STEM science camps to explore land, air and ice

STEM science camps to explore land, air and ice

The James E. Richmond Science Center will host several science summer camps from June through August for students in grades four through eight interested in keeping their STEM knowledge sharp. Three sessions are available for registration; the cost of each session is $245 per week with a one-time, nonrefundable registration fee of $40 per student. Early bird registration is $225 per week if completed by June 1.

All sessions run from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and campers will have to bring their own lunch. Transportation will not be provided. All sessions will include a daily swim period, with activities for students who do not want to swim. Swimmers will need to bring their bathing suit and towel. Snacks and water will be provided during each session. Before care is available for $10 per day and starts at 7 a.m.

Registration is available online at All sessions will be led by Charles County Public Schools teachers.

The following is session information:

  • June 20 to June 24 — Expedition Earth — Students will learn more about the Earth’s systems and how they interact with each other. The camp will feature “Dynamic Earth” in the center’s digital theater. Students will see real-time weather data on the Science on a Sphere, explore the area’s wetlands and geology, have volcano races, build a weather station and create weather such as snow, clouds, tornadoes and lightning.
  • June 27 to July 1 — Polar Explorer — Students will explore Antarctic terrain with robots, communicate like penguins and complete an Arctic maze to take home. The camp will feature “Wonders of the Arctic” in the digital theater. There will be real-time snow and ice data on the Science on a Sphere, penguin communication games, building robots for an Antarctic terrain and making liquid nitrogen or dry ice ice cream.
  • 22 through Aug. 26 — Up, Up and Away! The Science of Flight — Due to the popularity of last year’s camp, it is making a comeback. Students will learn about the theories of flight and construct several items that can fly, from a basic paper airplane to a hot air balloon. Activities include a viewing of “Dream to Fly” in the digital theater, exploring flight patterns on the Science on a Sphere and digitally built gliders and rockets.

Visit for more information on Science Center events. Email with questions. The center is at St. Charles High School in Waldorf.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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