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 …

Elementary Summer Camps
(grades 1-6)
Starts 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)
Starts 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 …

Solar System Travels
Astronomy, grades 3 & 4
June 26-30

Solar System Travels  Astronomy, grades 3 & 4 June 26-30 (Session A) or August 7-11 (Session B) Observing the sun  using a solar filter Students will journey through our solar system and learn about the different planets and moons, studying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and beyond using a variety of activities. They will construct models, analyze rocks Read More …

RocketFest 2017 – updated: 5/26
Saturday, June 10
Session A: 85% Full
Session B: 60% Full
Session C: 50% Full

  Looking for a fun and exciting family activity? Come to Kopernik’s 9th annual RocketFest on Saturday, June 10. There will be three rocket building/launching workshops and a variety of standard and advanced rocket models from which to choose. Beginners are welcome! Kopernik’s experienced staff will help you learn how to assemble the rocket, prepare 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