Summer camps at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. Our camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to ages 4-14 years of age.
Click the following link for the 2016 Summer Camp Guide, Registration Form, and Meal Plan Calendar: 2016_SummerCampGuide
CAMPS FOR 4-5 YEARS OLD
May 30-June 3
Go on a space adventure to learn all about our solar system! Why does the moon have all of those dents? What makes Mars red? How did Saturn get all of those rings? What is beyond Pluto?
Science is even more exciting when it is inspired by the brilliant world of children’s storybooks. Create like Eric Carle. Investigate like Dr. Suess. Or just have a Wild Rumpus like Sendek.
Chemistry is twice as much fun if it is colorful. Milk can become a dazzling kaleidoscope of rainbow hues. Red cabbage can change colors like a chameleon. Oil and water don’t mix, but they can do amazing things when you add a little food coloring to the equation.
THINGS THAT FLY
Learn all about the things that fly. Planes aren’t the only things that can soar in the sky. Fly like a bird. Float like a kite. Glide like a flying squirrel!
FROM HERE TO THERE
Go on a trip across the globe and discover the many modes of transportation. Hop on a flight from New York to London. Should we take the ferry to France or a train through the Chunnel? Just how far could we go on a train? How many ways can we travel from here to there?
The animal kingdom is full of fascinating animals. Learn which animals are the fastest. Why are some creatures more colorful than others? Which animals like to play in the sun? Who likes to stay up all night?
THE WORLD AROUND US
Learn all about the amazing environment surrounding Mobile. Who are our wild neighbors? Where do they live? Why is the delta so special?
INVENTIONS, AND THINGAMABOBS
Learn all about how and why things work. Design things that spin. Create new colorful and artistic
contraptions. What useful things can you invent if you let your imagination run free?
CAMPS FOR 6-7 YEARS OLD
May 30-June 3
3, 2, 1 blast off into space! Discover all of the objects floating around our planet! Our Solar System is made up of more than just planets, stars, and moons! Explore a whole new world of comets, meteoroids, and
asteroids! Uncover mysterious black holes and shooting stars! Learn about the International Space Station and space travel. Create Mars sand and taste a yummy space snack.
TEENY, TINY BUGS
We’re going on a bug hunt! We’re going to catch some tiny ones! Learn all about microscopes and how we use them to find tiny things. Uncover the tiniest of bugs all around us. Discover nanotechnology and how it affects animals. Look through a high resolution microscope to see a new world. Create bug catches and sing along.
Is it a liquid or a solid? Is it dead or alive? Explore
chemistry and Biology at their creepiest, grossest, and yuckiest in a fun learning environment. Discover the principles of chemistry with explosions, reactions, and slimy materials. Learn the secrets of biology with real animals! Uncover the coolest science you have ever seen by creating Oobleek and dissecting grasshoppers.
You are what you eat! Learn all about what you really need to fuel your body! Discover what germs are and how to avoid spoiled food! Explore the MyPlate food Guide and how to read nutrition fact labels! Uncover different types of physical activity through sports and even physics! Create healthy habits to share with friends and family!
AROUND THE WORLD
Set your sail, start you engine, and spread your wings! Uncover the adventures of traveling around the world! Explore engineering and problem solving skills. Learn about how to build trains, boats, and cars. Create
bridges, planes, and hot air balloons. Discover the world by traveling in different means of transportation.
SECRETS UNDER THE SURFACE
Dig it up! Uncover secretes and decades under Earth’s surface to find fossils and bones! Explore the life of a Paleontologist and become one! Dig through
excavation pits and participate in scavenger hunts. Learn about dinosaurs and their remains. Create fossils and even a dinosaur terainium.
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
Rain, rain go away! Explore the difference between biomes, climate, and weather! Learn about why the seasons change around the world! Discover what is right outside your window! Create barometers and collect temperature and precipitation to help scientist uncover global warming!
Get ready for a colorful explosion! Uncover the secrets behind lights and colors Explore the uniqueness of prisms and get excited over colorful optical illusions. Learn about world changing artist and styles. Create individual art styles through classic techniques and modern art!
CAMPS FOR 8-11 YEARS OLD
REACH FOR THE STARS
May 30-June 3
Are you a future astronaut? Prepare to blast off! The Gulf Coast Exploreum is bringing the solar system to Mobile! We will journey through the planets, build a dry ice comet and even eat like a real space traveler! Grab your moon walking shoes and get ready for an out of this world experience, as our education team takes campers to an entire new journey through outer space!
Ever wonder what goes on beneath the skin and how our amazing body functions 24 hours a day? If so, grab your
dissection apron and meet us at the Exploreum! In our all new Biology camp we will be going through a series of dissections, utilizing real medical equipment and teaching campers not just about themselves, but the fascinating study of life!
SCIENCE SQUAD: OPERATION CHEMISTRY
Come Join members of our Science Squad team, as they delve into the incredible world of chemistry! Campers will work hand in hand with our Super Heroes of Science, as they experiment with a series of chemical reactions! Campers will also have the unique opportunity of earning their very own membership with our Science Squad!
JUNIOR FLIGHT ACADEMY
Calling all aeronautic enthusiasts! Whether you want to pilot a plane, helicopter or even a kite! We must first learn the
Principles of Flight and a little about Bernoulli’s Principles! Join the Education Team as they take campers to new heights of education, utilizing hands on workshops to
prepare young pilots for the Senior Airbus Flight Camp.
ENGINEERING: DA VINCI STYLE
Be introduced to one of the most influential men in
engineering…Da Vinci. During this week we will sketch, design and build a number of prototypes. Campers will have access to cutting edge techniques that bring drawings
created by Da Vinci himself to life! Then for the final day campers will compete in the highly competitive Build-A-Thon!
Ever take a look under a magnifying glass? There is an
immense tiny universe all around us! Campers will take an
investigative journey, starting with large and ending up on the nanoscale! Through the week campers will learn the basics of lab safety, microscope operations and a new look at the small world we live in every day!
ABOVE, BELOW AND ALL AROUND
In the world of nature the sky truly is the limit! Take a walk on the environmental side, as we investigate insects, animals and even subterranean rivers! The fantastic members of the Mobile Baykeepers will team up with the Gulf Coast
Exploreum to not only teach us about global issues, but
the local ecosystems that surround our community!
THE ART OF MONSTER SCIENCE
Ready to paint the Wolfman as the Mona Lisa? Grab your garlic, silver and sketch pad to join the education team as we explore the creative world of monsters! Vampires, Zombies and even Ghosts are a few of the creatures that we will investigate! Join us to learn all the mysteries of being a beastly fiend, as we record their secrets with pastels, paints and even clay!
CAMPS FOR 12-14 YEARS OLD
PRINTING OFF THE PAGE
The year is 2030, and there is a 3-D printer in every house. Instead of going to the store to get what you need, you can just print it off at your own home! In this exciting camp, students will learn the many ends-and-outs of 3-D printing. Starting out with the basics, students will be familiarized with the 3-D printing software, while working up to a comfortable level of slicing and printing their very own designs. Come and take part in this exclusive opportunity into the world of 3-D printing and the future of ingenuity!
AIRBUS “ AWAY WE GO” FLIGHT CAMP
Ladies and gentlemen please remain seated, and turn off all electronics, because you are coming in for a landing right into the Mobile Exploreum Aeronautical Summer Camp! In this exciting flight camp, the Mobile Exploreum partners with Airbus to build an aeronautical experience for students from the ground up! Campers will gain knowledge into the amazing world of flight. Students will tour and meet with individuals at the Mobile Airbus Facility. The “highpoint” of this escalating camp is when the campers will have an opportunity to copilot with a professional pilot! Come take flight with us, as we explore the ups and downs of aviation!
It starts with a problem. That problem leads to an idea. That idea is then tested. A solution is found. This exciting new camp at the Exploreum is built around the process of developing new ideas. Campers will be challenged to develop solutions to problems using new solutions with limited resources. With guidance, campers will master the problem solving process using a healthy balance of critical thinking and creativity, all while working with other campers. After all, it only takes an idea.
Was it Bruce with the wrench in Scratch Factory, or was it Kelly with the flashlight in IMax? There was a homicide, and we need YOUR help to solve it. Join us, as we discover clues, determine the suspects, and solve the case. Students will use Forensic Science to solve realistic problems set in front of them. Taking fingerprints, analyzing hair samples, and even researching ballistics, are just a few of some of the exciting challenges that students will get to take part in, while uncovering the mystery of CSI Mobile!
This exciting new camp is a part of our new film and photography focus at the Exploreum. Students will have an amazing opportunity to look through the lens of a photographer at the world around them. The week will consists of learning the different aspects around a camera (ISO, Shutter, and Resolution), as well as learning the ends-and-outs of different photography programs (Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop, and how to build a Portfolio).
This is another new and exciting camp at the Exploreum that adventures into the realm of Filmography and Cinematography! This camp focuses on the science of film, and all of the blueprints that are required to make a good movie great! Students will have an amazing opportunity to work with Cinematography and film programs! By the end of the week, students will be making movies of their own!