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June 7-11 (Online registration closes June 3. Call 303-492-7188 to register after this date.)
Drop-Off Location: CU Boulder Main Campus

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

Science of Toys
Have you ever been curious about the forces that keep a rocket or airplane in flight? Ever wondered what aids a person in finding balance when spinning in a circle? Or how about, how it’s possible that your favorite game or toy has the ability to light up or make noises? Join us as we take a fascinating journey through the science behind some of our favorite toys. Discover the properties of flight as we make various flying contraptions, test the potential versus kinetic energy of a handmade racer, spin into stability when we make hula hoops and investigate the flow of electricity when we create a nerve tester. In this week-long camp, we'll construct airplanes, rockets, cars, boats, musical instruments and more. As we explore the characteristics of each of our toys, we'll collect data and make scientific observations about all of our creations!

The world is filled with truly fascinating phenomenon that can also be considered absolutely disgusting! We’ll learn about our amazingly adaptable bodies that handle vicious germs and produce some pretty nasty byproducts, and bizarre creatures with disgusting methods of defending themselves. Consider the various germs that are living on the items you touch daily, and what really causes cavities. If you’ve had the misfortune of smelling skunk spray, maybe you’d like to know why it smells so bad. Through slimy, sticky, gooey experiments, hands-on activities, and ‘gross’ motor skills play, we’ll uncover our love of grossology, finding a new appreciation for all things gross!

Masks are required to be worn for all in-person programs. All participants will receive a short health screening and a thermal temperature check upon arrival to the check-in area for each class gathering. 

What to Bring: Because this is a full-day, in-person camp, participants are required to bring the following to each camp: 

  • Backpack for carrying their personal items and any camp materials they will be taking home. Note: In order to limit individual interactions, all participants will be required to keep their items together.
  • A mask appropriately sized to cover the child's nose and mouth and any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child will be utilizing. Note: Wearing of masks will be required for all participants. 
  • Filled water bottle.
  • A sack lunch and 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs. 
  • All programs spend a portion of each day outside. Please send your child with clothing appropriate for the weather (jacket, sweatshirt and/or rain jacket).

Grade Policy: Careful consideration is used to determine grade levels for all camps and classes. To provide the highest quality experience for all students, it is necessary to adhere to the specified grade range for this program.

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