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July 10-14 (Online registration closes June 30. Call 303-492-7188 to register after this date.)
Location: Rose Litman Research Laboratory

Note: STEM Mash-Ups consist of morning and afternoon segments that cover two different topics, creating a well-rounded day. 

Explore the unique features of some of Earth's different ecosystems! Through simple experiments, hands-on activities and craft projects, we’ll learn about the wonders of the oceans, rainforests, deserts and polar regions. We’ll learn about bioluminescence and ocean dynamics as we explore deep-sea ecosystems. We’ll explore the biodiversity of tropical rainforests as we journey from the forest floor to the sky above. From hot deserts to the cold arctic, we'll learn how plants and animals survive in extreme environments. We’ll even take a look into our own backyard. Join us for an exciting peek into some of the most fascinating places on Earth and learn what we can do to protect the environment.

Tinker Tots 
Welcome to the exploratorium, where tiny tinkering hands transform the ordinary to extraordinary! Tinkering, the playful relative of the more serious activity of engineering, is used daily by amateurs and professionals looking to solve both simple and complex problems. In this camp, we'll complete a series of hands-on projects as we work our way through the engineering design process. Our objective will be to tinker around using common materials in an effort to solve a plethora of problems. This is were imagination comes alive, so strap on your thinking caps and let's get tinkering!

CU Boulder employs a framework for public health and COVID-19 decision-making that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. While masks are optional on the CU Boulder campus, we encourage those who prefer to do so to continue wearing them. Properly fitted N95 or KN95 masks remain an effective tool for preventing transmission, especially in conjunction with vaccination. Students, parents and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick or have COVID-like symptoms

Feeling under the weather? You should begin isolation at home as soon as you:

  • Begin to experience symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
  • Receive a positive test result for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms.
  • Have been instructed to isolate by a healthcare provider or public health staff member.

When considering policy changes around COVID-19 transmission prevention, CU Science Discovery will adhere to all campus, county and Public Health guidelines. (Updated February 2023)

What to Bring: While at Science Discovery, participants are expected to store their personal belongings in their backpack. Space is limited so please limit the number of personal items brought from home. All items should be labeled with the participant’s first and last name in case an item is misplaced. Please send your child with the following each day:

  • A backpack (sized to fit your child) for carrying personal items and any camp materials they will be bringing home
  • Filled water bottle(s)
  • 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs
  • A sack lunch that does not require refrigeration
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • A hair tie to hold back lengthy hair, if applicable 
  • All camps spend a portion of each day outside. Please send your child with clothing appropriate for the daily forecasted weather (jacket, sweatshirt, rain poncho, etc.)
  • Optional: 
    • A mask or any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child wishes to utilize
    • Full set of extra clothes in a Ziploc bag

Grade Policy: CU Science Discovery serves students in grades K-12. Careful consideration is used to determine grade levels for all camps and classes. To provide the highest quality experience for all participants, it is necessary to adhere to the specified grade range for all camps and classes. Please note: All participants must be a minimum of 5 years of age to attend a CU Science Discovery camp.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Science Discovery has designed its cancellation policy to minimize the number of camp and class spots that are unused due to last-minute cancellations. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the start of the camp/class will incur a $35 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the camp/class. In the event that a camp/class is cancelled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund. Transfer requests made up to 30 days prior to the start of a camp/class will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 30 days of the the start of a camp/class will incur a $35 administrative fee.