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2020 Camp has been cancelled!!! 

Each summer, students in rising grades 4-9 explore and experience STEM fields like rocket science, computer technology, engineering, and much more in week-long courses that are packed with adventure, creativity, discovery, and design!

Each Camp Innovation course offers students a deep dive into subjects that will prepare them for future academic pursuits and spark interest in career fields they may not have considered before.

Camp Innovation is MSiC’s largest and most popular student program. Courses are offered in multiple locations and multiple weeks during the summer. Sign up for a half-day or a full-day summer course in science or math or technology or engineering, and inspire innovation in your student!

Program Information

  • All students are welcome to participate - public, private, and homeschool
  • Morning classes - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon classes - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Full-day classes - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Students bring their own lunches)
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to MSiC and satellite locations
  • Adult-chaperoned school buses are provided for classes with field trips 
  • Per student, half-day classes are $125.00 each class
  • Per student, full-day classes are $250.00 each class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extend the Camp Day!

MSiC is proud to offer after-camp classes with our partners at Championship Chess and Edible Education. These after-camp classes run from 4:15pm to 5:15pm at the MSiC campus. Registration is handled separately by each vendor. Use the links below for more information and to register your student.

Championship Chess - MSiC - Championship Chess Registration Form - Website

Edible Education - Register on their website

 

Click the buttons below to skip down to classes organized by week and grade level:

 

John Tyler Community College - Chester Campus, July 6-10, 2020

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Block by Block (Minecraft®)
Using your imagination and design skills delve into the world of Minecraft and explore how it relates to architectural and electrical design in the real world. Teams will complete a final challenge and design a plan to survive their world using the knowledge gained throughout the course.

Engineering on the Go
What makes cars go fast and boats float? What are magnetic levitating trains? Explore the different types of transportation that makes the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build, and test your very own vehicle. The sky is the limit for imagination and adventure!

Rocks, Crystals, & Gems
Explore rocks, crystals, and gems through experiments, investigations, and hands-on discoveries. Learn how these treasures are used in a variety of locations in the Richmond area with field trips that allow you to dig in the dirt and create your very own collection.

Snap, Crackle, Pop!
The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth as you make root beer, ice cream, and goo. See what it is like to work in a chemistry lab and discover what happens when certain chemicals react with each other.


Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Disease Detectives

Become a Disease Detective and develop your powers of observation and analysis to diagnose a variety of both common and mysterious illnesses. Perform lab activities and learn to use NIH image-processing. Includes a clinical lab field trip.

D2P2: Digital Design Python Programming (full-day)
Python is used by Google, the New York Stock Exchange, Industrial Light and Magic, and more! It is one of the easiest languages to learn and use, while at the same time being very powerful. And the best part, Python is a free language! If you have your own computer, you can download it from the Internet. Write your own programs and take them with you!

LEGO®: Next Generation
Let your imagination go as you design and build a robot that can be programmed using Mindstorms. Mindstorms allows you to program robots to move, sense and avoid objects, and make a variety of sounds. Explore the world of robotics through challenges and team projects.

 

 

 

 

MSIC Campus, July 13-17, 2020

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Crime Scene Chemistry
You will become a Super Sleuth as a Junior Chemist! Discover the methods chemists use to solve crime mysteries. You will learn about chromatography, fingerprinting, and how chemicals interact with one another to reveal clues. Use these scientific techniques to identify the culprit!

Exploring the James I
See the James River through a whole new lens! Field trips in and around the river allow you to seek and find a variety of critters living in and around the ecosystem of the longest river in a single state. Mud and wetness included!

Gaming Galore
Why spend your days playing someone else's video game when you can create your own. Explore the world of game design using the free coding program, Kodu© and let your imagination go as you create your own world with characters and challenges.

Image Your World
Discover how to manipulate the reality captured by our digital cameras as some of the secrets of Adobe Photoshop are revealed.  This professional level graphic imaging program will allow you to create digital and optical illusions that look so real you will amaze your friends and family. Assemble your own zine with the projects you created and take home a digital slideshow of your work.


Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Digital Detectives (full-day)
Examine the ever-changing world of cybersecurity and discover how items like Wireshark, packet analyzers, and keys are used to penetrate systems. Learn the ins-and-outs of hacking and what it means to be an ethical hacker.

Engineering Extravaganza
Discover, through hands-on learning, the terminology, principles and applications of basic civil engineering. Design, build and test your model skyscraper, bridge, dam and more.

Forensics Crime Scene
Discover how scientists and law enforcement work together to find out "who dunnit" in a crime.  Explore the techniques of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, and casting footprints while investigating a crime scene.

Mysteries of Biomedical Science: Unlocked
Examine human body functions and explore ways to treat and cure disease through the development of advanced diagnostic tools and new treatment strategies. Use advanced lab technology, innovative imaging equipment, computers and more to understand medicines big breakthroughs

 

 MSIC Campus, July 20-24, 2020

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Block by Block (minecraft®)
Using your imagination and design skills delve into the world of Minecraft and explore how it relates to architectural and electrical design in the real world. Teams will complete a final challenge and design a plan to survive their world using the knowledge gained throughout the course.

Codes, Ciphers, & Secret Messages
Learn code-breaking skills and develop your own "book of secrets" as you explore the world of cryptography from Ottendorf ciphers to invisible ink. Use microscopes, GPS, and metal detectors to follow clues and unearth the "Secret of the Center".

Rocks, Crystals, & Gems
Explore rocks, crystals, and gems through experiments, investigations, and hands-on discoveries. Learn how these treasures are used in a variety of locations in the Richmond area with field trips that allow you to dig in the dirt and create your very own collection.

Snap, Crackle, Pop! Chemistry
The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth as you make root beer, ice cream, and goo. See what it is like to work in a chemistry lab and discover what happens when certain chemicals react with each other.

 

 

Rising 7th - 9th Graders

D2P2 - Digital Design with Python Programming
Python is used by Google, the New York Stock Exchange, Industrial Light and Magic, and more! It is one of the easiest languages to learn and use, while at the same time being very powerful. And the best part, Python is a free language! If you have your own computer, you can download it from the Internet. Write your own programs and take them with you!

 

Exploring the James II (All-Day)
What effect does the James River have on Richmond? Virginia?  Discover how this river has affected everything from settlement to technology while exploring the river city's main waterway.  Water quality, ecology, run-off, and wildlife are explored as we trek in, around, and through the James River.

Lasers, Fiber Optics, and HologramsLearn the basics of light energy and use lasers to study the wave and particle nature of light. Develop a fiber optic communication link and create reflection holograms. Take home your own hologram!

LEGO: Next Generation
Using Mindstorms® software design and program robots to move, sense objects, make sounds, and more. Work in teams to solve problems and compete in challenges.

 




 

MSiC Campus, July 27 - 31, 2020

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Coding with Creativity
Are you curious about the world of coding and animation?  Would you like to create an interactive world that can be controlled by everyday objects?  Using creativity and Scratch© programming you will design and code your very own interactive game.  The gameplay doesn't have to stop when you leave class because you take your programs with you!

LEGO®: Building to Explore
How can you make a Lego alligator chomp down on a stick or a Lego monkey play drums? Lego WeDo allows you to program your Lego machines to move, make sounds, and so much more. Explore the world of Legos and programming through a variety of challenges and then create your own machine.

Odd Pets
Discover the mystery and adventure that odd pets bring as you explore the world of fish, frogs, spiders, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies.  Study their habitats and learn their unique adaptations through hands-on investigations and field trips. At the end of class, take your very own odd pet home with you.

 

 
 

 Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Disease Detectives
Become a Disease Detective and develop your powers of observation and analysis to diagnose a variety of both common and mysterious illnesses. Perform lab activities and learn to use NIH image-processing. Includes a clinical lab field trip.

Nanotechnology: Science of the Small
Enter the world of the "science of the small" to learn about the applications of nanotechnology. Explore the development of superfast computers, organic LEDs, smart fabrics, biobots, ferrofluids and new space materials.

 

Off the Grid (full-day)
Experience STEM of the Survival Rules of 3 as we learn how to survive everything from being a lost hiker to helping rebuild civilization's infrastructure after the Zombie Apocalypse. Each day we will be outside in the field using multiple STEM-based approaches to build a survival skill set and tool box to deal with the priorities of air, shelter, water, and food for both short-term and long-term solutions.


John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus, August 3-7, 2020

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Coding with Creativity
Are you curious about the world of coding and animation? Using Scratch, MakeyMakey, and a lot of imagination design animated worlds with your own characters and backgrounds that you can control using a simple circuit and everyday objects.

 

Crime Scene Chemistry
Become a super sleuth and junior chemist as you learn how forensic scientists use chemistry to solve crimes. As a team of scientists you will analyze fingerprints, fibers, and handwriting samples to figure out who committed the crime.

Snap, Crackle, Pop! Chemistry
The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth as you make root beer, ice cream, and goo. See what it is like to work in a chemistry lab and discover what happens when certain chemicals react with each other.

 

 

 

Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Engineering Extravaganza
Discover through hands-on learning the terminology, principles, and applications of basic civil engineering. Design, build, and test your model skyscraper, bridge, dam, and more.

LEGO: Next Generation
Let your imagination go as you design and build a robot that can be programmed using Mindstorms. Mindstorms allows you to program robots to move, sense and avoid objects, and make a variety of sounds. Explore the world of robotics through challenges and team projects.

 

Mysteries of Biomedical Science: Unlocked (full-day)
Examine human body functions and explore ways to treat and cure disease through the development of advanced diagnostic tools and new treatment strategies. Use advanced lab technology, innovative imaging equipment, computers and more to understand medicines big breakthroughs