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2018 Summer Camp Descriptions

Summer Science Fun!

Join us all summer long for fun, exciting projects and experiments! Each camp runs Monday through Friday as either five half-day morning sessions (9:00am-12:00pm) or five half-day afternoon sessions (1:00pm-4:00pm). The cost is $135 per child per camp. Members receive 10% off. Children may register for both AM and PM sessions and bring a packed lunch for the supervised lunch break at noon. Each camp has a grade (not age) restriction, defined as grade completed by summer 2018. Registration for each camp closes exactly one week prior to the start of camp (Monday).

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June 11th – 15th

Wonders of Weather (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
June 11-15, 9am-12pm
What is the weather like out there?  We ask this question every day, and the answer determines our choices from the clothes we wear to the sports we play. The weather influences just about everything! We will immerse ourselves in the wonders of weather and end the week with a weather balloon launch. So the next time people ask what the weather is like, you can tell them!
Instructed by Michelle Serino
BLOW your MIND: The UNbelievable BUT Possible (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-8)
June 11-15, 1-4pm
Are you READY? Are you SET?  GO into the crazy world of experiments that reach beyond your wildest imagination! Campers will make a cube of sugar disappear before your very eyes. Does it defy the rules of Physics or NOT?  Lay on a bed of EGGS without making an omelette! It truly is an Egg-tacular Egg-speriment!  Don’t miss this unbelievable but possible week of camp.
Instructed by Brianna Hornberger

 June 18th – 22nd
Mathemagician Academy (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
June 18 – 22, 9am-12pm
Have you ever wanted to be amazing?  Would you like math to be fun?  Become a mathemagician in five sessions! Learn about famous mathematicians and magicians while mastering mystifying magic with your mathematical superpowers. You will leave with a brain (and a magic box) stuffed full of math and magic!
Instructed by Doc Yoder
Food Fight! (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
June 18 – 22, 1-4pm
Imagine if the events in the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs actually happened. What would it take to manage the messes all of that giant food could cause?  You’re going to leverage your imagination, math, art, and building skills to clean up our town.  Campers will learn all about mass, volume, and density while generating solutions to unbelievable problems.
Instructed by Jason Karcheski

June 25th – 29th

Can You Figure Out Who’s Been in the Kitchen?  (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
June 25-29, 9am-12pm
A crime has been committed and the police received a call.  A Lancaster home has been burglarized between 3am and 5 am while the owner, Jackie Ramone, was working overnight. Someone’s been in the kitchen and there are empty soda cans all over the floor and other trash and clothing that Jackie says weren’t there when she left hours earlier. The neighbors say they heard dogs barking around 4:34am, because they looked at their phone at the time. Can you use science and sleuthing to help unravel this mystery?
Has a Crime Been Committed? Deconstruction of a Crime (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
June 25-29, 1-4pm
Has a crime been committed? A deceased person has been reported to police and the body has been removed by the Medical Examiner and taken to the morgue.  You are part of a team of investigators who have  been called in to process the crime scene.   There are footprints, tools, a large piece of wood with hair and red-brown staining, plant material, and digital evidence retrieved from the victim’s phone that the detectives have shared with us. Can you help unravel this mystery?

 July 2nd – 6th

*no camp July 4th! These 4 day camps are $108 per camper, per session.*

Spells, Magic and Potions (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-5)
NOTE: Camp is now FULL and registration is closed. Please choose another camp or email rcahill@tlsf.org to be added to the waiting list.
 July 2, 3, 5, 6, 9am-12pm
Enter into the classroom at Hogwarts with Harry Potter. You will learn all about the science behind wizarding, potions, making spells and creating wands. Come experience this magical journey!
Instructed by Jenna Connor 
Junk Drawer Robotics (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
 July 2, 3, 5, 6, 1-4pm
Learn the science and mechanical engineering-based skills behind robotic design with everyday household items! You will build your own fully functioning robotic arm that moves with its own hands and grippers!
Instructed by Chris Blackmon

July 9th-13th

Mathemagician Academy II (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
July 9 – 13, 9am-12pm
It is recommended that students take beginner’s Mathemagician offered earlier in the summer, but it is not required. The math and the magic will be all new and a bit more challenging in this second Mathematician Academy! This camp is designed for students who enjoy math and magic. You will leave with a magic box full of new tricks and a brain stuffed with mind-blowing magic and math.
Instructed by Doc Yoder
 Getting a Charge Out of Engineering (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
July 9-13, 1-4pm
Enjoy a thermally energetic experience as you charge your way into small electronic engineering.  Get magnetized by the strength of magnets and their invisible forces!  Can you control the invisible? Explore thermo-dynamics as you figure your way in and out of heated situations without getting in trouble with your parents… Transmit yourself into the world of Electrical Engineering for a week of hands on fun.
Instructed by Phil Wesel

July 16th – 20th

High Steel Presents: Bridge Mania (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 4-8)
July 16 – 20, 9am-12pm
Take a journey through the world of Bridge Engineering and Technology.  Explore structural behavior while you competitively build arches, paper bridges, and wooden trusses. Help erect a small steel bridge and perform actual welding. Visit one of the largest steel bridge companies in the country and see actual bridge fabrication on the shop floor.
Instructed in Cooperation with High Steel Structures

 

Encountering Wild Science (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-5)
July 16-20, 1-4pm
Experience and experiment with wild and crazy science! Campers will get messy with slime & ooblek, as well as exploring  dinosaurs and making fossils. Use your hands on as we explore all the fun and crazy things that science has in store.
Instructed by Jenna Connor

 July 23rd – July 27th

Golden Ticket (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
July 23 -July 27,  9am-12pm
If you like the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this camp was made for you!  Expect some sweet, sour, and chocolaty experiences as you deal with challenges involving chemistry, physics, and math. With a little luck, nobody will wind up as a blueberry.
Instructed by Jason Karcheski 
The Sound of Music (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-5)
July 23 -July 27,  1-4pm
C’mon and feel it! in this session you’ll break out the rhythm and the rhyme and feel your way through music! Create good vibrations that will bring life to your water glasses. We’ll pump up the volume as you use straws to make a xylophone sing. Strike a pose while playing a Tonoscope then join in the groove with your personal Kazoo.
Instructed by Angela Kilyan

July 30th – August 3rd

Heart of STEM (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
July 30 – August 3,  9am-12pm
Have a heART for Lancaster… as we create a display piece of large-scale ART for the City.   Design a palette of scientific discovery, experimental knowledge and innovative concepts, throw in a splash of paint and ART is BORN!
Instructed by Katie Trainer

Making a Brain Connection (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)

July 30- August 3,  1-4pm

It’s all about the brain!  We see, because of our brain. We feel, because of our brain. We taste, because of our brain. You will explore all five senses,  touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste, as you unravel the most complex organ in our body, the brain.

Instructed by Angela Kilyan


August 6th – 10th

Picture This! (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 3-8)
August 6-10,  9am-12pm
Have you ever gotten yelled at for coloring on a wall at home?  Well, join us for Picture This! Campers will brainstorm, collaborate, design and create a STEAM-a-riffic mural using our walls as their canvas. Learn how to use your small-scale design to create large-scale ART. Make your mark on The Lancaster Science Factory- for real!
Instructed by Katie Trainer

The Science of Color (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-6)

August 6-10,  1-4pm

Have you ever asked yourself: Where do COLORS come from? Why do I see Different COLORS?  Well, let’s explore COLOR! Let’s make a mess creating colors and exploring various techniques we use while creating a COLORful masterpiece!
Instructed by Carrie Woody

August 13th -17th

E^3 Extreme Environmental Exploration (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: 2-8)
August 13-17, 9am-12pm                                                                        
Explore Mother Nature’s wrath both locally and abroad! Campers will slip and slide into the World of Water, play rumble and tumble with the furious force of earthquakes, face the soaking impact of a torrential downpour from a Summer storm, all while enjoying the simple sprouting of new growth from plants and trees…
Instructed by Wes Muys
FrankenSlime (for campers who have completed one of the following grades: K-8)
August 13-17, 1-4pm
Be prepared to become a MAD Franken-Scientist!  You will concoct and experiment to create some monstrous messes.  We will add a little of this and a little of that, some solids, some liquids and anything in between to bring to life  the slimiest, stickiest and gooiest concoctions possible.
Instructed by Brianna Hornberger

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