Summer break is the perfect time to let your child take the lead in learning!
Allowing kids to investigate topics they are interested in and to discover new paths on their own is the way to create enthusiastic, self-motivated lifelong learners.
Programs & Dates
July 8-12 Ocean Expedition - Explore the world’s oceans from coral reefs to deep sea hydrothermal vents. Learn the physics behind a tsunami, experiment to see how rising levels of carbon dioxide change water chemistry and meet some of the most amazing animals on our planet. Try out underwater research tools like SCUBA gear, underwater cameras, and ROVs.
July 15-19 Space Odyssey - Explore our solar system and beyond. Compare our sun to other stars, visit gas giants and make your own glow-in –the- dark Saturn to take home. Try out our human gyroscope to see how astronauts move in zero gravity. Explore the latest research on how life might exist on other planets, pick a planet and design your own alien life form adapted to extreme conditions.
July 22-26 Earth Explorers - Environmental science in action! Analyze soil and water samples to measure ecosystem health. Learn how nutrients move through ecosystems and how people can have a positive impact on the environment. Track energy from the sun as it moves through different ecosystems, from tropical rainforests to ocean food webs. See how plants and animals interact, compete for resources and adapt to survive in different habitats. Build and monitor your own biome, then take it home to care for.
July 29-August 2 Spy Academy - Learn the science behind spying! Try to defeat a laser security grid. Learn how night vision gear works and try it out. Learn code-writing and breaking and how satellite surveillance is used not just for spying, but also for scientific research. Make your own invisible ink to take home and learn chemistry that will save the day when you test for "poison" at an embassy party!
Location: Science Place programs are held inside Perfect Pointe Music & Dance Studio
8060 Rolling Rd.
Springfield, VA 22153
Half Day Morning:
Half Day Afternoon:
9 AM - 12:00 PM
1 PM - 4:00 PM
9 AM - 4:00 PM
At The Science Place, we encourage hands-on learning and work to build student's independence and problem-solving skills. Our motto is "talk less, do more". Instead of providing a traditional classroom setting, our students become members of "The Science Place Research Team". They are given missions to complete, and practice applying the concepts they are learning to solve real problems.
We think the most exciting research advances happen when scientific disciplines overlap. We emphasize multi-disciplinary learning in all of our programs. Each week of camp has an overall theme. Within that theme, students will explore basic biology, chemistry, physics, math and engineering concepts. They will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of robotic systems.
Every day includes both structured learning and free-learning time when children are encouraged to try various activities and choose which centers they want to spend their time at. This allows them time to pursue larger scale projects over several days if they are so inclined.
Of course our research team has to be physically fit for space and undersea exploration! We make time everyday for athletic activities and set aside time for relaxing and reflecting in our "quiet room" .
PROGRAMS & DATES
JULY 8-12 OCEAN ADVENTURE
JULY 15-19 SPACE ODYSSEY
JULY 22-26 EARTH EXPLORERS
JULY 29 - AUGUST 2 SPY ACADEMY