Summer Camps & Workshops for 4th-8th grades

Get ready for a summer filled with hands-on science at Longway Planetarium!

Looking for a different grade level? Choose from these categories:
4-5 year-olds | 1st-3rd grades | 7th-12th grades
Grades listed are the grades students are entering in the Fall.

Members receive $1 off workshops and $5 off camps. Members, please login to receive your discount.

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Inspiring Inventors Camp

5th-8th Grades

Date: Monday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 23
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $70
New technology, easier ways to get things done, safety measures, and more! Learn about inventions that have changed the way we work, live, and play. Try your hand at designing and building an invention of your own.

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Archaeology

5th-8th Grades

Date: Wednesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Did you know you can learn about people that lived in the past from things you find in the ground? Explore the fascinating world of archeology and learn the methods they use on an actual dig site!

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Creative Calculations

4th-6th Grades

Date: Thursday, June 24
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Explore how math and science concepts can be used to create beautiful pieces of artwork. Learn what happens when oil and water mix and how shapes play a role in pieces of artwork found around the world.

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Family Tree

5th-8th Grades

Date: Monday, June 28
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Have you ever wondered when your family arrived in America? What countries they immigrated from? Where they have traveled and lived within the United States? Dig into your family's past to create a family tree and learn about your family's surname.

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Engineering Crazy Contraptions

4th-6th Grades

Date: Tuesday, June 29
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Build a marble machine that uses a variety of surprising objects to move a marble from place to place. Design a jitter critter powered by the sun. Free-build your own crazy contraption idea using a variety of household items.

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Wands, Wizards, and Potions

4th-6th Grades

Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Join us as we explore the world of wizardry! Design your own light-up wand, mix up a bubbling potion, brew a smelly, color-changing liquid, and so much more.

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Maker Camp: All About Motion

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, July 5 - Wednesday, July 7
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $70
Design, build, and play cardboard arcade games. Use a system of wire cams and rods to make a moving cardboard automata. Build and race an air-powered bottle buggy and create a short stop motion animation video.

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R2K Rockets

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, July 5
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Explore motion and flight while building an R2K rocket out of an empty soda bottle. Pressurize it with air, and let it fly! Enjoy these and other “in-room” rockets while learning about forces.

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Natural Disasters

4th-6th Grades

Date: Wednesday, July 7
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and wild weather! While we can’t always predict where and when natural disasters will strike, we can take steps to be prepared. Learn about Earth’s most destructive forces and how we cope with them.

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CO2-Powered Cars

5th-8th Grades

Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Start with a wooden blank and use tools to shape it into a drag racing car. Insert a CO2 cartridge and line up against another dragster for a race!

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STEM Exploration Camp

4th-6th grades

Date: Monday, July 12-Friday, July 16
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Kids will explore these exciting science, technology, engineering, and math topics:
Art With Earth Materials: Sculpt and make pottery with different types of clay.
Energy: Light, shadows, colors, sound, electrical circuits and more!
Microscopic Investigations: Learn the basics of microscopy while preparing and viewing your own slides.
Viking Rockets: Build and launch viking model rockets.

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Maker Lab: Marionettes and Shadow Puppets

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, July 19
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Practice the art of storytelling using puppets you create. Think about motion as you decide where to attach the strings to move the puppet you’ve designed. Explore how shadows change as the light sources change while creating shadow puppets and scenery. What stories will you tell with your creations?

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Maker Camp: Wood, Metal, Clay, Paper, and Paint

5th-8th Grades

Date: Monday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 21
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $70
Show off your creativity as you explore a variety of materials for making. Learn new techniques for woodworking and painting. Try your hand at some simple pottery. Make a metal charm for a bracelet or necklace, and use decorative paper to make a journal.

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Keeper of the Light

4th-6th Grades

Date: Wednesday, July 21
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Polish the brass, clean the fresnel, don’t spill the oil! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lighthouse keeper in the 19th century? Learn about the science of light by examining the development of lighthouse lights. Explore the daily life of lighthouse keepers and their families, all while learning about the important roles they played while keeping passing ships safe.

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American History Camp

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 30
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Discover the people that inspired, led and fought for their rights to make America what we know it as today. From the first peoples to your generation, learn how the United States became its own county, traveled west to explore new lands, and fought for freedom and equal rights.

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Space

5th-8th Grades

Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Explore outer space up close! Spend time in the Longway Planetarium and discover the stories behind the star. Learn how to use a telescope and make a beautiful piece of space artwork.

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Race Through Space

4th-6th Grades

Date: Monday, August 2
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Turn Longway Planetarium’s Jupiter Room into a life-size board game. Work with a team to design a space vehicle game piece, and work through a series of challenges to move your team’s piece around the board. Will your team be the first to make it to the mission base?

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A Garden Ecosystem

4th-6th Grades

Date: Wednesday, August 4
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Explore the connections between plants and animals in the planetarium garden. Learn why native plants are an important addition to your garden and hunt for beneficial bugs. Dissect a flower and see why bees are so important.

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