Summer Camps 2017

Rising 5th – 7th Graders

Choose a morning or afternoon camp, or combine them to make a full day.

Full-day camps include an hour for lunch and outdoor play (please bring a bagged lunch).

Online registration is now closed.

To find out about open spots, please contact us at 301-897-5437.

Week 1: June 26 - June 30

KID Film School

Produce your own short film. Do it all, from scriptwriting and storyboarding to building sets, creating lighting, and learning about different camera shots and filming techniques. Take your storytelling to the next level while learning filmmaking skills that will give you a foundation for future productions.
Max 10 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

AM session is full.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Textile Explorations

This crafty camp will have you in stitches. Learn hand and machine sewing, bend the rules with fabric, and experiment with crafts such as embroidery, cross stitch, and weaving. Projects include yarn dying, cross-stitch portraits, machine-sewn sunglass cases, and more!
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

Both sessions are full.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Week 2: July 10 - July 14

Decked Out: Skateboard Camp

Stoked for summer sidewalk surfing? Design, prototype, and refine your own skateboard. Jigsaw cut , sand, polyurethane and airbrush your deck. Assemble your board and then carve our parking lot asphalt. Helmets required. Pads recommended. No experience necessary.
Max 8 participants per group.

AM & PM sessions are now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Maker Camp: Electronics & 3D Design

Combine two cool Maker Studios to develop 3D creations with interactive elements. Learn all about electricity, circuits, and outputs in the Electronics Lab, gaining technical skills like soldering and using heatshrink to connect wires. In the Fab Lab, become proficient in TinkerCad and design objects for the 3D printers. Then give your design some depth by going electric—adding lights, sounds, and movement.
Max 8 participants per group.

AM & PM sessions are now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Week 3: July 17 - July 21

Automaton Machines

Build a mechanical wooden sculpture that moves, lights up, and makes sound. Use a drill press to fabricate a wooden frame, adding wooden shafts and cams to enable movement. Wire up lights, and include sounds triggered by potentiometers and buttons, to make your creation come alive.
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

Both sessions are full.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Code Heads

Get down to some serious coding this summer. Learn important coding concepts using drag-and-drop programming tools, as well as true typed code. Use inputs like sensors and push buttons to make coding magic happen in the physical world. Make cool games to take home, like a “reaction-action” game that test your reactions, and a “brainy brushbot” that uses a distance sensor, motor, and a mini-display screen. No previous coding experience required.
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

PM session is full.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Week 4: July 24 - July 28

Carpenter Power

Build your power tool skills and your woodshop confidence. Learn to use drills, sanders, and jigsaws to design, build, and decorate wooden and mixed-media projects. Projects may be fun, practical, or both! Receive Level 1 and Level 2 woodshop certification, making you eligible for weekend workshops and Open Build sessions where you can put your expertise to use.
Max 6 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)

This session is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Motors, Mechanics & Music

Rock out with an oscillator and circuits. Fashion a mechanical oscillator out of soda can tabs hooked up to batteries and speakers. Construct sound-producing circuits on solder-less breadboards, and learn to solder. By the end of the week, you’ll have built a functioning instrument to take home.
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

AM session is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

3D Engineers (AM only)

Bring your ideas into the Third Dimension. Develop your own 3D-printed creation with moveable parts. Design and model using TinkerCad, and then print on our 3D printers. Assemble your separate pieces to form a multi-faceted, moveable object.
Max 8 participants per group.

This session is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Harry Potter (PM only)

Leave the Muggle World behind and experience a bit of Harry Potter-inspired magic this summer. Use coding “magic” cast from your own self-made wand. Recreate sound effects from the movie, make snitches, play Quidditch, and so much more!
Max 10 participants per group.

1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

This session is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@kid-museum.org.

Week 5: July 31 - August 4

Strategy Board Game Hack

Calling all fans of “German style” strategy games—Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, etc. We will create our own reworked, mega-size version of one of these popular board games. This camp mixes graphic design with 3D printing, woodworking, and a whole ton of fun.
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

Maker Camp: Textiles & Electronics

Dive into our Electronics Lab and build circuits with outputs, like LEDs, motors, and buzzers; use heatshrink and soldering to connect wires. In the Textiles Studio, learn sewing machine and hand-sew techniques, experimenting with a variety of fabric materials. Combine these skills to create a unique creation with some added spark.
Max 8 participants per group.

9:00 – 12:00 (AM)
1:00 – 4:00 (PM)

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