Educational Summer Camps: STEM, Reading, and Writing

Just because school’s out in the summer doesn’t mean the learning stops! The low-pressure days of summer are a great time to gently boost your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. The best part? These local camps are so fun kids might not even realize they’re learning!

Summer Science Camps from the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

June 6-8  Princesses Do Science Camp  3 Day   5-8 years $120 non-member; $100 member 

  • Princesses have seemingly magical powers or special relationships with animals and nature. Whether it is mastering a river, kissing a frog, or being strong, you will step into their world and explore the science behind their story featuring all-new princesses.

June 20-24  Messy Science Camp: A-Z   8-12 years  $190 non-member; $170 member  

  • Did you know you can get messy while studying all kinds of science? From architecture to zoology we are going to find the messy side of science.

July 5-7 Superhero Camp  3 Day  5-8 years  $120 non-member; $100 member  

  • Whether they fly, climb, jump, shapeshift, have super strength, control the elements, or have other superpowers, superheroes use special skills and science to solve problems and save the day. Campers, grab your cape, or mask, your favorite superhero gadget, and explore the science of superheroes.

July 11-15 Messy Science Camp: A-Z   6-9 years  $190 non-member; $170 member  

  • Did you know you can get messy while studying all kinds of science? From architecture to zoology we are going to find the messy side of science.

July 25-29  Space Camp: Planetary Parade   6-12 years  $190 non-member; $170 member  

  • What makes Earth special in our solar system? Parade through our solar system: from the big, our Sun, and the gas giants to the little, asteroids, comets, and moons.  Explore volcanoes, frozen water, and atmospheres on other objects in our solar system and then ask the question: will we ever find life someplace other than Earth?

1 Day Learning Labs with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Each is $40 7:45-5:30  

June 28  Princesses Do Science Learning Lab 4-6 years 

  • Can’t find time for the 3 day week of camp? Come explore the science in a princess’s world in just one day.  Children may be picked up any time after 1:00.

June 30  Culinary Concoctions Learning Lab 6-12 years 

  • Spend the day exploring the science of cooking. Make delicious concoctions while you investigate and experiment with mixing, ingredients, and cook time.

 July 19  Superhero Learning Lab 4-6 years   

  • Can’t find time for the 3 day week of camp?. Spend the day exploring the science behind superheroes in just one day.  Children may be picked up any time after 1:00.

July 21 Planets of Solids and Gasses Learning Lab 6-12 years  

  • Our solar system has terrestrial and gas planets. Discover how they are the same and different. And peak beyond our universe to see if they exist elsewhere. 

Aug 2  Earth’s Wonders: Water Learning Lab 6-12 years  

  • 75% of the Earth is covered in this. Whether it is cleaning it, swimming in it, or dissolving things in it, explore the wonders of water on Earth. 

Aug 4  Engineering Energy Learning Lab 6-12 years  

  • Put your engineering and design skills to the test with a variety of things that transfer energy or are affected by it such as a marshmallow tossing apparatus to bridge building.

Museum in the Park with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

6-12 years  $18 non-member; $15 member  9:30-11:30  

Oily Messes. Experiment with oil to learn its properties, how it can be useful, and ways to protect the environment when it spills. 

      • June 27 – Deming Park
      • July 20 – Museum

 Water & Weather MIP . From wind to water, to clouds and weather, we will get messy with these powerful elements to discover how they interact with each other.

      • June 29 – Deming Park
      • Aug 1 – Museum

Engineering Motion. Helicopters and airplanes and cars, Oh My! Test your engineering and design skills and learn about the science behind some of the ways we move.

      • July 18 – Deming Park
      • Aug 3  – Museum

Additional Educational Summer Camps in Terre Haute

  • 2022 Math Magic Writing Wonders with Vigo County School Corporation. MMWW will be an in person summer program offered to students in Grades 2-5 for 14 days at Woodrow Wilson Middle School from 7:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided to and from the students’ home school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well. In writing, each day will focus on developing a weekly writing piece centered around a specific innovative and exciting theme. Instruction will include expanding writing and technology skills, exploring different genres, and producing well written pieces of writing. In mathematics, each day will focus on standards-based problem solving. Free!
  • Camp Invention at Ivy Tech Community College. Give your young innovator an unforgettable adventure! All-new, hands-on activities will launch their imagination and get their confidence soaring as they explore STEM fun from the oceans to outer space.
  • Connecting with Code at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Each summer Rose-Hulman runs a free online coding camp.  In 2022, they plan to bring back a face-to-face camp on campus too!
  • Summer Science Camp at Indiana State University. Updates posted on the ISU website. 

Special thanks to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum for bringing you this portion of our guide.  Please help us thank them for their support by visiting their websites, signing up for their summer opportunities, and letting them know that Haute Happenings sent you!

As always, typos happen and event details change. Please confirm with camp coordinators before solidifying your summer plans. Haute Happenings can’t be held responsible for printed errors or program changes, but we will celebrate with you if our info helped your family to have an awesome summer!

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