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Art Smart

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Paint without touching the paper, get creative with cauliflower, and make mysterious pictures that appear like magic. From flat to fluffy, making art is tons of fun! Sometimes you have to get messy to make a masterpiece. Get Art Smart to find out how!
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Booms and Blast-Offs

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Experiment with things that go BOOM, from foaming chemicals to popping balloons. Make Bernoulli flying machines (from loopers to helicopters) with paper, water, straws, funnels, balls, and balloons. Create rockets and airplanes that are yours to take home.
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Build it Big

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Build beyond your imagination! Use surprising things to construct amazing creations. Discover which shapes make the strongest structures. Try your hand at building bridges, and have fun demolishing some of your structures as you learn how architects make buildings strong.
Also available for Ages 8-9.
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Crazy for Coding

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Coding is cool! Discover the mystery and history of codes as you play and create games using Scratch Jr.™, Tynker Jr.™, and more. Explore the ancient roots of coding from ancient Egypt to the Enigma Machine.
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Creepy Crawlies

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Caterpillars, beetles, bees and other creepy crawly things are cool! Investigate all manner of insects in our Insect zoo, build a model anthill and much more. Camp includes optional bug tasting activity. Camp includes dissection.
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Junior Paleontologist

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Meet the king of the dinosaurs up close and personal! Discover how the T. rex at our museum lived and died—and how it was discovered by paleontologists. Find out what features give these incredible ancient animals their names, go on a mock dig and touch real dinosaur bones!
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Junior Science Magic

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Become a science magician! Discover how physics and chemistry make magic. Experiment with optical illusions and things that glow in the dark. Master cool chemistry tricks; concoct slimy mixtures and potions that change color. Learn how magicians read minds and fool your friends with coin and card tricks. Show off your new tricks in Friday’s magic show.
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Kitchen Chemistry

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

This is science you can really sink your teeth into! Are you ready to cook up some crazy, chemical concoctions? Learn what kind of mold actually tastes good, what flowers are safe to eat and what cool chemical reactions happen as we cook. Explore cuisine from other countries; grow your own food and much more. This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies or food sensitivities. Camp includes optional bug tasting activity.
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Master Museum Camp

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Where can you travel from the rain forest to the sea, discover what sparkling gems and powerful fuels are deep within the earth, see prehistoric giants and the night sky in the middle of the day all without leaving the building? Why at the Houston Museum of Natural Science of course! Come join us in a week-long adventure as we explore the museum and engage in crafts and experiments. See Sign Up for Available Dates

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Mummies & Mysteries

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Get “wrapped up” in ancient Egypt. Discover Ankh-hap, our resident mummy. Learn how the ancients made their mummies, explore how the pyramids were built as you create your own miniature model to take home, write your name in hieroglyphics, and create your own magic amulets. Join us for an Egyptian mystery!
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Riveting Robots!

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What makes a robot work? Discover how gears, electricity, pneumatics, and simple machines work to make robots move and manipulate objects. Create models of working parts, circuits and program a Bee-Bot™ Robot to follow your commands.
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Space Cadet

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Get ready to go to Mars, and explore science like the astronauts. Learn how to operate robot arms, grow plants in space, and find out why astronauts wear diapers! On Friday, use your training to complete a journey to Mars aboard the SS Legacy in the Expedition Center.
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Star Warriors Academy

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Is it really possible to control things with the power of your mind? Learn science fact from science fiction when you explore the planets, creatures, androids and vehicles in imaginary galaxies, as you learn about the real planets, animals, robots and cool transportation in your own backyard.
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Storm Chasers

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Tame a twister, battle a blizzard, hunt a hurricane and much more as you explore and experiment to discover nature’s awe-inspiring fury!
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Storybook Science

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Come try your hand at building a bridge that can hold 21 elephants and a house that is strong enough to resist the Big Bad Wolf! Experiment with engineering, chemistry, and physics and more as you explore science using some of your favorite storybooks.
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SuperHuman Science School

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Explore the science of super heroes and discover your inner superhero using science. Then, create your own character and costume for Friday’s super-hero secret-hideout meeting!
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Water Works

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From bubbles and fountains to waves and whales, dive into this watery adventure! Create amazing bubble buildings and bubble art. Make a mysterious diver sink at your command, then design your own cargo boat and figure out why it floats.
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Wizard Science Academy

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Step into an amazing world of wizarding as you learn the real science behind the care of wizard pets, herbs, herpetology and the chemistry behind magical potions. Create your own wand, hat and book of science spells in this week of wonders.
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World Explorers: Parts Unknown

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Ready, set, explore! Grab your passport, and come discover parts unknown as you sample foods, games, crafts and cultures from around the world. Collect all your world-traveler stamps in your very own museum passport that you can take home!
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Amazing Animals

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Join the safari at the museum as you discover some of the strangest animals on Earth! From meat-eating predators to the tiniest amoebas, your world is full of amazing creatures! Explore the museum’s live animal collection, butterfly center and exhibit halls as we “hunt” for some of the most amazing animals on earth.
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Bedazzled

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Be dazzled by the science behind makeup, jewelry, lotions and more! Learn the chemistry behind beauty products, as you make your own. Discover how ancient Egyptians made and used makeup.
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Build it Big

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Build beyond your imagination! Use surprising things to construct amazing creations. Discover which shapes make the strongest structures. Try your hand at building bridges, and have fun demolishing some of your structures as you learn how architects make buildings strong.
Also available for Ages 6-7
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Camp Half Blood

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So you’ve discovered you’re a half-blood. You will quickly need to discover your gifts and hone your battle skills. Come and train in the arts of battle, and bond with your cabin mates. Discover mythical monsters and the power of protective amulets, and participate in skills tests, and go on amazing adventures! On Friday, cabins will participate in the Final Challenge to put their skills to the test!
Also available for Ages 10-12
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Camp Jupiter

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Calling all Roman demigods and demigoddesses, assemble on the Field of Mars! Perfect your battle strategy, sharpen your sword skills, develop your archery skills, hunt monsters, and embark on quests. On Friday, put your training to the test as you meet the opposing team and battle to bring honor to your cohorts!
Also available for Ages 10-12
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Crime Scene Investigators

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Learn how to lift and develop fingerprints, sample soils, investigate footprints and teeth, and make rope impressions. Assemble your own crime kit and use your skills to collect clues at a crime scene in the Museum. Please note: This camp may discuss real-life issues of crime and death.
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Dino Claws and Shark Jaws

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From sauropods to sabertooths, dig into the past as you unearth what it takes to be a paleontologist. Make your own casts of fossils and add them to your very own fossil collection. Meet T. rex face to face. Discover prehistoric life that still exists today and go on a mock dig to discover authentic fossils.
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Extreme Machines

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If you like gadgets, gizmos and brilliant ideas, then this is the camp for you! Discover inventions by kids and famous inventors. Solve design challenges and build your own flashlight from scratch. Experiment with electricity, motors, and more to discover how things work, from light bulbs to submarines. Get creative as you plan and build your own ingenious inventions.
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Fast and Furious

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Become a junior engineer and design speedy, motion machines. Create model cars, boats and planes using rubber bands, soap and other unexpected items. Discover the best way to protect your passengers from car-crunching crashes, and test ideas in our egg drop. Rule the road as you build and test a model racecar.
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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

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What kind of scientist do you want to be? In this camp you don’t have to choose! Explore a new type of science each day with awesome hands-on experiments and activities, from chemistry to physics and beyond. Create your own scientist’s kit that you take home with you on Friday.
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Kitchen Chemistry

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This is science you can really sink your teeth into! Are you ready to cook up some crazy chemical concoctions? Learn what kind of mold actually tastes good, what flowers are safe to eat and what cool chemical reactions happen as we cook. Explore cuisine from other countries; grow your own food and much more. This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies or food sensitivities. This camp includes optional bug-tasting activity.
Also available for Ages 6-7
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LEGO™ Robotics

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Great News! We’ve upgraded to the newest version of LEGO Mindstorms EV3. In this computer programming camp, you and your teammate(s) will use LabVIEW visual programming language to create computer programs and download them to your pre-built Mindstorms Robot Educator Model (REM). Your team will compete with other teams to complete challenges and earn the highest scores by the end of the week. New to EV3 is a color sensor and movable arm.
Also available for Ages 10-12
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Master Spy Camp

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to recover secret information while escaping detection. Learn mysterious codes to send covert messages to your friends. Build spy gadgets, like alarms to protect your private lair from intruders, and then create a disguise to hide your true identity.
Also available for Ages 10-12
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Minecraft Mania: Coding Adventure Camp

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Explore the basics of coding! From Creative to Creepers and Mobs to Mods, embark on a cool computer coding adventure as you explore the basics of game design. Create a classic game, discover how to mod, and create add-ons using Minecraft and your own imagination as your guide.
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Nature's Fury

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Join us on a journey to the center of the Earth where you will encounter earthquakes, visit volcanoes and tame tsunamis. Build your own volcano and make it erupt, create earthquake proof structures to test and more. The volcano is yours to take home.
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Puzzler

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Try your hand at and play the best strategy games from around the world. Construct some of your own games to play and take home. Engage in challenging puzzles and problems and discover how to solve them. Get ready for tournament play on Friday as you challenge your friends and exercise your new skills.
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Space Pilot

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Get ready to be an astronaut. As part of your training, you will need to operate robots, conduct experiments and construct probes. Get ready for your Mars mission by studying the solar system, stars and amazing features of the Red planet. On Friday, you will use all your training to complete the journey to Mars aboard the SS Legacy in the Expedition Center.
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Star Warriors Academy

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Is it really possible to control things with the power of your mind? Learn science fact from science fiction when you explore the planets, creatures, androids and vehicles in imaginary galaxies, as you learn about the real planets, animals, robots and cool transportation in your own backyard.
Also available for Ages 6-7
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Super Science Magic

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Learn the physics and chemistry behind magic as you make things appear, disappear, levitate and change colors using magnets, mirrors and more. Try your hand at juggling and card tricks. On Friday, perform your “impossible” tricks in a science magic show!
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Survivor

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Alone, marooned, scared, cold and hungry? Can you survive? You betcha! You’ll learn to distill drinking water and make it into a refreshing drink that would quench any thirst. Participate in an indoor campfire cookout. Learn to navigate by the stars, tell time with the sun, and build your own compass. Make your own sunscreen, and find out what kinds of bugs make good snacks. Participate in Friday’s survivor competition. Camp includes optional bug-tasting activity.
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Treasure Hunters

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From El Dorado to Russia and beyond, experience the thrill of the hunt! Search for lost “loot” and discover the secrets of the museum’s hidden treasures as you experiment with tools of the trade from GPS to metal detectors and more!
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Weird Science

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Explore what makes the human body both weird and wonderful! Dissect a sheep’s brain and a cow’s eyeball to discover how these organs work. Learn why humans have boogers and blisters, build a model skeleton that moves, create fake wounds to scare your parents, and learn weird and wacky body-science facts. Camp includes dissection.
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Wizard Science Academy

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Step into an amazing world of wizarding as you learn the real science behind the care of wizard pets, herbs, herpetology and the chemistry behind magical potions. Create your own wand, hat and book of science spells in this week of wonders.
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Advanced Crime Scene Investigators

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Become an expert investigator by experimenting further with blood spatter, fingerprint lifting, forensic anthropology and more. Apply your new skills on Friday as you hunt for and process evidence to solve a mysterious crime! Please note: this camp may discuss real life issues of crime and death.
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Backstage Pass

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You are an investigative journalist assigned to go behind the scenes with your all-access pass! Visit areas the public never sees—the Wortham Giant Screen projection booth, the Butterfly Center, the inner workings of the Planetarium, and the Live Animal Room as you learn the secrets and science behind the Museum. Interview museum curators, take photographs with a digital camera, and then compile your investigation on your very own website. You never know what you will discover!
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Camp Half Blood

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

So you’ve discovered you’re a half-blood. You will quickly need to discover your gifts and hone your battle skills. Come and train in the arts of battle, and bond with your cabin mates. Discover mythical monsters and the power of protective amulets, and participate in skills tests, and go on amazing adventures! On Friday, cabins will participate in the Final Challenge to put their skills to the test!
Also available for Ages 8-9
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Camp Jupiter

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Calling all Roman demigods and demigoddesses, assemble on the Field of Mars! Perfect your battle strategy, sharpen your sword skills, develop your archery skills, hunt monsters, and embark on quests. On Friday, put your training to the test as you meet the opposing team and battle to bring honor to your cohorts!
Also available for Ages 8-9
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Culinary Hero

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Can you stand the heat? If you can, come into our “kitchen” where every day is an exciting, new culinary challenge. Work with your team to create exciting dishes using everyday foods and new and unexpected ingredients. Then, enter your creations in challenges to see which creations will end up on top! This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies or food sensitivities.
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Design and Destroy

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Try your hand at design and architecture as you create your own aweinspiring structures. Explore the science of shape and make tessellations like M. C. Escher. Plan and build model bridges, skyscrapers and more. Test your projects to see how much strain they can take before they crumble, and discover the fatal flaws of structures throughout history. A K’NEX™ bridge kit is yours to keep.
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Escape Camp

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Explore how “breakout challenges” can be used to teach any subject from math to science and beyond. Build a puzzle box and explore locks and codes as you create a starter kit for your classroom!
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Freeze Frame

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Ditch the digital; old-fashioned photography is where it’s at! Discover the inner-workings of a camera by dissecting an eyeball, construct and use a pinhole camera to develop your own amazing photographs, use the sun to make prints, design a t-shirt using photosensitive paint and much more in this fantastic photo-finish experience! Camp includes dissection.
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Full-Tilt Physics

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How fast is a speeding bullet? Explore the science of speed from acceleration and air resistance to collisions and crashes. Design and build hovercrafts, cars, planes and other vehicles then modify them to maximize their velocity. The race is on!
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Get Set to Be a Vet

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Do you know what it takes to keep animals healthy and happy? Is your lizard too lazy? Is your Beta acting fishy? Examine the living animals of HMNS as you learn what a vet does to take care of our animal friends. Besides plenty of hands-on experience with live animals, you’ll perform dissections to learn the inner workings of an animal’s body. Camp includes dissection.
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LEGO™ Robotics

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Great News! We’ve upgraded to the newest version of LEGO Mindstorms EV3. In this computer programming camp, you and your teammate(s) will use LabVIEW visual programming language to create computer programs and download them to your pre-built Mindstorms Robot Educator Model (REM). Your team will compete with other teams to complete challenges and earn the highest scores by the end of the week. New to EV3 is a color sensor and movable arm.
Also available for Ages 8-9
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Mad Scientist

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Step into the lab and start stirring things up! Explore chemical reactions that bubble, pop and ooze, then create your own slime collection. Concoct mixtures that change color, heat up and glow in the dark. Find out what silly putty and gummy bears have in common, and discover super cold science.
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Maker Lab Alpha

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DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. Try it at the Museum! Maker Lab Alpha offers campers the opportunity to build working contraptions like a modular lamp, a device for pendulum art and copper tape circuits, using a variety of materials and power tools (with adult supervision!). This camp is perfect for those that like to tinker and invent and requires persistence and problem solving.
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Maker Lab Beta

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Get ready to get hands on! Build a smartphone microscope, create a levitating pen, use a soldering iron to create a cool pendant, and much more, as you discover how to safely use new tools to make amazing creations that are yours to take home!
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Master Spy Camp

**Each camper requires completed Health Form

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to recover secret information while escaping detection. Learn mysterious codes to send covert messages to your friends. Build spy gadgets, like alarms to protect your private lair from intruders, and then create a disguise to hide your true identity.
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Movie Monster Maker

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Zombies, vampires and mummies, oh my! Come discover fabled monsters from every culture, and then invent monsters of your own for a stop-frame-animation film that you direct! Experiment with movie makeup, and take home your own kit to use on friends. Caution, not recommended for children with an allergy to latex.
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Museum District Explorers

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Explore a museum each day of the week in this exclusive camp! In the classroom, you’ll participate in experiments and activities and discover even more about the day’s adventures. On Thursday, spend the night at HMNS to find what secrets our exhibit halls hold after dark! This camp has limited availability, so sign up early. This camp includes dissection
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Paleontology 101

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Explore the mysteries of prehistoric Earth. Discover what happened to the wooly mammoths, and find out which ancient creatures once roamed your own backyard! Excavate your own Green River fish from stone in a kit you get to bring home.
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Senior Space Commanders

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Become a rocket scientist as you discover how to make a rocket go higher and faster. Test different types of rockets and build your own. During your week in astronaut training, participate in many “space experiences” as you prepare for your Friday mission aboard the SS Legacy in the Expedition Center.
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Test for the Best

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Do you need a blindfold for a blind taste test? Will that new game break the first day you use it? Which towel is really the “quicker picker-upper?” Invent ways to test which product is strongest, fizziest or “funnest” and try them out on everything from soda to school supplies to toys as you decide “to buy or not to buy.” Discover sneaky tricks advertisers use to get kids and teens to buy their products. This camp is not recommended for children with food allergies or food sensitivities.
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Wizard Science Academy II

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This camp is for our older wizards. Join us as we explore wizard pets, herbs, herpetology, the physics of flight and the chemistry behind magical potions. Create your own book of potions, and craft an awesome custom wand that you can take home! This camp includes dissection.
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