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Previously Space Explorers Camp, now revamped into SCIENCE EXPLORERS CAMP - Professional & Continuing Education, the Department of Physics, IDLS and the John C. Wells Planetarium will host two, week-long science based summer camps open to elementary and middle school students!

*NEW for the 2020 Summer, both full day summer camps will be held ONLINE!

Using JMU’s unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, Science on a Sphere, among others, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more! We seek to inspire and excite the next generation. Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

Our Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 8th grade students. We seek to grow leaders and problems solvers of tomorrow, by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! We will post more information about the schedule as it is available. Activities will be student paced and parent guided. 

Questions? Please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540/568-4226.

Camp Details

Full Day Camp ONLINE (rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades)
July 6-10, 2020  Program Fee: $80.00

Full Day Camp ONLINE (rising 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades)
July 13-17, 2020 P
rogram Fee: $80.00

Residential Camp (rising 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th grades)
July 19-25, 2020  Program Fee: $900.00

Please be aware: The John C. Wells planetarium strives to bring cutting-edge science to JMU as well as to the larger Shenandoah Valley community. Hence, the staff presents established science that is based on consensus from the scientific community. We will present the scientific evidence on topics such as evolution, the Big Bang, age of the Earth, and climate change. All of our presentations, activities, and live star talks make reference to an age of the Universe that is 13.8 billion years old and that our Sun and the Solar System formed ~5 billion years ago. Our staff will not alter their presentations when discussing what some consider controversial science topics.

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