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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 agriculture, language, math or science 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.
2016 Kids' U Summer Camp Schedule
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A Bee's Life
Do you find yourself buzzing about bees? Are you sweet on nature’s little honeys? Campers are invited to spend the week learning about bee biology and what life would be like if you lived in a bee colony. Learn all about bee relatives; how bees help us grow our food, and even make some Honey Treats for yourself!
If the Olympics were held for animals, what would the events be? Who would take home the gold? Brush up on your international animal know-how. Then join our friends at Team Como as you sprint like cheetahs, leap like kangaroos, power-lift like rhinoceros beetles and take aim like archer fish. Get ready to carry the torch to world record setting fun! Recommended for those entering 2nd and 3rd grade.
Put your thinking caps on and tighten your tool belts for this exploration of how things are put together! Build a pizza box solar oven, design and launch a water bottle rocket, create gooey mixtures, build a bird feeder, and make a pinhole camera. Enjoy learning new skills and watch as materials come together to make your new creations!
Blast Off! Rocketry
This action packed camp focuses solely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight. Learn about model rocket design, aerodynamics, building, propulsion, launching, safety, and repair. Students build a variety of rockets to take home and take part in daily launches. Whether you are serious about model rockets or just a novice, this camp is a blast for boys and girls alike.
Chemistry in Action!
Oobleck, Chromatography, and Alka Seltzer rockets, oh my! Polymers, pH and density-no lie. Budding chemists will explore the interactions between matter and energy, all while learning about the fundamental properties, during this week of hands on experimentation and fun in partnership with the Bell Museum.
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.
Explore Chinese Language & Culture
Discover how fun it is to learn Chinese! This summer, campers will try their hand at traditional Chinese crafts such as paper cutting, knot tying, and painting. Impress friends and family by learning Chinese greetings! Then get your groove on with physical activities including taiqi quan, kung fu, and jianzi. Mark your calendars and get ready to say goodbye to boredom and ni hao to the excitement of exploring Chinese language and culture!
Passport to China: Immersion
Passport to China offers immersion school students all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag. Campers will expand their knowledge of China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Kunming's Stone Forest; and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will retain and improve their language skills by learning new vocabulary, songs, and poems that accompany lessons on each city's unique geography, historical sites, local delicacies, local dialects, and its people. Buckle up, because at Passport to China, a summer of adventure is about to take off!
Passport to China
Experience all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag! Campers will experience China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Kunming's Stone Forest and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will learn Chinese as they explore each destination's unique geography, historical sites, local delicacies, and its people. Buckle up, because at Passport to China, a summer of adventure is about to take off!
Earth, Cosmos, and Beyond
Discover the wonders of the night sky and explore the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Where have we been, where can we go, and what does it take to get there? Fun activities that are out of this world will help you find answers to these questions! Investigate the Earth’s rotation, the sun, planets and moon, life beyond Earth, space exploration, myths and realities. This camp also includes a session in the Bell Museum’s popular ExploraDome.
Engineer Lego Boats
All aboard the fastest water vessel in LEGO® City! Power up your engineering skills to construct boats that actually float! Apply real-world concepts in physics and mechanical engineering as you work with different propulsion systems; from paddles to propellers and much more. You'll be using LEGO® Technic pieces and electric motors to build the fastest boat to race against your friends!
Engineering in Nature
Explore how nature inspires human design and engineering! This week you will spend time looking at examples of exquisite “engineering” in the natural world. Get ready for adventure with an engineering and nature scavenger hunt, dissecting a flower, fish or grasshopper, building different bird nests and beaver lodges, and designing your own insect traps. From spider webs to pitcher plants and flying machines, you will discover the deep connections between nature and the human-made environment.
Enraptured w/ Raptors
Want to learn all about the 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; see live raptors up close!
Explore the life of a wildlife biologist by studying living flora and fauna, and their relationship to their environment. Collect plant and animal specimens and understand the importance of the collection process. Learn about the different biomes of Minnesota while learning some basic bird calls, and then go birding! Take a tour of the Bell Museum’s mammal collections, and then try your hand at radio telemetry as you look for hidden animals around campus. Don’t miss out on this exciting week of hands on learning as you explore the world of field biology!
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.
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Uncover the gross but fascinating characteristics 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.
Honey Bees, Pollinators and Our Food
Observe working honey bees in their hive, extract & bottle honey, build bee nest boxes and try on a beekeepers suit. During this week you will learn the anatomy of a honey bee and how they differ between queen, workers, and drones. You will also find out what their life is like and how important they are to the ecosystem and the food we eat. Join us as we spend the week doing fun activities at the Bell Museum’s Honey House!
Intro to Animal Care
Animal husbandry is the care and management of animals; excellent animal husbandry is one of the primary goals of zoos. Campers will spend the week at Como Zoo delving into various aspects of animal care including diet preparation and nutrition, animal training, enrichment, exhibit design and animal first aid. Conclude the week by meeting a zookeeper and learning how zoos work towards animals' conservation goals. Recommended for those entering 4th and 5th grade.
We live on an ever changing planet; one that is mighty and strong! Spend the week investigating Earth's geological processes and natural disasters. Make a volcano and Jell-O earthquake as you learn about Pangaea and plate tectonics! Have you ever seen a tsunami in a bottle? Or, how do forests regrow after a wildfire? What in the world is an anemometer? Don't miss out on this new and exciting week of hands on learning as you find out just how mighty planet Earth really is!
Nature provides us with many fun and delicious food options! Make ice cream and soft pretzels, cook in a solar oven, try out cattail treats, and make lunch over a campfire. Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.
|June 27-July 1||6-8||6748||$299|
Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? And is there really a planet that is made up of diamond? Campers will investigate what makes a planet a planet, and how and why scientists are exploring space. This camp includes a session in the Bell Museum’s ExploraDome.
Come learn about life as a wildlife veterinarian at the Raptor Center, including the process of raptor rehabilitation from admission to release. Participate in lots of exciting hands-on activities and get up close and personal with live education eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. Camp also includes an extra field trip. A fun way to learn about the exciting science of veterinary medicine!
Raptor Biomimicry and 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!
Young engineers discover how to design, build and program robots as they work to investigate key concepts such as gear ratios, locomotion and energy–and dream up their own awesome robots using the acclaimed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® RCX robotics kit. Campers will explore the mechanical and electrical engineering that makes robots possible while building the OWI Robot. This camp is designed to inspire young people and develop an early interest in robotics engineering and technology.
|June 27-July 1||12-15||6693||$354|
Explore the world of volcanoes, rocks and minerals, traveling sediments, gigantic earth movements, and Minnesota's fossil history. Then, prepare a "stone soup"! Dress for outdoor activity at the Nature Center.
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.
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.
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.
|June 27-July 1||8-9||6704||$299|
|June 27-July 1||10-12||6705||$299|