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Camps for 'curious minds' offered this summer at Museum of Discovery and Science

Did you know that Florida’s coastlines were once home to pirates?
Did you know that Florida’s coastlines were once home to pirates?
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The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) research confirms that children experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Students can lose up to two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer. Sometimes the only gains during the summer are weight gains by inactive children.

This summer curious campers, ages 6 to 12, will test their engineering skills, learn the science behind super heroes and heroines, create their own molecular meals, experiment with foam, slime, and goop at the Museum of Discovery and Science. They will also view IMAX® films on the BIGGEST screen in South Florida that will take them on 3D adventures under the sea, to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, and other fascinating places.

“The Museum’s Camp Discovery can stop the brain drain by engaging young minds in ten weeks of camp – each offering a different theme. Science principles are expertly woven into fun activities touching on biology, marine and physical science, mathematics and engineering. These activities allow children to be immersed in challenges as they work through to solutions,” Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish stated.

Summer camps are in five-day sessions with a different theme each week. Camps are designed to give students entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (before and after care is available). Camp fee includes all workshop materials and chaperoned exhibit exploration. Students should bring two snacks, lunch and a drink. Subway Café is available as a lunch option. Call 954.713.0930 to register. Five-day camps fee is $200 for MODS members and $225 for non-members.

Summer Five-Day Camps

*All five-day camps include an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure during the week.

GUTS! June 9 – 13, 2014

Be prepared to get elbow deep in GUTS! Curious campers will discover what makes a shark sink and how an oven works! Dissect appliances and other mechanical things! Examine their "mechanical guts” and then use them to build your own robot!

Creepy Crawly Critters June 16 – 20, 2014

Did you know that cockroaches are found on every continent, including Antarctica? Explore a bug’s life! Find out what makes a bug a bug. Get up-close-and-personal with some creepy crawly critters that will send chills up your spine! Start your own native Florida Butterfly garden, play “Bug Bingo,” and create delicious dishes from honey.

Chef Scientists June 23 – 27, 2014

Fuse together the perfect ingredients to create flavorful molecular meals. Explore how acids and bases are used in the science of taste. Create paint from vegetables, cook alongside real chefs to create impressive dishes and play with your food! Plus take a field trip to Udder Sweets Chocolate and Ice Cream shop! It’s amazing to discover that science can be so tasty!

Runways to Launch Pads June 30 – July 4, 2014

Test out your engineering skills with planes, rockets and other out-of-this-world inventions. Design a space station and create your very own set of wings. Soar into the exciting world of aviation and meet real pilots.

Ocean Animals: A to Z July 7 – 11, 2014

Discover the ocean's animals from Anemones to Zooxanthellae. Learn how scientists are exploring the ocean, Earth’s last great frontier. Meet a marine biologist and others who protect our oceans. Visit some of the Museum’s resident sea creatures and play the “Hungry, Hungry Coral” game. Plus, create creatures to fill a reef community mural!

Science Masters July 14 – 18, 2014

Examine some of science’s greatest innovators. Recreate some of Leonardo DaVinci’s greatest inventions. Create your own fossil and then classify organisms as Charles Darwin did. Find out what renowned primate researcher, Jane Goodall, discovered about Chimpanzees. Explore the world of genetics as Drs. Watson and Crick did by extracting DNA and creating cell cookies. Decode messages like Thomas Edison and light your own light bulb with Play Dough!

Island of Adventures July 21 – 25, 2014

Could you survive as a castaway on an island? Learn how to live off the land. Look up into our planetarium and learn how to navigate the night sky as early explorers once did. Dive into island cultures with a native Pacific Islander, learn about island formation, create your own volcano and whip-up mouthwatering tropical dishes! Plus watch the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D.

Super Heroes, Princesses, and Wizards…Oh My! July 28 – August 1, 2014

Discover the science behind your favorite heroes and heroines. Examine how X-Ray vision, invincibility, super strength, spells, magic wands and flexibility might work. Make your own super suits, magic potions, and design your own kingdom. Who knew science could be so powerful!!

Florida Pirate Expedition August 4– 8, 2014

Did you know that Florida’s coastlines were once home to pirates? Create your very own maps and learn to navigate the seven seas. Examine gems, gold and other treasures and build a pirate ship to transport your goods. Shiver me timbers, this camp is guaranteed to be a whale of a time!

Ooey Gooey Science August 11 – 15, 2014

Are you ready to get messy? We are! Experiment with foam, slime, goop and other gross concoctions. Paint with pudding, have a bubble and suds party, and go to battle in a paint war in the backyard! Will you be able to guess what’s in the Touch Boxes and be brave enough to tour our Goose Bumps exhibit?

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