Summer Camps (Ages 6-14)

Get ready to join scienceSeeds for a summer of exploration and wonder at the best STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and Maker camps Princeton has to offer. Most Princeton area science camps use canned curriculum but at scienceSeeds we develop our own curriculum with your child in mind.

From Harry Potter Science and Star Wars Science to computer-aided design and video game programming, 3D Printing and robotics, our camps are sure to get your children excited about science, technology, and engineering.

Since almost all of our camps involve hands-on activities, children will take home many projects.

Additional Information:

  • Our camp hours are 9:00am-3:30pm unless otherwise noted
    • Our half-day camps allow children to experiment with more than one subject area at a time
  • We offer extended care (early drop-off 8:00am and/or late pickup 5:30pm) for an additional fee
  • Our Camp locations are specified in the camp descriptions
    • All camps marked scienceSeeds main are offered at 29 Emmons Drive – Suite G10
  • Email us with any additional questions or concerns

Please Note:

We love teaching and working with all your children. However, in fairness to our instructors and to all our families who participate in our programs, please do not register your child for a summer program if he or she  does not meet the minimum age criteria on the first day of camp. If you aren’t sure whether or not your child is eligible to participate in a program, please check with our staff. Our age criteria help ensure that all campers have a great and fulfilling experience.

Intro to Programming (Ages 6-8, 9:00am-12:00pm)

Whether or not you have programmed before, we are sure you will find something new in our Programming camp.  The programming language we use has a graphical user interface and basic concepts such as flow charts, loops, and conditionals, and structured programming will be introduced. Children will progress at their own pace. Time permitting, we will control hardware such as Makey-Makeys with our new Scratch skills and develop our own apps.

Additional Information

  • Workshop is open to children ages 6-8
  • Workshop Hours:9:00am-12:00pm - (Morning only program)
  • Families interested in a full day camp can register for our afternoon program:   Young Inventors
  • Early drop-off/late pickup available.
  • For a daily registration please email [email protected]

Campers registering for the afternoon program (Young Inventors) do not need to sign up for the additional lunch hour.

Date: June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Ages: 6-8

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $255.00

Maker: Young Inventors (Ages 6-8, 1:00pm-4:00pm)

Join us for a crazy fun week of hands-on making and tinkering. Bring your curious mind and creative imagination to create a toy or contraption of your own! From projectile launching to crashinf cars, Ferris wheels to hydraulic based mechanisms, come see what you can make. This program is designed for kids to experience the engineering process through hands-on experimentation. We'll talk about modern making technologies such as 3D printers, vacuum formers, and laser cutters.  Explore science and engineering in a completely new way and discover what makes your toys or gadgets work!

Additional Information

  • Workshop is open to children ages 6-8
  • Workshop Hours: 1:00pm-4:00pm - (Afternoon only program)
  • Early drop-off/late pickup available
  • Campers registering for Intro to Programming in the morning do not need to register for early drop-off
  • For a daily registration please email [email protected]

Date: June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Ages: 6+

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $255.00

Design-Create-Build: Laser Cutting for Beginners (Ages 9-14, 9:00am-12:00pm)

Make awesome projects using cutting-edge technologies as you learn some physics, chemistry, engineering, and math. You will have guided access to our laser machine to cut and engrave various materials to build a custom design of your own creation. New to design software or computers in general? No worries! We will teach the necessary skills and introduce campers to graphic design and sketching tools that experts use in real day-to-day applications.

Additional Information

  • Camp hours are 9:00am-12:00pm
  • We offer early drop-off (8:00am) and late pickup (1:00pm)
  • You can sign up for our afternoon program Programming with Gamemaker™
  • Students registering for the afternoon program do not need to sign up for a late morning pickup

Date: June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Ages: 9-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $275.00

Programming with GameMaker™ (Ages 9-14, 1:00pm-4:00pm)

Have you ever wanted to write your own video games? From novice programmers who can use the simple drag-and-drop interface to experienced designers who can write their own code, GameMaker™ is a great tool to experiment with. You will design your own characters, develop your game plot, and put it all together.  We'll examine fundamental game design principles, discuss what makes a good game and what doesn't, and then plan and program our games with GameMaker™. Join us for this fun game design intro and catch the programming bug. Come see what you can create and share with your friends.

Additional Information

  • This camp is an afternoon-only program
  • Campers can register for Design-Create-Build to fill their morning (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Campers registering for the morning program do not need to sign up for late pickup - lunch hour is included when signing up for both programs
  • Early drop-off/late pickup available - sign up for the week or at $12.00/hour

Date: June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Ages: 9-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $255.00

Robot Challenges (Ages 9-14)

From Lego robotics to the mBot and Marty (our walking robot), we have robots that can kick, move, dance, and - most importantly - obey your commands. Remember the robots will only do what you tell them to do. Join us for a week of fun challenges and competition where you will discover how sensors work, develop your programming skills, and discover the amazing and versatile world of robotics. Work with a partner to develop challenges for other groups to conquer.  Think outside the box and put your imagination and innovation skills to work!

Additional information:

  • Small class size - no more than 10 participants in this camp
  • Students advance at their own pace
  • Campers with all different levels of experience are encouraged to participate
  • After-care/Early drop-off available for the week (pro-rated) or by the hour ($12.00/hour)

Sample activities include:

  • Familiarizing yourself with different robots and sensors
  • Programming robots using Scratch 3.0
  • Designing your own robots using Lego Mindstorms
  • Learning to build and control robots to make them perform practical tasks
  • Experimenting with Python to program Marty

Date: June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $520.00

Robotics for Beginners (Ages 6-8)

Join us for a week of hands-on fun as we explore the world of programming, building, and the exciting field of robotics. Through a series of challenges, your child will learn basic programming concepts as they try to make their robot follow a line, move an object, and more. Participants will gain an understanding of how robots work and learn about electricity and circuits as well.

Working individually and in groups, students will develop engineering and scientific skills as they learn to break problems into smaller components. Master the basic building blocks of the WeDo Graphical language, get introduced to Scratch, and build upon your knowledge to solve more and more complex tasks.  Put all your skills together and see how well you do in our epic battlebot extravaganza!

 

Additional Information:

  • Camp Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • We offer early drop-off (8:00am) and late pickup (5:30pm) for an additional fee
  • Camp is limited to 12 participants
  • Students advance at their own pace

Date: June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $475.00

Superhero Science (Ages 6-12)

Superheroes in movies and comic books have powers that we can only dream of. But can any of their traits be explained by science? Could we someday have X-ray vision or fly like Superman, swing like Spiderman or swim like Aquaman? Join us for this week of science fun as we show you the physics of flying, the biology of super strength, the chemistry of our super human friends, and what we need to make this fiction a reality. This is a 3-day camp.

Date: July 1, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Ages: 6-12

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $300.00

Game Design: From App Design to Hands-on Making (Ages 9-14)

Have you ever wanted to make your own video game or create a cartoon or animated story?  Well, this is your chance! If you are just starting out you will learn programming basics. If you are more than just a beginner, be ready to learn new tools and tips and share ideas. Try your hand at GameMaker, Roblox, or AppInventor to see how you can create your own games. Take your projects to a new level and expand your programming skills. Software challenges will be determined by the age of the participants.

Games are not only built on computers and in this camp we will also make and build our own board games. Students will work at their own pace and advance based on their interests.

Please note: This camp involves long periods of concentrated work seated by a computer. Participants must be able to process verbal and written instructions and work independently. Challenges and projects will be tailored to your child's level of experience and knowledge.

Date: July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019

Ages: 9-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $495.00

Game Design: From Programming to Hands-on Making (Ages 6-8)

Have you ever wanted to make your own video game, or create a cartoon or animated story?  Well, this is your chance! If you are just starting out you will learn programming basics. But games are not only built on computers, and in this camp we will also make and build our own board games. Participants must be able to read.

Please note: This camp involves long periods of concentrated work seated by a computer. Participants must be able to process verbal and written instructions and work independently. Challenges and projects will be tailored to your child's level of experience and knowledge. Our youngest campers will use Scratch to design and code and develop their projects. They will acquire critical thinking skills and learn basic programming concepts. Each camper will progress at their own pace.

Date: July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019

Ages: 9-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $495.00

Inventing and Coding - Girls in STEAM (Ages 9-14)

The Maker movement has fostered and re-invigorated the hands-on exploration of science, art, technology, and engineering. Discover the Maker movement by joining this STEAM camp! Explore programming (Scratch, GameMaker, AppInventor), computer-aided design, electronics, and more.  Do you have an idea you want to explore? Come build it. Then design a website to promote your invention. Using 3D printers, laser engravers, littleBits, and Arduino-based robots as well as hammers, screwdrivers, and wood - come see what you can create. We hope to provide an encouraging environment for our female scientists, whether they are passionate mad scientists or just started a budding interest in STEAM fields. Our Makers will go home with new knowledge and skills that we hope will encourage them to continue the movement.

 

Additional Information:

  • Camp Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • We offer early drop-off (8:00am) and late pickup (5:30pm) for an additional fee.
  • Programming and Robotics projects will be adapted to the level of the participants
  • Projects will depend on the age and interest of the participants
  • This is a girls-only camp

Date: July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Ages: 10-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $450.00

Inventing, Exploring, and Making: STEAM for Girls Only (Ages 6-8)

The Maker movement has fostered and re-invigorated the hands-on exploration of science, art, technology, and engineering. Discover what it means to tinker and make and what the Maker movement is all about! Explore programming (Scratch), build robots, experiment with circuits,  make non-electronic arcade games, design contraptions, build catapults, and much more. Do you have an idea you want to explore? Come build it. We hope to provide an encouraging environment for our female scientists, whether they are passionate mad scientists or just started a budding interest in STEAM fields. Our Makers will go home with new knowledge and skills that we hope will encourage them to continue the movement.

 

Additional Information:

  • Camp Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm
  • We offer early drop-off (8:00am) and late pickup (5:30pm) for an additional fee
  • Programming projects will be adapted to the level of the participants
  • Campers will take home all the projects they make
  • This is a girls-only camp

Date: July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Ages: 6-8

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Almost Full

Price: $450.00

Harry Potter & Wizardry Science (Ages 6-12)

Our most popular science camp! Welcome to scienceSeeds School of Magic! Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter as we discuss the science that could explain the magic used at Hogwarts. Get sorted into a house based on the science of psychology, make your very own wand to light up when you cast spells, enjoy the chemistry of potions, and learn the science behind the mythical creatures or magical creations that Harry Potter has to offer. All muggles are welcome, but everyone leaves a wizard! 

Projects may include:

  • Creating a Quidditch-like Game
  • Discovering the genetics of magical creatures
  • Making our own wands
  • Making things that glow
  • Designing mythical creatures

Sign up today as this camp fills quickly!

Date: July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $465.00

Star Wars & Sci-Fi Science (Ages 6-12)

Come over to the dark side or battle its influence as we spend a week discovering the science behind Star WarsTM .  Learn about outer space to understand that galaxy far far away and use the force (or perhaps forces) to make things move without touching them. Examine and build your own versions of many sci-fi props that technology is bringing closer to existence today. Whether you're a Jedi Master or don't know an Ewok from a Wookie, this camp will be fun for any young scientist.

Date: August 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Ages: 6-12

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $465.00

Calling all Builders, Engineers, and Architects! (Ages 6-12)

Learn to think like an engineer as you design structures of different shapes and purposes. Discover what forces come into play when we build tall buildings or design wide spans or engineer roller coasters. Experiment with such diverse building materials as paper, straws, wood, and even spaghetti. Students will learn to identify different bridge designs and construction materials used in modern day engineering. They will work both individually and in teams to create structures which will be tested to see how well they survive under different natural conditions.

 

Sample Activities

  • Designing paper roller coasters
  • Solving STEM challenges - building houses that can withstand hurricanes, extreme temperature, etc
  • Learning about building materials
  • Designing a solar home
  • Mixing concrete

 

Additional Information

  • Projects will depend on the age of the participants
  • Camp hours are 9:00am-3:30pm
  • We offer early drop-off (8:00am) and late pickup (5:30pm) (you can sign up during registration)

Date: August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019

Ages: 6-14

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $495.00

Crazy Fun Science: Making , Designing, Tinkering (Ages 6-12)

It’s the end of summer and we saved the best for last! Join us for one last week of exciting science exploration, experimentation, and building! Designed around our favorite science projects from this and past summers, this camp will bounce between themes each day to make sure we highlight the best of the best. From the physics of ballistics to light-up bling, from ooey gooey chemistry to the cutting edge of 3D Printing, we have tons of fun science to explore. Sign up for the whole week or by the day and make sure you end your summer with a bang! 

Priority will be given to full-week campers. 

We will start to process day-by-day registrations (space permitting) mid-August. The daily rate for this camp is $125.00/day.

Date: August 26, 2019 - August 30, 2019

Ages: 6-12

Location: scienceSeeds Main

Registration: Open

Price: $495.00