Science Camp

The Worcester Academy Science camp is designed to excite, engage and motivate young people interested in science. The camp allows children to explore how science helps solve problems in real world context.   Each day Design Teams will be given a new Design Challenge to solve.  Using both the Engineering Design Cycle and a Design Thinking approach, participants will ideate, build, test, and iterate solutions to these novel problems.

Sample design challenges might include:

  • How might we construct a tower that can withstand hurricane-like conditions?  

  • How might we create an environment to keep reptile eggs alive in transit?   

  • How might we clean up an aquatic ecosystem after an oil spill?

Participants will tackle these Design Challenges in the newly renovated Kingsley Laboratory building.  Each Design Challenge will be structured in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) format in which participants will (1) learn about the science behind their challenge, (2) apply the science through the design of a solution, (3) test their design through the collection of data and feedback, (4) re-design using test results and feedback, and (5) explain the scientific reasoning behind their solution(s).  The camp will conclude with participants returning to their favorite Design Challenge to present in a symposium where learners will share with family and friends.

About the Director
My name is Frances Griswold, and I teach Engineering, Forensic Science, and Environmental Science at Worcester Academy. I’m excited to be part of the science summer camp team! I recently finished my PhD at Umass Amherst where I studied the coastal dynamics related to hurricanes, mangroves, and salt marshes. I have a passion for helping students explore the wonderful world around them and seeing how we, as humans, interact and impact the environment. Can’t wait to have some fun and learn along the way!
June 24th – 28th, 2024
Boys and Girls Age 9 – 15

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$450 for Full-Day – One Week

Kingsley Laboratories – Main Campus. Kingsley received a $5.5 million renovation during the summer of 2008. All science classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and student workspaces.

What to Bring
  • Lunch and Snack (nut free)
  • Swimsuit and towel (if desiring to swim)
  • Due to the nature of the investigations, students are expected to wear close-toed shoes or sneakers
Schedule (Sample Day)
  • 9:00 am – Check in, overview of plan for the day, new developments in the world of science
  • 9:30 am – Lesson and experimentation
  • 11:00 am – Snack break
  • 11:15 am – Lesson and experimentation
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – Swim/Free time
  • 2:15 pm – Finish collecting data, demonstrations, wrap-up for day
  • 3:00 pm – Pick up