Please check out the letter below from Camps Director David Levering regarding our decision to stay all-virtual for 2021 camps.
I hope this letter is finding you and your families well in this new academic year. I’m writing to you today to present our plan for the Sternberg Science Camps 2021 summer programs.
Each year, the planning process for the next year’s camps begins in late summer/early autumn, and takes through spring to fully complete. Last winter, with the advent of COVID-19, we made the difficult but correct decision to cancel our in-person camps rather than risk the health of our students, staff, their respective families. While we were all saddened not to be able to conduct our normal in-person camps, our instructional teams valiantly took up the task of providing the best possible programs for all of our virtual-camp students. Based on our student and parent feedback, our staff teams did a phenomenal job. I could not be prouder of all the work they did in such a short time span to provide excellent camps for our participants.
As we head into autumn, we find ourselves still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since spring, we have also learned more about the short and longer-term consequences of COVID-19 infection. We have seen the efforts of schools, athletics organizations, and other entities to control the spread of the virus. We have also had greater opportunity to consult with and listen to expert outlook assessment on the pandemic. Presently case numbers in the United States are rising, and realistic estimates for mass availability of a vaccine are projected out to late spring/early summer 2021.
With COVID-19 still posing an immensely serious health risk for the foreseeable future, we have made the difficult but responsible decision to continue with only virtual camps in 2021. While we too want to get back to our in-person camps, it simply will not be justifiably safe to do so until greater steps have been taken to curtail the infection rates of COVID-19 nationwide. My sincere hope is that a vaccine, combined with more aggressive action to contain the virus, will allow a return to in-person camps in 2022. I understand that for many, this will be disappointing news. However, based on the best information available to us, I firmly believe this is the most responsible course of action.
Finally, I am excited to announce that we will be more than doubling our virtual summer camp offerings in 2021. We have also been keeping your feedback close in mind, and will be making the following changes across all of our virtual camps:
We are presently on-track to open registration in early December at the latest. Please let me know if you have any questions about the 2021 camps.
Sternberg Science Camps Director
These camps are built to engage and challenge high school students excited about life and earth sciences in the field, and in the classroom, and online! We aim to advance abilities and knowledge through hands-on training and experiential active-learning strategies. Students work with practicing biologists, paleontologists, and geologists, working through college-level academic content and skills training, all while befriending peers with similar fascinations!
Exploration and discovery indoors and outdoors, with a science twist! Our middle school science camps get students up close with fossils, wildlife, and spectacular wonders of nature past and present. Explore the wildlife, rocks, and fossils from across the globe virtually, or on our renowned camping trips! In addition to science content, all of our middle school camps include plenty of hands-on training in lifelong skills students can take with them. Of course, students will also get to engage with with a small group of peers and staff with the same kinds of enthusiasm for science!
Excitement for the natural sciences is the name of the game! We use a variety of virtual, outdoor, and classroom-based education methods to make science fun, exciting, and memorable for our students. From dinosaurs to sunflowers, students will find a wide range of topics to engage their energy and curiosity while making new friends.