Science at Camp
Science is in our name and it's our main game! At Cub Creek Science Camp, science is incorporated into everything we do! We encourage our campers to explore, experiment, ask questions, and try lots of new things. We engage their curiosity and give them opportunities to strengthen their problem solving skills. Campers learn by "doing" and have a whole lot of fun in the process. If you're looking for fun STEM activities for your camper this summer, you're in the right place!
Many of our campers come to camp loving science and are excited by things like physics and chemistry. Other campers come because they love animals, arts and crafts, or other activities offered at Cub Creek. What all campers find out, is that science is everywhere! At Cub Creek Science Camp, we believe learning is fun and especially when kids are given the opportunity to investigate their passions. We want campers to realize that being passionate about science is nothing to hide! People have done amazing things with their passions in the hard sciences and animal science. We want our campers to go on and do great things, too!
Look below for a list of our Science activities.
Junior Chemistry - Things That Bubble and Blowup
Chemistry is the science of matter. Chemistry is often called "the central science" because it connects physics with other natural sciences such as geology and biology. At Cub Creek Science Camp, we love to help grow a camper's passion for Chemistry through fun and engaging activities. Campers can take the Chemistry course for the whole week, or sign up for individual chemistry classes. This course is offered to Juniors only, but classes are available for both seniors and juniors.
Giant Bubbles - A camp favorite, this class dives into surface tension and light refraction in a fun (and messy!) way. Campers of all ages enjoy creating bubbles and seeing how to and who can make the largest one!
Oobleck - What is both a liquid and a solid, while being neither a liquid or a solid? Oobleck, of course! Campers create this Non-Newtonian fluid and/or solid right in their hands! Oobleck is an interesting, messy, and fun way to see Chemistry at work!
Flubber - With a few simple ingredients, campers mix up flubber and discuss what makes it hold together. Polymers are the topic of class as campers make bouncy balls and squishy slime! As the group adds more water, they see how much the flubber changes. Why is that? You'll just have to come and see!
Invisible Ink - Have you ever wanted to send your friend a secret message that no-one else can read? Then you might know of invisible ink - a special type of ink that you can use for writing that does not show up on paper. Learn how to create invisible ink while learning the science behind acids and bases, mixtures and solutions.
Elephant Toothpaste - Create a giant foaming reaction, and use science to wow your friends with this classic activity. With just a few ingredients you can make something that looks like foamy toothpaste being squeezed from a tube—but so big that it looks almost fit for an elephant!
Junior Physics - Things that Zip and Zoom
Physics is a branch of science that studies how and why things work. An understanding of physical principles has allowed mankind to float on water, fly through the air and even land on the moon! In this course campers learn how things work… and why they sometimes don't! This course is available to Juniors only, but classes are available to both seniors and juniors.
(Not So) Simple Machines - Use levers, pulleys and inclined planes to create some of the oldest machines known to man. Campers will work together to build a pulley system that can hold and (safely) lift one of their friends in a chair!
Catapults - With a few simple materials, campers can construct this small ancient machine on their own. They'll then test it by launching some items!
Balloon Rockets - Campers will race balloons rockets and create balloon hovercrafts as they learn about Newtons three laws of motion.
Paper Airplanes - Build the perfect paper airplane and challenge your friends to a competition. After some trial and error, and an understanding of the physics of flight, campers will make their best paper airplane.
Roller Coasters - Theme parks rely on engineering and physics to build your favorite rides and rollercoasters. Use recycled materials to build a rollercoaster that will allow a marble to safely complete the course.
Senior Physics - Let's Build a Rocket
Physics is a branch of science that studies how and why things work. An understanding of physical principles has allowed mankind to float on water, fly through the air and even land on the moon! In this course campers learn how to build their rocket, launch them, and then rebuild them to make the perfect rocket! This course is available to Seniors only, but other physics classes are available to both seniors and juniors.
Build the Body - Using recycled bottles campers will build the body of their rocket that acts as both they body and a pressure chamber.
Build the Nose - Campers will create and attach the nose and parachute to their previously built rocket body. This helps them be able to launch their rocket more than once with a safe landing.
Build the Fins - Campers will test different shapes, sizes, and amount of fins on their rocket body to see what combination makes the highest flying rocket.
Launch and Rebuild - Campers will do their initial launches of the rockets they built. They will then have time to think of ways to make their rocket shoot off better and rebuild for the final launch day.
Final Launch - Campers have spent the week building their perfect rocket and today is the day they get to show them off!
Junior Wild Weather
Every day brings us different weather as the earth’s atmosphere heats and cools. Sometimes, there is sunshine; sometimes, storms. In this course, campers will learn about these various weather processes, as well as create some of them in miniature, such as the water cycle, a tornado, and some lightning. This course is available to Juniors only, but classes are offered for both juniors and seniors.
Sun and Earth: Solar Oven - Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and weather, but the object with the greatest influence on earth's weather is very literally out of this world: the sun. But how much can a ball of fire 93 million miles away really affect the earth? Find out in this class while making s'mores!
Air Pressure and Wind: Solar Balloons - The earth is surrounded by air extending miles off the surface. That air is pushing down on us with a weight that is heavier than we imagine. Find out the power of air pressure and the wind that constantly swirls around us in this class.
Clouds and Rain: Water Cycle and Cloud in a Bottle - Every day, all over the earth, water is constantly being lifted into the atmosphere, moved in clouds by the wind, and dropped as rain or snow. In this class, explore this process and discover what different clouds might tell us about the upcoming weather.
Storms and Tornadoes: Fire Tornado - When air masses of different temperatures meet, they can blow up into spectacular storms, winds, and even tornadoes. Learn all about storms and create a tornado in this exciting class.
Lightning and Thunder: Mini Lightning- Shuffle your socks across the carpet, and you’ll get a tiny spark when you touch the doorknob. Shuffle some clouds together, and you’ll get a high voltage shock that can jump for miles. Learn all about lightning in this shocking class.
Senior Crime Science - Let's Solve a Mystery
Crime Science is the scientific study of the nature, extent, and causes of criminal behavior. Knowledge of both hard and social sciences help to successfully uncover mysteries. Combining multiple disciplines gives detectives the tools they need to solve puzzling mysteries. From testing fingerprints to analyzing fake blood, campers will form a detective team to work to gather the evidence to convict your fictional felon.
Follow the Prints - Capturing a legible fingerprint and tracking footprints or vehicle tracks may be harder than you think! Campers will learn how to pull fingerprints and then practice rolling each others fingerprints with ink and paper.
Trace Evidence - Can that thread left behind at the crime scene really help solve the crime? Is that white stuff on the floor chemicals tracked in, gun powder residue, or just flour from cookies made last night? Get up close looks at different fibers, hair types, and powders to see what a really small clue could lead to.
Handwriting and Ciphers - Can you tell the difference between two people's handwriting? Can you decode a ciphered message? Campers will learn skills to solve both puzzles in this exciting and mysterious class. julius Caesar says, "TFF ZB UIFSF!"
Blood Basics - Campers learn the basics of blood evidence in this class that teaches about blood types, bloodstain patterns, and how Forensic Scientists test for blood in a crime scene. Things get messy when campers have fun mixing up fake blood!
Whodunnit? - Older campers set up a mock crime scene, and the junior campers use their skills to assess the scene and determine the next course of action. By the end of the class, the team should have solved the crime, found motive, and captured the perpetrator!
Did you think that was it? We have plenty of other classes and courses offered in science, adventure, arts & crafts, nature and even more! Click the button to your right to explore more.