Summer Innovators Camp 2019
Kids Science Labs is offering children (ages 4-12, JK-6th grade) great innovation camps filled with fun hands-on science at our state-of-the-art centers. These camps offer engaging hands-on science and design classes led by our team of dedicated full-time teaching faculty to help children discover, imagine, and create with low student-teacher ratios.
We are excited to offer new summer camp topics for 2019. A description of our summer 2019 weeks can be found below. The specific summer schedule for each location can be found within the respective center.
Topics for Innovators Camps (JK-6th Grade)
How our Planet & Outer Space Work
Flight School: Airplanes, Drones, & Flying Objects
Undercover Agents, Booby Traps, & Gadgets
Cool Science and Sports Physics
A Random Walk Through Science
Topics for Next Gen Design Camps (5th-8th grade)
Remote Control Car Design
Advanced Chemistry and Slime Lab
Design My Own Mobile Laptop (from scratch)
Find out more here……Next Gen Design Camps
Descriptions for Camps
How Our Planet & Outer Space Work – Kids are dreamers and their imagination sometimes takes them to that awesome expanse that we refer to as Outer Space. Whether it’s discovering that the same elements exist on Mars as on Jupiter, exploring the unique features of Planet Earth, experimenting with propulsion systems, or learning that solids, liquids, and gases can be found on Venus, kids who ask How Stuff Works will love this camp. It is for the imaginative kid, who wants to innovate a way to explore the space around us. Topics include the basic science of planetary motion, what planets are made of, and the creation of tools for innovation on either side of Earth’s Atmosphere.
Wizard Chemistry – This camp is calling all Hermione’s, PJ Villain’s and Marie Curie’s to learn the science behind the best potions, solutions, and science tricks available to Kids Science Labs students. Kids love to mix things, whether it be at the dinner table, or at KSL, so its time they learn the icky sticky chemistry that can stop a germ in its tracks, literally. Kids will explore what makes up nearly everything, from chemical reactions that puff and explode, to those liquid physics that parents love, except we will actually call the chemistry as we see it on the Periodic Table of Elements. Kids will become chemistry wizards and learn at least one new mind trick to perform at home as we use science to explain the sorcery that even Dumbledore would approve of.
Note: Our students need not to have taken Wizard Chemistry I to join us for this camp, as we make the innovation accessible for new students and long-term KSL scientists.
Builder’s Paradise: Architects & Design - Space Needles, Cloud Gates, Independence Halls, and Burj Khalifa’s were all once an imaginative creator’s vision of how to carefully design something. This camp is a Builder’s Paradise, where our students will explore and measure the science of design, in all the structures that kids observe. Curious kids who want to learn the science behind solid foundations, creatively designed towers, and the construction physics behind how to make Legos, will love this camp that offers kids an architect’s perspective. If you have a builder, we have a design camp to unleash their innovator.
Note: Our students need not to have taken Builder’s Paradise I to join us for this camp, as we make the innovation accessible for new students and long-term KSL scientists.
Flight School: Planes, Drones, and Flying Objects – Our kids are brilliant, and whether it’s excitedly asking questions as we run to catch our overbooked flights at the Airport Terminal, watching how far the paper plane travels through the air, they want to understand the basics of flight. Inspired by the recent winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, who made a cool “flying wing” that won global acclaim, we will tinker, engineer and understand the forces and mechanisms that make flight possible each and every day. This includes the awesome operations design of our airports, how science keeps us safe in the air, and how drones/helicopters fly differently than 787s. Bird watchers, future pilots, and gamers are welcome in Flight School.
Note: Our students need not to have taken Flight School I to join us for this camp, as we make the innovation accessible for new students and long-term KSL scientists.
Undercover Agents, Booby Traps, & Gadgets – Problem solving and innovation skills are the focus in this camp that uncovers the hands-on science needed to design gadgets, trap doors, disable locks, and figure out how to walk around the house in silent stealth mode using spy shoe innovations. Whether it’s making safe smoky escapes, deploying cryptography, or figuring out fingerprinting techniques, our young undercover agents will love our Spy Academy. In this camp, it’s about designing tools, gadgets, and systems that can make it more fun to play in your room, trick your friends with brain games, or making those cool grappling hooks and listening devices.
Cool Science & Sports Physics – Our kids run, jump, and play sports like energy is unlimited. Athletes are actually practicing scientists, whether its crushing serves like Serena, bending the soccer ball like Neymar, or whipping turns at 200mph like Lewis Hamilton. It’s a fact that all sports are based on sports science, and in this camp we learn how our levers (arms, legs) combine with ball physics, air pressure, and forces to spike the volleyball, and make diving one handed catches like OBJ. Our athletes will design innovative sports equipment such as tennis racquets, understand how hydration affects performance, and learn cool movement science in this Sports Physics Camp.
A Random Walk Through Science – The summer is almost over so we figured we would end it with a bang by taking some of the all-time best Kids Science Labs camps and putting them together. In this camp, we will explore the random questions that kids might ask us, and then design solutions that work. Our teachers will look back at the past five years of Summer Camps at KSL and pick some of the best experiments ever. If your child wants to get ready for the academic engagement of school while enjoying time with our KSL teachers, ask interesting questions that make them think critically about the world, or just wants to be in our inspired space, then A Random Walk Through Science II is the right camp to end the summer.
How Stuff Works * (Lincoln Park center only, offered week of June 3rd) - Kids love the mystery and surprise of opening up an iPhone, looking behind the refrigerator, and just searching for what lost treasures. Asking questions are a primary source of every child's learning, so this camp was designed for the curious kid who wants to not only know "what's inside" and also How Stuff Works. Whether it's what's inside a baby's mattress that makes it less comfortable than your memory foam, how that nail can hold that heavy picture, or how trees protect themselves from insects, students in How Stuff Works will party like contractors at the local Home Depot, all with engaging KSL teachers leading their curious discoveries.
Science in the City * (Lincoln Park center only, offered week of June 17th) - Students move around the city by bike, train, and uber, so we turned summer inside out by exploring the hands on science of our infrastructure systems, entertainment venues, and the systems we use to maintain a healthy and vibrant city. Students will discover how waste managements systems work, design their own soccer stadiums with improved visibility, and help keep us moving whether by rail, water, or roads in this awesome camp focused on everyday science seen around the city.