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Academies for Young Minds

These camps, designed for those who entered kindergarten through 5th grade in Fall 2020, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

Three virtual/Zoom camps are available for the winter of 2020/2021.

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 REMOTE Winter Camps is open NOW!

Uplifting Science     Grades in December 2020

When: December 28, 2020 - January 1, 2021 (Monday - Friday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Virtual/remote via Zoom

Fee: $85.00

Instructor: Brian HostetlerLearn more...

Brian has more than 20 years experience leading camps and other science based programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the St. Louis Science Center and the University of Missouri Before and After School Programs. He has been a guest many times on local news outlets teaching anchors about some of the wonderful and weird things science can show you every day. He is currently working in the Cherry Creek School District teaching science and classroom teaching around the area. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Missouri. He's crazy excited to learn and explore with your kiddos this winter!

Go up, up, and away with this virtual interactive science camp! Get ready to lift off as you learn about how things lift and get lighter than air, make paper airplanes, and shoot mini rockets across the room. Interact with other students across Colorado and beyond and learn from informal and formal educator Brian Hostetler the physics of all things flight.

Students must have a device that is Zoom capable, access to wifi, and some basic kitchen and household items (a shopping list will be sent out via email before the camp).

Phenomenally Cool Science     Grades in December 2020

When: December 28-30, 2020 (Monday-Wednesday); January 4-5, 2021 (Monday-Tuesday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Virtual/remote via Zoom

Fee: $85.00

Instructor: Tiffany KaplerLearn 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.

The weather outside may be frightful, but the science is so delightful. How do mittens keep our hands warm? Why do we need to put coasters under an icy cold drink? What is the optimal temperature for dissolving hot chocolate mix? Join educator Tiffany Kapler and her assistants as they embrace the cold and examine these and other perplexing winter phenomena.

Parent Warning: This is not a lecture. Kiddos will need to dig into their pantries and freezers to get hands-on in the comfort of their own warm, cozy homes. A Zoom link and supply list will be emailed out before the camp and daily updates will keep everyone prepped for what is coming the next day.

Toy Engineer Challenge     Grades in December 2020

When: December 28-30, 2020 (Monday-Wednesday); January 4-5, 2021 (Monday-Tuesday) • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: Virtual/remote via Zoom

Fee: $85.00

Instructor: Tiffany KaplerLearn 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? Join us as we explore and experiment and learn to use science for toys and fun! Apply your new understanding in daily challenges to invent and build your very own toys.

Parent Warning: Toy engineering may keep your kiddo busy long beyond the daily hour on Zoom and could have them digging into the recycles bin. Maybe go ahead and start saving paper towel tubes and yogurt containers now. A Zoom link and supply list will be emailed out before the camp and daily updates will keep everyone prepped for what is coming the next day.

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General Information

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the winter 2020/2021 camps, students must have entered the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2020.