Excited Electrons | Camps for Grades 7-9

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Excited Electrons—campers entering grades 7-9—will dive deep into tech-based maker and tinkering projects every morning using cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and visual programming to reach new heights with their innovative thinking, collaboration, and creativity! Afternoons will be spent sparking curiosity with theme-based activities and exhibit exploration.

  • NEW FOR 2018!
    EACH OF THE SIX THEMES ARE OFFERED TWICE THIS SUMMER

    June 11-15
    July 16-20
    Theme Park Engineers

    What makes a theme park ride thrilling? Explore the laws of motion and use the principles of physics to create amazing amusements that mix recycled materials with tech-based tools like electronic circuits or 3D printing.

    June 18-22 
    July 23-27
    Science Wizards

    You are hereby invited to The Franklin Institute School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Invent potent potions, colorful cloaks, and other wizarding tools through the power of chemistry, programmable textiles, and more.

    June 25-29 
    July 30-Aug 3
    Mission: Space

    Someday, living and working in space will require all astronauts to be makers too. Prepare for a mission to space by engineering spacecraft, 3D printing parts, or designing a game to occupy your long days aboard the space station.

    July 2-6 *Special pricing for this holiday week, see rates and registration page
    Aug 6-10
    Robot Shop  

    Prepare to have your circuits blown in this coding and computers camp! Become masters of the robot shop as you control your bots with block-based programming and engineer some inventions of your own.

    July 9-13  
    Aug 13-17  
    CSI

    Forensic science is about seeing what can’t be seen. Campers will examine evidence with forensic science techniques, then work together to model and create their own camp crime scene for younger campers to investigate.
      
    Aug 20-24  
    Aug 27-31  
    Best of 2018! 

    Can’t get enough of Discovery Camp? To celebrate the end of summer and all that our scientists have learned, we will revisit the most popular projects, shows, and demonstrations of the 2018 camp season! 

  • Book by February 21, 2018*:
    $369 per week: Members
    $379 per week: Individuals

    Book after February 21, 2018:
    $369 per week: Members
    $399 per week: Non-members

    Early arrival 8:00 am: $45 per week
    Late departure 5:30 pm: $55 per week

    *Some exceptions apply. Early booking discounts do not apply to the following weeks: July 2-6, August 20-24, and August 27-31. Member discounts are applicable only for weeks selected within the active membership period. Special pricing for the week of July 2-6: $309 for Members, $339 for Individuals.

    Registration Form 
    Call 215.448.1200 to reserve your space.

  • Each year Discovery Camp offers scholarships for excellence in academics and leadership, as well as for those who are in need of financial assistance. Our goal is to provide children who express an interest in science an opportunity to attend a session of our summer day camp. Each scholarship awarded will cover one (1) week of Discovery Camp in 2018.

    Discovery Camp Scholarship Application

    Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 26. No Exceptions.
    Make sure that all parts of the application packet are in one envelope and labeled Discovery Camp – Scholarships. You may submit the application packet in the following acceptable ways:
    You may mail applications packets to:
    The Franklin Institute
    Discovery Camp – Scholarships
    222 North 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    You may deliver your application packet to the Business Entrance on 20thStreet, where there will be a drop box for them at the guard’s desk between March 19 and March 26 until 5:00 pm ONLY.

  • 222 North 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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