Summer Camps

Challenger Camps Focus on Spheres of Exciting Earth Science!

Join us as we connect in a way like never before with our home planet, Spaceship Earth!

Our goal: To inspire and engage students to think about the future.

We offer summer science experiences that will wow your kids while feeding their brains and exciting them about how they can affect the path our Spaceship Earth will take in the years to come.

We offer a variety of options that are stimulating and age-appropriate. All camps are led by educators and provide a safe, fun and thought-provoking experience.

NOTE: When choosing a summer camp, schedule your child for the grade level that they will be entering or rising into in the fall of 2018.

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15TH

*Dates, times and sessions are subject to change.


Astrotot Space Explorer Camp (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

This camp gives incoming Kindergarten or first grade students a chance to learn about science basics while having fun. These Astro-Tots will explore topics like chemistry, biology and engineering, all in a quest to learn more about the amazing world around them!

2018 Dates 

Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

June 5th - Atmosphere & Oceans - meteorology, oceanography & hydrology

June 12th - Animals Around the World - wildlife biology, conservation & geography

June 19th - Plant Power - plant ecology & forestry

June 26th - Space Superstars - aeronautics, astronomy & the history of space exploration

Register for single sessions or for all 4 days--$25 per session or $85 for all four sessions (save $15)

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Junior Rebel Training Camp (Grades 3-4)

Campers will investigate explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel as we take an in depth look at the science behind the famous saga.  Includes a take-home item!

2018 Dates

June 20th 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

$35 per child

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Underwater Astronaut Training Camp (Grades 5-8)

Campers learn all about how astronauts become “spacewalk ready” by training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL). Students will receive basic Scuba training from certified instructors, then test out their skills during underwater training exercises! Students must be medically fit to dive. Scuba gear will be provided. Campers must be at least 11 years old to attend this camp.

2018 DATES

July 31st and August 1st

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

$165 per child for 2-day camp

*NOTE: This camp requires a mandatory parent meeting on July 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

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Aerospace Camp (Grades 4-6)

Campers will learn about the world of aerospace exploration. From rockets to roving missions, we'll find out what we need to know to safely send humans and equipment to the Moon, to Mars and beyond!

2018 DATES 

June 25th through June 27th - 3-days

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

$100 per child

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Engineering Camp (4-6)

Campers will explore the world of engineering through activities that mirror the engineering process of identifying a problem, designing a solution, building a prototype, testing and retesting.  A variety of equipment will be used to challenge campers- from robots to computers and more. 

2018 DATES

June 18th 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$35 per child

Combine with Robot Camp and save $10!

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Robotics (Grades 4-6)

This camp will challenge children to explore robotic concepts, then use their engineering skills to build their own take-home robot. Circuits, exploring types of robots and a Robot Rover Challenge all make for a day of fun!

Includes a take-home robot!

2018 DATES 

June 18th 

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$35 per child

Combine with Engineering Camp and save $10!

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Rebel Training Camp (Grades 5-7)

Campers will investigate explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel as we take an in depth look at the science behind the famous saga!

Includes a take-home item! ** Campers may watch scenes from science fiction productions that include battle scenes.  

2018 DATES

June 21st

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$60 per child

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Lessons from the Lorax (Grades 2-4)

Taking a cue from the beloved Dr. Seuss tale, campers will learn about their daily impact on the Earth while using their creativity to reuse and recycle items to create something new and useful!

*Includes take home item.

2018 DATES

June 14th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$35 per child

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Junior CyberCamp (Grades 3-5)

Campers will learn the basics about computers, cybersecurity and coding in this fun and exciting learning experience!  Hands-on activities will plant the seeds for critical digital skills while introducing campers to one of the most relevant topics society is facing today.

This session is being conducted in collaboration with Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics and will be held in the Powers Building Room 139 on the PNW Hammond campus.

*This is a beginner coding camp for students who have little to no experience with computer coding.

2018 DATES 

Friday, June 29th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$60 per child

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Bots and Codes and Legos - Oh My! (Grades 2-4)

This three-day session will engage campers in becoming design engineers, challenging them to work together to solve problems using robots, Legos and code...oh my!

2018 DATES

July 16 - 18 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$100 per child

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SpaceEscape (Grades 2-7)

New! Can this team of explorers use their problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills to find clues, solve problems and escape from the sabotaged spacecraft? Find out in this fun and highly interactive race-against-the-clock summer camp session.

2018 DATES

July 10th

Grades 2-4 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 5-7 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$35 per child

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