Education Vacation: Exciting Summer Math and Science Camps
To a kid, there are no sweeter words than summer vacation. No more pencils, no more books…. But this doesn’t mean they can’t have fun learning this summer.
Research shows avoiding the “summer slide” can have a profound effect on your child’s learning development. You may already know that DreamBox Learning is a wonderful source for engaging math activities for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. You also know that the sun is out, the weather is great, and your kids shouldn’t spend their entire vacation in front of the computer. Don’t fret. There are so many summer math and science camp options that you’ll envy your kids’ learning possibilities this summer.
Out of this World Summer Math and Science Camps
In 1977, while watching students study rockets at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Dr. Wernher von Braun commented “We have band camp, football, cheerleading; why don’t we have a science camp?” As the math camps pioneer, the United States Space Camps in Huntsville, AL brings space exploration alive with summer camps, day camps and year-round family oriented activities. My son still talks about Space Camp, even though he’s long outgrown his flight suit! If you’re looking for a space-related camp closer to home, here is a list of space camps throughout the country.
Down-to-Earth Summer Math and Science Camps
If animals catch the eyes of your young ones, the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps are sure to light the inspirational spark for biology. These resident camps, day camps, or group camps give children of all ages the opportunity to interact with land and sea animals from all over the world. These camps are offered at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, or here is a list of biological science summer camps throughout the country.
Budget-Friendly Educational Summer Camps
These science summer camps may be convenient, but they’re no less exciting. For math and science activities closer to home, look to your nearest children’s museums or science centers for summer camps. One example that we DreamBox Learning appreciate is the Pacific Science Center’s camp and workshop program, which offers overnight and day camps. This summer, campers of all ages will learn about candy chemistry, GPS adventures, and discover supervised experiments with unstable elements. And the Seattle Aquarium, where one of our own staffers volunteers every week, offers Marine Summer Camps, where kids can get face-to-face with underwater life.
Choosing a Summer Camp
Whatever activity you choose for your little campers this year, make sure the summer camp is connected with the American Camp Association (ACA) to ensure your children are cared for by trained professionals. For a complete list of summer camps of all kinds this summer, visit www.mysummercamps.com. When your summer is filled with DreamBox Learning and these great summer math and science camps, your children will learn and grow while having a blast this summer vacation.
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