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 Science is EverywhereScience Summer Camp

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The wonder of science comes alive during the National Atomic Museum�s Science is Everywhere Science Summer Camps. Learn more about robots, biology, forensics, engineering, chemistry, physics, weird science and more.

The museum offers week-long camps during June, July, and August. The camps, which are designed for children who have completed grades 1 through 5, are divided by grade groupings based on content. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. You can drop off as early as 8:00 and pick up no later than 4:00. Multitudes of children have learned science is exciting and fun during these week-long learning adventures.

Below you will find a sampling of a few of our camps:

ROBOQUEST (Grades 1-5)
What is a robot? We offer three levels of RoboQuest for different age and ability levels. Learn about robots in the world around us. Learn how to design, program and test a robot. Make a robot of your own to take home!

Investigate principles of structural engineering with hands-on experiments and exploration. Learn about structures while building some of your own. Create a photo journal of your experience to enjoy long after camp is over!

Have fun learning how to make a number of lotions and potions during this week long adventure! Learn about chemistry in a stimulating full week of hands-on experiments.

Learn about energy and its many forms while experimenting with building windmills, working with yeast, and other exciting hands-on experiments during this energizing week long experience.

Science is Everywhere Summer Camp 2006 FAQs

Why did you move off base?
After 9/11 the general public was not allowed on Kirtland Air force Base. In order to keep the National Atomic Museum operational and open to the public, it was necessary to move the museum off base. We are now located at 1905 Mountain Road NW. Since there is no longer a museum on base, there is no longer a facility on base to host the Science is Everywhere Summer Camp.

If my child attends four camps, why don't they get four t-shirts?
The cost of the t-shirt is not included in camp registration. T-shirts are provided as a courtesy from the National Atomic Museum Foundation. Camp staff have found that matching t-shirts helps to easily locate and identify Science is Everywhere summer campers during field trips. Also, t-shirts are a method of publicly recognizing camp sponsors and provide campers a memento of their science summer camp experience.

Can I stay with my child during camp?
Most children do just fine without a parent present; however, parents are welcome to stay with their child if they feel their child has special needs or would be uncomfortable if their parents didn�t stay. Please keep in mind that all the camp staff have experience and an interest in working with children and will strive to make science summer camp the best experience possible for your child. If an issue or concern should arise with your child, the Instructor or Camp Cordinator will call a parent. In helping your child to have a successful experience, parents need to be aware that their child may be the only child with a parent accompanying them. Children are usually much more independent with their exploration and creativity when parents afford them the opportunity to learn on their own with their peers.

What should my child bring to camp?
All materials are supplied with the camp registration; however, campers may periodically be asked to bring something from home such as a leaf or an empty two-liter soda bottle if they have it.
� Children should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in and good sturdy shoes they can play in without hurting their feet.
� Campers will also be asked to bring a swimsuit and towel on days they go to the swimming pool.
� All campers should bring sunscreen and a lunch daily.
� Toys, radios, money and other personal items should be left at home so they do not become misplaced or damaged.

Why can�t my child have more than one scholarship to attend camp?
So that as many children as possible might attend the Science is Everywhere Summer Camp, each child is only eligible for one scholarship. Additionally, since so many children enjoy the camp, it would be impossible to award each child multiple scholarships unless we turn another child away.

Why do you take the campers swimming?
Children need an opportunity to participate in recreational activities. With a week long camp there is so much learning going on in such a short amount of time that campers need a break to redirect their energy. Swimming is an activity that most children enjoy and will cool them off during the hot summer months.

What kinds of field trips do the campers go on?
Campers participate in field trips related to their camp session theme. Field trip destinations are chosen for their educational value as well as being fun for the campers. Campers may participate in recreational field trips as well. Not all camps have accompanying field trips.

Can my 13 year old work and be paid for it?
No. Counselors must be 15 before they can be paid for working at the Science Summer Camp and that is with a work permit and parental permission as well as two years volunteer service experience. Youth are encouraged to volunteer for a week or two during the camp season to get a feel for the summer camp and working with children. To enter the Counselor-In-Training program, youth must be 14 years old. Please call 245-2137 ext. 120 for more information about volunteer opportunities with Science Summer Camp.

Why can�t my 12 year old be in the same camp as my eight year old? (Or vice versa)
For the safety of our campers and in the interest of age level appropriateness, age categories must be observed to ensure the best possible experience for all campers. We recognize that some children are more gifted and some children have had prior experiences with the camp subject; however, we have found that children enjoy themselves more and have a better experience if they are with kids their own age.

Why do the volunteers, counselors, and mentors only get to work part of the summer even if they want to work all summer?
The staff members in these positions are all still in school and need time off themselves to enjoy being young. Working with children every day is hard work and we have found that staff that doesn�t commit themselves to the entire summer enjoy their camp experiences more and are better able to maintain a positive attitude in working with the campers.

When does camp information come out each year?
Generally, we try to have the information available in late January or early February; however, because we have to work with cooperating organizations and facilities, we have work with their timelines as well.

How soon should I register my child for camp?
Camps are filled on a first come, first served basis. Camp sessions are limited to 15-20 campers. Parents should register their children as soon as they feel comfortable they can make a commitment for the week as there is a fee for canceling a registration.

Who is eligible for the Mindstein Scholarship?
All campers are eligible to apply for the Mindstein Scholarship; however, it is awarded based on financial need with a completed application. The Mindstein Scholarship pays $150 of the camp registration, leaving a $50 balance. The Mindstein Scholarship application is included with the registration information in the camp brochure.

Who are the people working with my child?
� The Science Summer Camp Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the camp. They work at the National Atomic Museum and although they are not on site, they will visit the camps throughout the week.
� Instructors are teachers or professional in the field. Instructors are responsible for the educational presentations during the camp. In some instances, instructors are college age students studying to be a teacher.
� Mentors are college age students currently enrolled as an undergraduate/graduate student, studying science, engineering or pursuing their teaching certification.
� Youth Counselors are high school age youth with an interest in working with children. Youth Counselors have previous volunteer experience with the Science Summer Camp.
� Volunteers are youth with an interest in working with children.
� All staff and volunteers are interviewed before being placed with the Science is Everywhere Summer Camp. Instructors and mentors must agree to and pass a background investigation before they can be employed.

Why don�t you offer early and/or late care?
Since Science Summer Camp relies on the use of other facilities, we don�t always have access to buildings outside their normal operating hours. Therefore, we do not have access to space before and after the camp session. Additionally, we found that very few parents utilize the before and after care service.

Why don�t you offer camps for 4-6 year olds?
We offer a broad range of camp subjects that will appeal to various interests and abilities; however, the camps are too advanced for younger children. Because of the nature of science we don�t feel we are able to offer a quality camp to younger children at this time.

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