Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Science Center releases camp details

New Camp for Summer 2011 Takes Teens to Hawaii
ST. LOUIS- The Saint Louis Science Center announced new additions to its full list of Summer Science Blast camps, adding even more exciting options. In one brand new camp, "Destination: Hawaii 2011," seventh and eighth graders will explore earth sciences, culture and history on the Hawaiian island Oahu.
Together with Summer Science Blast staff, students will travel to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) where they will spend the night on a submarine. The following morning, they are off to Hawaii for a week packed with science-based activities, including snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and visits to Polynesian Cultural Center, Bowfin Submarine Museum and more.
Each night in Hawaii will be spent on the USS Missouri Battleship (Mighty MO). This offshore adventure is the result of a partnership between the Science Center, the United States Navy, the Mighty MO and OMSI.
Amanda Tinnin, Public Programs Manager at the Science Center, is excited about the new camp.
"'Destination: Hawaii 2011' will be unlike any camp we've ever had," Tinnin said. "It will be an amazing adventure in science and culture for the students and the staff."
This trip isn't the only new option this summer. Students will have the opportunity to try a new session called "Electro-Magnificent," during which they can learn to wire their own circuits. In "Science on Stage," students go behind-the-scenes to learn how the Science Center staff creates exciting demonstrations and projects for the visitors.
Longtime camp favorites are returning as well, including, "Flight Academy," during which campers train in state-of-the-art flight simulators and end the week flying a real plane. Campers will learn the science behind the stomach, the brain and how they work together in "The Hungry Scientist," and in "Mythbusting," campers investigate and learn the history behind different myths.
The week-long Summer Science Blast camps are offered in half- or full-day sessions, depending on the topic. Summer sessions for 2011 begin June 6 and run through Aug. 5. Morning camps run from 9am to 12pm, and afternoon camps are scheduled from 1 until 4pm.
The cost per camper ranges from $105 for a week of half-day sessions to $430 for a week of full-day, premium sessions, depending on the age of the camper and the session topic. A Member discount is available for some sessions. Flexible extended care options are also available for an additional charge.
A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available for the Summer Science Blast camps. Interested families should call the Science Center's Public Programs Department at 314.289.4439 to obtain a scholarship application. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, April 15. Final decisions will be made by May 6.
Since camp sizes are limited, parents are encouraged to register their children early. Sessions with too few registered campers are subject to cancellation. Registration is available at the Science Center or by calling 314.289.4439.
More information about Summer Science Blast is available at

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