Middle School (Campers Entering 6th–8th Grades)

Adler Planetarium Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Kids Entering Sixth through Eighth Grades

Calling all middle-schoolers! Spend your summer exploring space with us. Ignite your curiosity and creativity with authentic (and unique!) science activities and create memorable experiences during one (or more) of our Adler summer camps!

Please note that summer camp programming is repeated each session. Each type of camp will have the same curriculum each time it is offered. Registering for more than one session of the same camp program is not recommended.

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Technology Camps

Summer Camp Technology Camp Robotics! Come do science at the Adler with a unique summer camp experience.

Technology Camp: Robotics

Grades: Entering Sixth or Seventh Grade

Challenge yourself this summer!  Telescope viewing, lunch by Lake Michigan and cutting-edge sky shows—all unique to the Adler—are the perfect setting for Tech Camp: Robotics. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use multiple types of robotics to overcome escalating challenges. Campers will also be exposed to creative design, documentation and presentation skills through the use video recording, and editing. Tech Camp is collaborative in nature; campers will work together in pairs or small groups to conquer each robotics challenge.

Grades
Entering grades 6 – 7 in Fall 2018

2018 Dates
June 25 – 29
July 9 – 13 (Girls only)

Camp Length
Full week sessions 

Monday–Friday,  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

2018 Pricing
General Public: $325
Members (Family Plus or Above): $295

*Most activities for Tech Camp take place in a classroom setting; please let us know during the registration process if your camper uses any special adaptations in the classroom.

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Technology Camp: Sky Show

Grades: Entering Sixth or Seventh Grade

You’ve seen the amazing sky shows the Adler has to offer, now you can make one! In the course of one week, campers will work in teams of four to create sky shows, from storyboarding through presenting on the dome of the Grainger Sky Theater. Campers will work with Adler’s visualization, show production, and theater experts throughout the week. The week will wrap with a showcase as campers present their shows to their families.

Ages
Entering grades 6 – 7 in Fall 2018

2018 Dates
July 23 – 27

Camp Length
Full week sessions 

Monday–Friday,  9:00 am–3:00 pm
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

2018 Pricing
General Public: $325
Members (Family Plus or Above): $295

*Most activities for Tech Camp take place in a classroom setting; please let us know during the registration process if your camper uses any special adaptations in the classroom.

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

Mission Near-Space

Grades: Entering Sixth–Eighth Grade

If you choose to accept this mission, you will become part of a unique team of engineers and astronomers whose goal is to prepare, launch, track, and retrieve a scientific payload sent to the stratosphere aboard a high altitude balloon. The week ends with a showcase in which participants present their exploration results to family members.

Learn more about Mission Near-Space.

Grades
Entering grades 6 – 8 in Fall 2018

2018 Dates
June 18 – 22 (6th – 7th Grade)
June 25 – June 29 (6th – 7th Grade)
July 30 – August 3 (6th – 7th Grade)
August 6 – August 10 (8th – 10th Grade) SOLD OUT!

Camp Length
Full week session including a balloon launch field experience

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm with one extended day trip (Date and length of the extended day trip is determined by weather conditions. Details will be given by Tuesday morning of your camp week.)
Sign in starts at 8:30 am and sign out is at 3:00 pm.

2018 Pricing
General Public: $495
Members (Family Plus or Above): $465

Young scientists in the making discover new worlds, engage in eye-opening experiments and play next to Lake Michigan during an Adler Planetarium summer camp!

General Information

Questions?
For additional questions, check our 2018 Adler Camps FAQ, email us at summercamp@adlerplanetarium.org, or call 312.322.0329.

Registration
Registration for 2018 will begin on February 6, 2018, at 10:00 am CT.

Cancellation Fees and Refunds
Cancellations made until and including May 1 will incur a 10% cancellation fee. There will be no refund for cancellations made after May 1.

In the case of low enrollment, we may cancel a camp up to 72 hours before it is scheduled to meet.

Scholarships
The scholarship application period for 2018 Adler Summer Camps has ended.

Additional Info
Adler Waiver
Adler Allergy Policy
Adler Terms and Conditions