Camp students playing with bubbles.

2016 Summer Camps

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Have a blast while learning science. The EKSC summer camps give kids a chance to experience science hands on.

Please call us at (606) 889-8260 or (606) 886-7398 for additional information.

All registration forms are due one week prior to camp.

Camp Schedule

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium will host the following summer camps:  

Preschool and Kindergarten

Good Vibrations - Science of Sound

  • June 2nd 9am-12pm
  • Cost: Member $10/Non-Member $15

Pick up some good vibrations as you discover the world of sound like never before! We will experiment with different ways to create various sounds and explore what sound really is. Come make your own instrument! See Peter and the Wolf Planetarium Show.

Jr. Farmers - Growing in Math and Science

  • June 30th 9am-12pm
  • Cost: Member $10/Non-Member $15

Ready, Set, Grow...your math and science skills as you explore the world of farming. Count, recognize, and graph fruits and vegetables. Explore animal and plant lifecycles, habitats, and food chains. See Enchanted
Reef Planetarium Show.

Students Getting Ready to Watch a FilmFirst through fourth grades

Jr. Space Explorers

  • June 9th 9am-3pm
  • Cost: Member $25/Non-Member $30

What does it take to be a space explorer? Come learn about space exploration as you experiment with rockets, discover your weight on other planets, tinker with space technology and even program a robot in this interactive camp that is out of this world! See Astronaut Planetarium Show.

Animal Adventures: Be a Veterinarian

  • June 28th 9am-3pm
  • Cost: Member $25/Non-Member $30

What do scales, fur, and exoskeletons all have in common? They’re all part of this camp! Come learn what
it takes to be a doctor of animals with special guest veterinarian Dr. Julie Tackett! Together we’ll discover lifecycles, listen to an animal’s heart beat, and learn about animal habitats as we get up-close and personal with our science center animals! Take home your own stethoscope! See Enchanted Reef Planetarium Show.

Fourth through sixth grades

Catch a Wave - Light, Sound, Water

  • June 14th 9am-3pm
  • Cost: Member $25/Non-Member $30

What does sound, light, and water have in common? They can all travel in waves. Come catch a wave as we
explore the science behind them. Investigate light using lasers and gases to see the world in a new vision.
Create your own sound poppers and take home firework glasses. See To Space and Back Planetarium Show.

Fifth through eighth grades

Pop, Fizz, Boom

  • June 7th 9am-3pm
  • Cost: Member $25/Non-Member $30

Let’s have a blast as we discover the science of explosions. Create foam volcanoes, fire snakes, burning bubbles, and more. Is Mentos really the best ingredient for a coke geyser or would something else work better? Come find out as we test several substances and see which makes the highest coke geyser. See Sun Struck Planetarium Show.

Space Exploration

  • June 21st & 22nd 9am-3pm
  • Cost: Member $40/Non-Member $50

Do you ever look up at the stars and wonder what is up there? Come explore the far reaches of space and build and launch your own rocket in our study of the sky and space exploration! See Oasis in Space Planetarium Show.

Membership Discounts

Members of the Center can attend the summer camps at a reduced cost. For more information on becoming a member of the East Kentucky Science Center go here.