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Just because school is out for summer doesn’t mean learning is over. Educational summer classes and camps can make learning fun.

Camp Quercus: Taltree Summer Day Camp

This outdoor environmental science day camp offers hands-on, themed one-week classes at the 330-acre Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. New Extended Care Hours are available to accommodate working parents. Activities include hiking, art projects, gardening, outdoor games, animal observations, fitness activities and more.

Camps include Wonderful Water, where campers learn how important water is to themselves, others and Taltree. Part of learning is playing in the water. The How Does My Garden Grow? program answers such questions as What do plants need to grow in the garden? How do we choose what to plant? What will keep the vegetables healthy throughout the summer? Wilderness Survival teaches all the outdoor enthusiasts how to build a shelter, find food and water and also explores the survival techniques of animal and how it can apply that to our own survival. The last of the camps is an Inventors Workshop, where participants build their own inventions.

219-462-0025; taltree.org

Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana

Created by the families of the astronauts who lost their lives on Shuttle 51-L in 1986, the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana in Hammond uses space-themed learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. The organization’s summer camps were designed to create experiences that strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these fields as well as cultivate such skills as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

NOTE: When choosing a summer camp, schedule your child for the grade level that they will be entering in the fall.

Journey to Mars

Ages 6-9

Because Mars is the focus of NASA's next major mission goal, campers will learn more about the Red Planet and what type of skills they would need to help expand the boundaries of space exploration and send the first crew of astronauts all the way to Mars. 

Space Explorers

Ages 6-9

Fun activities help campers learn what astronauts need to be successful including teamwork, problem solving and communication. These activities help improve critical thinking skills.

Junior Rebel Training Camp

Ages 7-9

Campers make a take-home item while investigating explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel and take an in-depth look at the science behind the famous saga.

Rebel Training Camp

Ages 10-12

Participants will investigate explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel as the camp take an in depth look at the science behind the famous saga. Includes a take-home item.

Underwater Astronaut Training Camp

Ages 11-15

Campers learn all about how astronauts become “spacewalk ready” by training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. They also receive basic scuba training from certified instructors, then test out their skills during underwater training exercises. Students must be medically fit to dive. Scuba gear will be provided.

This camp requires a mandatory parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 13.

Rocketry

Ages 10-14

In this camp, students study the science used for launching objects from Earth into orbit as well as the rules of launching model rockets. They also participate in a model rocket launch and build their own hobby rocket to take home.

Robotics

Ages 10-14

Students get the chance to make a take-home robot while becoming familiar with robotic concepts such as circuits and types of robots.

Space Mission Training

These campers become "astronauts in training" as they learn the skills and investigate the topics necessary to fly a space mission. This session ends with a live simulated mission in Mission Control and Space Station simulators.

Junior CyberCamp

Ages 9-11

Campers will learn the basics about computers, cybersecurity and coding in this fun and exciting learning experience. Hands-on activities will plant the seeds for critical digital skills while introducing campers to one of the most relevant topics society is facing today. This session is being conducted in collaboration with Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics.

Note: This is a beginner coding camp for students who have little to no experience with computer coding.

CyberCamp

Ages 12-15

The Air Force Association CyberCamp program introduces students about STEM career opportunities in cyber security and teaches them important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction and activities. Students learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well as how to harden entire networks running Windows 7 and Ubuntu operating systems. The camp culminates in a final team competition that simulates real cyber security situations faced by industry professionals and mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. This session is being conducted in collaboration with Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics.

(219) 989-3250; clcnwi.com

Schererville Parks & Recreation

Back to School Story and Craft

Ages 3-6

Children will enjoy a book about going back to school and then celebrate its start with a school themed craft.

Nature Story and Craft

Ages 3-6

Children will enjoy a book about nature and make a nature themed craft.

Yoga

Suitable for both beginners and for those with some experience, the class includes basic breathing exercises, foundational poses and sun salutations. Each class ends with a quiet relaxation.

Note: Please bring a mat.

219-865-5530; schererville.org

Bricks 4 Kidz

With locations in Valparaiso, Munster, Merrillville, Schererville and Hammond, Bricks 4 Kidz offers a variety of classes for a wide range of ages and abilities in areas like Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, Academics. These LEGOs activities use concepts of science, technology, engineering (STEM) and architecture to help learn, create and explore. Summer camp themes include Robotics, Bricks 4 GIRLZ, Pokémon and Minecraft.

219-299-3983; bricks4kidz.com

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