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Summer Camps in 2018 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

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Academies for Young Minds

These camps, designed for those entering 2nd through 8th grade in Fall 2018, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

Multiple camps are planned for the summer of 2018, with most being a half-day in duration. For half-day camps, students can choose to attend either a morning or afternoon session or two different camps on the same day.

Please be sure to check the grade levels associated with each camp, since not all camps are available for all grade levels.

Please be sure to read the General Information section at the bottom of this page.

Registration for Academies for Young Minds is open NOW!

Creepy Creatures-NOT!     Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.

When: June 5-8, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Batton is an interpretive educator with more than a decade of experience in biology and cultural history. She founded EcoAdventures in 1994, her fulfillment of her dream to connect people and nature in an unforgettable learning environment. It began with kindergarten and CSM teacher recertification courses. During the school year she's busy as an outreach program specialist to school districts around the state. Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for her to create unique summer camp programs that are unforgettable in depth and hands-on adventures. Pam has worked for nature centers, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Division of Wildlife, and Colorado State Parks.

Get to know amphibians and reptiles. Handle live animals. Watch them move and eat. Try experiments, games and activities to learn why these creatures aren't creepy, but spectacular! Learn to walk like a frog and slither like a snake. Try to catch one of these creatures in the wild at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge on Friday (drop off and pick up will be here on Friday only.)

Who's There? The Skills of Tracking Wild Animals      Grades in Fall 2018

When: July 31- August 3, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Batton is an interpretive educator with more than a decade of experience in biology and cultural history. She founded EcoAdventures in 1994, her fulfillment of her dream to connect people and nature in an unforgettable learning environment. It began with kindergarten and CSM teacher recertification courses. During the school year she's busy as an outreach program specialist to school districts around the state. Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for her to create unique summer camp programs that are unforgettable in depth and hands-on adventures. Pam has worked for nature centers, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Division of Wildlife, and Colorado State Parks.

Wildlife is out there, even if we don't see them. Become a wildlife detective and discover the many secrets to hidden wildlife. During "fabulous functions of feet" you'll try climbing with suction cup feet and walk with hooves, then learn the tracks made by those feet. We'll go searching for tracks, watch critters make tracks of their own, and make tracks to take home. If you don't know what scat is...you will! Can you tell who's on your phone by the sound of their voice? Can you tell who's behind a door by the way they smell? In this camp you'll practice it, animal style.

Bedrock Basics of Geology     Grades in Fall 2018

When: June 11-14, 2018 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $205.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo's background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

Do you want to go on a hike and be able to identify the types of rocks and fossils that you see? Are you good at puzzles and solving mysteries? Learn about the different types of minerals that make up rocks, where to find these rocks, the rock cycle, how fossils are made, and how looking at rocks is basically detective work. Have you ever looked at a dinosaur trackway and tried to figure out how many dinosaurs were there, what type, and which ones might have been trying to avoid being lunch? Learn the secrets to being able to look at any type of fossil and figure out what that animal (or plant) may have looked like and what they might have done. Look into the secrets of caves, gemstones, and rocks from different planets in the Solar System. Note: this camp does not go outside.

Creative Chemistry     Grades in Fall 2018

Session 1 of the camp has been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.
When:
Session 1 • June 11-14, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 2 • June 18-21, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $205.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo's background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

For those interested in the basics of chemistry, or with knowledge of introductory level chemistry. Use different chemical properties to conduct experiments and then learn how different chemicals interact with each other. Explore polymers of different viscosity (this is just how we refer to making slimes – a lot of slimes!), chemical reactions that effervesce (bubble…..sometimes all over the place……), reactions that are exothermic (produce heat) and endothermic (absorb heat) and how we can use chemistry to do a few fun experiments in physics. All chemicals are items that are commonly found in your house so you can do all of the experiments at home with your family at the end of camp.

Out of This World: An Introduction to Astronomy     Grades in Fall 2018

When: June 18-21, 2018 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $205.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo's background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

Do you enjoy looking at the night sky and wonder about the other planets of our Solar System? Have you ever thought what the Asteroid Belt actually looks like — and what is actually floating around with the asteroids? (Answer: there is a planet hiding in the Asteroid Belt!) What is Planet X? Why do we think there are more planets out there? Do you want to travel to Mars? What is it like on Venus? Learn all about our Solar System, stars, galaxies, nebulae and other celestial bodies. 'Visit' each planet, understand the different types of stars and nebulae, and create your own celestial items to take home. Most of the camp will focus on Oort Cloud inwards towards the Sun, so that anything you learn about can be seen with a telescope, but you'll learn about Deep Space – even if you can't really see it.

Energy at Play: The Toy Engineering Workshop     Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.

When: July 9-12, 2018 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $205.00

Instructor: Tiffany Kapler, STEM Education Specialist Learn more...

Tiffany is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education specialist, consultant and blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). She is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was considering a career in primatology when she started her science education career as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She still enjoys a day trip to the primate house at the zoo and is an avid viewer of ape documentaries, but education captured her true passion. She expanded her science repertoire as an educator "Jack of all trades" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the better part of a decade.

Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she has tackled physics education projects such as writing teacher guides for science education products for American Scientific, LLC, and developing curricula to accompany audio and video media produced by Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tiffany is passionate about helping the public to understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She has also recently fallen in love with the concept of Design Thinking as a method of real-world problem solving. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own "why's" and "ah-ha" moments. That's probably how she became an educator in the first place… despite the call of the monkeys.

Have you ever dreamed of being an inventor? How about a toy inventor? Explore and experiment with different types of energy to figure out why it matters to the things YOU care about: toys and fun! Apply your new understanding of energy and other physics concepts as you practice the engineering design process to invent your very own toys. A final toy design challenge will culminate with a symposium where you can show off your inventions to your family. Prerequisites: a curious mind and a lively imagination.

Inside-Out: Junior Surgeons     Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.

When: July 9-12, 2018 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

Instructor: Tiffany Kapler, STEM Education Specialist Learn more...

Tiffany is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education specialist, consultant and blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). She is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was considering a career in primatology when she started her science education career as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She still enjoys a day trip to the primate house at the zoo and is an avid viewer of ape documentaries, but education captured her true passion. She expanded her science repertoire as an educator "Jack of all trades" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the better part of a decade.

Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she has tackled physics education projects such as writing teacher guides for science education products for American Scientific, LLC, and developing curricula to accompany audio and video media produced by Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tiffany is passionate about helping the public to understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She has also recently fallen in love with the concept of Design Thinking as a method of real-world problem solving. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own "why's" and "ah-ha" moments. That's probably how she became an educator in the first place… despite the call of the monkeys.

Are you curious about what your body looks like on the inside? Are you an expert at the game Operation? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a doctor, veterinarian, or animal scientist? Conduct a new dissection each day as you explore the ins and outs of different organs of the body and discover how they all work together. Next stop: medical school! (or vet school or biology degree!)

Ancient Technologies and Forbidden Secrets      Grades in Fall 2018

When: July 24-27, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

Learn how history was made. With SCIENCE! Build the technology that has powered human society for the last 10,000 years. Build, play with, and take home atl-atls, catapults, batteries, electric motors, rockets, and more. This class doesn't just show the science, we will figure out who used what, when, and why.

The Science of Spies      Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.

When: July 31 - August 3, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

Enter a world of shadows, secrets, and spies. Use science to gather and hide information from prying and unfriendly eyes. Learn how to make invisible ink, build a hidden compartment, practice counter-surveillance, and break codes. Grab your trenchcoat, and be ready. Further instructions to follow…

The Ute - Native American Lifeway's in the Rockies     Grades in Fall 2018

When: August 7-10, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Batton is an interpretive educator with more than a decade of experience in biology and cultural history. She founded EcoAdventures in 1994, her fulfillment of her dream to connect people and nature in an unforgettable learning environment. It began with kindergarten and CSM teacher recertification courses. During the school year she's busy as an outreach program specialist to school districts around the state. Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for her to create unique summer camp programs that are unforgettable in depth and hands-on adventures. Pam has worked for nature centers, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Division of Wildlife, and Colorado State Parks.

Immerse yourself in the lifeway's of Native American people that lived in the Rockies. Learn about the tipi as you set up one. Transport each other on a travois. Discover furnishings like the backrest, parfleche, and pine pitch water jug. Make earth paint and use it to decorate a mini rawhide container. Try skills like fire building, skin sewing, basketry, cordage, and more.

The Ghastly History of Medicine     Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.

When: June 26-29, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

How do you feel about leeches, bone saws, and un-anaesthetized surgery? Use historical and reproduction medical instruments to remove bullets from flesh, suture wounds, make and take home an 1800's medical kit, and learn the fine art of amputation, and learn some modern first aid skills. Feeling sick has never been this fun!

Survival Academy     Grades in Fall 2018

When: June 5-8, 2018 (Tuesday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $215.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

Are you fascinated by the daring exploits of survival experts on TV? Learn and practice skills that will help you thrive in the wild and in the city. Build fires without matches, make shelters to protect yourself from savage Colorado weather, learn the science of making water drinkable, forage for wild edibles, and more.

Innovation and Design Workshop     Grades in Fall 2018

All sessions of the camp have been filled; however, a waiting list is available. See the "Waiting List" option on the registration page.
When:
Session 1 • June 4-7, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 3:30pm
Session 2 • July 23-26, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 3:30pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $410.00

Instructor: Tiffany Kapler, STEM Education Specialist Learn more...

Tiffany is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education specialist, consultant and blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). She is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was considering a career in primatology when she started her science education career as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She still enjoys a day trip to the primate house at the zoo and is an avid viewer of ape documentaries, but education captured her true passion. She expanded her science repertoire as an educator "Jack of all trades" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the better part of a decade.

Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she has tackled physics education projects such as writing teacher guides for science education products for American Scientific, LLC, and developing curricula to accompany audio and video media produced by Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tiffany is passionate about helping the public to understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She has also recently fallen in love with the concept of Design Thinking as a method of real-world problem solving. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own "why's" and "ah-ha" moments. That's probably how she became an educator in the first place… despite the call of the monkeys.

Future engineers, artists, scientists, inventors, tech-geeks, and problem-solvers: this workshop is for you! Have you ever noticed that the world is full of messy problems just waiting to be solved? Are you tired of waiting for adults to provide all the solutions? Contribute your own creativity and problem-solving skills as you use design thinking and the principles of scientific research to develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges. Join us as we come up with tomorrow's great ideas… today!

Registration for the camps

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General Information

For those who attend a morning session and an afternoon session on the same day, a supervised lunch hour (12:00pm until 1:00pm) is provided; however, students must bring their own sack lunch.

Camp participants must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of the last session for which they are enrolled on each day of the camp. Late pickups will result in a charge of $20.00 for each occurrence.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the summer 2018 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2018.

Lodging and accommodations

On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.