Binghamton University to host kids science camp


The Professional Development and Research (PDR) arm of Binghamton University’s School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with the Vestal School Foundation and a number of community supporters, will offer a summer science camp for children in August. The Kids Explore! camp will offer an inquiry-based science experience for children in grades 1 to 8, providing hands-on activities for four age levels along specific scientific themes.

Students will work with Binghamton University faculty in the field and in the lab to explore scientific investigations. Each program will be taught by teaching teams, comprised of University staff, Vestal teachers, graduate assistants and high school interns. Areas that are new, or of special interest to students, will be investigated through hands-on simulations, demonstrations, lectures, discussion and/or individual or small group investigations.

Week one of the camp will be held Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15. Programs will feature four areas of exploration. Grades 1 and 2 will focus on the planet of life; grades 3 and 4 will investigate body mysteries; grades 5 and 6 will explore imagination and invention; and grades 7 and 8 will focus on earthquakes and architecture.

Week two of the camp will be held Monday, August 18 through Friday, August 22. Programs to be offered include a body mysteries program for grades 1 and 2; bug-ology for grades 3 and 4; engineering exploration for grades 5 and 6; and micro-creatures for grades 7 and 8.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with morning and afternoon science activities. Mid- and end-of-the-day recreational activities will take place outdoors and in University sports facilities. The cost per child per week is $195 and students can register for one or both weeks.

For more information, contact PDR at 607-7774447, via e-mail at pdr@binghamton or visit the camp website at

Last Updated: 9/17/13