Summer Camps Math & Science

4-H & Bricks 4 Kidz —  All-Girls Junior Robotics

June 11-15, ages 8-12. How would you like to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? The Bricks 4 Kidz new Junior Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon-based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace.  Richland County Extension 4-H, 900 Clemson Rd, 803-262-0712. bricks4kidz.com/columbiasc.

4-H & Bricks 4 Kidz — Bricks 4 Girlz

June 11-15, ages 8-12. In Bricks 4 Girlz, build adorable houses, cafes and more for a brand new cast of female characters including Olivia and all her friends. We’ll do lots of other unique things with bricks, from jewelry making to brick art and origami, with a take-home project each day.  Morning and afternoon sessions, each limited to 10.  $250 all day.  $175 half day. Richland County Extension 4-H, 900 Clemson Rd, 803-262-0712. bricks4kidz.com/columbiasc.

4-H & Bricks 4 Kidz —  Stop Motion Animation

July 9-13, ages 8-11 (morning), ages 12-14 (afternoon). Use LEGO bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO mini-figure characters. Students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using stop motion animation.  Working as a team, students will use LEGO components to build the set and props, then shoot their movie using a camera. Teams will use movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits and more. When the movie is complete, campers will impress friends and family with a screening party on the last day of camp. $250 all day.  $175 half day. Richland County Extension 4-H, 900 Clemson Rd, 803-262-0712. bricks4kidz.com/columbiasc

4-H & Bricks 4 Kidz — Junior Robotics (AM) and Super Hero Academy (PM)

July 16-20, ages 8-12. How would you like to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? The Bricks 4 Kidz new Junior Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon-based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. Super Hero Academy explores all the caped crusaders and discovers their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO Bricks. At the end of the week, all Super Hero campers will go home with a custom mini figure. $250 all day. $175 half day. Richland County Extension 4-H, 900 Clemson Rd, 803-262-0712. bricks4kidz.com/columbiasc

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Vex Robotics

June 10-15: Rising 6-9 graders. Learn how robots think, sense, and function before designing and building one using the Vex Robotics Design System. Gain insight about the history of robots, how they are used now, and how they will be used in the future, as well as engineering concepts, electronics, sensors, and control subsystems from an instructor at College of Engineering. You’ll learn about the different engineering disciplines and what it takes to be an engineer.If you have an interest in robots and are wondering if engineering might be in your future, then this class is for you. Round out your adventure in a robot demonstration by competing against other robot teams. No experience in robots is necessary. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Forensic Science

June 10-15: Rising 6-9 graders. You have seen criminal investigation shows, now try your hand at sleuthing the elements of a crime scene by working with real-life crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers to help restore justice. Through hands-on opportunities and demonstrations, you will learn about latent fingerprints, bloodstain interpretation, footwear impressions, crime scene diagrams, and the collection of trace and DNA evidence. End your adventure by working on a team to investigate a mock crime scene and create your own crime scene diagram. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures for Women in Engineering

June 10-15: Rising 6-9 graders. Come and explore how modern engineering and computing shapes our future. You will participate in hands-on activities designed specifically for female middle school students by the College of Engineering and Computing. You’ll meet women engineers and conduct experiments guided by university professors and students. Learn about topics such as energy generation sources and their environmental impact, health informatics, smart cities and cyber safety, biomedical engineering and natural hazards. At the end of the week, you will have a better understanding of the breadth and variety of engineering and computing fields. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Engineering

June 17-22: Rising 9-12 graders. Do you think you have the “knack” to be a future engineer but are not sure which area you want to specialize in? Here, you will experience different types of engineering and find out what engineers really do in mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical and biomedical engineering to get a clearer picture of what it means to earn a degree in one of those fields. Your adventure will include hands-on activities and building sessions in university labs in each area of engineering so you can personally experience how each field is unique and fascinating. This experience will help you decide which area of engineering you want to pursue. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Forensic Science

June 10-15: Rising 6-9 graders; June 17-22: Rising 9-12 graders. You have seen criminal investigation shows, now try your hand at sleuthing the elements of a crime scene by working with real-life crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers to help restore justice. Through hands-on opportunities and demonstrations, you will learn about latent fingerprints, bloodstain interpretation, footwear impressions, crime scene diagrams, and the collection of trace and DNA evidence. End your adventure by working on a team to investigate a mock crime scene and create your own crime scene diagram. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Pharmacy

June 17-22: Rising 9-12 graders. Discover what it takes to become a pharmacist. Pharmacists work in communities, for educational institutions, drug manufacturers and hospitals, and with nuclear medicine to build patient records and medical files. Real-life pharmacists from College of Pharmacy will teach you how to read prescriptions and help with the preparation of medications, counsel patients, understand poison warnings, and learn patient drug regimens. Study hypertension and diabetic monitoring, and intravenous techniques as you experience the Pharmacy Lab at USC’s School of Pharmacy where you may event try your hand at compounding and making different types of medicine. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Computer Gaming

June 24-29: Rising 6-9 graders; July 8-13: Rising 9-12 graders. Venture into the exciting, interactive world of computer gaming. Using a game engine, you’ll learn the skills behind graphics, modeling, animation, multi-level game design, artificial intelligence and basic programming techniques, such as: if/switch, for/while loop, & etc. Through instruction by USC’s Computer Science department and hands-on programming, you will work in a group to create a finished product: your own video game. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Electrical Engineering: Power Up and Explore Renewable Energy

June 24-29: Rising 6-9 graders. Discover electrical engineering by exploring renewable energy. From wind turbine farms to solar panels on roofs and roadways, renewable energy is a clean way to run the world. Solar and wind energy is used to power houses, cars and even small islands. Companies like Tesla are leading the charge to power our lives without polluting the environment. Spend the week learning the foundation of Electrical Engineering and the theory behind renewable energy. During the week, you will work with a team to build a miniature, clean-energy city. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Aerospace

June 24-29: Rising 9-12 graders. Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an aerospace engineer? Spend the week with us and you will learn about the research, design, development, and manufacture of aircraft. Discover new innovations in the USC McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, and then head over to the Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One where you will learn about rocketry. Learn the basics of composite materials, computer-aided design and manufacturing, program industrial-scale robots, test manufactured products, and see into the future of 3D printing technologies. End your week by creating your very own aerospace part made of composites. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Extraordinary Chemistry in Extraordinary Lives

July 8-13: Rising 9-12 graders; July 15-20: Rising 6-9 graders. As a budding chemist, try out hands-on experiments that will help you connect real-world situations with science. Have you ever wondered about the cosmetics, food, and medicine you use? This adventure will help you uncover the science — and chemistry — behind those and many more. Practice concepts from chemistry, the science that investigates the very small, to understand the large. An expert in USC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will show you that a sparkle of imagination has created a constellation of essential, amazing products. Using various techniques and equipment, discover how chemistry is touched by and used in our everyday lives. Study career fields and what it takes to be a chemist. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Computer Gaming

June 24-29: Rising 6-9 graders; July 8-13: Rising 9-12 graders. Venture into the exciting, interactive world of computer gaming. Using a game engine, you’ll learn the skills behind graphics, modeling, animation, multi-level game design, artificial intelligence and basic programming techniques as: if/switch, for/while loop, & etc. Through instruction by USC’s Computer Science department and hands-on programming, you will work in a group to create your own video game. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Medicine: Ultrasound

July 8-13: Rising 9-12 graders. Journey into the body in real time to watch the heartbeat. Using a hand held ultrasound probe and an ultrasound unit the size of a laptop, you will learn to scan the body in the same labs and with the same doctors as our medical students at the University of South Carolina-School of Medicine. Ultrasound allows physicians to determine what is going on inside the body in a non-invasive way. Using sound waves, it gives images of the inner workings of the body so that Emergency Room docs can make quick lifesaving decisions, while Orthopedists can decide where the proper injection in the joint should be. Practice on our real life simulator and practice on real patients. You will be certain to learn some anatomy and physiology along the way. Welcome to the technology of the future, the stethoscope of the future, ultrasound. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Extraordinary Chemistry in Extraordinary Lives

July 8-13 : Rising 9-12 graders; July 15-20: Rising 6-9 graders. As a budding chemist, try out hands-on experiments that will help you connect real-world situations with science. Have you ever wondered about the cosmetics, food, and medicine you use? This adventure will help you uncover the science — and chemistry — behind those and many more. Practice concepts from chemistry, the science that investigates the very small, to understand the large. An expert in USC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will show you that a sparkle of imagination has created a constellation of essential, amazing products. Using various techniques and equipment, discover how chemistry is touched by and used in our everyday lives. Study career fields and what it takes to be a chemist. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

Carolina Master Scholars —  Adventures in Information Technology

July 15-20: Rising 9-12 graders. Dive into engineering and computing using the Arduino microcontroller. This STEM+C camp will feed your interest in learning to code and understand the basics of electrical engineering. Join the Information Technology Department in the College of Engineering and Computing who will help you design your own electrical circuits and sensors, and learn about programming them using the Arduino IDE, a simplified version of C++. You’ll learn how to control lights, motors and speakers and how to make your Arduino sense its environment. Applying everything you’ve learned, you’ll end your adventure by making your own project to solve an everyday problem. $575-$975. 803-777-9444. University of South Carolina. sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/continuing_education

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Astronaut Academy

June 11-14, July 16-19, July 30-Aug 2, ages 8-12. As an astronaut preparing for your mission, you will explore robotics, rocketry and aviation as you prepare for your first mission. Campers will fly a full Space Mission, visit the ePlanetarium, and fly planes with our flight simulators. Campers will keep the robot they assemble and the rocket they construct. Campers will also learn how to program EV3 robots, but they will not be allowed to keep the EV3 robots. $180. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Rocket Fundamentals

July 11-12, ages 7-10. Be a rocket scientist. Learn how to build and launch rockets. Campers will keep the rockets they construct; if your rocket goes too high and is not recovered, we will provide you with another rocket kit before you leave camp. Campers are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches. $75. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Rocket Camp

June 25-28, ages 11-14. Be a rocket scientist. Learn how to build and launch rockets. Campers will keep the rockets they construct; if your rocket goes too high and is not recovered, we will provide you with another rocket kit before you leave camp. Campers are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches. $150. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Family Fun Rocket Camp

July 13, Age: Any age. (parent attends with child). Parents, don’t let your children have all the fun. Come to camp with your child to build and launch rockets. Details on our website. $35/$10. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Robotics Camp

June 18-21 or July 23-26, ages 9-14. Build a robot to keep every day. All camps will also work with Mindstorm EV3 robots. (Students will not be allowed to keep the robots constructed with the Mindstorm kits.) $200. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Intro to Aviation

June 18-21, ages 13-18. Learn about the aviation industry and the basics of flight all in one. This camp focuses on hands-on learning how to fly through simulation. Students will also get an opportunity to learn about the history of flight, aviation careers, airplane structural designs and so much more. Students will gain a broad perspective of what the aviation industry can offer to them as a career choice. $100. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland One — Intro to Drones

July 23-26, ages 9-14. Build and fly your very own drone. Campers will construct a drone and learn how to fly it safely and ethically. They will learn about Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding drone use. After learning about the principles of flight, campers will learn drone flight maneuvers and participate in flight control and accuracy challenges. Campers will also learn about drone history, use, and careers. No prior experience with drones is necessary. At the conclusion of camp, campers will receive a certificate of training and will keep the drone they built. $175. 803-929-3951. 2600A Barhamville Rd. thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps

Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute — Camp Voyager

Multiple sessions June-Aug, ages 8-14. Camp Voyager combines the best of today’s technology with the thrill of the great outdoors, while providing a variety of innovative and fun activities. Highlights include high adventure elements. In addition, campers get to work with a number of interactive technologies including Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, Sphero Robotic Balls, Ozobots and Little Bits building blocks. Camp Voyager is held at the Youth Learning Institute Headquarters in Pickens, S.C. With views of Table Rock Mountain, this property features air-conditioned dorms, gymnasium, game room and outdoor teams course. 864-546-5506. voyagersummer.camp/

EdVenture — Sensational Habitats

June 25-29, ages 4-5. What does an Arctic habitat look, feel, and smell like? Campers will explore habitats in all climates and will rely on their senses to become world explores. $195, 15 percent for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Colorpalooza

July 30-Aug. 3, ages 4-5. Color mixing can be tricky, so campers will work this week to tackle different science experiments in order to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts behind color mixing. Our youngest campers will design rainbow paper towels, bubbling solution, and their own personal sand recipe. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Build Together,  Move Together

Aug. 6-10, ages 4-5. Cars, boats, and planes: What do they all have in common? During this week, guest will design vehicles that move using recycled materials and battery-powered motors. Join us as we race to the finish line at the end of the week in EdVenture’s Great Outdoors. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — From Rocks to Socks:  Man’s Engineering Feats

July 9-13, ages 6-7. Put your problem solving hats on. We are able to enter the world of engineering, where we will discover that things aren’t always as simple as they seem. From designing earthquake proof buildings, to crash testing cars, your student will learn through trial and error how to overcome the obstacles before them. $195, 15 percent for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Robotics and Coding: The Road to Being Tech Savvy Starts Here

July 16-20, ages 6-7. Build and program a robot with Lego Mindstorm. Design and code an interactive animated story with Scratch Software. Have fun solving maze challenges with Ozobots. Engineering your own machine using motors, batteries, and everyday items. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Exploring Science

July 23-27, ages 6-7. Exploring science covers 5 different areas of science; One area is covered each day: astronomy, simple machines, the human body, plants, animals and dinosaurs. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Exocit Ecosystems

Aug. 6-10, ages 6-7. This camp is designed to introduce very young scientists to using science inquiry methods. Campers are invited to take a glimpse into the different habits of some of Earth’s most interesting creatures. Mixing science with art, campers will leave EdVenture looking for the unique characteristics of their own ecosystem. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — CSI EdVenture! Are You Ready to Be a Detective?

June 11-15, ages 8-10. Sharpen your investigative and problem solving skills as you uncover a series of mysteries and daily challenges. Use a variety of lab equipment, conduct mind-boggling experiments, analyze test results and collect insightful clues to solve each “crime”. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Full Steam Ahead

Aug. 6-10, ages 11-12. This camp brings the best STEAM related programs offered by EdVenture to inspire our campers to nurture their innovative thinking. From our DIY Science and Money Matters to Weather You Like it or Not and It’s Just a Phase, this summer program will be all about building, creating and exploring in the world of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Rollercoasting Engineer

June 25-29, ages 8-10. Think, design, test and build your own rollercoaster. Understand and practice fundamental concepts from physics, business and materials engineering. Every day you will need to solve engineering problems as you improve your design. How can you make your rollercoaster faster, safer, sturdier, easier to install, more fun to ride and cheaper to build? $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — Science of Sports: Higher, Faster, Stronger

July 16-20, ages 8-10. What does it take to be great in sports? Understand the science behind the nutrition, the physical and mental training and the recovery techniques professional athletes must go through to be successful. Learn and practice a variety of math skills as we dig deeper into the health, physics and game strategy of sports. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018/

EdVenture — Robotics: Mars Exploration

July 23-27, ages 8-10. Work in teams to build and program a rover robot able to perform a variety of tasks independently on an alien planet: shoot at targets, navigate obstacles, collect rock samples and more. We will use LEGO Mindstorm and Kodu to create a both physical and virtual robot and planet. Use recycled materials to make and take home your own motor powered little alien. $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

EdVenture — The Science of Flight

June 18-22, ages 11-12. Launch an EdVenture into the forces of flight. Investigate aerodynamics with exciting hands-on experiments, model aircraft construction, realistic flight simulation, and more. Campers will get to spend time modeling what they have learned in our newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT! $195, 15 percent off for EdVenture members. 803-779-3100. 211 Gervais St. edventure.org/programs/camps/summer-camp-2018

Girls Go for I.T.

June 18-22, June 25-29, rising 6-9 graders. Learn about game design and create phone apps with other girls! Our goal is to increase the number of girls in the Midlands who consider IT and STEM careers by giving them the opportunity to learn about coding and IT in a fun and interactive way. $90. ggfit.org. ggfit@geol.sc.edu

Governor’s School for Math & Science —GoSciTech

June 17-23, June 24-30, July 8-14, July 15-21, rising 8-18 graders. GoSciTech is GSSM’s annual, residential, summer science camp, serving rising eighth, ninth and 10th graders. GoSciTech provides unmatched opportunities to explore the endless possibilities of science and technology in an interactive, residential environment. All camps are led by college, university and GSSM professors, along with other professionals in their respective fields. $800-$900. 843-383-3958. 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC.scgssm.org/camps

Governor’s School for Math & Science —(Micro)control Your World!

July 23-26: Rising 6-8 graders. We live in a world where everything is computerized and automated … down to the “micro” level. Dive into microcontrollers and their applications through one of two tracks: Arduino & Robotics-Explore the world of microcontrollers, electronics and circuits through Arduino technology. Learn how to program your very own microcontrolled robot and pit it against other students’ robots in campwide competitions such as Dance Robot Dance and Robot Wars. Arduino & Games-Learn how to create game tools such as stopwatches, randomized dice, buzzers and sensors, then use the tools to build and play Arduino games. This is an advanced track; prior knowledge of and experience with Arduino preferred. $165-$185. 843-383.3958. 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC.scgssm.org/camps

Governor’s School for Math & Science —CREATEng

Multiple sessions and locations, Rising 8-9 graders. CREATEng is GSSM’s one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp for rising eighth and ninth graders. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on manufacturing and biomedical engineering, student teams will be challenged to design blades and gears for a wind turbine, solder and build optical heart-rate monitors, and print 3-D prototypes of manufacturing or medical solutions for testing. CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action. $225-$250. 843-383.3958. 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC.scgssm.org/camps

Hammond School —  Academic Enrichment

Academic summer programs and camps provide opportunities for students to develop areas of special interest, reach proficiency, remediate weaknesses, or prepare for the upcoming academic school year. A great advantage for students who want to get ahead or catch up. Academic enrichment is available for many different subject areas. Some offerings this summer at Hammond are SAT Math Preparation/Coaching; English 7 Tune-Up; Flip into First Grade; The Art of The Short Story; Fun with STEM; Math Games, Fun and Review; Spanish Camp; and many more. hammondschool.org

Hammond School — Specialty Programs

From technology to fine arts, Hammond’s Special Program offerings provide a number of summer program and camp opportunities for the aspiring robotic engineer, scientist, junior Broadway actor/actress, future artist, dancer or musician. Some specialty programs that are available this summer are Key Master: Mastering the Art of Keyboarding; Let’s Have Fun with Legos; Beach Party Dance Camp; Elements of Art; Camp Fit; Music Theater; Cooking Camp; Nature Camp; Groovy Girls; and so many more. hammondschool.org

Heathwood Hall — Unlimited Hands on Science Nature

June 4-8, grades K-6. There is no better place than the gorgeous grounds and five habitats of Heathwood Hall to learn about nature. This Ultimate Nature Camp is a five-day camp jammed packed with the wonders of Mother Earth. This is where nature and science intersect. In this camp, we seek to foster an appreciation for the world with hands-on, outdoor experiments. We will purify water, make homemade fruit roll-ups, create outdoor habitats, and much more. If it is in the air, in the water, or underground, it will be included in this week of camp. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Critter Camp

June 11-15, grades K-4. Critters, critters everywhere: in the air, on the land, in the water, and underground. Come ready to learn about the different critters that live all around us in the hands-on week of adventurous learning. Master Naturalist and Lower School science teacher Natalie Ashenfelter, and her therapy dog, Mr. Butters, will be your guides in searching high and low for critters during camp. We’ll examine what we find and learn more about the habits, habitats and care of the critters around us. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — F uture Chess Masters (all levels)

June 11-15, grades 2-12. Chess helps improve critical thinking, perseverance, concentration, and increases self-confidence. Campers will receive personalized feedback and instruction suited to their level. Some highlights of this camp will be group problem solving, playing “guess the move,” and competing in a camp tournament. Director Sam Copeland is a master, currently ranked No. 1 in S.C., and a patient and gifted instructor. His students and their parents give him rave reviews. Parents of younger students (5K and first grade) who are interested in this camp may contact Mr. Copeland (strategerycg@gmail.com) for more information. The advanced chess camp is an intensive (and fun) opportunity for the top young chess players in S.C. to hone their growing skills with master Sam Copeland, the top-rated player in S.C. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Seeds and Sprouts Camp

June 11-15, grades early childhood 4-K. Come explore the many gardens on our campus to actively investigate the beauty in our natural world. Early Childhood teacher Molly Roddey has planned a fun week of planting, harvesting, and fun explorations of the gardens and habitats on Heathwood’s campus. Campers will participate in making their own healthy snacks, mini-herb gardens and terrariums. This will be a creative and hands-on week for children both inside and outside of the classroom. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Storybook STEM Camp

June 11-15, grades K-2. Come bring your favorite stories to life. If you’ve ever wanted to build a bridge like Iggy Peck, build a house that the wolf in the Three Little Pigs can’t knock down, or wanted to make your very own new invention like Awesome Dawson, this camp is for you. You’ll get to build, tinker, explore, create, and play. Mrs. Schafer and Mrs. Shainwald can’t wait to see you there. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —Unlimited Hands-on Science: Gross Science

June 11-15, grades K-6; July 23-27, grades early childhood 4-2. Think about the one thing that grosses you out. Is it germs, bacteria, bugs, brains? Join us as we explore everything gross, icky, or creepy. Learn about the human anatomy; explore what a human brain looks like. Why is it important to wash your hands? Determine the difference between an insect and a non-insect. Why do we cough and sneeze? Discover all things gross in this exciting week of camp. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Youth Digital Mod Design

June 11-15, grades 3-8. “Create Your Own Minecraft mod. In this camp from Youth Digital, kids learn real Java programming as they design and code their own Minecraft mod from start to finish. Kids can use all their craziest ideas to create their own blocks, items, mobs, and more to add whatever they can think of into Minecraft. A sword made out of Pizza? How about a mob of marshmallow minions? Make it all happen in Mod Design Camp. Kids learn the foundations of Java to create their own totally custom mod. Java is one of the most widely-used programming language in the world and kids will use pro development software Eclipse learn all the fundamentals of coding including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more to create their own mod. At the end of camp, kids will walk away with an awesome Minecraft mod that they can download and share with friends. They’ll also be able to access the online version of the course after camp, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Build a Solar-Powered Car

June 18-22, grades 6-8. Using the sun to power a vehicle is pretty awesome, and in this camp, campers will do just that. Each camper will be supplied the materials to paint and construct a very cool solar powered “car”. Campers will learn how gears and a motor work together to power the vehicle. They will be given time to test their vehicle and race against a competitor. But what happens if it is cloudy? No problem. Campers will also learn how to adapt their car with a AA battery as a back-up system. At the end of camp, campers will take their vehicle home for endless play. $225. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — CodeREV’s Math + Minecraft = Mathcraft

June 18-22, grades 5-10. MathCraft is the class where both parents and students truly win as parents get to watch their students thrilled to do math. This class is a must for any parents who want their kids to enjoy math more and learn math more deeply. Students actually build math problems inside the game of Minecraft, and solve them using our one-of-a-kind, amazing MathCraft program. CodeREV is currently training teachers across America in this program, and even presenting this groundbreaking class at the renowned ISTE EdTech conference this summer. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — CodeREV’s Rev Robots & Engineers

June 18-22, grades 5-10. Students begin with Lego Mindstorm robotics, and then transition into the world of engineering and robotics with Arduinos. This class is great for the hands-on tinkerers and engineers of tomorrow who love to figure out how things work and put robots together. We also focus on the code-as students code their Mindstorms through challenges and then learn to code their Arduinos to use motors, lights, and more. *Teamwork required. Must be comfortable working in teams. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Coding with Drones

June 25-29, grades 3-5. There are so many incredible and inventive ways that people are using drones nowadays, and this camp gives students a chance to explore several of them. We’ll use basic coding skills to design flight paths, solve real-world problems, and learn what the pros do every day. From Hollywood to Search-and-Rescue to Drone Racing, students will have fun flying and coding drones just like the pros. We’ll be using iPads and smartphones to code, which we will provide, but students may want to bring their own devices to continue what they learned after camp. $200. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Advanced Coding and Drones

June 25-29, grades 6-8. There are so many incredible and inventive ways that people are using drones nowadays, and this camp gives students a chance to explore several of them. We’ll use basic coding skills to design flight paths, solve real-world problems, and learn what the pros do every day. From Hollywood to Search-and-Rescue to Drone Racing, students will have fun flying and coding drones just like the pros. We’ll be using iPads and smartphones to code, which we will provide, but students may want to bring their own devices to continue what they learned after camp. $200. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Makers Space Camp

June 25-29, grades 6-12. Spend a week getting totally creative in the new Heathwood Makerspace. We have 3D printers, vinyl cutters, a T-shirt printer, a laser cutter, a truly epic pile of legos, and more fun stuff. You will leave with your own custom 3D printed objects, decals, shirts and who knows what else. $180. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — The Shocking Truth About Electricity & Magnetism

June 25-29, grades 6-8. Can you make a magnetic field that’s stronger than Earth’s? Sure you can. Compasses allow us to observe the direction of a magnetic field just like the Earth’s magnetic field. During this camp, campers will create a magnetic field that is stronger than Earth’s field by using electric currents. In doing so, the compass needles will orient itself parallel to the new field. Additionally, students will learn how to make series and parallel circuits, and practice using real wiring, switches, and lights. Students will first model the circuits using Snap Circuit kits, then create their circuits using real work materials. $210. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Unlimited Hands-on Science: Robotics Camp

June 25-29, grades K-6. Do you think you have what it takes to build and power your own robot? Are you ready to become a junior engineer and an electrician? This program will allow students to explore the basic and complex technology that is used to design and build robots. They will discover the world of robotics and when asked they will be able to describe the differences between humans and their robotic counterparts. If your child participated in robot camp last year do not worry. We are building all new robots this year. The cost of this camp includes all materials, and students take home their robot at the end of the week. Sign up for morning and afternoon, and build TWO different robots to take home. $200. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Mathtastic Camp

July 9-13, grades early childhood 4-K. A week of fun-filled games and play centered around all things math. Campers will explore concepts like sorting, classifying, counting, simple addition and subtraction, patterns, and shapes through a variety of exciting activities. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Unlimited Hands-on Science: Splish, Splash Science

July 9-13, grades K-2. Splish, Splash Science is a camp all about water. What is better than a day at the water park? How about a whole week full of water park fun. This camp is full of everything water related. Students will explore the science of water from a laboratory perspective. Have you ever wondered why polymers are used to make water balloons? What role does air pressure play in the use of water gushers? Join us and become soaked with scientific discovery. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Youth Digital App Design Camp

July 9-13, grades 3-8. In this camp from Youth Digital, kids learn foundational mobile app development skills as they design and program their own mobile game. During camp, kids will complete a mobile game from start to finish, including choosing characters, level design, and programming the app’s functionality. Kids learn the same App Design concepts the pros use, including if-then statements, variables, debugging and troubleshooting to make their own mobile app. They learn industry standard skills including level design to make it look great, and the importance of user experience to make sure their game is playable, and gameplay mechanics to make their game is exciting and challenging. At the end of camp, kids will be able to download and play their finished app on their Android or iOS device. They’ll also be able to access the online version of the course after camp, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills. $400 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Camp Invention

July 16-20, grades 1-6. Inspired by the brightest thinkers around-the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame-campers are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that allow them to question, brainstorm and collaborate with teammates, and build amazing invention prototypes. Participants will be connected to inventors who have changed, and who continue to change, the world, while facing fun challenges that emphasize STEM, creative problem-solving, collaboration and entrepreneurship through innovation. The summer program at Heathwood will span two weeks to give you every opportunity to design something new. Activities such as Duct Tape Billionaire, Have a Blast, Mission Space Makers, and Operation Keep Out will give students hands-on inventing and fun. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — Unlimited Hands of Science: Nature Camp Morning

July 16-20, grades early childhood 4-2. There is no better place than the gorgeous grounds and five habitats of Heathwood Hall to learn about nature. This Ultimate Nature Camp is a five-day camp jammed packed with the wonders of Mother Earth. This is where nature and science intersect. In this camp, we seek to foster an appreciation for the world with hands-on, outdoor experiments. We will purify water, make homemade fruit roll-ups, create outdoor habitats, and much more. If it is in the air, in the water, or underground, it will be included in this week of camp. $150. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall —  Youth Digital Mod Design Camp

July 16-20, grades 3-8. Create Your Own Minecraft mod. In this camp from Youth Digital, kids learn real Java programming as they design and code their own Minecraft mod from start to finish. Kids can use all their craziest ideas to create their own blocks, items, mobs, and more to add whatever they can think of into Minecraft. A sword made out of Pizza? How about a mob of marshmallow minions? Make it all happen in Mod Design Camp. Kids learn the foundations of Java to create their own totally custom mod. Java is one of the most widely-used programming language in the world and kids will use pro development software Eclipse learn all the fundamentals of coding including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more to create their own mod. At the end of camp, kids will walk away with an awesome Minecraft mod that they can download and share with friends. They’ll also be able to access the online version of the course after camp, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — CodeREV’s  Minecraft Level Design

July 23-27, grades K-4. In our most popular class for this age group, students learn the ins and outs of level design and game design while learning to engineer in Minecraft by using Red Stone. Students even learn basic code commands too. $400. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Heathwood Hall — World of Chess

July 23-27, grades 7-12. The game of chess is a rich universe with a long and fascinating history. In this weeklong journey through the world of chess we will learn about the remote, early versions of the game, follow the evolution of its rules and pieces, get a glimpse of the interesting and often picturesque lives of modern masters and of their playing styles, and explore the questions posed by the recent creation apparently unbeatable computers. Players of all levels are most welcome to this course. For newcomers, it is a great way to fall in love with the game of chess for the first time; for more experienced players, it is a chance to expand and complement their grasp of the game and its technique. $200. 803-231-7710. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Critter Camp

June 5-7, July 3-5, July 31-Aug. 2, ages 4-7. Enjoy a summer adventure and become a nature detective. Enter the weird and wacky world of small critters. Play games, sing songs, and make a craft as we explore bugs and beasties. Fee includes materials and snack. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. $50. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Engineering Full Day Combos

June 18-22, ages 7-11. Full Day Bricks for Kidz Combo Camp: Jurassic Brick World/Jr. Robotics and Pocket Brick Monsters/Mining and Crafting. Supervised lunch included (lunch not provided). Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $300. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Junior Robotics

June 18-22, ages 7-11. How would you like to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? The Bricks 4 Kidz new Junior Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming. Using drag-and-drop icon-based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $160. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Jurassic Brick Land Camp

June 18-22, ages 7-11. Campers will build a world that comes to life with gentle Brontosaurus, ferocious Velociraptor, terrifying T. Rex, and more. Learn about amazing dinosaurs, and other extinct, prehistoric animals that roamed the earth and swam the seas during the Jurassic period and millions of years later. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $160. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Stop Motion Movie Making Camp

July 3-Aug. 3, ages 9-14. Use LEGO bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO mini-figure characters. Students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using stop motion animation.  Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $160. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Pocket Brick Monsters Camp

Aug. 13-17, ages 7-11. Capture wild Pokémon creatures and train them for battle. Improve your accuracy and power as you learn new moves and use special abilities. Tap into your inner engineer as we build Dratini, Pikachu, Poké Balls, and more. Bring your own Pokémon trading cards if you wish to play and trade at the end of each day. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $160. icrc.net

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission — Mining & Crafting Camp

Aug. 13-17, ages 7-11. Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.  Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO bricks in this fun camp. Kids will start by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using LEGO bricks. Students will face new challenges each day, building models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Ln. $160. icrc.net

IT-oLogy — Science Technology Camp

June 11-15, grades 6-8. Middle school students will combine science and technology with hands-on activities and experiments. Students will become IT-oLogists as they discover science and technology in a fun, interactive and sometimes messy way. $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

IT-oLogy — Strictly Technology Camp

June 18-22, grades 3-5. Elementary school students will engage in all things techy with hands-on exploration of virtual reality, robots, circuitry, Raspberry Pi, Microbits, and many, many more gadgets. $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

IT-oLogy — Engineering Technology Camp

June 25-29, grades 6-8. Middle school students will immerse in the world of engineering with hands-on activities that integrate drones, 3D frames and the Engineering Design process. Students will express their creativity as they explore STEAM through design! $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps/

IT-oLogy — PreK-2nd Tech Explorers

July 2-6, July 30-Aug. 3, ages 4-7. TechExplorers integrates technology and life skills together in a fun and exciting way. Students will relate to the adventures of memorable characters in amusing stories, explore cool technology with hands-on STEAM activities and learn timeless principles! $80-$100, $64-$80 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

IT-oLogy — Makers Camp

July 9-13, grades 3-5. Elementary school students discover their creative side and spark their imagination by exploring, making, creating, crafting, hacking and tinkering using electronics, robotics and art materials. $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

IT-oLogy — Tech and Creative Arts Camp

July 16-20, grades 6-8. Middle school students will spend the week programming animated images and electronics props to coordinate with dance choreographed by I AM ART dance students. The animated images be part of the live performance with I AM ART dance skit on Friday. Students will practice their creativity, critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills while learning techniques needed to effectively collaborate with others as an artist. Students will leave with new innovative ways to design and collaborate through creative arts. $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

IT-oLogy — Math Technology Camp

July 23-27, grades 6-8. Middle school students will use programming languages to sharpen their math and problem solving skills learned during the school year while gaining some new tech knowledge. Coding, electronics, encryption, binary, and robotics. $200, $160 IT-oLogist Insider. 803-354-5730. 1301 Gervais St. it-ology.org/get-connected/programs/cyber-summer-camps

Riverbanks Zoo — Summer Zoo Camp

June 11–Aug. 17 (no Zoo Camp on July 4th), ages 3-13. Young adventure-seekers will explore wildlife and wild places when Summer Zoo Camp heats up at Riverbanks. Don’t miss the wildest camp in town. Half Day and Full Day offered. $125-$260. riverbanks.org

S.C. State Museum — Cosmic Kids

June 4-8, July 16-20, ages 6-8. If your child is curious about the cosmos, this camp experience is for them. We’ll unpack some of the mysteries of the universe as we fly to planets, discover stars, and learn all about constellations with our dedicated astronomers. Hop on our hovercraft, drive a mini Mars rover, and even learn how a telescope is built. This camp will demonstrate how these incredibly important inventions have inspired both space exploration and helped us to understand our place in the Universe. Black holes, red giants, galaxies … nothing is beyond our reach. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum —  Making Sense of Our Senses

June 11-15, July 23-27, ages 6-8. Have you ever tried to create a smelly robot before? Or maybe a sensory monster filled with lots of tactile textiles? What about challenging your taste buds with an edible design challenge? Five major senses and a giant world around us — how do we make sense of it all? In this camp, we will be challenging ourselves and pushing our engineering design skills to the limit as we recreate senses in unique ways. From sight to smell and everything in between, you won’t want to miss the range of fun as we make sense of our senses. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Byte-Size Bots

June 18-22, July 30-Aug. 3, ages 6-8. This year’s junior computer robot designers will continue working with our most popular robots including Dash, Colby the Mousebot, Ozobot Evo, and LEGO WeDo 2.0. We will also be introducing a couple of new robots into the mix, including Cubelets, which will teach us all about the transfer of energy. Whether this is your camper’s first year with robotics or they learned the ins-and-outs of coding last year, all of our tech savvy campers are sure to have BIG fun with our Byte-Size Bots. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Can You Dig It?

July 9-13, Aug. 13-17, ages 6-8. It’s a big world out there and there’s lots to explore (above and below the surface). This camp introduces paleo-protégés to the world of museum natural history. Accompanied by SCSM’s curators, campers will get hands-on with bugs, shells, bird eggs, rocks, and minerals (to name a few). $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — I Dig SC!

June 4-8, July 16-20, ages 9-11. Discover the behind-the-scenes world of the South Carolina State Museum as we unearth South Carolina’s rich natural history. In this hands-on camp, campers will mine our collections to dig up SC’s past. Become junior paleontologists and archaeologists as we create casts, navigate dig sites, and even learn about weapons and tools uncovered across South Carolina. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Brighter Than Ever!

June 11-15, July 23-27, ages 9-11. Look to the stars and shoot for the moon with our astronomers. Learn how to drive the 1926 Alvan Clark telescope in the observatory. Explore the switches and slides of the planetarium control booth as you coast through the universe yourself. You might even get to ride a special SCSM hovercraft to help eliminate alien invaders who have infiltrated the lobby. At the end of the week, campers will pilot their families through our galaxy and beyond with a special planetarium show for all to come and enjoy. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Museum Mystery: Crime Scene Investigation

June 18-22, July 30-Aug. 3, ages 9-11. Glass shatters. Alarm bells sound. A shadow slinks into the night. Police rush to the scene to discover a destroyed exhibit—a priceless artifact has been stolen. The evidence suggests that someone in the museum is the culprit—but who? We’re looking for the best and brightest crime scene investigators in the state. We need your help to collect fingerprints, analyze chemicals, type blood, and sequence DNA in order to crack the case. Do you have what it takes to solve this museum mystery before the trail goes cold? $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Thing-a-ma-Bot

June 25-29, Aug. 6-10, ages 9-11. Get ready to experience machine learning first-hand. We’ll combine critical thinking skills and the digital world with Ozobot, the tiny bot that inspires big ideas. No crossed-wires here, as we connect circuits to make sounds, produce lights, and execute multi-step tasks with Cubelets and littleBits. Join our little blue robots named Dash and Dot on a sci-fi adventure that campers will design together. All aspiring computer programmers (and gamers) will be excited to build their own video game with Bloxels. The adventure continues with LEGO Day, featuring LEGO WeDo 2.0 and LEGO EV3. Whether you’re a seasoned roboticist or a novice coder, we’ve constructed a great summer for all budding engineers. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum —  Tinkering on the Edge (of Glory)

July 9-13, Aug. 13-17, ages 9-11. Get ready to get creative and think outside the box. Make connections as you squish your way through circuits and explore conductive dough. Once you learn about anodes and cathodes, you’ll have all the tools to leave your mark with the museum’s much-loved ScribblyBattleyDoodleyBot-O-Awesome. The pressure is on to build a fully-functioning hydraulic bridge. Put your engineering skills to the test as you design a moving scene with cardboard automata. Finally, release your tinkering potential to solve a problem — Rube Golderg style. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum —  Inside Nature’s Weirdest Animals

July 9-13, ages 12-14. Did you know that earthworms have five hearts? That clams have gills? That squids have beaks? Through daily dissections, campers will get an in-depth view of how some of nature’s weirdest animals survive and thrive. We will also learn about how all these strange creatures impact their ecosystems. In the end, you’ll see how different (or similar) these unique organisms are to you. Do you have the guts to make it through our exploration of nature’s weirdest animals? $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum — Robot Revolution

July 16-20, ages 12-14. Explore the transfer of energy with Cubelets and littleBits. Design your own courses and be introduced to block coding with Ozobot Evo and bots: Dash and Dot. You’ve built everything there is to build in Minecraft, so there’s only one thing left to do-build Minecraft itself with the Piper laptop creation system. Physical and virtual worlds converge as you build your own video games with Bloxels. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve gained all week to build a bot using LEGO EV3 and LEGO WeDo 2.0. You’re the roboticist — you’ve got the tools, you’ve got the skills — let’s build. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps

S.C. State Museum —  Mission: Exploration

Aug. 13-17, ages 12-14. Your mission this week is to boldly go where no camper has gone before and explore the vast reaches of our universe. Learn about what it takes for both humans and robots to venture far beyond our home planet. Design a lander for an alien world, ride a hovercraft, and scout out new frontiers as we virtually travel to past and potential future landing sites on Mars. $160-$200, plus extended day option. 803-898-4921. 301 Gervais St. scmuseum.org/summercamps