Events & Programs

Virtual Tech Summer 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.

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

Each day features different activities to help your camper gain tech and programming skills, as well as ways to connect with other campers in this digital format. Group sizes are kept small and led virtually by two educators so that these at-home experiences are interactive and engaging.

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

Download our 2022 Camps Booklet

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Camp Policies and Information

Be sure to review our 2022 camp policies and information regarding waivers, transfers, cancellations, waitlisting, and more.

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 is 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 successful experience 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 offer training in identifying biases in education and 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. 

 

Registration, Waitlist, Transfers & Cancellations

When does registration open?

Member registration reopens Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. General registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

 

When is the last day I can sign up for a Virtual Tech camp? 

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. 12 days before the camp start date (two Wednesdays prior).

What is the waitlist process? 

  • If a camp is full at the time of registration, you can add your camper to the waitlist. If an opening occurs, we will notify you by email. Openings only occur if someone transfers camps or cancels their registration.
  • Once notified via email, the first person on the waitlist will have 24 hours to confirm their registration acceptance for the camp before the next email is sent to the next person on the waitlist.
  • Due to the physical limitations of our classroom spaces and our required adult-to-camper ratios, we cannot add spaces to full camps.

What information do I need to provide in order to attend camp? 

All registered Virtual Camp attendees must sign a waiver form through CampDocAfter registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to register for CampDoc to complete all required forms and camper information. Download the waiver for review.

How can I transfer to a different camp? 

To transfer your camper to a new camp, first register for the new camp online.* Once registered, email Camps or call (206) 443-2008 to cancel your original camp. There will be no fee for transferring camps and your original camp will be refunded in full (including the non-refundable deposit) after a new camp is booked.

What is the cancellation policy?  

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least  2 weeks  prior to the camp start date.

To cancel your registration, please email Camps  with your name, camper name, and registration information. Pacific Science Center will retain the $50 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp canceled.

 

CampDoc Information

Registration will be conducted completely through the CampDoc platform this year. CampDoc has robust instructions for participants regarding signing up, completing registrations, making payments, and more on the Participant Help Center.

For technical questions or assistance with navigating the platform, please submit an online request directly to CampDoc or call at (734) 619-8300 Monday–Friday between 6 a.m.–2 p,m, Pacific Standard Time (9 a.m.–5 pm Eastern Standard Time).

How does registration through CampDoc work?

Pacific Science Center will have a unique link to our CampDoc registration platform. Using the link, you will be able to create an account (if you do not already have one from 2021) then register for camp on the date registration opens.

Camp session options will display based on the grade you indicate in your camper’s profile. Please make sure that the camp session(s) that you select matches the camp location and date(s) for which you are interested. After selecting your camp session(s), you will have the option to purchase a camp-provided lunch as an Add-On for all locations except St. Thomas School (lunch is included in the camp price at this location). If you are a member, you will also be able to enter your member discount code to receive $30 off the camp price.

On the purchase confirmation page, you will be prompted to input your payment information (via credit card or bank account only), and you will have the option to set up a payment plan. Whether or not you opt into a payment plan, you must pay a non-refundable $50 deposit for each camp session to secure your registration. Your registered sessions will display under the Registration tab of you camper’s profile.

For more information on registration, please refer to the Register support article in CampDoc’s Participant Help Center.

How can I create an account before registration opens?

Members will be sent an early registration link via email on Thursday, February 3, in order to create their account in advance of member registration on February 8. The link for general registration will be posted on our website on February 15.

Once you click the link, you will be directed to the CampDoc platform. If your camper attended PacSci camps in 2021, you should already have a CampDoc account and can click LOG IN with your email address and password. We encourage you to log in to your camper’s profile in advance of registration to ensure their grade information is up to date.

If you do not have a previous CampDoc account through PacSci, you must click SIGN UP and enter your email address and create an account password. You will then be asked to add your camper’s name, gender, and birth date. The About You page will appear, prompting you to add your name, phone number, and mailing address. These steps must be completed before you will be able to register for camp sessions.

For more information and a how-to guide for creating a CampDoc account, please refer to the Sign Up support article in  CampDoc’s Participant Help Center.

Do I have to complete my camper’s Health Profile before I register?

You must create a CampDoc user account and complete through the About You information page before you will be able to register for camp sessions. You do not need to complete your camper’s full Health Profile before you can register, however you MUST complete their Health Profile in full at least one week in advance of your camp session’s start date. Your camper will not be admitted into camp until their Health Profile is complete.

For more information and a how-to guide for completing you camper’s Health Profile, please refer to the Health Profile support article in CampDoc’s Participant Help Center. 

Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes, although you must pay a non-refundable $50 deposit on each camp session you are registering for to hold your reservation. CampDoc will allow you to select an amount, length of time, and day of the month for the payment plan to automatically process until the full payment due date.

All camp sessions must be paid in full by May 15, 2022. Any outstanding balances on your payment plan will be automatically charged on this date. Camp registrations made after May 15 must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

For more information on payment plans, please refer to the Payments support article in CampDoc’s Participant Help Center.

I’m a member. How do I get my membership discount benefit?

Members must use the member discount code provided in the early registration link email to receive $30 off camp prices. If you do not receive the link and discount code on February 3, please email Membership.

For more information on using discount codes, please refer to the Coupons section of the Register support article in CampDoc’s Participant Help Center.

Payment Information

We are only able to accept payment for summer camp registration via credit card or bank account payment. On your credit card statement, summer camp purchases will display as DOCNETWORK INC, the CampDoc parent company name. You will also be able to review your transaction history and account balance directly in CampDoc under your camper’s profile Account tab.

For more information on credit card charges, please refer to the Payments and the Chargebacks and ACH Returns support articles in CampDoc’s Participant Help Center.

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 for the 2022–2023 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 enough and won’t be a good experience for them. 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 18 campers with two educators to maintain 9:1 ratio 

Technology Requirements

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 you download and use the Zoom app instead of the Zoom webpage as the webpage has limited functions.  

  • For campers in the Seattle area, a laptop can be borrowed from the Science Center at no cost, however a security deposit is required. Borrowed laptops must be picked up and dropped off at PacSci. All laptops borrowed will be preloaded with the required software for each camp. 
  • Campers using their own computers will need to ensure that their computer meets all technical specifications listed for the camp and that required programs are downloaded or bookmarked before camp begins. See below for the program requirements for each tech camp offered. 

 

Can more than one camper participate in camp on one device?
Tech Camps are designed for campers to learn computer-based skills which requires that each camper have their own device in order to get the most from camp.  

 

We don’t have device(s) for our camper(s) to participate. Are there devices we can use during camps?
A limited number of PacSci laptops are available for use during the week for Seattle area campers if needed to participate in camp. 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. All laptops will need to be picked up the Friday before camp and dropped off the Monday after camp at PacSci between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please email Camps to inquire about device availability or more information. 

 

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. 

 

If my camper is using their own device, what are the tech requirements and programs needed? 

Forcampers using home computers duringcamps, please check to make sure your device is compatible with and has the following programs downloaded or bookmarked: 

Programs Requirements
Itsy Bitsy
  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Bitsy  Campers will access through a web browser, and does not need to be downloaded.
Storytelling from Scratch 
  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3 Campers will access through a web browser; it does not need to be downloaded. Campers should create their own free Scratch account in advance of the camp session. To create a free account, go to Scratch and click “Join Scratch” in the top right. This will prompt your camper to make a username and password, and they will need to input an email address to complete account creation.
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 
Bit by Bit 
Storyboard Animatics 
  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3 Campers will access through a web browser; it does not need to be downloaded. Campers should create their own free Scratch account in advance of the camp session. To create a free account, go to Scratch and click “Join Scratch” in the top right. This will prompt your camper to make a username and password, and they will need to input an email address to complete account creation.
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 
Art and Animation 
  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3 Campers will access through a web browser; it does not need to be downloaded. Campers should create their own free Scratch account in advance of the camp session. To create a free account, go to Scratch and click “Join Scratch” in the top right. This will prompt your camper to make a username and password, and they will need to input an email address to complete account creation.
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 
 Code Crafting
Dinomation
  • Internet Browser  
  • Webcam  
  • Zoom    
  • Cloud Stop Motion – Campers will access from web browser; it does not need to be downloaded. Campers should create their own free Cloud Stop Motion account in advance of the camp session. To create a free account, go to Cloud Stop Motion, click “Sign in/Register,” and then click “Sign up now” in the bottom right corner. This will prompt your camper to make a username and password, and they will need to input an email address to complete account creation. 
  • Optional – External photography device (webcam used for Zoom can also be used) 
Stop Motion Animation
  • Internet Browser  
  • Webcam  
  • Zoom    
  • Cloud Stop Motion – Campers will access from web browser; it does not need to be downloaded. Campers should create their own free Cloud Stop Motion account in advance of the camp session. To create a free account, go to Cloud Stop Motion, click “Sign in/Register,” and then click “Sign up now” in the bottom right corner. This will prompt your camper to make a username and password, and they will need to input an email address to complete account creation. 
  • Optional – External photography device (webcam used for Zoom can also be used) 

If your home computer is not compatible with any of the programs above, PacSci does have laptops that can be borrowed for your week incampwitha $500 credit card deposit. 

 

Can my camper use a tablet or Chromebook for camp or do they need a laptop/desktop? 

While campers can use tablets or Chromebooks, most campers find a laptop or desktop to be easier to use. An external keyboard may also help to make these devices easier to use. 

Supplies

What supplies are provided? 

Laptops may be borrowed from PacSci with a deposit that is refunded when the laptop is returned undamaged. A supply kit containing materials for camp activities is 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 may be expected to have the following supplies to participate in our camps. 

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

How will I receive the provided supplies? 

Supply kits will be mailed to all campers including Seattle area campers unless a laptop is being borrowed. For campers borrowing a PacSci laptop during camps, supply kits can be picked up at PacSci at the time computers are picked up.  

What safety precautions are taken in preparing the supply kits? 

Our supply team and all PacSci employees are following safety protocol throughout the day. All employees are required to take their temperature before coming to work, wear masks at all times, wash hands often, and are in group sizes of fewer than 10 people when preparing supplies. 

Supplies are prepared two full weeks prior to the camp so that they can sit untouched by staff prior to being received by campers. 

Membership

I’m a member, are there Summer Camp benefits?  

Yes! As in years past, we are offering members early registration and a $30 camp discount. This year, all camp registration will be conducted directly through CampDoc.  Early registration for members opens Tuesday, February 8, at 10 a.m. We will be sending a special member registration link via email on Thursday, February 3, and a member discount code. Members must register using the code to receive their $30 discount on each camp session. All members who had active memberships as of March 2020 will be eligible. If you do not receive the link on February 3, please email Membership.

 

How does the special member registration link work?  

Members can use the direct registration link and member code at any time after 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, to access the $30 per registration discount. In order to register for camp sessions, you must create a free CampDoc profile for each camper before making a purchase. You will also be asked to verify your membership status in your camper’s profile. If you create a second login for an existing account, don’t worry—we will resolve and combine all duplicates and this will not impact your ability to register for camps.

 

What if I don’t get the special member registration link email?  

The email address we have tied to your membership account may be incorrect or you may have opted out of receiving PacSci member emails. If you do not receive the member registration link on Thursday, February 3, please email Membership as soon as possible to request your direct link.

 

I’m not a member but I would like to purchase a membership for the Summer Camp benefits. Why can’t I buy a membership right now? 

Pacific Science Center’s onsite operations are currently very limited and we are undertaking a process of renewal, including updating our membership systems and exploring an evolution of our program. As a result, we have suspended all membership sales during this time. We are taking this opportunity to reimagine our membership program and hope you will consider joining the PacSci membership family in the future! To be the first to know when PacSci resumes selling memberships and to sign up for an exclusive reopening membership offer, please visit our membership webpage.

For questions, please email Membership.

 

Contact Us

We are delighted to be able to offer Summer Camps to our community this summer.  However, we are working with a small staff which may result in a delay in response to emails, phone calls, and voicemails. We appreciate your patience as we work to respond as quickly as possible. 

 

Email 

Email is the preferred method of communication as many of our staff are working remotely. Staff monitor and respond to emails from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Response times are dependent on email volume. 

  • For questions about camps, registration, health and safety, logistics, etc. please email Camps.
  • For questions about membership and the special direct member link, please email Membership.

Phone 

Most staff are currently working off-site and will have limited ability to take live calls. We will respond to voicemails from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Response times are dependent on call volume. Please contact us at (206) 443-2008.

If you leave us a voicemail, please clearly state the following information in your message in order to receive the fastest and most accurate response: 

  • Your full name (please spell your last name) 
  • The phone number where we can reach you 
  • Your general availability for a return phone call 
  • The nature of your call 
 

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