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Summer Chemistry Camps

Scenes from Chem Camps 2014.

Fun with Chemistry camps have been a local Madison tradition since their inception in 1984. The 5-day morning or afternoon summer programs offer a perfect combination of innovative hands-on curriculum and fun! In summer 2016, campers entering grades 5 to 8 will carry out a variety of laboratory experiments including:

At an ICE Fun with Chemistry camp, campers actually get to do science, not 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 concepts in science and encouraging campers to exercise their reasoning skills.

The registration fee for each one-week camp session is $215. Campers may register for multiple sessions.

Camp Scholarships are available through support from Sigma-Aldrich. For more information, or to apply for a Camp Scholarship, contact Francisca Jofre with ICE at jofre@wisc.edu or by phone at 608/262-3033 before regisitering your student.

Scenes from Chem Camps 2014.

Chem Camp Comments

See what parents and past campers have to say about the Chem Camp experience!



Chemistry Camp registration is now open!

Complete the following steps to register your child(ren) for Summer 2016 Chemistry Camp session(s).

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

  1. If you are applying for a scholarship, do NOT register online. Contact ICE by email at jofre@wisc.edu or phone 608/262-3033.

IF YOU ARE PAYING BY CREDIT CARD OR CHECK

  1. Register by filling out the online forms for each camp session in which you want to enroll a child. Use the links provided with the descriptions below. Note: You can enroll multiple children for the same session by choosing to "Add Another Registrant" in Step 3 of the registration process.
  2. Submit payment for each camp registrant; the registration fee for each one-week camp session is $215. Payments can be made by credit card during the online registration or by mailing a check. (Instructions for paying with a check will be provided in a confirmation email: note that checks get mailed to University of Wisconsin-Extension, P. O. Box 78047, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0047; DO NOT mail checks to ICE ).
    • 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.
  3. Complete the Waiver Form, Health Information Form, Asthma Action Plan (if needed), and Diabetes Management Form (if needed) for each registered camper and email or mail to ICE, Institute for Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.

Please review the Payment and Cancellation/Refund Policy before submitting your registration.

Note that your child is not confirmed for Chem Camp until payment is received and all forms have been completed, submitted, and received by ICE. The deadline for receipt is by or before May 13, 2016.

 

2016 Summer Chem Camp Registration and Schedule

A description of the 2016 chem camps and schedule are below. Follow the links for online registration.

Fun with Forensics Chemistry Camp (morning)

June 13–17, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon

Session 1: 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.

Fun with Chemistry Camp (afternoon)

June 13–17, 1 p.m. to 4:05 p.m

Session 2: 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).

Fun with Chemistry Inventions (morning)

June 27–July 1, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon

Session 3: 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.

Fun with Chemistry Camp (afternoon)

June 27–July 1, 1 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Session 4: 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).

Fun with Engineering Camp (afternoon)

July 11–15, 1 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Session 5: Online Registration

New in 2016! This Fun with Engineering camp will provide students with hands-on activities that will introduce them to different engineering disciplines and some basic engineering principles. In this camp students will 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.

 


 

Payment and Cancellation/Refund Policy for Chem Camps

Required: Forms

Before your child can attend Chemistry Camp, University of Wisconsin-Madison and ICE regulations require that the Waiver Form, Health Information Form, Asthma Action Plan (if needed), and Diabetes Management Plan (if needed) be signed and returned to ICE by e-mail or U.S. mail (to ICE, Institute for Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706) by or before May 13, 2016 .