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Summer Camps in 2022 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2022:

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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.

Registration for these camps opens Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 10:00 am MDT.

Summer 2022 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

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

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

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.

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.

It's Electric     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 6-9, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Use engineering principles to solve problems, get electric with electrostatics and current electricity, move objects with electricity, create power with your food, power your own light bulbs, and more in this interactive and exciting camp.

Charged Up!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 6-9, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Use your engineering knowledge to create complex circuits and energy from renewable and non-renewable sources, power motors, and more. Build solar panels, play with electrostatics, and light up the room...off the grid of course!

Build It!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 13-16, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $440.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Use your design principles to create structures that are higher, stronger, and cooler looking than the rest. Create a building that can handle an earthquake, a hurricane, or a block attack using materials like candy, newspaper, sticks, and more.

Magic of Science!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 20-23, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Abra-ca-dabra! Have you ever wondered how the magic you see in a magic show happens? You will look at the science of some of your favorite tricks, and learn a few more. Most of the time, the magic is just science without an explanation. Join us for tricks galore, create your magical persona, and maybe learn a bit more about science in the process.

Charged Up!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 20-23, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Use your engineering knowledge to create complex circuits and energy from renewable and non-renewable sources, power motors, and more. Build solar panels, play with electrostatics, and light up the room...off the grid of course!

It's Electric     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 27-30, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Use engineering principles to solve problems, get electric with electrostatics and current electricity, move objects with electricity, create power with your food, power your own light bulbs, and more in this interactive and exciting camp.

Magic of Science!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: June 27-30, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Abra-ca-dabra! Have you ever wondered how the magic you see in a magic show happens? You will look at the science of some of your favorite tricks, and learn a few more. Most of the time, the magic is just science without an explanation. Join us for tricks galore, create your magical persona, and maybe learn a bit more about science in the process.

Build It!     Grades in Fall 2022

When: July 18, July 20-22, 2022 (Monday, Wednesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $440.00

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 teaching S.T.E.M. at Canyon Creek Elementary School for primary grades K-2. 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!

Design and build your own structures like buildings, roller coasters, cars, and more in this hands-on engineering and building camp. Use your design principles to create structures that are higher, stronger, and cooler looking than the rest.

Toy Engineering Challenge     Grades in Fall 2022

When: August 1-4, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

Instructor: Denyse LeMieuxLearn more...

With 2 decades of experience in both formal and informal education, Denyse brings a well-rounded teaching background along with a passion for exploring the creative process through hands-on and exploratory learning in a fun and inclusive environment. Denyse has taught at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and has worked for Denver Public Schools as a special education teacher for grades K-12.

Have you ever dreamed of being an inventor? How about a toy inventor? Join us as we explore, experiment, and play. Apply your new understanding in daily challenges to invent and build your very own toys. Prerequisites: a curious mind and a lively imagination!

Innovation and Design Workshop     Grades in Fall 2022

When: August 1-4, 2022 (Monday - Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $220.00

Instructor: Denyse LeMieuxLearn more...

With 2 decades of experience in both formal and informal education, Denyse brings a well-rounded teaching background along with a passion for exploring the creative process through hands-on and exploratory learning in a fun and inclusive environment. Denyse has taught at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and has worked for Denver Public Schools as a special education teacher for grades K-12.

Future innovators, artists, scientists, inventors, engineers, 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 Summer 2022 camps

The following registration options are available:

  • Register for any of the camps/sessions listed above and charge the full registration fee to your credit card online. Registration is limited to the maximum number listed for any camp/session.
  • If the camp has filled, you can place your name on the waiting list. Please do not hesitate to use the waiting list as we typically get a few cancellations as summer approaches and plans change.
Click this button to register for any of the camps.

General Information

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.

For campers attending a morning and afternoon ½ day camp during the week, there will be a supervised lunch each day. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the summer 2022 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2022.

Lodging and accommodations

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