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 science curriculum and fun! In summer 2017, campers entering grades 5 to 8 will carry out a variety of laboratory experiments including:
- Metals flame tests
- Plating pennies
- Paper chromatography
- Reaction of monomers to create slimy polymers
- DNA isolation
- Substance analysis
- Synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles
- Flocculation, water treatment
At an ICE Fun with Chemistry camp, 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 concepts in science and encouraging campers to exercise their reasoning skills.
The registration fee for each one-week half-day camp session is $230. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 608/262-3033 before registering your student.
Scenes from Chem Camps 2014.
Chem Camp Comments
See what parents and past campers have to say about the Chem Camp experience!
- The program was wonderful. My daughter learned so much and can't wait to attend [another camp].
- Great experience for a boy who loves science!
- Can't wait to go again. [My child] told [their] 6th grade science teacher about it...and showed [their] class the things they brought home!
- They absolutely loved it. [My kids] came home every night excited. Loved the labs and pretty much everything!
Chemistry Camp registration will open February 14th!
Complete the following steps to register your child(ren) for Summer 2017 Chemistry Camp session(s).
IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
- If you are applying for a scholarship, do NOT register online. Contact Francisca Jofre at ICE by email at email@example.com or phone 608/262-3033.
IF YOU ARE PAYING BY CREDIT CARD OR CHECK
- Registration: Register by filling out the online forms for each half-day 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 4 when registering. If you have questions about registering or need to register by phone, contact the Registration Office at 608/262-2451.
- Payment: The registration fee for each one-week half-day camp session is $230. 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 that checks must be mailed to Cashier's Office, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; 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.
- Health Information Form, Asthma Action Plan (if needed), and Diabetes Management Form (if needed)
- Waiver Form
- Pick Up Form
- Payment must be received within two weeks of submitting registration forms or your child's spot in the camp session will be automatically cancelled.
- If your plans change and your child can no longer attend a camp session you have registered them for, please contact the Cashier's Office, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; 608/262-2451.
- Cancellations submitted by or before May 12, 2017 will receive a 75% refund.
- Cancellations submitted after May 12, 2017 and up to 14 days before the beginning of your child's session will receive a 40% refund.
- No refunds will be issued for cancellations that are submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the session for which your child is registered.
- No refunds will be issued for optional lunch fees.
- Refunds may take up to 6 weeks for UW-Madison processing.
2017 Summer Chem Camp Descriptions and Schedule
A description of the 2017 chem camps and their schedule is below. Follow the links for online registration. Registration will open February 14, 2017.
Session 1: Fun with Chemistry Inventions (morning)
June 12–16, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Session 1: 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 2: Fun with Chemistry Camp (afternoon)
June 12–16, 1 p.m. to 4:15 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).
Session 3: Fun with Forensics Chemistry Camp (morning)
June 26–30, 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon
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 (afternoon)
June 26–30, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Session 4: Online Registration
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.