Summer Science Adventures 2020 Canceled due to community health concerns

All ages include rising students (for example 9 means students entering 9th in the fall).  We try to stay a little flexible on age groups based on individual children’s needs and also the desire to keep siblings together – just let us know.

Camps only run if they meet their minimum number

May 26-29

Minecraft in Space

Grades K-10, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, $220/week

Team building, space science, trigonometry, programming, and building on an unearthly scale. Build space ship and learn about the scale and size of the universe. You will colonize the moon and Mars learning about the challenges of space travel, time lags, and settlement. Leader educators will be Terry Dillman, a MU College of Science graduate and current teacher at the STEM+M High School, and space mining enthusiast Jordan Holman.

Camp class size 10-40

Campers need to bring their lunches

June 1-5

Dungeons & Dragons: Gaming Alive

Grades 6-12 9:00-4:00 $275/week

Love playing D & D, or just want to learn, then this camp is for you! Anna will be your dungeon master and take you on a magical journey and see where your dice lead you. Since this is a full day camp, there is also time to make your character, or any you choose, into a full cosplay costume. We will supply you will the raw materials and techniques and you will supply the vision. This camp is scheduled the week before the Huntington Comic and Toy convention on June 6 & 7, just in case you want to go in full costume.

Camp class size 5-20

June 22-26

Photography: Art and Science Collide

1:00-4:00 Grades 6-12, $145/week

Photography is one of the places where art and science collide. Learn about science and nature photography at many levels of magnification. In addition to traditional photography, students will also be taking images from light microscopes at 5-100x and then also with from 100x-1000x working one-on-one with a specialist with a research grade Scanning Electron Microscopy. Also learn the basics of the 35mm camera usage and photo editing. Team taught by Terry Dillman, David Neff, and Archer Sully.

 June 29-July 3

Forensic CSI

Grades 6-12, 1:00-4:00

Would you like to see the real science behind some of the famous crime dramas CSI and NCIS? With this class a “who done it” case will be simulated, and students will have to use their detective skills to solve the case. Students will be exposed to biology, physics, pharmacology, statistics; forensics specialties, including ballistics, forensic engineering, toxicology, digital and multimedia sciences. Cool sunglasses and sweet one liner jokes will be encouraged but not required. Leader educator will be Terry Dillman, who just completed a learning program for teaching forensic sciences. Rigorous and fun!!

Camp class size 7-15

July 13-17

ACT Math boot-camp (all ages, Grade 9-12 suggested)

1:00-4:30, $300/week

Identify your math strengths and weaknesses, build on existing skills, play fun and challenging math games, daily practice in an average pacing of 1 question per minute, and reassessment at the end of the week so students are prepared to continuing studying independently. Taught by the Marshall University Math Department.

Camp class size 5-12

July 20-24

Animals Inside and Out

Grades 6-12, 9:00-4:00, $275/week

Learn all about animals, both on the inside and out, using the Marshall University comparative anatomy collection and get to participate in daily dissections. Very hands-on and interactive and a great way to experience college-level facilities. A great class for students interested in either medical or veterinarian fields.

July 27-31

Molecular Biology

Grades 6-12 1:00-4:00 $145/week

Unleash your inner scientist! Explore DNA! Work in a real science lab doing fun, hands-on experiments as you investigate the genetic material that codes for all of life. How do scientists study genes/ Learn about what goes on in a Molecular Biology lab and you’ll even have the chance to isolate your own genomic DNA! Great introduction to health-related science if you’re interested in becoming a doctor or biomedical scientist. This class will be taught by Marshall Professor (and mom) Dr. Wendy Trzyna in one of our undergraduate lab rooms. Rigorous and fun!!

Camp class size 7-15

STaR Partnership -Science, Tech and Rec

This summer we will be partnering with the Marshall University Rec Center Summer day camp. Any week we have half-day camps, your child can spend a half day with us exercising their brains and a half day running around at the Rec Center. If you sign up for this program, our staff will take our morning session campers once their day with us is done and drop them off at noon at the Rec Center, where you can pick them up at the end of the day. If you child is an afternoon camper with us, they can start their morning at the Rec center and our staff will pick them up at 12:45 and transport to the Science Building where you can pick them up at the end of the day. We are trying to make our camps easier and more accessible for full time working parents. Also email us if you need early drop off or late pick up, many times we can arrange this as well. After you register with us just contact the Rec Center front desk (call or drop in) and ask them about the STaR partnership (Science, Tech and Rec) and they will let your register for a half day with them (at their half-day rates). If you have questions about Rec Center portion of this program, please contact Jonathan Sanders, Coordinator of Competitive Sports & Camps, 304-696-4652 or

College of Science Partnership

For our 7th year, the Marshall University College of Science is hosting Summer Science Adventure camps. Let us share with your child an unforgettable experience. With Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math, full STEAM ahead with idea that can learning can be so fun. All camps are hands-on with science, include creativity and art, and we sneak math in at every opportunity (and the kids don’t even notice it).

With camps spanning many fields such as veterinarian sciences, microscopy, anatomy, microbiology, and computer programming, your child will explore through both hands-on and activity based learning. The camps offer the opportunity for your child to enrich their science education and see what real science is all about.

Our camps are designed and staffed by MU professors, graduate students, and local professionals to ensure your child is being taught by people whose careers are science based. Assistants include use Marshall students and STEM high school students for experience for everyone. Camps range from 2:6-2:10 staff-camper ratio permitting very individualized instruction. These camps will give your child an opportunity to explore careers in the sciences and, since these camps are in Marshall University laboratories, it’s a great peak to see what college has to offer!

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