From amazing animals to rockin’ robots, we make science fun and engaging with hands-on activities and learning adventures for ages 4 - 14. Our aquarium, museum and zoo are full of opportunities all on one campus!
Registration is online only. Register according to your child’s age by start of camp.
|AM (9am - 12pm)||$130
$78 (June 14 - 16)
$102 (June 14 - 16)
|PM (1pm - 3pm)||$90||$120|
|XPM (1pm - 4pm)||$130||$170|
|HOL (9am - 3pm)||$140||$185|
|DAY (9am - 3pm)||$230||$295|
|Lunch Bunch (12pm - 1pm)||$15/week||$15/week|
|Extended Day (3pm - 4:30pm)||$20/week
$12 (July 6 - 8)
$12 (July 6 - 8)
For camps that show FULL, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list, as spaces do open throughout the summer. Include your name and best contact number.
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|Week||Session||Ages 4 - 5||Ages 6 - 7||Ages 8 - 9||Ages 10 - 12|
|June 14 - 16||AM||EC1: Wheel of Science||A1: Fish Frenzy||B1: Star Struck||C1: Amazing Adaptations|
|June 19 - 23||AM||EC3: Sunny Side Up||A3: Critters and Crafts||B3: Scales, Feathers, and Fur||C3: Animals Inside Out|
|PM||A4: Solid, Liquid, Gas, Oh My!: Matter||B4: Wizard Science||C4: Girls in Science|
|June 26 - 30||AM||EC5: Creepy Crawlies||A5: Down on the Farm||B5: Candy Chemistry|
|PM||A6: Colorful Science||B6: Fantastic Physics|
|DAY||C5: Animal Care Camp|
|July 5 - 7||HOL||A7: Science Sampler||B7: Grab Bag Science||C7: Lab Rats|
|July 10 - 14||AM||EC9: Dino-Mite||A9: Icky Sticky Science||B9: Animal Stars||C9: Cool Chemistry|
|PM||A10: Racecar Rally||B10: Wacky Weather||C10: North Carolina Wild!|
|July 17 - 21||AM||EC11: Sunny Side Up||A11: Fish Frenzy||B11: Star Struck|
|PM||A12: Eco Art|
|DAY||C11: Animal Care Camp|
|July 24 - 28||AM||EC13: Creepy Crawlies||A13: Critters and Crafts||B13: Scales, Feathers, and Fur||C13: Amazing Adaptations|
|PM||A14: Solid, Liquid, Gas, Oh My!: Matter||B14: Wizard Science||C14: Girls in Science|
|July 31 - August 4||AM||EC15: Wheel of Science||A15: Down on the Farm||B15: Candy Chemistry||C15: Animals Inside Out|
|PM||A16: Colorful Science||B16: Fantastic Physics||C16: Great Galaxies|
|August 7 - 11||AM||EC17: Dino-Mite||A17: Icky Sticky Science||B17: Animal Stars||C17: Cool Chemistry|
|PM||A18: Racecar Rally||B18: Wacky Weather||C18: North Carolina Wild!|
|Week||Session||Age 5||Ages 6 - 7||Ages 8 - 9||Ages 10 - 11||Ages 12 - 14|
|June 14 - 16||AM||EL1: Buggy Bots||RR1: Off-roading Rocks with Bots|
|June 19 - 23||AM||EL3: Shark Survival||RR3: Aquarium Splash|
|PM||BL4: Splish, Splash||CL4: Deep Sea Engineering|
|XPM||LR4: Ocean Exploration
|June 26 - 30||AM||RR5: The Magic of Coding|
|XPM||EL6: Adventures in Coding (girls only)|
|DAY||LR5: Robotics Engineering
and Visual Programming
|July 5 - 7||HOL||EL7: Water Machine Mania||RR7: Automation Challenge|
|July 10 - 14||AM||EL9: Shark Survival||RR9: Aquarium Splash (girls only)|
|PM||BL10: Splish, Splash||CL10: Deep Sea Engineering (girls only)|
|XPM||LR10: Ocean Exploration|
|July 17 - 21||PM||CL12: Deep Sea Engineering|
|DAY||EL11: Water Machine Mania||RR11: Automation Challenge|
|July 24 - 28||AM||EL14: Adventures in Coding||RR13: The Magic of Coding|
|PM||CL14: Dune Buggy Build|
|XPM||EL13: Adventures in Coding|
|July 31 - August 4||AM||EL15: Beginner Designer and Programmer||RR15: Robotics Designer|
|PM||BL16: Splish, Splash||CL16: Dune Buggy Build|
|XPM||LR16: Designs come Alive|
|August 7 - 11||AM||EL17: Shark Survival||RR17: Aquarium Splash|
|PM||BL18: Splish, Splash||CL18: Dune Buggy Build|
|XPM||LR18: Ocean Exploration|
Join us for our holiday camp as we explore different areas of science. We’ll mix things up, make things move and meet a variety of animal guests. From the earth beneath your feet to the stars in the sky, we’ll explore a different area of science each day. We’ll also take in an OmniSphere Theater show and meet Indiana Bones. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. July 5 - 7: 9am - 3pm
On your mark, get set, gravity! Explore friction, momentum, potential and kinetic energy as you engineer your own racecars. Put your creativity to the test with a week full of racing and steer yourself to first place. Don’t let friction hold you back from taking this exciting class. 1pm - 3pm
They slither and slide, croak and crawl, and are lots of fun to learn about. Spend a week with some new friends as you uncover their special talents. See firsthand how we feed our snakes and tortoises and learn about animals in your own backyard as you also create some critter surprises to take home. 9am - 12pm
Celebrate the holiday with science highlights this week. You’ll hang out with animals, compete in the famous egg-drop Olympics, work indoors and out, and try your hand at chemistry. During the week we’ll also take in an OmniSphere Theater show and meet Indiana Bones. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. July 5 - 7: 9am - 3pm
Survive the destructive forces of natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes! Discover the science behind extreme weather, avalanches, tsunamis, and more. After becoming junior meteorologists, you’ll design and engineer structures and inventions that can help predict and withstand the elements of nature. 1pm - 3pm
Gain a new appreciation for diversity and adaptations as you take a look at animal anatomy and behavior. Dissect a fish, a squid and an owl pellet to get the inside scoop and then make external observations of tracks, behaviors and even scent markings to learn all about animals. 9am - 12pm
Join us for a variety of experiences for the true animal lover. Find out how we care for the animals in zoo and aquarium. We’ll lend a hand in the zoo and aquarium each day, learn about the care of all kinds of animals and meet animal professionals as they share their experiences with us. Dress for outdoor work; closed-toe shoes are a must. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. If you have taken this class in a previous summer, please allow others to sign up this summer. 9am - 3pm
Can’t pick your favorite science topic? This is the holiday camp for you! Be a chemist for a day, have fun with physics and enjoy awesome astronomy! We’ll go behind the scenes and learn about animal care as you sample and experiment with a variety of science topics. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. July 5 - 7: 9am - 3pm
Create crystals, pop popcorn and perform candy chromatography – all in the name of science. You’ll learn about compounds that change how things work and run scientific tests on common household items to find “the best.” You’ll also come up with ultimate recipes for fizzy, oozing and odiferous improvements! 9am - 12pm
From the mountains to the rolling hills of the Piedmont, to the coastal plain, and the Atlantic Ocean that borders our state – North Carolina is an amazing state. From the GSC perspective, we’ll explore these habitats looking at animals, plants, and indigenous people that are native to each of these parts of North Carolina. Enjoy a week of exploring all the natural treasures of our state. 1pm - 3pm
We are introducing our youngest engineers to building challenges, teamwork and creative innovation with our favorite DUPLO® and standard LEGO® building blocks. Classes have both directed assignments and creative free-building time to apply lessons with simple machines. Campers also learn cooperatively through buddy building missions.
From wheels and axles to gears and pulleys, students learn the basics of simple machines through building. They also learn computer programming using the LEGO® Education WeDo 1.0 and 2.0, an icon-based introduction to robotics that uses motors and sensors. Classes have both directed assignments and free-building time. Campers also learn cooperatively through Buddy Building and missions. Please choose one session only per child. There are no prerequisites.
Wheeeee! Let’s design and build a dune buggy and other moving vehicles. Campers will learn about the physics of force and motion while creating different types of all-terrain vehicles using LEGO bricks and an interactive program. Campers will visit the zoo and investigate the vehicles used here at GSC. 1pm - 3pm
In EARLY LEGO® building, campers learn the basics of sound mechanical engineering and stable building techniques. Fun challenges and teamwork are a part of each session. Campers use the NXT program and learn programming basics as they build autonomous robots and tackle obstacles on a challenge mat. Please choose no more than one session/topic for the summer per child. There are no prerequisites.
Calling all shark lovers! Join us as we build autonomous robots using the NXT brick, learn programming and tackle challenges based on this past off-season challenge mat. Team building and building missions enhance our cooperative approach. We’ll also visit some sharks as inspiration. 9am - 12pm
New camp! Learn the basics of program coding on the computer. We’ll be introduced to Scratch which teaches block coding. We’ll learn to make interactive art, animate and even design our own game with inspiration from visits to the zoo and aquarium. This camp has something for all campers whether you are interested in technology, art or music. 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm
Can’t get enough building? These all day camps mix designing and programming to build a working water dispensing machine that will use multiple NXT bricks. They will incorporate sensors and program their designs. For a change of scenery, we’ll also take in a public show and visit some zoo and aquarium animals. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. July 5 - 7: 9am - 3pm
This group of engineers continues with creating autonomous robots and programming with NXT and/or EV3. The emphasis is on complex building design and strategic problem-solving as you test your ability to solve a FIRST® LEGO® League-type tournament game. The aquarium challenge involves programming the robot to score points on a themed playing field and the Robotics Designer and Automation Challenge classes give campers a solid building and programming base. These three camps can be used as the prerequisite for GSC FLL teams (Off-roading Rocks with Bots and Magic of Coding are not prerequisites); see our website for more information about joining a FLL Fall team. Please choose no more than one session/topic per child. There are no prerequisites for camps.
Build autonomous robots using the EV3 brick, learn programming and tackle underwater challenges with your teammates based on this past off-season competition mat. We will also be exploring the aquarium and some of the challenges of sea life. Campers will get a behind the scenes tour of part of the aquarium. 9am - 12pm
New camp!! Campers are going to work together to design and build a working machine that will use multiple NXT/ EV3 bricks. They will incorporate sensors and program their designs. We’ll also stretch our legs with a visit to the zoo and aquarium. July 5 - 7: 9am - 3pm / 9am - 3pm
New this summer! Get ready to get your game on. Campers will spend the first part of the week learning the basics of coding through using the computer and fun group activities. Groups will then take their new skills and creativity and work together on an aquarium inspired project with some basic parameters. 9am - 12pm
Robotic enthusiasts build and program a fully autonomous robot using the EV3 smart brick. Campers are encouraged to continue developing their building skills using sensors and complex designs. The challenge depth is different for this older group than our younger Rookies. These three camps use EV3 programming which is a prerequisite for GSC FIRST® LEGO® League teams in the fall. See our website for more information about joining an FLL team. Please choose one session/topic only per child; there are no prerequisites for camps
In celebration of our aquarium expansion campers will work in groups to build autonomous robots using the EV3 brick, learn programming and tackle underwater challenges based on this past previous off-season challenge mat. Campers will get a behind the scenes tour of part of the aquarium. 1pm - 4pm
Campers will work together to design and build a working machine to achieve a task that will use multiple NXT/ EV3 bricks and incorporate sensors. Then the group has to pull it all together and make sure their vision comes to life with programming. Campers will also get out of the lab and learn about animals at the zoo and aquarium. Lunch supervision is included; bring a bag lunch, drink and snack each day. 9am - 3pm
Extended Day sessions are a relaxing way to end a day of exciting science adventure. We’ll have a supervised room and provide museum/zoo explorations, games, books and our favorite science movies during this unstructured period. Extended Days are offered as a service to meet your family’s changing schedules. Pick up your child any time before the 4:30 pm. Register for extended days as an option with afternoon camps. Extended Day is not offered the first week of camp.
Questions or comments? Email email@example.com or call 336-288-3769 x1389.
Check your Greensboro Science Center membership card and look for the expiration date printed on it. Your member number/ID is printed under the bar code.
We cannot process a new/renewed membership at time of camp registration, so make sure you are current before February 21. If you need a new/renewed membership you can click here or stop by our information desk.
The camper and adult guardian who is the contact must be a GSC member. A grandparent can register a grandchild but the adult bringing the child to camp must also be a GSC member to gain access to the GSC.
The first day of registration is busy. Note the following:
Yes, if the child’s family has a GSC membership (you may not register another non-member child under your membership). You must have the family’s membership ID as well as primary contact, email, address and emergency phone contact.
Non-member registration opens February 28 at 9:00 am. If you have a reciprocal membership from another institution you cannot register as a member for programs here.
Participants should register according to their age before the class begins. Your child should be the required age by the first day of the camp.
While we do not place younger students in older classes, we sometimes make exceptions and place older students in younger classes; call Courtenay Vass at 336-288-3769 ext. 1389 if you have questions.
If any camp you’d like to register for is full or you’d like a different LEGO® session, please consider being placed on a waiting list. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “waiting list.” Include the camp(s) you’d like, name and age (at camp date) of your child, your name and your daytime phone number(s). Children are placed on the list in the order in which they are received. We get openings all summer as plans change, so waiting lists do work!
Use your user ID to check your classes at any time and add more to your account. If you do not remember your user ID, you can still add classes as a new user just as easily and effectively.
Camps are offered as morning sessions (9am - 12pm) or afternoon sessions (1 - 3pm; some LEGO® camps 1 - 4pm). Select a morning and afternoon for a full day. If you choose morning and afternoon sessions, also register for lunch supervision (offered as an add-on as you register). Additionally, we offer extended day registration (3 - 4:30pm) as an add-on to afternoon camps.
No. Most classes are offered twice during the summer; LEGO® camps have more repeat sessions. Choose one session.
Drop-offs: Morning camps run from 9am - 12pm. Afternoon camps run 1pm - 3pm (some LEGO® camps 1pm - 4pm). Our summer staff signs in all campers at an outdoor parking lane, just past our main building. We are generally in place 15 minutes before camp times to meet cars.
Alternately, students may be dropped off at their classrooms 5 minutes prior to class. You will need to show your membership card each time you enter the GSC. Children may not enter or exit the building without a parent, guardian or GSC staff member.
Our summer instructor staff is comprised of certified teachers from Guilford County and surrounding communities, as well as environmental education professionals. Our LEGO® camps also have our techno-whiz college students as instructors under our Robotics Coordinator. Paid assistants and our summer “teen corps” volunteers lend a hand in classes.
Clothing should be comfortable for indoor and outdoor, hands-on activities. Closed-toe shoes and socks are suggested (required for Animal Care Camp and field courses). No flip-flops or roller sneakers allowed. Please leave all electronics at home. Label snacks and lunches. A water bottle is recommended.
All morning camps take a snack break. Only 3 hour LEGO® afternoon camps take a snack break. Please send a snack and drink (water is great!). Lunch Bunch students will need to bring a (non-refrigerated) bag lunch and drink.
Discipline issues are rare, but do occur. Initially, instructors will discuss the behavior with the camper. If the behavior persists, the camper will spend “quiet time” in the office of the Director of Education. Behavior issues will be brought to the attention of the parent in order to work together toward an appropriate solution.
Our camp staff does not administer medication. Children who carry a self-administered inhaler or Epi-Pen for emergencies should note this on their health form. If your child has a medical issue while at camp, our Red Cross First Aid certified staff will treat basic needs (band-aids, ice packs). All medical issues will be brought to the attention of the parent or guardian listed on your health form. We are peanut-free in our classes but do use food in many classes. Please bring allergy information on your health form at the start of class for your instructor.
Your form will ask you for a credit card (Visa, MasterCard). This form of payment is secure.
If you need to change or cancel a class:
To switch/cancel a class call the Education Office at 288-3769 x1389.
Yes. Limited financial assistance is available and requires a separate application. Contact the Camp Director at 288-3769 ext. 1389 for details.