Daily March 13-17, 2023 from 9am – 4pm

Join us for Spring Break Camps that combine the best of fun and learning! Campers will explore awesome projects and experiments while learning collaborative teamwork skills. Each day is a “sneak preview” of the upcoming Summer Camps, so you get the first look at summer fun. Book one day at a time, or the entire week!

Our camps follow all state and local safety guidelines regarding cleaning, screenings, social distancing and face masks. Please read below in our FAQ for our sick policies regarding students and staff.

Members: $70 per day or $350 for the week-long course
Non-members: $80 per day or $400 for the week-long course
Prices include all instructional materials and take-home projects)

Important Links: 2023 Camp Health FormEmail Questions Here

STEM Spring Break Camp: 1st – 2nd Grade

Date Event
March 13 Space Explorers: Experience the universe like an astronaut as you test out the power of the sun, build a rocket, and construct a space suit!
March 14 Grossology: Check out all things ooey-gooey! See how your stomach works, sleuth out what animals eat, and learn why we should absolutely wash our hands after a day of science.
March 15 STEM Pirates: Science has always been helpful to pirates. Build a boat, see how it floats, then use your navigation skills to find treasure in this buccaneering camp.
March 16 Tiny Tinkerers: Science often happens on the small-scale. Craft your own circuits, bring a toy bug to life, and watch how electricity flows through you!
March 17 Science of Art:  Use physics, chemistry, and more to create a mountain of masterpieces.

STEM Spring Break Camp: 3rd – 4th Grade

Date Event
March 13 Videogames Galore!: Build a videogame, a custom controller, then put the two together as you dive into the world of programming.
March 14 Junior NASA: Track a satellite, map the moon, and get a close-up with a comet. There’s always something new in space!
March 15 Mad Scientists: Bubbling concoctions, expanding particles, and some minor explosions are just a few of the things a mad scientist makes here.
March 16 Robotics Roundup: Program the perfect pet robot and build a custom robot arm as you engineer an excellent spring break!
March 17 Fantastic Physics: Can you beat gravity with a catapult? How about saving an egg from being the next Humpty-Dumpty? Finagle with the forces in your life in this egg-cellent camp.

Makerspace Spring Break Camp: 5th-6th Grade

Date Event
March 13 Maker Magic: Work up some wooden wonders as you master tools like the handsaw and power drill! Start with a box and let your creativity flow from there! 
March 14 Animation Station: Bring objects to life, one picture at a time. Travel through the history of animation first hand as you create 2-D, clay, and digital projects.
March 15 Tech Dive: Jump into the world of high tech. Use CAD software to build in 3-D, and learn to control the arduino microcontroller.
March 16 Circuitry Lab:  Circuits are everywhere! You can add some to highlight your clothes. Need new wires? You can make your own connections with soldering. Light up the lab with circuitry!
March 17 Robot Rundown: See a need, fill a need! Build a basic robot, then customize it to tackle new challenges. From grabbing objects to dodging obstacles, you can make a robot that can do it all.

Camp Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

What will camp look like for my learner?

• Camp features a balance of hands-on experiments, activities, and crafts mixed in with age-appropriate breaks, play time, and STEAM themed games.
• Generally, older campers experience about 1 “Brain Break” per 1 hour of instruction time as well as a 30-minute lunch break and 30-minute museum exploration time. Younger students will have more frequent breaks.
• While lessons feature many TEKS aligned activities, the primary focus in camps in placed on the scientific process and inquiry-based learning. Campers will use their own observations, questions, and discoveries to guide their learning journey!

Who is with the campers?

• All camps are led by experienced certified teachers or experienced museum informal science educators.
• Teaching assistants are all experienced in working in informal STEM camp environments and go through education/inquiry-based learning training.
• Students are always with instructors and will NEVER be alone in a private space with a single adult.

What do we bring?

Campers SHOULD bring:
o snacks and a sack lunch (Full Day Camps Only)
o Reusable water bottle
o Any medications or Epi-Pens (Please give directly to the Camp Manager or Instructor)
o Closed-toe shoes for lab and/or workshop safety.

• Campers should NOT bring:
o Backpacks or large bags
o Toys, phones, tablets, or handheld gaming devices
o Money
o Food containing nuts or nut products.

What time is camp?

• Doors will open for drop off at 8:50AM
• Students will be available for pick up by 3:50PM
• Campers picked up after 4:10PM will be charged a $1/minute Late Pick-Up Fee

How much does camp cost?

o Members: $70
o Nonmembers: $80

o Members: $350
o Nonmembers: $400

• Unfortunately, our software does not currently allow us to offer discounts on multiple bookings (aka- sibling discounts).

Can I cancel/get a refund?

• Yes, you may cancel your Spring Break Camp reservation. However, refunds are given on a sliding scale based on advance notification of cancellation.
o 2 Weeks in Advance = 100% Refund
o 1 Week in Advance = 50% Refund
o Less than 1 Week Notice = 0% Refund

What is your sick policy for camp?

Staff and students are both asked to stay home from camp while testing positive for or while symptomatic with any contagious illness, including but not limited to COVID-19, influenza, RSV, colds, and stomach bugs.

Which age group should I select for my learner?

• Please select the grade level in which your student is currently enrolled.
• If your learner is taking courses at different or higher levels than their peers, we recommend choosing what most closely aligns with their age, as it is easier on many children’s social skills in informal learning environments.

Is there anything I need to do before camp begins?

• Please download the Camp Health Form and complete it for all your campers. This form MUST be returned before your student is allowed into the camp for safety reasons.
• Double check that the food you are sending is NUT FREE.
• Make sure you send your learner in clothes you are comfortable with getting messy.
• Communicate any health or medical concerns directly to our Camp Manager by emailing us at camp.admin@scitechdiscovery.org.

Do you have a behavior or disciplinary plan?

• We believe in ensuring that all students feel safe and nurtured within their classroom environment. This means offering age-appropriate support for conflict or disruptive behavior.

• Instructors may use techniques such as:
o Utilizing a “Cool Down Corner” where students can rest on a rug and use toys or pillows to calm down after an incident.
o Having a guided discussion about how they are feeling, identifying emotions, and reflecting on actions.
o Assigning students to different groups who struggle with communicating/cooperating with each other.

• Intentional violence is NOT tolerated at Sci-Tech. If a camper actively hurts another student, the issue will be immediately addressed, and parents will be notified.

• If a behavior issue cannot be remedied after discussion with parents/guardians or if there is physical harm/threat of harm to staff or students, Sci-Tech reserves the right to dismiss a camper from the program without a refund.

My learner is neurodivergent/has special needs. Can you accommodate them?

• While students of all abilities are welcome to participate in camps, please note that Sci-Tech staff is not specifically trained to work with children with special needs and cannot provide one-on-one care.
• You may opt to provide your child with an aide during camp to assist them. This could be anyone from a trained professional to a sibling, so long as they are familiar with meeting your student’s needs.
• If you have questions about whether our camps may be a good fit for your student, please feel free to reach out at camp.admin@scitechdiscovery.org.

My child does not speak English yet. Can they still attend camp?

• Due to safety working with chemicals, equipment, and other dangerous materials, we do require that all campers understand and speak conversational English or have a translator present.