Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps

A unique experience exploring concepts in science 

Turn your child's days off from school into exciting educational adventures!

Design Make Play Innovation Camps are designed to explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math, build problem-solving and communication skills and inspire innovators. Each camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate of completion and a free 6-month student membership.


Summer Camps


Grades 1 – 2

July 17 – 21, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm

Students will investigate the scientific principles behind their favorite sports. They’ll examine the secrets of protective gear by deconstructing various sports equipment, analyze the physical components of balls, and experiment with balance and muscle memory to help them perform at their best when playing various sports. Students will exercise their brain and body with a gameplay featuring soccer, volleyball, and kickball.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member

Register July 17 – 21

Grades 1 – 2

July 24 – 28, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm

Participants will explore angles and lines as they play mini golf and design their own mini golf hole to challenge their teammates. They’ll also investigate the forces acting upon a ball when it flies through the air, and learn the best techniques for throwing a football, baseball, and Frisbee to overcome those forces. Gameplay for this camp will feature ultimate Frisbee, flag football, and softball. This camp is appropriate for both new and returning students from Science of Sports 101.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member


Grades 3 – 4 (SOLD OUT!)
July 31 – August 4, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm

Grades 5 – 6
August 7 – 11, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm

Students will learn engineering basics and how to design, construct and program using creativity, logic, and problem-solving skills. Through a series of fun challenges, students will work in teams to command their robot to move, react and make sounds using motors and sensors. On the last day of camp, students will have the opportunity to showcase their programming skills in a robotics challenge.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member


Refund Policy:
No refunds granted for absenteeism. All campers are required to attend their registered camp dates. No exceptions will be made for vacation travels. Please plan accordingly.

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