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Fun with Chemistry camps have been a Madison tradition since their inception in 1984. These 5-day afternoon summer programs offer a perfect combination of innovative hands-on science curriculum and fun!

An ICE Fun with Chemistry Camp is really special because campers actually get to do science, they don't just watch it happen! Through experiments, projects, and discussions they explore chemistry and science in laboratories in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Experienced staff supervise students in small groups, emphasizing lab safety while communicating fundamental science concepts and encouraging campers to exercise their reasoning skills. Campers entering grades 5 to 8 will typically carry out a variety of laboratory experiments including:

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How to enroll your child(ren)

Required Forms:

Before your child can attend Chemistry Camp, University of Wisconsin-Madison and ICE require that the forms listed below be completed, signed, and received for each registered camper.

Send scanned forms by email to:

Send printed copies by U.S. Mail to: ICE, Institute for Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.

Charges and Payment:

The registration fee for each one-week half-day camp session is $230. Campers may register for multiple sessions. Payments can be made by credit card during the online registration. (Those who need to pay with a check will find complete instructions with the email that confirms your registration.)

Note: Payment must be received within two weeks of submitting the registration or your child’s spot in the camp session will be automatically cancelled.

Camp Scholarships are available through support from Millipore Sigma for those who can demonstrate need. If you are applying for a camp scholarship, do NOT register online. Contact Laura Linde with ICE at or by phone at 608/262-3033 before registering.

Cancellation/Refund Policies:

Note: your child is not confirmed for Chem Camp until payment is received and all forms listed above have been completed and received by ICE. The deadline for receipt is by or before May 18, 2018.

2018 Summer Chem Camp Schedule and Online Registration

Session 1: Fun with Chemistry Camp

June 18–22, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 1: Online Registration

At the Fun with Chemistry camp, each day your camper will have two hours of laboratory work, and a period of group discussion. Experiments students will run include flame tests of common metals, making acid-base test papers, reaction of an acid and a new penny, chromatography (several), plating copper, polymer (several).

Session 2: Fun with Inventions Camp

June 25–29, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 2: Online Registration

In this hands-on Chemistry Inventions camp, students will learn and practice concepts from chemistry, engineering, and materials science. Campers will learn: how to use an electron microscope; how to make and use gold and silver nanoparticles, liquid crystals, and more.

Session 3: Fun with Forensics Chemistry Camp

July 9–13, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 3: Online Registration

During each session of the Fun with Forensics Science camp participants will gather evidence from a different crime scene: collect DNA information, gather and interpret fingerprints, do drug analysis, employing the scientific method to solve mysteries and crimes. Guest speakers from forensic science related careers enhance the program's connection to real-life science.

Session 4: Fun with Engineering Camp

July 16–20, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Session 4: Online Registration

This Fun with Engineering camp provides students with hands-on activities that introduce them to different engineering disciplines and some basic engineering principles. In this camp students use the engineering design process to develop a Morse telegraph, build a water recycling system, learn to program using Scratch, build hydraulic systems, and more.