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Elementary School Camps (Ages 6-10) 

About online camps

All of our online camps include a box of materials mailed to students for use during that respective camp. Items are selected by instructors as part of the curriculum, and organized for use in guided and independent activities. This is in addition to online resources being used in each camp, and web-meetings for students with staff for lessons, activities, and discussions.

Please keep in mind that we will have students from across time zones, so we are having to be flexible with daily start and end times to not force any student(s) to wake up overly early, or stay up too late. We will be working these out from session to session with families. 

Morning: 

  • Pre-assigned narrated presentation from instructional staff, and/or YouTube video with question prompts related to upcoming topics and activities.
  • Live-chat (Zoom)presentation or discussion with instructional staff to review previous day, go over new content for that day, and preview the next day or two. These live lectures/presentations will typically only be 15-20 minutes at a time (though student questions and conversation will likely extend this timeframe), as we value engagement-based content exploration and student inquiry.
  • Go over projects/activities. 
  • Individual or group project work time. We will have Zoom rooms set up so students can talk with each other and the staff during these portions. We want the students to be able to socialize with each other as well as ask the staff questions in real-time. 
Afternoon (2x): 
  • Second content presentation/discussion with instructional staff, with time included for questions and conversation from the students. 
  • Individual or group project time, structured as described above for the morning. 
  • Live-chat between students and staff to go over questions from the day, review, and present any additional content as determined needed by the instructional staff to make sure daily content progress goals are staying on track.

This is a general approximation. Instructors may make slight adjustments depending on how students are engaging with the program. 

 

*Students may not enroll in overlapping camps.*

Questions? Contact us at SternbergCamps@FHSU.edu, or at 785-639-5249

Junior Earth Explorers (grades 1-3)

Students explore fossils, rocks and minerals, and wildlife with independent and guided activities that arrive in the mail before camp begins! Each day, students will have online explorations and sharing time with instructor Keri Maricle, and TA Lilly Duncan. Camp-kit boxes will include art and craft supplies, nature specimens (rocks, fossils, etc), and other learning items as selected by the instructional team to be used throughout the week. 

Dates
Session 1: June 15-19
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: August 3-7

Staff
Keri Maricle (Instructor)
Lilly Duncan (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $ 140.00
Non-members: $ 160.00 

Advanced Earth Explorers (grades 4 & 5)

Our 4th and 5th graders will enjoy a deeper dive into earth and life science topics as they explore millions of years of amazing changes our planet has experienced! This camp includes a more advanced activities and exploration kit that will come in the mail. Students can expect more thought-provoking arts and crafts, as well as tools to begin scientific explorations of their own! The group will have daily lessons and sharing times with instructor Keri Maricle, and TA Lilly Duncan. Students can expect a week of learning, challenge, and exploration as they work through the specialized inquiry-focused curriculum.

Dates
Session 1: June 29-July 3
Session 2: July 20-24

Keri Maricle (Instructor)
Lilly Duncan (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $325
Non-members: $350

How to apply:

  • Complete online application.
    • To do this, you will need to set up an account with CampDoc. You can do this by clicking the “Apply Today” link at the top of this page. Once this is done, you’ll be able to log back in to your account as you complete the application process.
    • If you already have an account with CampDoc, simply log in. Your personal information should all be saved from your last application.
    • The waiver can be found in the online application.
    • The financial aid application can be found in the online application.

Click here to learn more about our scholarship program.

Middle School Camps (Ages 11-13) 

About online camps

All of our online camps include a box of materials mailed to students for use during that respective camp. Items are selected by instructors as part of the curriculum, and organized for use in guided and independent activities. This is in addition to online resources being used in each camp, and web-meetings for students with staff for lessons, activities, and discussions.

Please keep in mind that we will have students from across time zones, so we are having to be flexible with daily start and end times to not force any student(s) to wake up overly early, or stay up too late.

Morning: 

  • Pre-assigned narrated presentation from instructional staff, and/or YouTube video with question prompts related to upcoming topics and activities.
  • Live-chat (Zoom)presentation or discussion with instructional staff to review previous day, go over new content for that day, and preview the next day or two. These live lectures/presentations will typically only be 15-20 minutes at a time (though student questions and conversation will likely extend this timeframe), as we value engagement-based content exploration and student inquiry.
  • Go over projects and activities. Do progress checks on larger scale projects.
  • Individual or group project work time. We will have Zoom rooms set up so students can talk with each other and the staff during these portions. We want the students to be able to socialize with each other as well as ask the staff questions in real-time. 
Afternoon: 
  • Second content presentation/discussion with instructional staff, with time included for questions and conversation from the students. 
  • Individual or group project time, structured as described above for the morning. 
  • Formal check-in via live-chat between students and staff to go over questions from the day, review, and present any additional content as determined needed by the instructional staff to make sure daily content progress goals are staying on track. (We also have contingencies for if students master the planned content quickly, so we can continue to challenge and engage the students with new skills and information.)


Evening:

  • Prompted Q&A sessions, where students bring questions to pose to staff about previously announced topics (applying to college, working with faculty, finding internships, specific science subjects related to the camp, etc). 
  • Documentary/movie watch parties, with students and staff watching a program with opportunities to discuss what they are seeing and interpreting the “movie science”, or questions students may have about content in the documentary. 

 

*Students may not enroll in overlapping camps.*

Questions? Contact us at SternbergCamps@FHSU.edu, or at 785-639-5249

Amazing Fossil Mammals! (Registration closed)

Students will spend the week exploring the world of prehistoric mammals, from horned squirrels to armored sloths, the first walking whales, and giant hyenas! Students will learn about the unique tools scientists use to help us understand these amazing creatures! This camp will include a camp kit in the mail with learning tools and supplementary materials for exploring prehistoric mammals. Co-instructors Molly and Megan will guide students through the biggest questions in mammal-paleontology, and the science history that got us to where we are today! Students will work with a mix of guided lessons, interactive projects, group discussions, and guided independent exploration throughout the week. 

Dates
7/5/2020 – 7/10/2020

Staff
Molly Hunt (Co-instructor)
Megan Wyatt (Co-instructor)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $495
Non-members: $550

Rainforest Wildlife (July 19-24)

Explore the deepest jungles from home with all the amazing plants and animals, with none of the bug bites! All week, Alyssa and Maggie will guide students on an adventure from the towering forest canopies to massive rivers, mountain cloud-forests, and even tropical islands. Rainforests are some of the oldest environments on our planet, full of incredible diversity from top to bottom. Tiny toxic frogs, brilliant birds, invisible insects, and stalking cats take center stage as we delve into the wonders of the forests! Using materials in their camp kit, along with staff-guided lessons, discussions, and activities, students will explore these topics, and more! 

Dates
7/19/2020 – 7/24/2020

Staff
Alyssa DeRubeis (Instructor)
Maggie Wolf (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $495
Non-members: $550

Ancient Seas (July 26-31)

Our oceans tell an amazing history of life on our planet, with some of the most fascinating creatures to ever exist! Students will join Kellum and Alese on a journey through millions of years of ocean life as they dive into the ancient seas and their fascinating inhabitants. From mosasaurs to giant penguins, massive fish, and whales with legs, students will find an incredible depth of new discoveries to explore. Using the materials in their camps kit and guidance from our staff, students are in for an amazing week of online lessons, discussions, and activities with peers that share their love for prehistoric life! 

Dates
7/26/2020 – 7/31/2020

Staff
Kellum Tate-Jones (Instructor)
Alese Thompson (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $495
Non-members: $550

Dinosaur Discoveries (August 2-7)

Students will spend the week exploring the latest in dinosaur paleontology discoveries, and what tools scientists use to help us understand these amazing creatures! This camp will include a camp kit in the mail with learning tools and supplementary materials for exploring the modern world of dinosaur science. Co-instructors Molly and Megan will guide students through the biggest questions in dinosaur studies, and the science history that lead us to them today! Students will work with a mix of guided lessons, interactive projects, group discussions, and guided independent exploration throughout the week. 

Dates
Session 1 (full): 6/28/2020 – 7/3/2020
Session 2: 8/2/2020 – 8/7/2020

 

Staff
Molly Hunt (Co-instructor)
Megan Wyatt (Co-instructor)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $495
Non-members: $550

How to apply:

Student applicants must be ages 11 to 13 as of June 2020.

  • Complete online application.
    • To do this, you will need to set up an account with CampDoc. You can do this by clicking the “Apply Today” link at the top of this page. Once this is done, you’ll be able to log back in to your account as you complete the application process.
    • If you already have an account with CampDoc, simply log in. Your personal information should all be saved from your last application.
    • The waiver can be found in the online application.
    • The financial aid application can be found in the online application.
  • 1 page (2-3 paragraph) letter of interest from the student applicant.
    • You can find suggestions for writing your letter of interest here.
    • This must be submitted through the CampDoc application system.
  • Letter of recommendation from the non-family member for the student applicant.
    • This must be submitted through the CampDoc application system.
    • You can find instructions for recommendation letter-writers here.
    • Returning students in good standing do not need to submit a recommendation letter.
      • Standing is determined by staff. A student not in good standing will be expressly notified by the Camps Director.

 

High School Camps (Ages 14-18) 

About online high school camps

All of our online camps include a box of materials mailed to students for use during that respective camp. Items are selected by instructors as part of the curriculum, and organized for use in guided and independent activities. This is in addition to online resources being used in each camp, and web-meetings for students with staff for lessons, activities, and discussions.

Please keep in mind that we will have students from across time zones, so we are having to be flexible with daily start and end times to not force any student(s) to wake up overly early, or stay up too late.

Morning: 

  • Pre-assigned narrated presentation from instructional staff, and/or YouTube video with question prompts related to upcoming topics and activities.
  • Live-chat (Zoom) presentation or discussion with instructional staff to review previous day, go over new content for that day, and preview the next day or two. These live lectures/presentations will typically only be 15-20 minutes at a time (though student questions and conversation will likely extend this timeframe), as we value engagement-based content exploration and student inquiry.
  • Go over projects and activities. Do progress checks on larger scale projects.
  • Individual or group project work time. We will have Zoom rooms set up so students can talk with each other and the staff during these portions. We want the students to be able to socialize with each other as well as ask the staff questions in real-time. 
Afternoon: 
  • Second content presentation/discussion with instructional staff, with time included for questions and conversation from the students. 
  • Individual or group project time, structured as described above for the morning. 
  • Formal check-in via live-chat between students and staff to go over questions from the day, review, and present any additional content as determined needed by the instructional staff to make sure daily content progress goals are staying on track. (We also have contingencies for if students master the planned content quickly, so we can continue to challenge and engage the students with new skills and information.)

Evening:

  • Prompted Q&A sessions, where students bring questions to pose to staff about previously announced topics (applying to college, working with faculty, finding internships, specific science subjects related to the camp, etc). 
  • Documentary/movie watch parties, with students and staff watching a program with opportunities to discuss what they are seeing and interpreting the “movie science”, or questions students may have about content in the documentary. 

 

*Students may not enroll in overlapping camps.*

Questions? Contact us at SternbergCamps@FHSU.edu, or at 785-639-5249

Evolution of the Vertebrates (registration closed)

Content outline:

  • Evolution of the vertebrate body plan
  • Anatomy and classification of vertebrate groups
  • Anatomy as a tool for understanding ecology
  • Tissues of the vertebrate body
  • Individual and group exploration projects
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Research article reading tutorials

Dates
Session one (Full): 6/28/2020 – 7/10/2020

Staff
Catherine Sartin (Instructor)
Ethan Couture (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Mass Extinctions (registration closed)

Content outline:

  • Understanding the five major mass-extinctions
  • Extinction ecology
  • Post-extinction recovery 
  • Evolutionary selection and diversification
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Research article reading tutorials

Dates
Session 1: 7/12/2020 – 7/24/2020

Staff
Dr. Win McLaughlin (Instructor)
Marjie Cone (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Rocks of Fire (registration closed)

Content outline:

  • Igneous geology and processes
  • Metamorphic geology and processes
  • Minerology
  • Volcanoes and the science of eruptions
  • Modern tools in geological sciences
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Research article reading tutorials

Dates
7/12/2020 – 7/24/2020

Staff
Gui Aksit (Instructor)
Lissie Connors (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Science on Social Media (July 26 - August 7)

Content outline:

  • Communicating scientific research to the public
  • Use of written and visual narratives
  • Graphic layouts and design
  • Improving your content quality
  • Analyzing social media metrics
  • Group problem-solving and content-creation projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities

Dates
7/26/2020 – 8/7/2020

Staff
Ashley Hall (Instructor)  @LadyNaturalist on Instagram
Sophie Cajune (Teaching Assistant) @PaleoSoph on Instagram

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Paleontology Technical Illustration (July 26 - August 7)

Content outline:

  • Anatomical reconstruction
  • Technical basics of artistic media
  • Color and layout theory
  • Building a portfolio
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Assessing and understanding professional paleo-art

Dates
Session one: Full 
Session two: July 26 – August 7  Spaces still available

Staff
Reid Psaltis (Instructor)   @Trimetrodon on Instagram
Sophie Cajune (Teaching Assistant)  @PaleoSoph on Instagram

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Notes
Application for this camp requires submission of an artwork portfolio, which must be submitted as digital files through the CampDoc application system. Students must upload four images of their own works before their application will be considered complete and ready for review.

Wildlife Conservation (July 26 - August 7)

Content outline:

  • Wildlife and ecosystem conservation approaches used by different countries and organizations
  • Exploring biodiverse ecosystems from across the world
  • The value of biodiversity
  • The history of ecological conservation
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Research article reading tutorials

Dates
7/26/2020 – 8/7/2020

Staff
Alyssa DeRubeis (Instructor)
Maggie Wolf (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

Dinosaur Science (August 9-21)

Content outline:

  • Evolution and diversity of the Dinosauria
  • History of dinosaur science
  • Modern research tools and techniques
  • Key anatomical features
  • Interpreting ancient behavior
  • Group inquiry projects
  • Lessons and discussions lead by instructional staff
  • Guest presenters
  • Virtual field trips
  • Educational games and group community-building activities
  • Research article reading tutorials

Dates
Session one: Full 
Session two: 8/9/2020 – 8/21/2020    Spaces still available

Staff
Catherine Sartin (Instructor)
Marjie Cone (Teaching Assistant)

Cost per student per session
Sternberg Museum members: $966
Non-members: $1,074

How to apply:

Student applicants must be ages 14 to 18 as of June 2020.

  • Complete online application.
    • To do this, you will need to set up an account with CampDoc. You can do this by clicking the “Apply Today” link at the top of this page. Once this is done, you’ll be able to log back in to your account as you complete the application process.
    • If you already have an account with CampDoc, simply log in. Your personal information should all be saved from your last application.
    • The waiver can be found in the online application.
    • The financial aid application can be found in the online application.
  • 2 page (5-7 paragraph) letter of interest from the student applicant.
    • You can find suggestions for writing your letter of interest here.
    • This must be submitted through the CampDoc application system.
  • Letter of recommendation from the non-family member for the student applicant.
    • This must be submitted through the CampDoc application system.
    • You can find instructions for recommendation letter-writers here.
    • Returning students in good standing do not need to submit a recommendation letter.
      • Standing is determined by staff. A student not in good standing will be expressly notified by the Camps Director.

Online Camp Cancellation Policy

A 10% deposit is paid at the time of registration. Students who are accepted into the camp must then have the remainder of the registration fee paid by the June 1st, 2020 payment deadline.

Q: What if my student is not accepted into the camp they applied for? Do you refund tuition?
A: 100% of paid tuition is refunded to any students not accepted to a camp they applied for. This includes the initial deposit paid at the time of initial application.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?
A:

Refund Policy:
Cancellations must be submitted via email. Deposit fees for camp(s) applications are fully refundable until the applicant is officially accepted for admission. Prior to admission, the deposit is fully refundable in the case of cancellation submitted in writing. Denial of application acceptance will result in a full refund of the deposit payment for each camp the applicant was not accepted to. Following application acceptance, the deposit is no longer fully refundable, and each camp registration is held to a minimum 10-percent cancellation fee. For cancellations 30 to 10 days prior to the start of a camp, half of the total fee is refundable. For cancellations made 9 or fewer days prior to the start of the program, no amount of the fee is refundable. Registration fees are non-transferable between applicants or to accepted participants. Funds provided Sternberg Science Camps in the form of any financial scholarship to the participant will be withheld in any case where a scholarship awardee or their parent(s)/guardian(s) cancels an accepted application.

Cancellation Policy:
In the event of a camp being cancelled, either due to insufficient enrollment, or other unforeseeable impairments, the Sternberg Science Camps will provide a refund of all tuition and/or deposit fees paid up to the point of cancellation. Any scholarship funds awarded to the applicant to aid in attendance will be retained by the Sternberg Science Camps program. We are unable to reimburse the cost of any travel expenses paid to transport successful applicants to and/or from their camp(s). We strongly recommend attendees insure their travel to and from their respective camp(s) being attended.

For answers to more possible questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions page!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much time will be spent with online lectures each day?
    • This will depend on the age group to an extent. We certainly won’t have as much live online lecturing for elementary schoolers as high schoolers, for example. A safe range will probably be anywhere from fort minutes to two hours of live instructor-directed content delivery; at the high school level, there may be some days that extend beyond this, though they should be infrequent. 
    • We will also be using some pre-recorded mini-lectures for some flexible content delivery. Typically this will mean a powerpoint presentation with recorded voiceover by the instructor or teaching assistant. Students will be given time to watch these videos and do any individual or group work associated with it. 
  2. How will you keep the students from getting bored?
    • We’ll be using a blend of learning and engagement approaches to keep things fresh and interesting throughout each camp. This will include, but is not limited to:
      • Guest speakers
      • Problem-solving games
      • Single and multi-day projects done individually or in groups via web-chat
      • Screen-share documentary viewings as a group, with time to chat and ask questions
      • Skill development activities
      • Remote field trips to outdoor areas, museums, labs, and more
      • Q&A sessions with staff and guest scientists/educators
  3. What time will camp start/end each day?
    • As our students are from across the United States (and beyond, in some cases), we aren’t going to know a specific daily schedule for each camp until after it completely fills up, or we pass the application deadline on May 23rd. We want to make sure the daily schedule for each camp is workable for all of the students across time zones, so no one is forced to get up super early, or go to bed super late. Once we have groups locked in for each respective camp, we will be in communication with participants about scheduling live-chat portions of their camp.
  4. What is a “virtual field trip”?
    • Camps staff and/or guest presenters will do a live-video from a museum, lab, or field area, with students viewing and using the text chat feature to make comments and ask questions. Locations visited will vary widely between respective camps. 
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