It’s that time of year when schools are out or soon will be, weeks of vacation lie ahead, and parents are wondering how they’ll keep kids busy.
For parents seeking activities of a scientific nature for their youngsters, the Portland area has several organizations offering summer camps.
The most obvious of these is, of course, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. They have a variety of offerings for children in kindergarten through high school, including lessons in kitchen chemistry, archaeology, web design, forensic science, astronomy, biomimicry and paleontology.
To explore OMSI’s camp and class offerings in more detail, check out its catalog online.
Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver also offers a range of camp programs for children ages 5 to 12. Science camps typically focus on rockets, robots, chemistry and other areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
For registration and more information, check out Mad Science’s camp website.
Saturday Academy, meanwhile, offers camp-style learning on a variety of topics, including engineering and computer science for girls, medicine, precalculus, algebra, geometry, 3-D printing, computer programming, robotics, ecology and web design.
For a complete list of SA’s summer camps, go to the academy’s camps overview page.
Got kids who love computers and tech? Lewis and Clark College offers a iD Tech Camps in two age groups: 7 to 12 and 13 to 17.
What campers will learn about includes programming with Java, C++, Python and Scratch; app development for iPhone and Android; robotics; game design; 3-D modeling and animation; filmmaking; photography and web design.
To learn more, go to Lewis and Clark’s iD Tech camp website.
Those are just a sample of science-based camps available in the metro area this summer. If you know of any that I’ve missed, email me or let me know via social media, and I may add them to our list.