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Summer Camps in 2021 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2021:

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Academies for Young Minds

Academies for Young Minds camps encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

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.

Summer 2020 Camps

Registration for Academies for Young Minds Summer Camps is open now!

Due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, most Academies for Young Minds Summer Camps scheduled for June, July, and August 2020 have been canceled. Four REMOTE camps are available.

Uplifting Science via Zoom!     Grades in Fall 2020

Session I*

When: June 15-19, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Remote via Zoom

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $75.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

Session II*

When: July 20-24, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Remote via Zoom

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $75.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

* Sessions I and II are the same camp, but offered at different times.

Are your kids tired of being home all day, and are you wishing they could "elevate" their game? Want an hour to keep them occupied and maybe learn some pretty sweet science in the process? You're in luck, for the first time we are bringing one of our Academies for Young Minds camps to your home, from our home! Kids going into grades 1-3 can learn remotely with educator Brian Hostetler about the science of our favorite fluid...air! In this program kids can experiment with catching, releasing, and heating up little bits of the atmosphere we breathe every day. Projects include - hot air balloons, parachute drops, homemade kites, and much more.

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).

Charged Up! via Zoom     Grades in Fall 2020

Session I*

When: July 6-10, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Remote via Zoom

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $75.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

Session II*

When: July 13-17, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Remote via Zoom

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $75.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

* Sessions I and II are the same camp, but offered at different times.

Time to get electric at home with electrostatics and current electricity. Move objects with electricity, create power with your food, light up your life, and more in this interactive socially distanced learning experience!

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).

Uplifting Science!     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 1-4, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Flight School     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 1-4, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Engineering Mayhem     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 1-5, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Native American Life Among the Bison     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 1-5, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Rocky Mountain Geology     Grades

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 8-9, 2020 (Monday - Tuesday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Busy Like a Bee     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 8-12, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Biology Everywhere: Where to Find the Science of Life     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 8-11, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

(Camp also offered in July; see below)

Rocking Robot Vehicle     Grades

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 10-11, 2020 (Wednesday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Science the Rainbow     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 15-18, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

It's Electric     Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 15-18, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Curious Chemistry    Grades in Fall 2020

This camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: June 22-25, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Do You See What I See?     Grades in Fall 2020

When: July 13-16, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $190.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

Light up your life with a program all about using light and science for evil...ok, maybe not evil, but fun! Bouncing lasers, colored lights, and glow in the dark walls abound in this interactive and enlightening camp.

Charged Up!     Grades in Fall 2020

When: July 13-16, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $190.00

Instructor: Brian Hostetler Learn 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 summer!

Time to build with big circuits and energy from renewable and non-renewable sources. Build your own solar panels, play with electrostatics, and light up the room...off the grid of course!

Biology Everywhere: Where to Find the Science of Life     Grades in Fall 2020

When: July 20-23, 2020 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

(Camp also offered in June; see above)

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $360.00

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Peffer Learn more...

Melanie Peffer has her PhD in molecular biology and has spent the last seven years studying how people learn and understand biology. She is passionate about getting others excited about biology and seeing the relevance of biology in their daily lives. Melanie is the author of Biology Everywhere: How the Science of Life Matters to Everyday Life and numerous research articles and essays on biology education topics, including how to promote positive attitudes towards biology and science among students. She has taught biology to all ages, from first grade to senior citizens and particularly likes working with kids in camp settings. Melanie enjoys playing her flute, quilting, and playing with her two-year-old son.

Where have you experienced biology today? Come explore the science of life and create art with bacteria, learn about the fascinating animals in your backyard, and experience biology in a new light.

Survival Academy     Grades in Fall 2020

When: July 27-31, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Prospect Park • Wheat Ridge, Colorado (on July 30th)

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $425.00

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? You will learn and practice skills that will help you thrive in the wild and in the city. Build a fire without matches, make shelters to protect yourself from savage Colorado weather, learn the science of making water drinkable, forage for wild edibles, and more.

Raptors: The Winged Predators     Grades in Fall 2020

When: July 27-31, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $225.00

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.

Come and explore the lives and behaviors of hawks and owls. Discover their aerodynamics as you build a soaring raptor from real feathers. Try out different talons to find the best match for catching your prey. Build a talon prototype to perfect your grabbing ability. Learn about acoustic maps, telescopic eyes and the use of UV light to age feathers. Practice identification of Colorado's raptors in class and in the field as we hike near campus.

Natural Disasters - Science that Explodes, Burns and Destroys     Grades in Fall 2020

When: August 3-7, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

South Platte Park/Carson Nature Center • Littleton, Colorado (August 6th)*

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $225.00

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.

Change on earth can be violent and amazing. Explore creation by volcano; destruction by earthquakes; habitat change by wildfire; and the power of tornados and floods. Build simulations and create your own natural disasters! You'll learn how these natural events work and how they change the earth.

* Participants must provide their own transportation back to Mines campus if attending a camp in the afternoon.

Crash! The Basics of Aeronautical Engineering     Grades in Fall 2020

When: August 3-7, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $225.00

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.

Unlock the mysteries of flight by creating and testing various planes, hovercraft, gliders, and rockets. After we build them, we will fly them, crash them, redesign them, rebuild them, and fly them again! Bring your sense of humor, a dash of patience, and a heap of grit as we discover how aeronautical engineering works.

The Science of Spies     Grades in Fall 2020

When: August 10-14, 2020 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $425.00

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 trench coat, and get ready. Further instructions to follow…

Registration for the Summer 2020 camps

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General Information

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the summer 2020 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2020.