Summer Camps


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 environment.  Camps typically run Monday to Friday from 9 3 p.m.  Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available. 

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Super Science Explorations (STEM, gr. 1 & 2) July 10-14 (A) or August 7-11 (B)
In this introductory camp, children will learn about the habits of a scientist and about different fields of science through a variety of activities!  
LEGOs: Engineering & Programming (Engineering, grades 2 & 3) August 14-18
Students in this camp will develop engineering skills while spending some time on “unplugged” activities, using LEGO blocks and other materials to solve problems. Register for this class
Solar System Travels (Astronomy, gr. 3 & 4) June 26-30 (A) or August 7-11 (B)  
During this week, students will journey through our solar system and learn about the different planets and moons, studying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and beyond. 
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. Register for this class
Solar Eclipse Workshop(Astronomy, grades 3-5)  July 24 & 25             
This two-day workshop will have students learning about the sun and the upcoming solar eclipse. Register for this class
Ecology: What’s the Buzz? (Life Science, grades 4 & 5)  July 17-21
In this Life Sciences camp, students will explore themes of Ecology.
Zap, Bang, Beep(Engineering, grades 5 & 6)  July 10-14
Students in this camp will be introduced to littleBitâ„¢ modules to create a wide range of electronic and mechanical projects.
Rocks, Minerals & Gemstones(Earth Science, grades 5 & 6)  June 26-30
Budding Geologists will learn about petrology (the study of rocks) and make jewelry in this art meets science workshop. 

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Solar Eclipse Workshop (Astronomy, grades 6-8)                           July 24 & 25
This two-day workshop will have students learning about the sun and the upcoming solar eclipse. Participants will learn how to safely observe the sun and will build their own special solar telescope. 
Gadgets, Widgets, and Gizmos(Engineering, grades 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 and parallel circuits, and electrical and electronics safety. Tuition includes $20 materials fee.


Robotic Missions to Alien Worlds(Space Science, grades 6-8)       July 17 – July 21
Students attending this camp will learn about the design and operation of robotic vehicles used by NASA to explore the solar system.  Special emphasis will be on the Mars Science Laboratory and other instruments on the Curiosity Rover currently exploring Mars and the Cassini mission to Saturn. 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. 
The World of Computer Science (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. 
Planetary Expedition (Astronomy, grades 9-12)                             July 26 – 29 (4 days, 3 nights)
In this overnight camp, students will learn about the solar system, its formation, how the sun and planets formed, their compositional differences, and the orbits of these objects. Daytime hours will be filled with interactive lectures and hands-on labs. 


Planetary Expedition runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29. 


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