WonderCamp is a summer science enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade (in fall 2015). We offer exciting science content and an introduction to the process of scientific inquiry while maintaining the fun, engaging atmosphere characteristic of a relaxed summer program. WonderCamp is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), as well as on the intersection of these fields with the arts. Many of the sessions introduce campers to specialized equipment and to real scientists and other experts as role models.
We participate in the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA), an assessment tool that enables youth programs to track and improve their performance based on the Indiana Afterschool Standards. Camp is held Monday through Thursday at University Elementary School on Bloomington’s northeast side, and onsite at WonderLab on Fridays. We look forward to providing your children with the best summer science enrichment in the region!
All camps are led by experienced teachers with help from well-trained high school interns. The typical ratio is one staff person for every four to five campers.
Age of Campers
WonderCamp serves children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in the fall of 2015. To help ensure a successful experience, children should be registered for a camp that is appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. WonderCamp may not be appropriate for children entering kindergarten who have not yet had a successful nursery school or daycare experience. Discovery Time may be more appropriate for such children. Teens may become involved in the museum's Volunteer Program, and those of high-school age may apply to the Summer Internship Program.
Science Activities and Learning
All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. These typically are structured so that campers work together in small groups, rotate among science activity stations, or collaborate on special projects that are completed by the end of the week. Selected camps may take field trips. Parents receive daily information that is intended to stimulate discussion between campers and parents about the day's activities and learning. Parents may find these discussions useful in seeking out more resources to further their child's interest in the subject.
Camp is held for five days (Monday through Friday) during four selected weeks in June and July (2015 TBD). Morning camps are held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and afternoon camps are held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Campers may attend morning, afternoon, or both camps. There is a supervised lunch hour available for half-day campers and mandatory for full-day campers. Childcare is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am before the morning camp session and from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm following the afternoon camp session. During this extended period, we offer supervised activities such as board games, construction sets, drawing materials, and books. We also provide a supervised “bring-your-own lunch” break between morning and afternoon camp sessions. Each camp includes a break for a healthy snack. Most camps include a brief "recess" as a break from concentrated work on science activities.
We expect the parent/caregiver to accompany the camper to the check-in table and then to the camp classroom each day of camp. Children should be picked up on time when camp ends. The parent/caregiver should come to the camp classroom to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.
2015 Fees and Scholarship Information
Member Child $TBD/camp
Note: Your membership must be current during camp week(s) to apply this discount fee.
Nonmember Child $TBD/camp
Supervised Lunch Hour: $TBD/week Food is not included. Campers bring own lunches.
2015 WonderCamp logo t-shirt: $TBD The t-shirt must be ordered no later than June 1.
Full and Partial Scholarships: Full scholarships are available to eligible families who provide written evidence of their participation in the free/reduced school lunch program or the Hoosier Healthwise program. A limited number of half-price scholarships are available for low-income families who meet certain income qualifications but are not eligible for full scholarships. See the online and printed forms for details regarding documentation.
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