Events & Programs

Virtual Camps

 

“My camper had a great time listening, learning, and especially doing science-minded activities this week! It was very clear how the topic of the day related to the activities, the topics were fun and age-appropriate, and she learned lots of fun facts to share with everyone who will listen :)”

– Nicole P.

“Educators were patient with campers— they stayed calm and worked through issues. As someone who often has to lead adults through new user interfaces, I was amazed by how well the teachers, and campers, did in this less-controlled environment.”

– Jamie B.

“Your materials pack was amazing. My son was engaged throughout with activities that kept his attention and he learned from.”

– Susie W.

“The instructors were fun and laid back. They played games and shared riddles in between activities. It was a great way to engage our kid while we’re working in other rooms.”

– Erica J.

Camps for Curious Minds are going virtual! Get ready for hands-on experiences this summer from the comfort of your home.

Each day features different activities and experiments around a theme, as well as ways to connect with other campers in this new, digital way. Group sizes are kept small and led by two virtual counselors so that these at-home experiences are interactive and engaging.

Virtual Camps also include an at-home supply kit to ensure your camper has all the materials they need.

 

2020 Virtual Camps

2020 Camps for Grades K–1

Virtual Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

Body Builders

When: July 6-10 (2-3:30 p.m.), August 3-7 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Learn about your amazing organs through crafts and stories! Find out how the inside of your body works and build your own hands, neurons, and more.

 

Investigation Station

When: July 13-17 (10-11:30 a.m.), August 10-14 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Use your senses to investigate all fields of science. Play with rainbows, interact with chemicals, build the best paper airplane and grow a mystery mold. How do you grow the best pea plants? What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? Find out more with on an experimental extravaganza!

 

Mindful Making

When: June 22-26 (2-3:30 p.m.), July 20-24 (10-11:30 a.m.), August 17-21 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
What could you make to best disguise yourself or open a locked door? What if an octopus needed the same things? We will think about the ‘why’ behind the things we make in engineering design challenges and projects, even when they get a bit silly! Thoughtful design is terrific all the time.

 

Rainbow Rangers

When: June 22-26 (10-11:30 a.m.), July 20-24 (2-3:30 p.m.), August 17-21 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Enroll in the Rainbow Rangers and join us on a colorful expedition! Immerse yourself in a new color each day and create vibrant masterpieces as we discover how color is used in art and the world around us.

 

Ready, Seed, Grow!*

When: June 29-July 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) *both sensory-friendly and all camper sessions, July 27-31 (10-11:30 a.m.), August 24-28 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Join us as we experiment, get creative, and discover the wonder that is plants! Observe how seeds sprout by germinating your own and learning how plants reproduce. Lastly, make art by using materials from nature and decorate a pot to plant your own seeds in.

 

Spoonful of Science

When: July 6-10 (10-11:30 a.m.), August 3-7 (2-3:30 p.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Curious about what happens in the kitchen? Measure up some math, mix flavors, explore the chemistry of salty and sweet, and play with your food.

 

Teddy’s Virtual Adventure

When: July 13-17 (2-3:30 p.m.), August 10-14 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Teddy’s packing for an adventure to learn what scientists do. Visit Pacific Science Center’s exhibits and travel the world while exploring different science careers.

 

Wild Washington

When: June 29-July 3 (10-11:30 a.m.), July 27-31 (2-3:30 p.m.), August 24-28 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: $120 / $100 PacSci members 
Learn more about our wonderful state and its wildlife! Explore animals found in our lush rainforests, expansive prairies, breathtaking alpine regions, and more.

 

*sensory-friendly session

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

2020 Camps for Grades 2–3

Virtual Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

Chummy Creations

When: June 22-26 (1-4 p.m.), July 20-24 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 17-21 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
One day we might approach a problem from the perspective of your friend, but the next day, from that of a slug! Engineering design challenges supplement a large project that pushes you to create a thoughtful space for a group.

 

Insides Out

When: July 6-10 (1-4 p.m.), August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Campers will learn about the human body and the amazing organs that make us work every day. We will explore everything from lungs to tongues, muscles to brains, and everything in between.

 

Itsy Bitsy Adventures

When: June 29-July 3 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), July 20-24 (1-4 p.m.), August 10-14 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Do you ever wonder what adventures a bat mixed with a llama would get into? Combine your creativity with basic programming to bring your own animal creation to life using Bitsy programming language.

 

Pac-Spy Training Academy

When: July 13-17 (1-4 p.m.), August 10-14 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Enroll to become a Pacific Spy-ence Center certified spy. Learn to send secret messages, create gadgets, and survive in the wild.

 

Snack Lab

When: July 6-10 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 3-7 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Grab your spoons and measuring cups: we’re stirring up some tasty science! Explore fractions, detect acids and bases, and taste changes in states of matter.

 

Story Sketchers*

When: June 22-26 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) *both sensory-friendly and all camper sessions, July 20-24 (1-4 p.m.), August 17-21 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
What does it take to tell a good story? Let science be your guide as you meet charismatic creatures, travel to the depths of the ocean and eerie outer space, and create your own contraptions to get you (and your characters) out of trouble.

 

Storytelling from Scratch

When: July 27-31 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 17-21 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Bring your art to life! Using puppetry and Scratch animation, tell a story through coding and create characters to build a narrative from beginning to end.

 

Super Scientist

When: July 13-17 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 10-14 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Learn how to be a biologist, chemist, physicist, and more! Become a super scientist by running experiments from all different fields of science. Find out what factors affect home-grown pea plants, combine acids and bases for rollicking reactions, and build the tallest towers and the heaviest floating boats. Cap it all off by designing and conducting your very own experiment in this exploration of experimental science.

 

Washington Wanderers!

When: June 29-July 3 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), July 27-31 (1-4 p.m.), August 24-28 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Adventure awaits! Join our virtual camp to explore our wondrous Washington state and uncover the amazing animals that we share our home with. Identify predators and prey of all shapes and sizes, and take-home crafts celebrating your personal favorite animals from the week! Our backyard is full of surprises; are you ready to discover what’s out there?!

 

Wetland Wonderings

When: June 29-July 3 (1-4 p.m.), July 27-31 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 24-28 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Explore wetlands, streams, and ponds and discover the unique plants and animals that flourish in the water all from the comfort of your own home. Get creative and make art by using natural materials found in nature! Wonder and Ponder with us!

 

*sensory-friendly session

 

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

2020 Camps for Grades 4–5

Virtual Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

Artsy Summer Fun!

When: June 22-26 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), July 20-24 (1-4 p.m.), August 17-21 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Whether you are outdoors or indoors, discover the unique kinds of art you are surrounded by and become an artist! Artsy Summer Fun captures the great ways we can express our creative selves both virtually and in real life.

 

At-Home Laboratory

When: July 13-17 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 10-14 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost:  $225 / $200 PacSci members 
You can be any type of scientist in your at-home laboratory! Learn how to be a biologist, chemist, physicist, and more by running experiments from all different fields of science. Find out what factors affect home-grown pea plants, combine acids and bases for rollicking reactions, and build the tallest towers and the heaviest floating boats. Cap it all off by designing and conducting your very own experiment in this exploration of experimental science.

 

Bit by Bit*

When: July 20-24 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) *both sensory-friendly and all camper sessions, August 17-21 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Explore the basics of logic and programming in the world of Minecraft! Learn how to program a robot helper, work together to solve challenges, and build a town using Minecraft Education Edition.

 

Storyboard Animatics

When: July 13-17 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 3-7 (1-4 p.m.), August 24-27 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Campers will explore programming activities that will help them advance their animation and storytelling skills. Using Scratch, they will create and animate detailed storyboards! 

 

Design with a View**

When: June 22-26 (1-4 p.m.), July 20-24 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 17-21 (1-4 p.m.) **both girls-only and all camper sessions
Cost: $225 / $200  PacSci members 
What do humans actually need to survive? To thrive? Spend a week exploring others’ wants and needs, examining your own along the way. Daily engineering design challenges supplement an overarching creative project that pushes you to create a thoughtful space for a group.

 

Homemade Foodies

When: July 6-10 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 3-7 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Learn the science behind how things cook from the comfort of your own home.  Get creative with pantry staples and make yummy creations for the foodies in your life. 

 

In the Weeds

When: June 29-July 3 (1-4 p.m.), July 27-31 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 24-28 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Let’s take a chance to forge a special relationship with the plants around us, no matter what our surroundings. Campers will be introduced to the plants of their neighborhood and region all from their computer chair. We will wrap up the week exploring our relationship with plants, both past and present by exploring Ethnobotany and modern farming methods.

 

Organ Odyssey

When: July 6-10 (1-4 p.m.), August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Explore how your body works one system at a time! From your brain to your bones, we’ll investigate our insides and learn about what to do when things go wrong.

 

Paws-itivity**

When: June 29-July 3 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) **both girls-only session and all camper sessions, July 27-31 (1-4 p.m.), August 24-28 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Challenge yourself to have a Paws-itive state of mind this week! Learn more about animals with paws and how they are interconnected into the ecosystem. Make observations about animal adaptations, habitats, and diet. Then become an anthrozoologist and explore the relationships between humans and these animals with paws.

 

Planetary Survival Camp

When: July 13-17 (1-4 p.m.), August 10-14 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
You’ve just settled onto a new planet as part of an exploratory mission but can you survive? Discover the wonders of space while you learn the basics of founding your new colony.

 

*sensory-friendly session
**girls-only session

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

2020 Camps for Grades 6–8

Virtual Summer Camp grade ranges are based on the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2020.

Anthrozoology

When: June 29-July 3 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), July 27-31 (1-4 p.m.), August 24-28 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Be an Anthrozoologist for the week, bring your curiosities to life as we discover the relationships between humans and animals! Uncover the worlds of wildlife conservation, veterinary sciences, and zoology. Deepen curiosity about our natural world by creating global solutions to human and wildlife interactions.

 

Art and Animation 

When: July 27-31 (1-4 p.m.), August 10-14 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Create and animate a story using different artistic media and styles. Campers will explore physical media to create their art and then choose from a variety of animation styles to translate it into a digital animation.

 

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Oh My!* **

When: July 13-17 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) **both girls-only and all camper sessions, August 10-14 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Try your hand at all sorts of science experiments in this camp that will have you feeding fungus, mixing radical reactions, and testing the laws of physics. Build the ultimate marble run, investigate acids and bases, and grow your own fungus friend. Cap it all off by designing and conducting your very own experiment in this exploration of experimental science.

 

Chef University

When: July 6-10 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 3-7 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Get started learning basic culinary skills such as cutting, sautéing, emulsifying and baking, and about the scientific processes behind some of the most common food phenomenon.

 

Code Crafting**

When: August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) **both girls-only and all camper sessions, August 24-28 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $275 / $250 PacSci members 
Explore Minecraft Code Builder while learning core programming concepts! Navigate challenging adventures and quickly automate builds with the help of block-based coding and a robotic assistant.

 

CSI PacSci 

When: July 6-10 (1-4 p.m.), August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225/ $200 PacSci members
Campers will learn about the human biology that helps forensic investigators solve crimes. Over the week, campers will have the chance to learn about bones, fingerprints, and DNA, and will participate in a cumulative virtual investigation.

 

Handful of Horticulture

When: July 27-31 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 24-28 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members 
Campers will plan their own pollinator garden, learning about all the important considerations all landscape architects and horticulturists think about. We will learn about pollinators, phenology, budgeting and pesticides.

 

Ready, Set, Action!

When: June 22-26 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), July 20-24 (1-4 p.m.), August 17-21 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members
We’re spending so much of our time in front of a screen, so let’s use them to make something awesome! In just one week, we’ll learn all about movie-making, storyboards, and set-design. We’ll explore the possibilities of using video-conference software to create unique and creative short films.

 

The Brainbow Connection 

When: June 22-26 (1-4 p.m.), July 20-24 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), August 17-21 (1-4 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members
Humans, as social beings, have exhibited immense creativity in a time of isolation. Spend a week honing your skills in mindful design and reframing the mundane! Daily engineering design challenges supplement an overarching creative project that stretches the idea of connection.

 

Zombie Survival School 

When: July 13-17 (1-4 p.m.), August 10-14 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Cost: $225 / $200 PacSci members
Zombies have overrun the city and you have fled into the wilderness where you must survive until the CDC arrives with a cure. Create shelter, purify water, and navigate your way back home. 

 

*sensory-friendly session
**girls-only session

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

2020 Girls-Only Camps

Girls only camps are a space for youth who identify as female or non-binary to support each other learning in STEAM topics, while also breaking down the social and cultural barriers that can often prevent them from pursuing STEAM subjects and careers.

 

Gizmo Champions
Grades 4–5 | August 17-21 (1-4 p.m.)

Paws-itivity 
Grades 4–5 | June 29-July 3 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Oh My! 
Grades 6–8 | July 13-17 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Code Crafting 
Grades 6–8 | August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

 

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

2020 Sensory Friendly Camps

Sensory friendly camps maintain a lower camper to staff ratio to support campers who benefit from a calmer environment. As in all PacSci camps, campers will have access to our sensory toolboxes (with fidgets, headphones, timers, and visual aids) and “take a break” spaces. All campers are welcome to register for sensory friendly camp sessions.

Ready, Seed, Grow!
Grades K–1 | June 29-July 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) 

Story Sketchers 
Grades 2–3 | June 22-26 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Bit by Bit
Grades 4–5 | July 20-24 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

 

Download the 2020 Virtual Camp Calendar

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

 

Additional Information

Wondering about what supplies are provided by PacSci, where pickups are located, what tech requirements are, or any other questions? Check out information in the FAQ, policies, and transfers/cancellations to find out all you need to know when registering for Virtual Camps.

Registration Transfer Instructions

Transfer an In-person Camp To a Virtual Camp Registration

Are you looking to transfer your existing, in-person Summer Camp registration to a Virtual Camp registration? Please follow the below steps; this re-registration process is designed to transfer your current payment.

Please refer to the email sent to you, and use the included link to transfer an in-person Summer Camp to a Virtual Camps. If you need this link resent, please contact camps@pacsci.org. This link is only available to those currently registered. Using this link, your original payment for an in-person Summer Camp will be applied to your new Virtual Camp registration.

If the new camp offering results in a credit in your favor, the price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. Please note that refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

If you have a balance due, we will send you an invoice with instructions on how to submit payment online.

Full payment that includes a $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.

 

Transfer Between In-person Camps

If you would like to register for a different in-person camp with available space, please register on our website for the new camp. Once you register, please call (206) 443-2844 or email edprograms@pacsci.org to have your original camp refunded.

 

In-Person Camps That Have Been Transferred to a New Theme

If your camper has been transferred to a new in-person camp and you wish to stay enrolled in the new camp, you do not need to do anything. Transfers are either equal to or lower in price than the original camp.

If the new camp offering results in a credit in your favor, the price difference will be automatically refunded to the credit card used in the original transaction. You also have the option to transfer your registration to a virtual camp or cancel your registration. Please note that refunds can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

 

Convert Your Refund To a Donation

If your camper is unable to join us this year, please consider converting your refund into a contribution to support PacSci’s mission.

As this region’s science center, Pacific Science Center’s work is more important than ever. Science and an informed public are humanity’s best hopes in addressing COVID-19, climate change, and other threats. We depend on charitable donations now more than ever to ensure that curiosity never closes.

To donate your payment to Pacific Science Center, please email edprograms@pacsci.org with your name, camper name, and registration number. You will receive a confirmation email that your request was received and we will automatically convert your payment into a donation. We will send a tax acknowledgement for your records.

 

Download the Cancelled and Transferred Camps

Virtual Camp FAQ

General Questions

Can I leave my camper unattended during the virtual camp session?
Each virtual camp will involve hands-on interactive STEAM activities directed by two PacSci educators. Most of the activities will require minimal adult supervision, but due to the virtual format, parents/guardians will remain solely responsible for ensuring the physical safety of their child during virtual camp sessions.

There will also be a 15-minute break each day when our educators will not be in visual or verbal communication with campers. PacSci does not recommend leaving your camper unattended during camp sessions.

What is the role of the educators in camps?
We pride ourselves on our tested hands-on interactive virtual format that our educators are excited to pass on to your campers!

Each camp has two PacSci educators in the virtual classroom. The Lead Educator trained to be responsible for running each of the activities for the campers to follow. The assistant educator assists the virtual classroom with Zoom management, and small group sessions. Each small group session will have one educator or assistant to guide the campers.

What training do educators receive?
We have found the most success for your camper stems from well-trained educators. Over the course of training, educators strengthen their skills in equitable informal teaching, effective behavior management, and up-to-date procedures for COVID-19.

Virtual Camp educators are also taught to have a keen eye for physical, emotional and interpersonal camper well-being. We also work with partners in our community to share biases in education, and share best practices to enable access for all abilities.

Based on what they have learned in training, our educators inspire curiosity in your camper by creatively challenging your camper in a constructive and healthy environment.

 

Tech and Device Requirements for all Virtual Camps

What tech requirements are needed to participate?
Campers need access to an internet-connected device with Zoom and webcam installed for the duration of the virtual camp. We recommend your Zoom is run in the Zoom app instead of the Zoom webpage as the webpage has limited functions.

Can more than one camper participate in camp on one device?
Camps are designed for grade specific activities, and campers in the same household in different age group camps will need separate devices for concurrent camps.

A second youth in the same age group from the same household can be added for a $50 fee as long as the device is shared. Please contact edprograms@pacsci.org for instructions on how to add an additional camper in the same age group at this discounted rate.

We don’t have enough devices for our campers of different age groups to participate at the same time. Are there devices we can utilize during camps?
A limited number of tablet devices are available for use during the week if needed to participate in camp. A security hold of $250 will be placed on a credit card. This charge will only be processed if the computer is damaged or not returned.

Please email camps@pacsci.org to inquire about device availability.

Tablets must be returned to all three supply pickup locations Saturday morning after camps, or at Pacific Science Center on Monday mornings between 8:30–10 a.m.

 

Tech Requirements for Specific Tech Camps

Will computers be provided for tech camps?
All tech camp registration includes the use of a Pacific Science Center computer for the week of camp. All computers will come with Zoom, a webcam, and other required software installed. A security hold of $500 will be placed on a credit card. This charge will only be processed if the computer is damaged or not returned.

Computers will be available to pick up through our no-contact pickup process only and will be cleaned and disinfected. Computers must be returned to all three supply pickup locations Saturday morning after camps or at Pacific Science Center on Monday mornings between 8:30–10 a.m.

What does “some coding experience required” mean for the various tech camps?
They should have some exposure to coding language. Any platform or language is fine as long as your child knows the idea behind what coding is.

Can I use my own computer for tech camps?
We highly recommend using our camp computers for your tech camps since we have all of the correct programs downloaded and are synced with the computer specifications and programs that our educators have. This will help our educators troubleshoot any issues your camper might have while working on the tech camps.

However, if you would like to use your own computer, you will need to make sure that the computer has the proper specifications and you pay for and download the correct programs for your camper to participate. Please email camps@pacsci.org for additional information.

 

Age/Grade Requirements

Are camps based on the current grade or next year’s grade?
Camps are based on the grade the camper is going into next school year.

My camper will be going into ____ grade, but really wants to take (grade above/below) camps. Can I sign up for this camp?
No. Our camps are designed for the grade range listed. If the camper is too young, the content may be over the camper’s head when in a camp with (highest camp grade in range). If the camper is too old, the content will not be challenging for the camper and not a good experience. We also consider the social impacts of a child being the youngest or oldest in the group.

What is the staff to camper ratio for virtual camps? How many campers are in each camp?
Each virtual camp has a maximum of 20 campers with 2 educators to maintain 10:1 ratio. Some of our virtual camps will have the added assistance of our high school volunteers who are part of our Science Educators in Training Program.

Do you offer any camps for high school students?
No, but we do have service learning opportunities for teens (14-18) during the summer to assist in our summer camps.

 

Pricing and Membership

I am a PacSci Member, but I am not seeing the membership price online.
Please refer to each age group’s dropdown of offerings for member pricing. Call (206) 443-2925 to speak with our Education Registration team if you have any questions.

 

Waitlist

What is the waitlist process?
We are not offering a waitlist for our virtual summer camps.

 

Registration Notes and Deadlines

When is the last day I can sign up for a camp that starts next week?
Registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

 

Girls Only and Sensory Friendly Camps

What makes sensory friendly camps different?
These camps have a smaller teacher to camper ratio with 1 teacher assigned to a group of 8 students. All of our educators are trained with more detailed teaching strategies to work with students with higher sensory needs.

These camps are chosen to work well for campers who have challenges with intense smells, sounds, textures, busy activities, etc. We encourage families that sign up for our virtual sensory-friendly camps to have a tactile sensory bin of materials to engage with at home.

Are non-sensory sensitive campers allowed in sensory friendly camps? Are kids with heightened sensory sensitivity only allowed in sensory friendly camps?
Anyone can sign up for sensory friendly sessions. We just ask parents to keep in mind that these camps are specifically tailored for campers with extra sensory needs and to use their best judgment as to whether this camp would be a good fit for their child.

Campers with extra sensory needs can sign up for non-sensory friendly camps and will have access to sensory friendly focus tools and quiet space. Keep in mind that some camp activities may not offer a wider range of sensory needs.

They say “Girls Only” and also that anyone can register for the camp, is this accurate?
Only girls are able to register for girls only camps. Female is the dropdown option for gender. We are looking into adding another option for gender non-conforming youth for all camps including the girls only ones.

Why do you have girls only camps? I don’t think it is fair.
Our girls only camps were created to focus on gender diversity in STEM and provide learning environments that help girls boost confidence, build supportive friendships, and become inspired by female leaders and role models. We know that stereotypes, social expectations, and lack of representation dissuade girls from pursuing interests in STEM. The mission of our Girls Only Camp Program is to offer unique experiences that help girls overcome these types of limitations. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate, we offer multiple sessions of each camp. Additionally, we spread out our girls only offerings throughout the 10 weeks of summer and run them concurrently with all-gender camps for each age group. Learn more about PacSci’s Girls and Women in STEM initiative.

Supplies and Pick-up Information

Important Notice for Pick-ups for Camps on the Week of June 29

Supply pick-up is not available on Saturday, July 4. We have adjusted our hours that week for the holiday. Please go to your selected location during one of our new pickup times:

  • Pacific Science Center only: Thursday, July 2, 1–5 p.m.
  • Pacific Science Center, St. Thomas School or Explorer West Middle School: Friday, July 3, 1–3 p.m.

General Questions

 

What supplies are provided?
Activity supplies for all camp activities are provided to campers at no additional cost. There may be some common office/classroom supplies such as a glue stick and pens that are not included.

What supplies are not provided?
Campers are expected to have the following supplies to participate in our camps. If they do not, these supplies are available for purchase during the registration process.

  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Glue Sticks
  • Sharpies
  • Index Cards
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Simple Calculator
  • Hole Punch

The Hungry theme camps require a larger range of supplies that PacSci does not supply. Those items include:

  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pot
  • Pan
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Spatula

How will I receive the provided supplies?
Supplies can be picked up through a no-contact pickup process the week before each camp at your choice of three locations. For an added fee, you may choose to have supplies shipped during the registration process. A minimum of two weeks advanced registration is required to ship materials.

Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave N. Seattle, WA 98122

  • Weekly on Fridays from 1–3 p.m.
  • Weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St Thomas School 8300 NE 12th St, Medina, WA, 98039

  • Weekly on Fridays from 1–3 p.m.
  • Weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explorer West School, 10015 28th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146

  • Weekly on Fridays from 1–3 p.m.
  • Weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What safety precautions are taken in preparing the supply kits?
Our supply team and all PacSci employees are following strict protocol from the moment they leave their homes to the moment they leave the Science Center. All employees are required to take their temperature before coming to work, wear masks at all times, wash hands periodically, and are in group sizes of less than 10 people when preparing supplies.

Supplies are prepared with one full week prior to the camp they will be used in so that they can sit, untouched by staff. They are then handled with gloves and placed in sanitized vans ready to go for a contactless pick up.

When the pickup happens, all staff will continue to wear masks and gloves, and will sanitize any part of your car that they touch.

How will the no contact pick up process work?
Caregivers choose their pickup location during the registration process. PacSci will send out a confirmation email on the Friday before your pickup date to remind you of your choice. You will have until the Wednesday before your pickup date to change the location.

When you are at your location, you will need to show PacSci staff confirmation for each of your campers registered, and they will confirm them with our registration lists. PacSci staff will find the supplies and place them in the trunk, back seat, or open window of your car.

If staff touches any part of your car, we will sanitize it with our sanitizing wipes. You will drive away with the supplies you will need for the week of camp!

Can I have supplies shipped instead of using the no contact pickup process?
For virtual camps starting July 6, 2020 or later, supplies can shipped to you for a $20 charge during the registration process. When asked which supply pickup location you will use, choose the option to have supplies shipped to you and then add the shipping charge to your cart.

 

Camp Policies and Information

Policies, Transfers, & Cancellations

Waiver

All registered Virtual Camp attendees must sign a waiver form.  The waiver should be completed and submitted during registration. If that is not possible, please download, fill out, and return this form to camps@pacsci.org before your camper’s first day of Virtual Summer Camp. Download the waiver

 

Transfers

After June 15, 2020, requests for transfers must be made at least one week prior to the camp start date. The cost to transfer your child between camps is $30 per transfer.

To transfer your child between camps or cancel your child’s camp session(s), call (206) 443-2925.

Please have your confirmation number ready. Your confirmation number can be found in the confirmation email you received after registering for summer camp.

 

Cancellations

After June 15, 2020, requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least two weeks prior to the camp start date.

To cancel your registration, please email edprograms@pacsci.org with your name, camper name, and registration number. You will receive a confirmation email that your request was received, and we will automatically refund your payments made to the credit card on file. Refunds may take up to 4-6 weeks to process.

Our refund policy has not changed at this time for camps that have not been cancelled. Pacific Science Center will retain the $100 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp as indicated on our Summer Camps guide. Should Pacific Science Center or our partners decide to fully cancel a camp, we will process a full refund including the deposit for those registered.

 

Waitlist Procedures

PacSci is not offering a waitlist for our virtual summer camps.

 

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Additional support provided by the D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, Jessica and Joshua Curry, Nina Zingale and Jerry Meyer, and more than 2,500 individuals, companies, and foundations that donate to Pacific Science Center each year. Click here to learn more about ways you can support Camps for Curious Minds and Pacific Science Center.