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Summer Camps 2015: Education


Make Your First Video Game| Learn basic skills to design a 2-D game, learning coding, graphics, sounds and many other technical skills. June 15-18, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft

HOOT Camps | Campers get dirty while cleaning raptor mews and learn to trim beaks and talons. At the end of the session, each camper will give a presentation on a raptor they've learned about. Ages 9-12. $80. June 15-17, 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm. olcinfo@wvsd.org 340-1028

A Build a Day | Spend the week building in the shop, making plays, rolling cars and a floating boat. Grades 4-7. June 15-19, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $80. gizmo-cda.org

Science Explorations | Students explore chemistry, biotechnology and environmental science in the lab and the field. Grades 7-9. June 15-19, 9 am-3 pm. $340. sgs.org 464-8815

App Attack! | An introduction to the world of mobile app design and development. June 22-25, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft 208-769-3333

Camp Invention | Weeklong camps offering hands-on activities such as building original prototypes, a motorized vehicle and constructing a pinball machine. June 15-19, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Salnave Elem. (Cheney); June 22-26, 9 am-3:30 pm, Moran Prairie Elem. and East Farms STEAM Magnet School. Grades 1-6. $220-$225. campinvention.org

Science Safari | A hands-on exploration of the life, ecology, and geology of the African Savannah. Grades 2-9. Sessions offered June 15-19, 8:30-11:30 am and June 22-26, from 8:30-11:30 am or 12:15-3:15 pm. $110. gprep.com

Bugs! | Explore the world of insects in the MAC's backyard through activities like treasure hunts, geocaching and science/art projects. Grades 1-2. June 22-26, 9 am-4 pm. $198-$220 northwestmuseum.org

nature camps| Explore nature through games and activities, keep a nature journal and learn about the local watershed and forest ecosystem. Ages 9-12. June 22, 24, and 26, 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm. $80. olcinfo@wvsd.org 340-1028

Dragon Chess Camp | Participants learn game principles, strategy, tactics and more, with puzzles and competitions. Grades K-6. June 22-26, 12:30-3:30 pm. $150. sgs.org 466-1636

Earth, Wind, Rain & Fire | Learn about fossils, minerals, volcanoes, rivers and the rock formations around the Corbin Art Center. Ages 6-11. June 22-26, 9 am-3 pm. $124. spokaneparks.org

Math Enrichment in the Great Outdoors | A week all about applying math concepts outside of the classroom in the forested environment around St. George's School. Grades 3-5. June 22-26, 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org

Video Game Programming | Participants learn about basic programming concepts including variables, objects, coordinates, input and output using Microsoft Project Spark. Grades 4-8. June 22-26, 12:30-3:30 pm. $200. sgs.org

Maps, Apps and Adventure! | Explore the design, meaning, and application of maps. Bring your smartphones to download free mapping and geocaching apps. Grades 6-8. Free. Aug. 29-30, from 8:30 am-4 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Chemistry + Cooking = Fun | Students learn about the science of food through baking, beating, stirring and folding-based projects. Ages 6-11. June 29-July 1, 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center $79. spokaneparks.org 625-6677

Make Your First 3D Video Game | Learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginning event scripting, level design and gameplay flow. June 29-July 2, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft

All Around the World Camp| Learn about interesting places around the world through activities and crafts to make kites, message sticks and more. Grades 1-3. June 29-July 3, 12:30-3:30 pm. $165. sgs.org 466-1636

Creative Creatures | Explore plants and animals of the urban jungle through games and nature hikes around the MAC campus. Grades 3-4. June 29-July 3, 9 am-4 pm. $198-$220. northwestmuseum.org 456-3931

Legos and Programming | Learn how to build and program Lego structures. Grades 1-3. Sessions offered June 29-July 3 and Aug. 3-7, 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 466-1636

Near Space Balloon Camp | Campers spend the week designing, building, launching and recovering a near-space balloon that will fly 20 miles up into the atmosphere. Grades 7-12. June 29-July 3, 9 am-4 pm. $325. sgs.org

Welding for Human-Powered Vehicles | Work on your vehicle for the upcoming Kinetics Fest. Grades 5+. June 29-July 3, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $80. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Code Breakers | Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. July 6-9, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft

City Planners| Build your own city and partner with neighboring towns to trade goods, create routes and make a better world. Grades 1-4. July 5-10, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $80. gizmo-cda.org

Things That Roll | Build things with wheels — skateboards, scooters and more — using materials and tools in the woodshop. Grades 4+. July 5-10, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org

Beginner Lego Robotics | Younger learners use motors, gears, levers, pulleys and more to design a machine or vehicle. Grades 1-3. July 6-10. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Camp Metamorphosis | A program for highly capable children, who choose three areas of focus for the week, such as science, drama, art and more. Entering grades 4-6. July 6-10, 9 am-4:30 pm. At Whitworth University. $250. whitworth.edu/campmetamorphosis

Hands-On Algebra | An intro course to algebra using toys to introduce concepts to students. Grades 3-5. Sessions offered July 6-10 and July 27-31, 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 466-1636

Lego Robotics| Kids learn the basics of robot programming using Lego NXT and EV3 Robots. Grades 3-6. July 6-10. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Planets, Stars & Moons, Oh My! | Create a space creature and a vehicle to learn about space exploration, astronomy and more. Ages 6-11. July 6-10, 9 am-3 pm. $124. spokaneparks.org

boom camp| Make noise with cannons, rockets, jets, hovercrafts and more in a four-day science camp. Grades 3-6. July 7-10, 10 am-3 pm. $300-$325. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Stones & Bones Day Camp | Learn basics of identifying rocks and minerals, and take home a sample of your set of replicate fossils. Grades 9-12. Free. July 7, from 8:30 am-4 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Junior Architects | Design and name your own cardboard city. Ages 2+. July 15, from 2-4:30 pm. $15-$20. mobiusspokane.org 321-7121

Minecraft Designers | Design your own characters and buildings to import into your own Minecraft game. July 13-16, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft 208-769-3333

Spanish Language Camp | Open to all ages, a camp teaching an introduction to the Spanish language. July 13-16 (all ages). $120-$160. spolang.com

Creative Kids Science Camp | Hands-on learning through experimentation, games, science projects, crafts, nature hikes and more. Ages 6-11. July 13-17, 9 am-3 pm. $124. spokaneparks.org


Culinary mysteries | Immerse yourself into the world of a food scientist in a culinary laboratory to determine what junk food makes the best kindling and how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Grades 3-6. July 13-17, 10 am-3 pm. $300-$325. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Creature Feature | Learn about the fish, birds, bugs, mammals and fossils that make the Northwest unique and hear stories about them from local Tribal members. Grades 1-2. July 13-17, 9 am-4 pm. $198-$220. northwestmuseum.org

Fantastic Fossils | Hands-on activities teach about the ancient environments, landscapes and animals of the region. Grades 3-4. July 13-17, from 9 am-4 pm. $167-$185. northwestmuseum.org

Lego Robot Zoo | Create a Lego robot zoo of animals that walk, waddle, climb or roll. Sessions for grades 1-3 (builders) and grades 4-6 (engineers). July 13-17, from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster UCC. $130. discovery-school.org

Legos & Topography | A camp focused around geometry concepts, and using Legos to build different types of land topography in team-based activities. Grades 3-5. July 13-17, 12:30-3:30 pm. $150. sgs.org 466-1636

Roller Coaster Physics | Explore physics by building your own roller coaster. Grades 5+. July 13-17, 9:30 am-3 pm. $180. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Windmill Mania | A week of hands-on exploration into wind energy and engineering concepts to create wind-powered machines. Grades K-2. July 13-17, 12:30-3:30 pm. $150. sgs.org

Finding Fibonacci Day Camp | A hands-on, inquiry approach to learning while exploring how the Fibonacci sequence is a part of math, science, art, design and music. Grades 3-5. Free. July 14, from 8:30 am-4 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

German Language Camp | Open to all ages, a camp teaching an introduction to the German language. July 6-9 (preschool/elem.) and July 20-23 (all ages). $120-$160. spolang.com 981-1155

Chinese Language Camp | Chinese language and culture immersion camp, with skits, songs, tai chi and more. June 22-July 10 (grades 2-5) and June 29-July 23 (grades 6-12). At Gonzaga. Free. gonzaga.edu/startalk 313-6783

Adventures in Peacemaking | "Passport to Peace" is an interactive day camp focusing on compassionate communication skills through cooperative games, crafts, role-playing and other activities. Ages 6-12. July 20-23, from 9 am-3 pm. At Unity Center of North Spokane. $10/child; $15/family. theunitycenter.org 863-8676

App Adventures | Students choose a mobile app type to explore in-depth programming concepts. No experience necessary. July 20-23, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft 208-769-3333

Cursive Writing Camp | Learn the lost art of cursive writing. Ages 7+. July 20-23. $80. spolang.com 981-1155

A View from a River | Explore the Spokane River through games, stories, science and crafts, and a guided canoe trip down the river. Grades 3-4. July 20-24, 9 am-4 pm. $220-$245. northwestmuseum.org 456-3931

entertainment technology camp| Using design and special effects, create an entertainment extravaganza like the pros at Disneyland and Cirque du Soleil. Ages 13+. July 20-24, 10 am-3 pm. $485-$540. mobiusspokane.org

Harry's Laboratory| Explore science Harry Potter-style with potions and magic to solve a mystery. Ages 6-11. July 20-24, 9 am-3 pm. (Note: Class fills fast.) $126. spokaneparks.org 625-6200

Legos & Nanoscience| Campers use Legos to explore science concepts in nanotechnology. Grades 3-5. July 20-24, 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 466-1636

Super Science Spectacular | A week studying engineering, mad science, CSI mysteries and how the human body works. Grades K-6. July 20-24. $175. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Underwater Vehicles | Explore the lake with underwater vehicles and smartphone microscopes. Grades 5+. July 20-24, 9:30 am-3 pm. $180. gizmo-cda.org

Satori Camp | A "pre-college" camp for gifted and intellectual students, offering two-dozen courses including journalism, sculpture, brain science, history, literary criticism and more. July 19-25, commuter and residential options. At EWU Cheney. $625-$725. (scholarships available). satoricamp.org 800-999-8363

Spanish Immersion Camp | Weekly, themed day camps teaching basic Spanish speaking, reading and writing through games, music and activities. Ages 3-10. Weekly sessions offered June 15-July 27; morning (8:30-11:30 am) and afternoon (1-4 pm) or full-day options. $100/session. growwithspanish.com 465-4656

SPS STEM Summer Camp | A day camp focusing on robotics, programming, video making, engineering and biomedical sciences. Grades K-8. Sessions offered July 6-30 (M-Th). At Garry and Sacajawea Middle Schools. $80/session. spokaneschools.org/summerstemcamps

Conquer Your Homework Camp | Become a homework cyborg and be able to turn technology into a weapon against your hardest subject. Bring your own device to discover new ways to dominate your grade point average. Grades 9-12. Free. July 21, from 9 am-3 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Minecraft Modders | Learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming, including scripting and logic statements to create your first Minecraft mod. July 27-30, 9 am-noon (ages 8-11) and 1-4 pm (ages 12-14). $179. nic.edu/wft 208-769-3333

Cougar Quest | A residential academic summer camp for highly capable, college-bound students. Students attend workshops of their choosing taught by WSU professors. July 19-24 (grades 7-9) and July 26-31 (grades 9-12). At WSU Pullman. $675. cougarquest.wsu.edu

Camp Opportunity | A project-based adventure camp to engage students creativity through science, technology, engineering, art and math. Entering grades 7-9. July 27-31, 9 am-4:30 pm. $250. whitworth.edu/campopportunity

First Lego League Prep Camp | Members of FIRST Lego League teams explore intermediate to advanced EV3 programming; research the theme of recycling, go on field trips and more. July 27-31, from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster UCC. $130. discovery-school.org

Got Rocks! | Explore, observe, experiment and collect rocks and minerals while you learn about the geological formations of Eastern Washington. Grades 3-4. July 27-31, 9 am-4 pm. $169-$180. northwestmuseum.org 456-3931

Where on Earth is Mars? | Recreate the Lake Missoula Ice Dam of 10,000 years ago and discover how NASA tested Mars rovers in the area during this week-long Mars and Earth geology camp. Grades 3-6. July 27-31, 10 am-3 pm. $300-$325. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Hi Tech/Low Tech Games | Build games the old way using wood and metal in the shop and then make them light up and make sounds. Grades 4+. July 27-31, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org

Lego Contraptions| Students are challenged to build contraptions that spin, stretch, and spring into action using Legos. Grades 1-3. July 27-31. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Off the Wall | Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the MAC's collections and learn how to clean, document and interpret objects. Grades 5-6. July 27-31, 9 am-4 pm. $198-$220. northwestmuseum.org

Raspberry Pi From Scratch Pt. 1 | Build your own computer using a Raspberry Pi board and move on to Arduinos to make things light up and move. Grades 6+. July 27-31, 9:30 am-3 pm. $180. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Science & Nature Camp | Discover the world around you by building a volcano and through other nature and science activities. Ages 3-5. July 27-31, 9-11:30 am. $62. spokaneparks.org

Tech Trek | A week-long camp for girls offering hands-on science and technology classes, field trips and more. Grades 7+ (girls must be nominated by a teacher). July 26-Aug. 1. At EWU Cheney. $50. techtrek-wa.aauw.net/

To Catch the Wind Day Camp | Explore one of Idaho’s best forms of renewable energy. Design, test, and construct your own model wind turbine, then compete in a global contest who has the most power. Grades 6-8. Free. July 28, from 8:30 am-4 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Robot Racing | Learn how robots work and build your own to race and then take home. Ages 2+. Aug. 5, 2:30-4:30 pm. $15-$20. mobiusspokane.org

Map & Compass Orienteering | Learn the time-honored outdoor skill during a wilderness adventure and survival skills camp. Grades 3-4. Aug. 3-7, 9 am-4 pm. $198-$220. northwestmuseum.org

Raspberry Pi Part II | A girls-only tech class working with public artist Teresa McHugh to make a kinetic public art piece using a Raspberry Pi to program lights and movement. Grades 6+. Aug. 3-7, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org

AFA Cybercamp | A program designed to excite students about STEM career opportunities and teach them important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction and activities. Grades 8-12. Aug. 3-7, from 9 am-4 pm. $75. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Be a Water Super Hero | Participate in fun water-related activities to explore the water cycle, protect water quality and conserve water. Grades 3-5. Free. Aug. 4, from 8:30-4 pm. At the University of Idaho CdA. (208-667-2588)

Study Skills Camp | A study skills seminar designed to help with goal setting, time management, test taking and more. Grades 6-8, Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13. High school session, Aug. 10-13. $80/session. gprep.com

Minds-I Robotics | Learn this robotics system powered by Arduinos. Grades 5+. Aug. 10-14, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Math Camp | Two sessions offering grade specific instruction. Aug. 10-14, 9 am-noon (grades 6-8) and 12:30-3:30 pm (grades 7-10) $160/session. sgs.org

Watershed Discovery Camp | Youth participate in water stewardship activities with the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, including kayaking, arts and crafts, field trips and more. Grades 5-6. Aug. 10-14, from 9 am-4 pm. $175. eureka-institute.org 208-597-7188

Extreme Building| Build and stress test your structure to see how much weight it can hold. Ages 2+. Aug. 19, 2-4:30 pm. $15-$20. mobiusspokane.org

Rigamaijigs | Young engineers use a giant erector set to build all sorts of contraptions. Grades 1-4. Offered June 22-26 and Aug. 17-21, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $80/session. gizmo-cda.org

Summer Express Programs | Express provides age-appropriate activities, including STEM activities, robotics, sports, arts and crafts, games, cooking, and field trips. Activities are planned around weekly themes. June 22-Aug. 21, Mon-Fri. $35/day. spokaneschools.org

3D Modeling | Learn to use the laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printer. Grades 7+. Aug. 17-21, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Forensics Lab | Solve the mystery of who, what, where and why using chemistry processes. Grades 6+. Aug. 17-21, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org

Middle School Study Skills | Prep for the upcoming school year to feel more confident studying, prepping for and taking tests. Grades 6-8. Aug. 17-21, 9 am-noon. $160. sgs.org 466-1636

Purposeful 3D Printing | Learn the tools of 3D printing and make prosthetic hands for children. Grades 5+. Aug. 17-21, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org 208-651-6200

Minecraft: Do it Your Way | Learn how to write your own Minecraft mods. Grades 5+. Aug. 24-28, 9:30 am-3 pm. $160. gizmo-cda.org