Kids' University

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Kids' University

Discover a world of hands-on interactive fun with enrichment topics that feature active participation and imagination. Kids' University camps combine approximately two to three hours of academic enrichment a day, introducing the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and math in a format that focuses on fun. The rest of the day is spent playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring the many facets of the University of Minnesota, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

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Aeronautics & Drones

Aeronautics & Drones

Explore flight like never before as you fly drones and engineer amazing flying machines! Learn about the state of the art flying robotic technology, the four Forces of Flight, Bernoullis' principle, the effects of air properties on aircrafts, and more! You'll spend the week engineering multiple aircraft designs to take home as you learn to fly a drone, hone your skills, and join an aerial competition.

Dates Ages Price
  June 15 – 19 7 – 9 $316
  June 15 – 19 10 – 12 $316

African Adventure

African Adventure

Grab your passport - it's time to go on an adventure to remember! Africa is a large continent with many things to do and see. Learn about sand dunes, savannas, and rainforests. Explore Africa's many countries and meet Como's African plants and animals.

Dates Ages Price
June 22 — 26 8 — 10 $344

Animal Engineers

Animal Engineers

People aren't the only ones who build things! Many animals are excellent engineers, too. In this camp, we'll meet some of Como's animal engineers and try our hand at building nests, tunnels, dens, and even art, using nature as our guide.

Dates Ages Price
July 20 — 24 6 — 8 $344

Battle Bots

Battle Bots

Have a blast engineering amazing battle bots to battle other teams! With a ton of gears, LEGO® Technic pieces and moving parts for you to lay hands on, small teams will create their very own battle bot, rescue bot, racing car, and more! Battle your friends, improve your design, and test again.

Older campers will use the Mindstorm EV3 construction set and software to learn advanced robotics principles as they improve STEM skills. Working as a team, students will learn advanced STEM skills by building and programming the Mindstorms EV3 robots.

Dates Ages Price
July 6 — 10 6 — 8 $316
July 6 — 10 9 — 11 $316
July 6 — 10 12 — 14 $316
July 27 — 31 7 — 9 $316

Chess

Chess

Find out why chess is the most popular game in the world. This camp covers rules, strategies and tactics as we bring the pieces to life in a fun way using creativity and imagination. Try a giant chess set, the biggest you've ever seen! The benefits of chess have been proven to help with logic, memory, analysis, reading, and more. Beginners and those with some experience are welcome.

Dates Ages Price
August 17 — 21 7 — 9 $334
August 17 — 21 10 — 12 $334

Dem' Bones

Dem' Bones

Do frogs have bones? Do snakes have tails? How are bird wings like human arms? Answer these questions and more as you build a skeleton, examine animal skulls, compare your bones and explore body movements. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 6 — 8 $299
August 10 — 14 9 — 11 $299

Enraptured with Raptors

Enraptured with Raptors

Want to learn all about birds of prey called raptors? Find out what characteristics all raptors have in common and the differences between owls, falcons, hawks, and other raptors. Take part in activities at the Raptor Center, and see live raptors up close!

Dates Ages Price
June 8 — 12 6 — 7 $309
June 8 — 12 8 — 9 $309
July 20 — 24 6 — 7 $309
July 20 — 24 8 — 9 $309

Fish Finders

Fish Finders

Get hooked on a lifetime activity! Explore underwater habitats, learn about water stewardship and regulations, and increase your fishing skills during this week. Fun activities include fish anatomy, pop can casters, pond dipping and more! This camp takes place at the lake, so dress for outdoor activity.

Dates Ages Price
June 15 – 19 8 – 10 $299

Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature

Learn to turn sunlight into energy, harness the wind, and capture the power of water. In this camp you will explore nature's energy sources by making and racing your own solar car, designing your own kite, launching water bottle rockets, and more! Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
July  6 — 10 10 — 12 $309
July  20 — 24 8 — 10 $309

Gear it Up

Gear it Up

Explore aspects of the theories of motion, force, and speed while constructing real-world gear ratio models and examining the patterns they create. Learn about the relationships between fractions and factoring through a variety of hands-on activities, using visualization and modeling to discover the principles that make the world go 'round.

Dates Ages Price
August 3 — 7 9 — 11 $289

Geology Rocks

Geology Rocks

Become a Mad Science Geologist as we explore Earth and its hidden treasures. Discover the wonders of rocks, fossils, dinosaurs, minerals and geological phenomena like earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. Start your own rock and mineral collection, grow a crystal, and prepare a fossil to take home.

Dates Ages Price
August 17 — 21 6 — 8 $334
August 17 — 21 9 — 11 $334

Grossology

Grossology

Uncover the gross but fascinating charactersitics of raptors. Learn why a Turkey Vulture poops on its feet and how it stays healthy even though it eats dead animals. Explore the difference between owl pellets and owl mutes. Look at the life cycles of some parasites that are "hitch hikers" on raptors and learn why these "natural recyclers" are an important part of the food chain. Try many hands-on activities and see live education owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, and a Turkey Vulture.

Dates Ages Price
July 6 — 10 8 — 9 $309
July 6 — 10 10 — 12 $309

Intro to Coding

Intro to Coding

Our younger campers will spend the week creating their own video game! Choose your story-line with dragons, princesses, or wild & wacky aliens; add challenges and levels of diffulty, then share by email or post on the web to challenge family and friends. Practice math, logic, and programming.

Older campers will get a head start in learning how to code using one of the key programming languages used by professional developers - Python. Its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java, making it the perfect coding language for beginners. Python is a text based language; students should have familiarity with keyboarding, and basic computer skills.

Dates Ages Price
June 22 — 26 7 — 9 $324
June 22 — 26 10 — 12 $324
July 27 — 31 8 — 10 $324
August 3 — 7 12 — 14 $324

Kids vs. Wild

Kids vs. Wild

In this exciting new camp, you and your fellow campers will be challenged to create cool contraptions to survive in the wild! You'll spend the week learning how to engineer a periscope, harness the power of the sun to cook, design a device for drinkable water, construct a shelter, and more!

Dates Ages Price
July 13 — 17 7 — 9 $319
July 13 — 17 10 — 12 $319

Nature's Kitchen: Supreme

Nature's Kitchen: Supreme

Explore natural processes like volcanoes, soil formation, and bee behavior while trying supremely delicious recipes to make things like oozing mud cakes, a "classic" stone soup, sticky honey treats, and more. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 8 — 12 6 — 8 $299
June 15 — 19 6 — 8 $299

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

Raptor Biomimicry & Engineering

What do talons have to do with nonslip shoes, or vultures with solar energy? How do feathers and eggs inspire insulators and camouflage? Explore nature's designs and how humans can be inspired by them! Spend the week designing and engineering using raptor adaptations and live birds as your muse at the Raptor Center!

Dates Ages Price
July 27 — 31 9 — 11 $309
July 27 — 31 12 — 15 $309

Robotics

Robotics

Young engineers will explore the mechanical and electrical engineering that makes robots possible while building circuits, experimenting with gears, and exploring the sensors that robots use to see and hear to guide their actions. Get ready to spend the week learning about the fundamentals of programming robots while building the OWI All Terrain 3-in-1 Robot.

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 12 — 15 $374

Science Kaleidoscope

Science Kaleidoscope

Have fun and learn with our friends at Mad Science as you explore the fields of chemistry, Egyptology, and engineering. Help build a giant geodesic dome, build a model pyramid, and write with hieroglyphs. Make your own chromotography T-shirt and mix different ingredients to create sidewalk chalk, bath fizzers, and edible treats.

Dates Ages Price
August 10 — 14 7 — 9 $344
August 10 — 14 10 — 12 $344

Sensational Spiders

Sensational Spiders

Meet a tarantula, explore Arachnid relatives, go on a web hunt and try some spider foods (yes, real bugs!). Also, learn about tick safety, discover the truth about Daddy Longlegs, and try out a weaving project. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
 July 27 – 31 6 – 8 $299
 July 27 – 31 9 – 11 $299

Soaring the World with Raptors

Soaring the World with Raptors

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a raptor? Soar the world with them through all four seasons! Learn what it takes to migrate, survive the winter cold, nest in the spring, and swap in a whole new set of feathers as you get up close and personal with the birds at the Raptor Center.

Dates Ages Price
August 3 — 7 6 — 7 $309
August 3 — 7 8 — 9 $309

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Explore the world of volcanoes, rocks and minerals, traveling sediments, gigantic earth movements, Minnesota's fossil history and prepare a "stone soup." Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.

Dates Ages Price
August 3 – 7 6 – 8 $299
August 3 – 7 9 – 11 $299

Ultimate 3D Design & Printing

Ultimate 3D Design & Printing

Check out this awesome new camp! Discover the exciting world (and potential) of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing. During this week, you will learn how to use a CAD program, and have fun solving engineering challenges where you'll have to design and print the best solution. Imagine, design and watch your model come to life!

Dates Ages Price
June 8 — 12 7 — 8 $316
June 8 — 12 9 — 11 $316

Water Journey: Drink

Water Journey: Drink

Where does water in our drinking fountain come from? Where does it go? Get ready for a grand adventure as you follow water in and out of pipes, and through treatment plants all the way to the Mississippi River! Get your hands dirty planting to protect water at a wetland. All week you'll take photos and make art about your discoveries on your field trips, and share your work in an online gallery using story maps! No prior experience or equipment is needed.

Dates Ages Price
July 13 – 17 6 – 8 $304
July 13 – 17 9 – 11 $304

Water Journey: Rain

Water Journey: Rain

Where does the rain go? Get ready to explore as you follow water's path from the sky to the land and down the storm drain, through a wetland, and all the way to the Mississippi River! Get your hands dirty planting to protect water at a wetland. All week you'll take photos and make art about your discoveries on your field trips, and share your work in an online gallery using story maps! No prior experience or equipment is needed.

Dates Ages Price
July 20 — 24 6 — 8 $304
July 20 — 24 9 — 11 $304

Wildlife Garden & Yoga

Wildlife Garden & Yoga

What do frogs, trees, and mountains all have in common? They're all yoga poses! Experience the restorative powers of nature in this exciting new camp as you learn about different wildlife gardens including soil habitats, pollinators, grasslands, woodlands, and more. Spend the week creating fun crafts and projects, as well as practicing beginner yoga poses on daily field trips.

Dates Ages Price
June 22 – 26 6 – 8 $299
August 17 – 21 8 – 10 $299

Wizarding World of Wildlife

Wizarding World of Wildlife

In the Tradition of Hogwarts, discover potions, herbology, transfiguration and the care of magical creatures. What do raptors have to do with dragons? Which magical house will you end up in? What magical properties will your wand be made out of? Find answers to these questions and uncover the secrets of Minnesota's Hedwig and other interesting animals at the Raptor Center.

Dates Ages Price
June 15 — 19 8 — 9 $309
June 15 — 19 12 — 15 $309
June 22 — 26 8 — 9 $309
June 22 — 26 10 — 12 $309

Working with Wildlife

Working with Wildlife

What is it like to work with wildlife? Come find out and explore careers in veterinary medicine, animal care, animal training, field biology, scientific illustrations and art! Participate in lots of hands-on activities and get up close and personal with The Raptor Center's live education birds. A fun way to learn about the exciting science of working with wildlife! This camp includes an extra field trip.

Dates Ages Price
July 13 — 17 9 — 11 $309
July 13 — 17 12 — 15 $309