Summer Camps 2020

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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D printing workshops, summer camps and more!

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.
Closed on February 29, September 9-10, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

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2020 camps

Camps at Adventure Science Center

 

Winter and spring camps

Our winter and spring break camps combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We aim to inspire a lifelong passion for learning while teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment. Members get special discounts on all of our camps - join today to get this benefit!

Camps are packed with hands-on classroom activities, time to explore the museum, recess and games. Before and after care is included in the cost of registration, running from 7:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Some break camps require daily registration so you can choose which days to attend camp. Make sure to register for EACH DAY your child will be at camp.


March 16 - 20, 2020

Sports, science and human performance

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with early and after care included (7:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)

Pricing:
Members: $55 per day
Non-members: $65 per day

Age range: K - 5th grade

Time to stretch it out and get moving this spring break! Campers will test their agility and then discover the amazing response and recovery systems that are put in place to maximize human performance. Camp registration includes a day of active and engaging fun from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with early and after care available (hands-on activities and experiences vary by day).

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March 16 - 20

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ASC Maker Camp

Pricing:
Members: $500
Non-members: $550

Age range: Ages 12 - 18

In this five day camp in the Innovation Incubator (i2) makerspace, participants can explore the “What IIF” – Innovation, Iteration, and Fabrication process by designing and creating a custom suit of cardboard armor. Build skills with software and makerspace technology, and grow 21st century skills as you collaborate with other students and staff to create a fictional world and your role within its story!

Day 1: We’ll look at how societies throughout time have historically used armor as protective gear and cultural signaling, and how contemporary films create and use props to give life to fictional worlds. As we ideate the physical and social environment of our own imaginary world where our armor protects us, we’ll explore how armor functions and how this imaginary world might influence a unique design. Using this knowledge, we’ll begin to draft out a design for our armor and create a collaborative plan for making our very own suit. Students will generate a map and history of their collaborative world, and build their character profile. We'll begin our story together!

Days 2 - 4: We’ll begin the construction process in earnest, working together to create different pieces. Hands-on fabrication leads to hands-on problem-solving as we try on pieces and figure out how to make the imagined into the wearable. We’ll learn techniques used by cosplay artists, costume designers, and set designers to create, age, and customize our suits as we make them. We’ll work with the Adobe Illustrator software to design elements using the lasercutter, and study safe lasercutting practices for cutting cardboard. Students will leave with lasercut samples and some mini-props. By Day Four, we’ll finish our suit of armor and add any final decorative touches. As we go, we'll continue to explore the world we've created, learning about ourselves and its history through collaborative storytelling.

Day 5: Scanning ourselves with the Kinect to create a 3D Model, we’ll place our digital selves in action poses to create an action figurine! Using our own virtual elements in Tinkercad, we’ll digitally build out a scene together, bringing our world to life. As we finalize our adventure, we'll host a photoshoot in our armor to celebrate the successful end of our story. Students will take home their pieces of armor, and have a completed figurine printed and shipped to them after the class.

Register for i2 Maker camp

 


Cancellation policy 


We understand plans change! Our camps can fill up fast which means we also have an active wait-list so letting us know you can't make it is super helpful.  Please review the following cancellation policy.  

Less than 4 weeks before: full refund 
Less than 2 weeks before: 50% refund 
Less than 1 week before: no refund 


To make changes on your registration or to be added to our waitlist please email camps@adventuresci.org.

Summer camp

We have plenty of options for students starting pre-K through rising high school seniors. Click below to see the options for each age group.

Rising Pre-K - Rising Grade 1 Camps
Rising Grades 1-6 Camps
Rising Grades 7-12 Camps

 


 

Rising Pre-K - rising grade 1 camps

New for summer 2020 

Adventure Science Center has partnered with Harpeth Hall and Montgomery Bell Academy to host offsite programming for rising pre-k to rising 1st graders. While this program will be staffed by Adventure Science Center staff, the entire camp program will take place OFFSITE.  All registration must also be completed through their sites directly.

Mini Pet Vets at Harpeth Hall Academy 

July 6 - 10
9 a.m. -12 p.m.
  

Animal lovers will learn more about their furry friends in this week-long interactive camp! Campers will compare unique animal adaptations, measure out the perfect pet diet and even make an enrichment toy to donate to a local animal in need. It will be PAWesome!

Register here

 


STEM Heroes at Harpeth Hall

July 6 -10
1 - 4 p.m.  

Cost : $165 

Do you have what it takes to be a the newest member of the Paw Patrol? Inspired by the hit show, campers join the team on epic missions protecting Adventure Bay by finding STEM based solutions to help the community. Campers will experiment with the physics of flight and will use science to help the team save the day.

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STEM Heroes at Montgomery Bell Academy  

July 20 - 24
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Cost: $165 

Do you have what it takes to be a the newest member of the Paw Patrol? Inspired by the hit show, campers join the team on epic missions protecting Adventure Bay by finding STEM based solutions to help the community.  Campers will experiment with the physics of flight and will use science to help the team save the day. 

Register here


Rising grades 1-6 camps

When school is out, camp is in session at the Adventure Science Center! Camp days are packed with hands-on classroom activities, time to explore the science center, recess and games. Each week has a unique theme and will be filled with corresponding activities.

Registration is for an entire week of camp and includes a camp t-shirt, hands-on experiments and enough take-home crafts to fill the whole front of the fridge!  

Pricing:

  • $275 members 
  • $325 non-members

Digs With Dinos 

Do you really dig dinosaurs? Do you have a passion for Paleontology? If your answer is yes then we have the camp for you!  At our Digs with Dinosaurs camp you'll learn how to classify a dinosaur, explore modern-day dinosaurs, dig for fossils, and create dinosaur-themed crafts! 

June 1 - 5: Register here
July 6 - 10: Register here


Medical Mysteries 

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside our bodies and how we get sick? Come join us as we take a trip through the human body, create our own germs, and discover what it takes to solve medical mysteries.

June 8 - 12: Register here
July 13 - 17: Register here


Behind the Science Scenes 

Take a sneak peek behind some of the museum's coolest demonstrations and fizzing experiments. Campers will  learn about how science has impacted and inspired guests of all generations as they step into the limelight. By the end of the week, campers will even have a chance to design their own exhibit!  

June 15 - 19: Register here
July 20 - 24: Register here


Out of this World 

Calling all mission control! Join us for this space themed camp where we will be looking at the stars, exploring the galaxy, and training for our own space mission! Are you up for the challenge? 

June 22 - 26: Register here 
July 27 - 31: Register here


Bots and Bytes 

Time to upload your code for this tech-centered week of camp. Learn all about robots and step into the role of programmer and game designer to learn more about these technological marvels then take it all apart! Campers will leave inspired to create the technology of the future. 

June 29 - July 3: Register here
August 3 - 7: Register here

 

Rising grades 7-12 camp

Transit Adventures

Check out the diversity of Nashville in this one of a kind summer camp designed for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Each day, campers will embark on exciting adventures in Nashville using only public transportation! This year campers will focus their trips on a mission of sustainability and will end their week with a hands-on service project.  

  • $275 members 
  • $325 non-members

June 27 - July 3: Register here


Registration for i2 Summer Maker Camps coming soon!

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
615-862-5160
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