Check in starts at 7:45 am. Please arrive by 9 to ensure camper doesn’t miss any camp activities. Enter through the front main doors. Parents should check in the camper so that we can verify your contact information and get any missing information about the camper.
  • CHECK OUT PROCEDURE
    Check out starts at 3:30 PM, Parents will enter lobby and will be directed where to find their camper. An authorized adult with designated pin code or photo ID will be allowed to sign the child out. Campers collect all belongings and lunchboxes. Parents of campers not picked up by 5:15 will be charged $2/minute after 5:15. .
  • 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.

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.