Elementary Summer Camps
(grades 1-6)
Begin June 26!

Sponsored by the Link Foundation, in memory of inventor/explorer Edwin A. Link, the Link Summer STEM Exploration camps offer hands-on, high-tech adventures in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a fun and nurturing environment.  Camps run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.  Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available. When you find Read More …

Middle & High School Summer Camps
(grades 6-12)
Begin July 17

For the 25th summer, the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal, NY is offering week-long camps for students in grades 1-12.  Sponsored by the Link Foundation, in memory of inventor/explorer Edwin A. Link, the Link Summer STEM Exploration camps offer hands-on, high-tech adventures in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a fun and nurturing Read More …

Lab Rat Buffet
STEM, grades 3 & 4
July 5-7

Get out the goggles! During this three day camp, students will have the opportunity to spend extended time in Kopernik’s laboratories, delving deeply into topics in a variety of fields, including chemistry, geology, and astronomy.  Each day will focus on a different theme.  Students will be challenged to discover, learn and invent through experimentation and Read More …

Super Science Explorations
STEM, gr. 1 & 2
July 10-14
August 7-11

In this introductory camp, children will learn about the habits of a scientist and about different fields of science through a variety of activities! Budding geologists will explore earth science by creating edible rocks and erupting volcanoes. Engineers of tomorrow will design spacecraft, build and launch paper rockets. Young biologists will explore the surrounding flora Read More …

Zap, Bang, Beep
Engineering, grades 5 & 6
July 10-14

Students in this camp will be introduced to littleBit™ modules to create a wide range of electronic and mechanical projects. The innovative littleBits™ system uses interconnected modules which include servos, sensors, LED bar graphs, logic arrays and transducers, allowing the students to combine electronic and mechanical elements to create engaging devices.  At the end of Read More …

Gadgets, Widgets, & Gizmos
Engineering, gr. 6-8
July 31 – Aug 4

During this camp, students will learn about basic electronics and circuit design and will create a variety of electrical and electronic devices. Topics covered will include Ohm’s Law, series/parallel circuits, and electrical and electronics safety. Tuition includes $20 materials fee. Course Outline   Register for this class

The World of Computer Science
grades 9-12
July 31 – Aug 4

Students will learn about both software and hardware in a computer system. In addition to learning about algorithms and writing programs, they will also learn how the hardware modules that gets the job done. Students will use C++ to program an Arduino microprocessor. Course Outline    Register for this class

Return to the Edge of Space
STEM, grades 8-12
August 14 – 18

In August 2016, Kopernik students designed, built, launched, and recovered a weather balloon that reached an altitude of over 105,000 feet (20 miles). This summer, students will have the opportunity to build on the experience of last year’s campers and add new experiments, including the use of on-board microcomputers.  Course Outline    Balloon Video   Register Read More …

Another way you can help Kopernik is by shopping at Amazon.com. Link your Amazon account with Kopernik through the Amazon Smile program, and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to Kopernik at no cost to you! Simply go to smile.amazon.com log into your Amazon account, and select the Organization: Kopernik Society of Broome County. Once you've done that, Kopernik will receive a donation each time you shop at Amazon. It's fast, easy, and costs you NOTHING!  


Kopernk Observatory and Science Center is open mainly on Friday nights. However, you may schedule a free tour of our facilities on weekdays between 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Other times may also be available. Please call (607) 748-3685 to arrange for your tour ahead of time.


 Kopernik Observatory & Science Center - 698 Underwood Rd. Vestal, NY 13850 Phone: (607) 748-3685 Fax (607) 748-3222