Online Camps 2020!

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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) 

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

High School Camps (Ages 14-18) 

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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