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Professional & Continuing Education, the Department of Physics, IDLS, and the John C. Wells Planetarium will host three, week-long science based summer camps open to elementary, middle, and high school students!

Using JMU’s unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more!

Our Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 12th grade students. We seek to grow leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! We will post more information about the schedule as it is available. 

Questions? Please contact Melissa Heatwole at heatwoml@jmu.edu or call 540/568-4226.

Elementary Full Day Camp

REGISTRATION IS FULL 

Full Day Camp for rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades.

Dates: July 12-16, 2021, 9am-4pm 

Program Fee: $220

Let's get students out of the house and back to learning in a safe and fun environment! Join us for the all new summer 2021 Science Camp! Create your own challenging STEM builds, learn more about UV radiation, design your own rocket to set off on the Duke lawn, and partake in a scavenger hunt! New this year- explore the science behind some of our local foods with JMU professors from ISAT. We missed everyone in person last summer and can't wait to see everyone masked and back at JMU!

*Program fee includes t-shirt and lunch on campus Thursday and Friday. Monday-Wednesday, students will need to provide their own packed lunch.  

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Middle School Full Day Camp

REGISTRATION IS FULL 

Full Day Camp for rising 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades.

Dates: July 26-30, 2021, 9am-4pm

Program Fee: $250

Let's get students out of the house and back to learning in a safe and fun environment! Join us for the all new summer 2021 Science Camp! Discover the DNA of Twizzlers, design your own rocket to set off on the Duke lawn, partake in a scavenger hunt, and use your forensic knowledge to solve a "who done it" mystery! New this year- "Printing the Human Body" with JMU professors from ISAT. We missed everyone in person last summer and can't wait to see everyone masked and back at JMU!

*Program fee includes t-shirt and lunch on campus each day. 

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High School Residential Camp

Residential Camp for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grades.

Dates: July 18-24, 2021, Sunday evening check-in, Saturday morning check-out

Program Fee: $900.00

Students will be housed on the beautiful campus of James Madison University. Tuition will also include meals at our nationally ranked dining halls and 2 field trips. Students will have the chance to visit the campus recreation center, watch a movie at JMU's Grafton-Stovall Theater, build in the 3D print lab, participate in various forensic and engineering STEM challenges, Skype with a scientist, as well as discover the variety of opportunities that JMU and it's facilities have to offer over the course of the week. New this year- "Medicine, Tools, and Procedures from the 1800s" with JMU professors from ISAT. 

Enjoy a week away from home in the safe, fun, and beautiful campus of JMU!

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Please be aware: The John C. Wells planetarium strives to bring cutting-edge science to JMU as well as to the larger Shenandoah Valley community. Hence, the staff presents established science that is based on consensus from the scientific community. We will present the scientific evidence on topics such as evolution, the Big Bang, age of the Earth, and climate change. All of our presentations, activities, and live star talks make reference to an age of the Universe that is 13.8 billion years old and that our Sun and the Solar System formed ~5 billion years ago. Our staff will not alter their presentations when discussing what some consider controversial science topics.

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