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Summer Camps 2014: Education



Dragon Chess Camp | Participants learn game principles, strategy, tactics and more, with puzzles and competitions. Grades K-6. June 16-20 from 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 464-8815

Earth Science Camp | Campers learn about fossils, minerals, volcanoes and other natural phenomena with crafts and activities. Ages 6-11. June 16-20 from 9 am-3 pm. $120. spokaneparks.org 625-6200

Legos and Programming | Learn how to build and program Lego structures. Grades 1-3. June 16-20 from 12:30-3:30 pm and Aug. 11-15 from 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 464-8815

Web Video Game Programming | Participants create basic arcade games using JavaScript and HTML5; no experience needed. Grades 6-12. June 16-20 from 1-4 pm. $200. sgs.org 464-8815

Camp Invention | Weeklong camps offering hands-on activities such as building original prototypes, a motorized vehicle and contructing a pinball machine. Offered June 16-20, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, at Snowden Elem.; also June 23-27, 9 am-3:30 pm, at East Farms STEAM Magnet School, Moran Prairie Elem., Ramsey Magnet School (CdA). Grades 1-6. $220-$225 (discounts available). campinvention.org 800-968-4332

Digital Innovation (Dig'n IT) | Educational camp for middle-school girls focusing on exploring digital innovation and information technology, including computer programming, app development, website development, computer coding and graphic design. Free. June 23-27, from 9 am-4 pm. uidaho.edu/cda (208-667-2588)

Science Safari | “Prehistoric Planet Earth — Before, During and After the Dinosaurs” offers hands-on learning. Grades 2-9. June 16-20, June 23-27 and June 30-July 3, times vary. $110. gprep.com 466-9453

Spanish Immersion Camp | Weekly, themed day camps teaching basic Spanish speaking, reading and writing through games, music and activities. Ages 3-10. Sessions offered June 16-July 25; morning (8:30-11:30 am) and afternoon (1-4 pm) or full-day options. $100/session. growwithspanish.com 465-4656

Camp Barks ’N’ Rec | The Spokane Humane Society offers a humane education camp for children to learn about animal welfare and care, including arts and craft projects for pets at the shelter and home, hands-on time with shelter animals and more. Ages 8-9. June 23-27, from 9 am-1 pm. $100. spokanehumanesociety.org

Potentially Catastrophic Science Week | Science projects and experiments including rockets, explosions and more. Grades 4-6. June 23-27 from 9 am-3 pm. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Science Explorations | Students explore chemistry, biotechnology and environmental science in the lab and the field. Grades 7-9. June 23-27 from 9 am-3 pm. $340. sgs.org 464-8815

Space Adventure Camp | Create a space vehicle to learn about space exploration, astronomy and more during this weeklong camp. Ages 6-11. June 23-27 from 9 am-3 pm. $120. spokaneparks.org 625-6200

Totally Irresponsible Science | Budding young scientists can explore the subject through a variety of hands-on projects and experiments. Grades K-3. June 23-27 from 9 am-3 pm. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Zombie Science | Use science to fight off the walking dead and build your own survival compound. Grades and up. Day sessions offered Jun. 23 and Jul. 21 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Poop Camp | Kids can learn all about “gross” science from boogers to puke. Grades 3-5. One-day sessions offered June 23, July 8, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. $11 and Aug. $20 fro. $10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Academic Project Summer School | Students work on narrowly focused projects on topics such as logic, sign language, game design, 3-D printing, ethics and many other subjects. Sessions offered June 24-26, July 15-17 and Aug. 12-14, from 1-4:30 pm. Registration due by May 15. $150/session. inlandchess.org 822-9800

Inland Chess Academy | Studies are provided based on students’ skill level, with students placed in small groups. Sessions offered June 24-26, July 15-17 and Aug. 12-14, from 9 am-noon. Grades 2-12. $125/session. inlandchess.org 822-9800

Inland Chess Academy (young learners) | Introductory course to the game of chess, with emphasis on teaching the basics in fun ways with learning broken up by physical activity. Sessions offered June 24-26, July 15-17 and Aug. 12-14, from 9 am-noon. Grades K-1. $100/session. inlandchess.org 822-9800

Super Spycraft | Learn about secret codes and laser security systems, and design your own traps and spy gadgets. Grades 3-5. Offered June 24-25, July 10-11, 15-16, 28-29 and Aug. 14-15 from $10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Adventures in Space and Time | Learn about stars, planets, comets, deep space and more. Grades 3-5. June 24-25, July 10-11, Aug. 4-5, and Aug. 21-22 (grades 3-5); July 17-18, Aug. 18-19 (grades 6 and up) from $10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Enter the Robopocalypse | Participants build and program Lego robots to navigate the perils of post-apocalyptic Earth. Day sessions offered June 26, July 7, Aug. 6 (grades 3-5) and July 9, Aug. $20 (grades 6 and up) from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Paws, Claws, Beaks and Bugs | Explore the world of mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs, including going behind the scene at a vet’s office. Offered June 26-27, July 22-23 and Aug. 21-22 (grades 6 and up) from 10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Legomania | Themed days include Floating Palaces, June 26; Foamy Fun, July 31; and One Color Contest, Aug. 28, from 4-5 pm. Ages 4-10. $8-$10. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Ooey Gooey Chemistry | Make a mess and learn about slime, putty and oobleck in a hands-on class. Grades 3-5. Day sessions offered June 27, July 9, and 25, Aug. 1, 8, 19, an. $29 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Chemistry + Cooking = Fun | Students learn about the science of food in baking, beating, stirring and folding-based projects. Ages 6-11. June 30-July 2 from 9 am-3 pm. $75. spokaneparks.org 625-6677

Chinese Language Camp | Chinese language and culture immersion camp, with skits, songs, tai chi and more. Grades 6-12. June 30-July 24, Mon-Thu from 9 am-3 pm. At Gonzaga University. $50/high school credit; $230/college credit (scholarships available). gonzaga.edu/startalk 313-6783

Fire and Ice | Explore thermodynamics on both ends of the temperature scale through demos and hands-on activities. Grades 6 and up. Offered June 30, July 14 and Aug. 11 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Air and Space | Build airplanes and rockets and learn about the scientific principles behind flight in the sky and beyond. Grades 3-5. Sessions offered June 30, July 14, Aug, 1, 8 and 18 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $35-$40. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Blood ‘n’ Guts | Kids learn about anatomy by disecting squids, frogs and cow eyeballs. Grades 3-5. Offered July 1-2, 15-16, 30-31, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 25-26 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Science of Magic | Mobius scientists reveal the science behind magic tricks including sleight of hand and misdirection. Grades 3-5. Sessions offered July 1-2, 17-18, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 27-28 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Creative Kids Science Camp | Themed camp days feature hands-on learning through experimentation, games, science projects, crafts, nature hikes and more. Ages 6-11. July 7-11 from 9 am-3 pm. $120. spokaneparks.org 625-6200

Printmaking | Explore methods of putting images on paper and fabric while learning the chemistry behind the process. Stamping, ink, carving, pressing, and exposure to light are some techniques students can explore. Ages 9-13. $225. July 7-11, from 10 am-3 pm. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)

Lego Robotics Camps | Create robotic contraptions that spin, stretch and spring into action; sessions offered for beginners to experts. July 7-11 and July 14-18 (grades 1-3); July 14-18 (grades 3-6) from 9 am-3 pm. $150. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

CSI Camp | Help solve a mystery while analyzing fingerprints, fabric and mystery substances in a hands-on camp. Grades 6 and up. July 7-8 and Aug. 14-15 from 10 am-3:30 pm. $70-$80 mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Camp Metamorphosis | A program for highly capable children, who choose three areas of focus for the week, such as dance, drama, art and more. Entering grades 4-6. July 14-18, from 9 am-4:30 pm. $250. whitworth.edu/campmetamorphosis 777-3226

Harry’s Laboratory | Explore science Harry Potter-style with potions and magic to solve a mystery. Ages 6-11. July 14-18 from 9 am-3 pm. (Note: Class fills fast). $120. spokaneparks.org 625-6200

Robotics Engineering | Mechatronic engineering camp, using Arduinos and C++ programming language to create a robot. Grades 6-9. July 14-18 from 9 am-3 pm. $325. sgs.org 464-8815

3D Modeling & Animation | An introduction to 3D modeling and animation software used for entertainment or visualization. Ages 15+. July 14-18, from 11:30 am-4:30 pm. $225. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)

iPads in the Art Room | Utilize technology to research and better understand color theory and how it pertains to the art world. Then use that technology as an artistic tool to create artwork that would normally be done by hand. Grades 9-12. Free. July 17 from 9 am-4 pm. uidaho.edu/cda (208-667-2588)

Satori Camp | Pre-college camp designed for gifted and intellectual students, offering 27 course offerings including engineering, veterinary science, dance and linguistics. Grades 11-12. July 20-26. At EWU Cheney, commuter and residential options. $625-$725 (scholarships available). satoricamp.org 359-6267

Adventures in Peacemaking | An interactive day camp focusing on compassionate communication skills through games, crafts, music, role-playing and other activities. Ages 6-12. July 21-24, from 9 am-3 pm. Free. theunitycenter.org 489-6964

Lego Topography & Geometry | Students will apply geometry concepts using Legos to build replicas of outdoor topography from around the St. George’s campus. Grades 3-5. July 21-25 from 9 am-3 pm. $300. sgs.org 464-8815

Lego Robotics Camps | Builders (grades 1-3) and engineers (grades 4-6) learn to use motors, solar panels and other pieces to build Lego robots to meet specific challenges during themed camps. Sessions offered July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-2:30 pm. Held at Westminster Congregational UCC. $125/week. discovery-school.org 448-2291

Full Metal Robopocalypse | Students spend a week building multiple robots and learning advanced Lego robotics techniques necessary for “future survival.” July 21-25 (grades 3-5) and Aug. 25-29 (grades 6 and up) from $10 am-3:30 pm. $175-$200. mobiusspokane.org 321-7133

Maps, Apps, and Adventure | Explore the design, meaning, and application of maps through group activities. Learn how to make a contour map and a projection map and explore online and digital apps for mapping. Grades 6-8. Free. July 24 from 8:30 am-4 pm. uidaho.edu/cda (208-667-2588)

3-D Printing | Learn how to use CAD to design parts, print and assemble them. Grades 8-12. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-3 pm. $250. sgs.org 464-8815

Build a 3D Printer | Build your own ($350 additional) or work in teams and learn to build printers for Gizmo-CDA while earning credit towards membership. Class includes instruction on building mechanical and electrical parts as well as how to run the software. Ages 12+. $225. July 28-Aug. 1, from 10 am-3 pm. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)

JAVA and Robotics Camp | Intensive camp is for students ages 12+ with an existing interest in programming, who want to progress their programming skills from a beginner to an intermediate proficiency level. No previous Java or programming experience is required. $150. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-3 pm. uidaho.edu (208-667-2588)

Camp Opportunity | A project-based sustainability adventure camp to engage students creativity through science, technology, engineering, art and math. Entering grades 7-9. July 29-Aug. 1, from 9 am-4:30 pm. $250. whitworth.edu/campopportunity 777-3226

Legos and Nanoscience | Campers learn about the world at a subatomic level through research, building with Legos and computer programming to represent items at scales. Grades 3-5. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-3 pm. $300. sgs.org 464-8815

School Skills Toolkit | Students learn to touch type on a typewriter, speed-reading skills and note-taking/outlining skills. Grades 8-10. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-noon. $200-$225. sgs.org 464-8815

Science and Nature Camp | Discover the world around you by building a volcano and through other nature and science activities. Ages 3-5. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9-11:30 am. $60. spokaneparks.org 625-6677

Study Skills | A class on studying, note-taking, planning ahead and preparing for tests. Grades 6-8. July 28-Aug. 1 from 9 am-noon. $160. sgs.org 464-8815

Bubblemania | Blow bubbles, pop bubbles, make bubble art and more. Ages 4-8. Offered July 30 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-4:30 pm. $20-$25. mobiusspokane.org 321-7121

Be a Water Superhero | IDAH2O WatershEducation instructors demonstrate the science behind clean water, and campers do hands-on, water-quality monitoring and a short walk to a riparian ecological restoration project. Grades 4-6. Free. July 31, from 9 am-4 pm. uidaho.edu (208-667-2588)

Debate Camp | Students of all experience levels learn skills to be successful in the debate spectrum through activities such as mock trials, student congress and paliamentary debate. Aug. 4-8. Grades 7-12. $149. gprep.com

Globe Trotting | Camp leaders share their own travel experiences from around the world through film, story, virtual tours and hands-on projects. Grades K-5. Aug. 4-8 from 9 am-3 pm. $300. sgs.org 464-8815

St. George’s Math Camp | Offered for middle school and high-school age students, including competitions and test-taking strategies. Aug 4-8 from 9 am-noon (grades 6-8) and 12:30-3:30 pm (grades 7-10). $160. sgs.org 464-8815

STEM Camp | Camp learners identify a global environmental issue and explore creative solutions using math, science, technology and engineering skills, with a hands-on approach. Grades 5-7. Offered Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15 from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $160. olc.wvsd.org 340-1028

Welding | Learn skills in cutting, welding and brazing using oxy-acetylene torches, wire feed welders and plasma cutters. Ages 13+. Aug. 4 from 10 am-3 pm. $225. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)

Dino-riffic Dig | Build a T-rex, pour fossil molds and name “new” dinosaurs. Ages 4-8. Aug. 5-6 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $40-$50. mobiusspokane.org 321-7121

Beginning NXT Robotics | Beginning level course designed for girls, teaching programming on the Lego NXT Mindstorm Robots through a graphical user interface. Ages 9-14. Aug. 5-7 from 1-5 pm. $69. 208-665-4251

Robot Virtual Worlds | A course for students interested in learning how to program in RobotC, with hands-on programming experience. Ages 12-18. Aug. 5-7 from 8 am-noon. $69. 208-665-4251

Sssssnakes Are Awesome | Learn more about Mobius’ resident corn snake, including a feeding, and make your own “corn” snake. Ages 4-8. Aug. 7 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. $20-$25. mobiusspokane.org 321-7121

Spanish for Beginners | Designed for students with little or no experience with the language, teaching basic vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Grades 6-8. Aug. 11-15 from 9 am-noon. $150. sgs.org 464-8815

Take It Apart, Put It Together | Learn to take things apart and put them back together in new and unusual ways, and then make it move. Ages 13+. Aug. 11-15, from 10 am-3 pm. $225. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)

3-D Animation and Games | Beginning course in Alice 3-D software, a tool for beginning-level programmers, with which students make storytelling animations and interactive games. Class geared for girls ages 12-18. Aug. 12-14 from 1-5 pm. $69. At North Idaho College. 208-665-4251

Intermediate NXT Robotics | Course for students with prior experience using NXT, focusing on using sensors and higher-level programming challenges. Ages 9-14. Aug. 12-14 from 8 am-noon. $69. 208-665-4251

Algebra for Beginners | Camp introducing concepts of algebra through teacher-led activities and short word problems. Grades 4-7. Aug. 18-22 from 8-11 am. $175. sgs.org 464-8815

Grammar Fun Refresher | Pre-school year tune-up of punctuation, grammar, parts of speech and more. Grades 5-8. Aug. 18-22 from 11 am-3 pm. $200. sgs.org 464-8815

Ready, Set, Go! | Young students learn writing strategies, reading readiness, drama and literature. Grades K-2. Aug. 18-22 from 9 am-3 pm. $300. sgs.org 464-8815

Refresher Course | “Refresh academic skills in math, reading and writing before summer ends. Grades 1-6. Aug. 18-22 from 9 am-3 pm. $140. riverdayschool.org 326-6595

Stop Motion Movie-making | Work in small groups to script, build and shoot your own stop motion movies by bringing inanimate objects to life. Ages 9+. Aug. 18 from 10 am-3 pm. $225. gizmo-cda.org (info@gizmo-cda.org)