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The 2014 Camp Session Calendar is shown in the table below. For session descriptions, please see the Camp Sessions page.

  • Morning sessions run from 8:30am-12:00pm.
  • Afternoon sessions run from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
  • A lunch period is held from 12:00pm-1:00pm for students attending both morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.
Week 1
June 16-20
Grades 2/3 Grades 4/5 Grades 6-8
Morning:
Getting Buggy!
Morning:
Mad Scientists
Morning:
CSI
Afternoon:
Secret Formulas!
Afternoon:
Heat, Light, Sound, OH MY!
Afternoon:
Invention Convention
Week 2
June 23-27
Grades 2/3 Grades 4/5 Grades 6-8
Morning:
Garden Adventures
Morning:
Under the Sea!
Morning:
Bones, Body, Biology!
Afternoon:
Lego Explorers!
Afternoon:
Lego Lab!
Afternoon:
Robot Construction
Week 4
July 14-18
Grades 2/3 Grades 4/5 Grades 6-8
Morning:
Jurassic Giants!
Morning:
Eco Explorers!
Morning:
Bones, Body, Biology!
Afternoon:
Lego Explorers!
Afternoon:
Lego Lab!
Afternoon:
Sports Science

2/3 Camp Descriptions

Getting Buggy: They crawl! They bite! They sting! Oh, My! Close encounters with nature and all that lives within it. Campers will become experts at what makes an insect an insect, a bug a bug, and a spider a spider. You will learn about life cycles and what makes these little critters unique! Throughout the week you will study and observe real creatures, and identify them based on the characteristics. Don’t miss out on the LIVE ACTION!

Secret Formulas: Is it science or magic? Cook up some bubble trouble and find out! This camp is the messy kids dream, full of blending, mixing and measuring. Learn why some potions bubble and other turn to goo! Explore the fizzers, the bubblers, the exploders and more. Make candles, slime, lotions, and lip balm too!

Garden Adventures: Spring has sprung, and summer is here! Flowers are blossomed and the gardens are in full gear. Explore with soils, water, compost, and insects to learn what makes gardens extraordinary. It’s more than beauty, or food for the table… its SCIENCE! Come join us as we sample soils, grow plants, make compost, and create bottle biology!

Lego Explorers: Explore the world of LEGOS by challenging each other to build and create various simple machines. Students will learn the art of designing successful structures through challenges utilizing various force requirements. Come and explore physical science through the use of LEGOS.

Jurassic Giants: Eastern North Carolina is a hot spot for finding fossils. We will observe real fossils and learn its history. Come and explore with us and learn what kinds of animals occupied this area millions of years ago. Weather permitting, we will trek to regular dig sights and explore in a nearby stream for other fossil finds. Prepare to get wet and dirty on these explorations.

4/5 Camp Descriptions:

Mad Scientists: Discover what kind of “mad scientist” you could become by looking at the effects of speed behind NASCAR racing. Blast off into space with astronauts and explore the stars and planets. Create slime and explosions with chemists. Dig into the deep ground to find rocks with geologist and grow your own crystals. Handle wild animals with zookeeper. Now what “mad scientist” will you become?

Heat, Light, Sound, OH MY: Have you ever wondered where energy comes from? What energy is? How we save it? Through this camp, students will explore three main sources of energy including heat, light, and sound. Campers will take part in testing alternative energy sources, harnessing the sun’s power to cook their own food, and testing energy efficient products. Later in the week campers will explore energy conservation? Join us this summer to uncover the truth about the future of energy in the U.S. and the world...

Under the Sea: Come explore the deep blue waters with us to see what lies beneath. Students will enter the ocean by learning about their new home. They will see how everything interacts specifically focusing on sharks, turtles, and fish! At the end of the week, the students will have an ocean of their own. Lego Lab: Physics and engineering come to life with the aid of LEGO® advanced building bricks. Campers rely on creativity and imagination to construct simple machines, robots and more! This camp is not for your average builder, we bring our LEGOS alive with technology! Use laptops, online simulations and more with your designs.

Eco Explorers: Come one and come all, as we replicate and put our own spin on famous inventions such as bridges, flashlights, solar ovens, rockets, and hovercrafts. We will also test our strength by designing a handgrip device and seeing how strong we are. At the end of the week we will look back at all the great inventions we use in our everyday lives. You will have the opportunity to design your own invention in which you think will better people’s lives. You will also make a model of it and show us how it will one day make you famous!

6-8 camp Descriptions:

CSI: Forensic science contains codes that we can use to unlock any number of mysteries. CSI: Greenville campers will learn- via hands-on laboratory experiments emphasizing chemistry, microbiology and genetics- how modern-day detectives use scientific knowledge to uncover the story behind the crime. During the end of the week, campers will apply these newly acquired skills to the investigation of a "mystery."

Invention Convention: Come one and come all, as we replicate and put our own spin on famous inventions such as bridges, flashlights, solar ovens, rockets, and hovercrafts. We will also test our strength by designing a handgrip device and seeing how strong we are. At the end of the week we will look back at all the great inventions we use in our everyday lives. You will have the opportunity to design your own invention in which you think will better people’s lives. You will also make a model of it and show us how it will one day make you famous!

Bones, Body, Biology: Explore human anatomy and biology through animal dissections and explorations. You will see your body in a whole new way through examining human and animal x-rays. Not every animal has bones yet all organisms on Earth move and consume in their own special way. Investigate the differences in bone structure and locomotion through animal dissections and diagrams. Dive into examining human and animal x-rays and discover are we really that different on the inside…

Robot Construction: Students will learn the importance of the structural system of a robot through experiencing the construction of this system. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the motion subsystem of a robot by accepting challenges to create motion with their robots through the use of wheels and gears to move across varied terrain. Students will demonstrate how to control the sensor subsystem of a robot through obstacle course challenges.

Sports Science: Athletes run faster, throw harder and jump higher than they ever have in human history. Our bodies haven’t changed but the science of understanding the body has. Join us and explore the science behind resistance training and lung capacity and why eating so much really isn’t all that bad when you are in motion.