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Cox Science Center & Aquarium summer camps for young thinkers


Cox Science Center & Aquarium is offering a multitude of science adventures as five-day camps this summer.

Camps for ages 5 to 12 run from May 30 to Aug. 5. The tech camps, for ages 7 to 12, end a month earlier.

Cox Science Center & Aquarium’s first week of camp is “Mindbender Academy,” which takes place from May 30 to June 3. Campers will learn about illusions, mind tricks and mysteries. From June 6 to 10, “Our Nautical Neighbors” will dive into marine biology by exploring the ocean and its inhabitants. From June 13 to 17, “Galactic Space Explorers” will blast off with all things outer space.

“Rainforest Rock Stars” will rock on from June 20 to 24, which includes World Rainforest Day on June 23, as they learn about the rhythms of the rainforest. “Land Before Time” will take campers back to when dinosaurs ruled Earth from June 27 to July 1. Campers will dig for fossils and research different dinosaurs and what the world looked like long ago. Next up will be “Muggle Magic!” from July 5 to 8, when young wizards and witches will learn the chemistry of potion-making and the science behind fireworks.

“Exhilarating Engineering” will drop anchor July 11 and go through July 15 with an adventure designed for young boat and engineering enthusiasts. Campers will end the week by racing on boats they build themselves. “SENSEsational Science!” will teach campers all about humans’ and animals’ five senses from July 18, World Hearing Day, to July 22. “Awesome Aeronautics,” from July 25 to 29, is for campers interested in the physics behind flight design catapults, kites and other flying objects.

“Summer Sum-Up” will ring out the science adventures Aug. 1 to 5 with an emphasis on the highlights of the adventures throughout the summer, as well as math, music, games and more.

The tech camps will start with “MinecraftEDU: Coding FUNdamentals” from May 30 to June 3; the “Minecraft” camp will be repeated from June 27 to July 1. Fans of the popular video game will learn about its intricacies, including algorithms and sequences.

“Robot Olympics,” from June 6 to 10, will live up to its title through Olympic Games featuring robots and will teach coding basics. “Digital Filmmaking,” from June 13 to 17, will teach the basics of set design, filmmaking and editing. From June 20 to 24, “The Future of Design” will use 3D printing and laser cutting to teach about the latest innovations in design.

Camp cost between $195 and $275 per week for members of the Cox Science Center and $220 to $300 for nonmembers. Some of the sections are already sold out. You can learn more and register for the science and tech summer camps here.


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