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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 years old
1st-3rd grades
4th-8th grades |
9th-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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Alpha Omega Camp - Make it Move

3rd - 6th Grades


Date: June 20 - 24
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Longway Planetarium partners with some of Genesee County’s best teachers! Guest teachers from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society will be on hand as girls explore motion with fast-paced, fun engineering challenges. Use a variety of art and craft materials to build a balloon buggy, build and fly a beautiful kite, and design and build a cardboard automata.

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Level 2 STEM Camp

4th-6th Grades


Date: June 20 – 24
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $95
Light, shadows, colors, sound, and more! Build shadow sculptures, and mix colors of light.
Chemical Investigations - An introduction to the elements and the periodic table. Build molecule models, and investigate physical and chemical changes.
Food Webs - Dissect owl pellets and build a model food web.
Planet Earth - Explore the hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere while building an earth model, sculpting landforms, and cleaning water.

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Changing Matter

5th – 8th Grades


Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 5th - 8th
Cost: $12
Investigating the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases has never been so much fun! Explore how these changes take place and discover how you can speed up or slow down the process. You may even see how dry ice and liquid nitrogen make changes happen quickly.

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Civil War

4th-6th Grades


Date: Tuesday, June 28
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost:$12
Why read about history, when you can experience it first-hand! Experience life as a Civil War soldier, learn about the women in the war, and life in the camps.

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Beyond the Moon

4th-6th Grades


Date: Tuesday, July 5
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Man-kind last stepped on the moon 50 years ago. Now we want to go even further. Come explore the next generation of space travel! Learn about Project Artemis, what technology is needed to survive the depths of space, and design a rocket that can bring a payload to Mars!

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Famous Flights

5th – 8th Grades


Date: Tuesday, July 5
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 5th - 8th
Cost: $12
The Wright Flyer launched humans into flight but there are some many others that helped us advance with planes, jets, and spaceships. Explore the forces of flight while building a balsa model airplane. Test and tune your model to see if you can make it fly.

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Simple Coding

4th-6th Grades


Date: Wednesday, July 6
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Are you ready to program? Learn about basic coding through fun activities including programming an adorable robot, Dash! Create an obstacle course that Dash has to complete while navigating challenges and launching a ball.

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Space

5th – 8th Grades


Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 5th - 8th
Cost: $12
Explore the final frontier! Participants in this camp will delve into the history of astronomy. Learn how cultures used the night sky to survive, how scientists like Newton advanced the field of astronomy, and what discoveries were made that allowed us to reach beyond Earth and explore the cosmos.

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Our Sun Camp

4th - 6th Grade


Date: July 11 – 13
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $70
Loving the sunny weather? Learn about the importance of our closet star in this 3-day educational workshop. In this workshop you will explore the type of light, head into the Planetarium to learn about the Sun, build sundials, and study eclipses.

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Don’t Try This at Home

4th - 6th Grade


Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
It may get messy, it may be challenge, but it is sure to be fun. Explore a variety of science phenomena that you wouldn’t want to try at home.

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A Closer Look

5th-8th Grades


Date: Tuesday, July 26
Time:9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 5th - 8th
Cost: $12
Get an introduction to a world that’s too small to see with the naked eye. Learn the basics of microscope use while learning to prepare and view slides. We’ll gather pollen from the garden and look at plant cells. We’ll even view some microscopic living things!

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Field Exploration

4th-6th Grades


Date: Wednesday, July 27
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Explore the Planetarium's master garden. Learn why certain plants are planted together and explore the many different ways that the gifts of the garden can be used.

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Build It, Break It

4th – 6th grades


Date: Monday, August 1
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Think it, make it! Build it, break it! From towers to bridges and every building in between, the design is up to you! Make sure it is built to last! Once your creations are constructed, test them against windstorms, earthquakes, and even a wrecking ball.

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It’s Magic

4th-6th Grades


Date: Thursday, August 4
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Abracadabra and hocus pocus... it's magic—with a science focus! Discover the science behind some of the greatest illusions. Conduct experiments that'll blow your mind and trick your eyes.

Tinker, Maker, Builder

5th-8th Grades


Date: August 8 - 10
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 5th - 8th
Cost: $70
Join us for a variety of projects and challenges that invite you to apply your creative side! Use everyday materials in new and unexpected ways while you design your own solutions to open-ended problems. Choose from several project options while learning a new skill. Even enjoy some free time to choose your own way to create.

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Colorful Creations

4th-6th Grades


Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Cost: $12
Explore color while learning about visible light and the electromagnetic spectrum. Investigate colorful shadows and catch a rainbow on paper. Create a colorful work of art to take home

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