When school's out, CAMP INNOVATION is in! Arizona Science Center’s CAMP INNOVATION will inspire and engage curious minds through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning. Camps vary throughout the year and include themes such as Campfire Science, Wild Weather and Dinosaurs!

Generously Sponsored by Cardinals Charities and Arizona Coyotes Foundation.

 

School Break Camps

Camp INNOVATION: Summer 2020

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Meet our Partner: Established in 1997, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities. SARRC is partnering with CAMP INNOVATION for the second year to provide support and training on inclusive practices for Arizona Science Center camp instructors, helping us provide the best experience for all campers.

Visit their website to learn more at http://autismcenter.org/Summer-Camps

Summer will be here sooner than you think! 

2020 Summer Sessions:  June 1–July 24, 2020* | Grades K–12 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Arizona Science Center's CAMP INNOVATION will spark a curiosity in science through hands-on interactive programs that incorporate learning through fun and relevant themes including forensics, space, and bioengineering. 
*no camp sessions the week of Independence Day

Registration 

Register today before the camps sell out! 
Arizona Science Center Members receive a discounted price on camps. 

 

 

FAIRYTALE FORENSICS

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Investigate and work together to solve some famous (and not so famous) fairy tale mysteries. Look for fingerprints, analyze the “crime scene,” and search for clues as we inspect the evidence with the mind of a scientist. Who broke into the Three Bears’ kitchen? Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Let’s use STEM skills to figure it out!


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 

 
Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020 
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space.

 


Register

 

 

FAIRYTALE FORENSICS

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Investigate and work together to solve some famous (and not so famous) fairy tale mysteries. Look for fingerprints, analyze the “crime scene,” and search for clues as we inspect the evidence with the mind of a scientist. Who broke into the Three Bears’ kitchen? Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Let’s use STEM skills to figure it out!


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2

 


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.

 
Register: Week 1

Register: Week 2

 


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space.


Register

 

FAIRYTALE FORENSICS

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Investigate and work together to solve some famous (and not so famous) fairy tale mysteries. Look for fingerprints, analyze the “crime scene,” and search for clues as we inspect the evidence with the mind of a scientist. Who broke into the Three Bears’ kitchen? Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Let’s use STEM skills to figure it out!


Register: Week 1 

Register: Week 2


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020 
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2

 


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 

 
Register: Week 1

Register: Week 2

 


 

 

SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space.


Register

 

CAMP APOCALYPSE

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

This adventure takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where campers use their STEM skills to bring order to the chaos. Engineer portable protection, code a robot to scout your surroundings, and survive a pandemic! Develop an arsenal of survival skills as you work together to overcome challenges in an evolving landscape.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space.


Register

 

 

CAMP APOCALYPSE

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

This adventure takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where campers use their STEM skills to bring order to the chaos. Engineer portable protection, code a robot to scout your surroundings, and survive a pandemic! Develop an arsenal of survival skills as you work together to overcome challenges in an evolving landscape.


Register: Week 1

Register: Week 2

 


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.


Register: Week 1

Register: Week 2

 


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 


Register: Week 1

Register: Week 2

 


 

SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space.


Register

 

CAMP APOCALYPSE

June 1–5, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

This adventure takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where campers use their STEM skills to bring order to the chaos. Engineer portable protection, code a robot to scout your surroundings, and survive a pandemic! Develop an arsenal of survival skills as you work together to overcome challenges in an evolving landscape.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2

 


 

IT’S ELECTRIC!

June 8–12, 2020 | July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Engage in an electrifying week of circuit exploration! It’s not just about wires –engineer squishy circuits with dough, create paper circuits with copper tape, and sew circuits with special conductive thread. Wear your LEDs with pride and impress your friends with your circuitry knowledge and coin cell creations.


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2

 


 

CALLING ALL FUTURE SCIENTISTS

June 15–19, 2020 | July 13–17, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

What does a scientist do all day? A chemist works in a lab, but what about a helicopter engineer, a miner, or someone in cybersecurity?  Strap on your goggles and put on your lab coat as we try out different STEM jobs and follow in the footsteps of science experts. 


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2


 

SURVIVING IN SPACE

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4 p.m | $260 Members | $295 Non-Members 

Can we build a livable outpost on the Moon? NASA’s Artemis program thinks we can! Understand the physical and mental challenges involved in training to be a space explorer. Investigate life on the Space Lab and discover why it’s difficult to eat, sleep and use the toilet in zero gravity. Through hands-on activities, explore solutions to the problems of living on the moon and surviving in space. 


Register

EXPERIMENTING WITH ART

June 15–19, 2020| June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–Noon or 1–4p.m. | $150 Members | $195 Non-Members
The same activities will be offered in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Explore where science and art meet at Phoenix Art Museum! Hands-on activities will engage STEAM thinking and encourage experimentation with color, light, sound, and scale. Co-developed by Arizona Science Center and Phoenix Art Museum, this camp will take place off-site at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

Grades 3–4 | June 15–19, 2020 | 9 a.m.–Noon
Register: June 15–19

 

Grades 5–6 | June 15–19, 2020 | 1–4p.m.
Register: June 15–19 

 

Grades 3–4 | June 22–26, 2020 | 1–4 p.m. 
Register: June 22–26 

 

Grades 5–6 | June 22–26, 2020 |9 a.m.–Noon
Register: June 22–26 

 

 

 

TEXTILE TECH CAMP

June 1–5, 2020
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Dye and sew projects that are both functional and futuristic in our state-of-the-art makerspace, CREATE at Arizona Science Center®. Utilizing the CREATE's Artisity Hub, master sewing machines, experiment with fabrics, and design heat transfer vinyl on a Silhouette Cameo cutter. Envision a “smarter” fabric with conductive thread that can light up your creation. Once you learn the tech, the only limitation is your imagination!


Register

 


 

PLANETARY SKYSHOWS

June 15–19, 2020
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Discover the universe in a whole new way! Experience our most popular presentation, Grand Tour of the Solar System and then create your own presentation of the stars in the Center's Dorrance Planetarium. Working in teams and beside planetarium experts, create astronomy presentations, from storyboarding, digital visualization to presenting your out of this world show in the planetarium to campers' families and guests.


Register

 


 

BIO-TINKERING

July 6–10, 2020
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Explore, tinker and design within the revolutionary field of bioengineering! Create your own material made of microbes, 3D print with algae, and mix your own pigment with local beetle shells. Rebel against reliance on non-renewable resources, and innovate with what nature has to offer all around us.


Register

 


 

CLAYMATION IN SPACE 

July 20–24, 2020
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Using the animation technique made popular by such films as Coraline and The Boxtrolls, gain inspiration from our traveling exhibition and imagine a claymation storyline set in space. Working in small groups, create a storyboard and script, sculpt clay figurines, build scenery, and design special effects while filming a short stop-motion animated movie. 


Register

 

MICROSCOPY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

June 8–12, 2020 | June 22–26, 2020
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members
Please note these camps include off-site travel. 

Explore a world unseen by the naked eye and investigate the processes and equipment that experts use in their discoveries. Develop your own experiments and solve challenges that relate to the world of microscopy and nanotechnology using a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope. Gain insight on careers in science and research with visits from subject matter experts and a field trip to a microscopy lab at Arizona State University Tempe Campus. Get to know the microscopic world around you!


Register: Week 1


Register: Week 2

 


 

CREATIVE CARPENTRY

July 13–17, 2020 
9 a.m.–4p.m | $280 Members | $315 Non-Members

Get hands-on and explore the STEM in woodworking! In our CREATE at Arizona Science Center® makerspace, explore the fundamentals of woodworking and safe operation of tools, including drill press, bandsaw, belt and disk sanders. After mastering mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes, learn the basics of a ShopBot CNC Router. This technology provides the tools needed to design and build your own creation - you are the engineer!


Register

 




Caregiver Packet

Click here to access our CAMP INNOVATION caregiver packet. 

These include the necessary forms and information for our holiday break camps.

For additional information, please visit our FAQ section.

 

Early Drop-off and Late Pick-up

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up ends at 6 p.m. It is available for $15 per day or $60 per week for all camps. Click below to register.


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Scholarships

Arizona Science Center is committed to providing access to exceptional educational experiences in STEM learning, regardless of your ability to pay program fees. Scholarships for camps are available thanks to generous donors and community partners. To apply for a scholarship for CAMP INNOVATION, please complete the short online application.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested two weeks prior to the first day of camp to receive a refund minus a $35 cancellation fee for each week-long camp per child; $10 cancellation fee for each day-long camp per child.  Cancellations made within three to 14 days of the first day of camp will receive a credit minus the cancellation fee. Credit is valid for one year from the issue date.  No refunds nor credits will be given after that time period. A $10 processing fee will be applied to each transfer per child. Space is limited for each camp. Transfers will be applicable only if space is available.

FAQ

  • To educate school–aged youth on engaging and relevant topics, theories, principles, and processes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • To provide an environment for school-aged youth which promotes hands-on, creative exploration of scientific and technological concepts
  • To provide school–aged youth with authentic opportunities for inquiry and science exploration
  • To provide school–aged youth with supportive environments for social growth and youth development
Your exclusive member pricing is available after you log into your member account. Please note, if you create a new registration online, this does not merge with your member account. If you have an online account but do not remember your login information, please use the "Forgot Your Login" or "Lookup My Account" tools. If you have not set up your online account, please contact the membership desk at 602.716.2029. To register via phone, please call our reservations department at 602.716.2028.

 

A confirmation packet will be sent out via email 1–2 weeks prior to your camp start date. It will contain a packing list, any required permission forms, and any additional information you may need to know for the first day of camp.
Parents will be required to provide a non-refrigerated lunch, beverage, and afternoon snack for their child each day of camp. Campers will not have access to a refrigerator, vending machine, Bean Sprouts, or a microwave. All Camp areas will have drinking water available to children at all times, however campers should provide a water bottle to refill. On occasion, we partner with another non-profit that will provide free lunch during the summer and more information will be available as your specific camp date gets closer.
Limited scholarships are available with generous funding from Boeing, Cardinals Charities, and Summer Youth Program Fund. These are considered very limited and may be sold out prior to your request. Scholarship applications are available by request via email to camps@azscience.org

Cancellations must be requested 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp to receive a refund minus a $35 cancellation fee for each week-long camp per child; $10 cancellation fee for each day-long camp per child.  Cancellations made within 3 to 14 days of the first day of camp will receive a credit minus the cancellation fee. Credit is valid for one year from the issue date.  No refunds nor credits will be given after that time period. A $10 processing fee will be applied to each transfer per child. Space is limited for each camp. Transfers will be applicable only if space is available. 

Arizona Science Center camps are designed to be age specific, catering to a camper’s academic, social and motor skill levels. A child can attend a camp only if he or she is entering the grade advertised (Grades K–12). You are responsible for registering your child for the correct age group. In order to maintain a safe environment and proper camper to instructor ratio, it is necessary to limit the number of campers per group. Signing up for an incorrect age group will not guarantee their placement in an already sold out camp.

Children registering for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the first day of camp.
The regular camp day is 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Check-in will take place in the CREATE main entrance. The parent/guardian MUST sign their child in on the roster. Lunches take place in the lunchroom from approx. 12–12:30 p.m.
If the parent/guardian is more than 30 minutes early dropping their child off in the morning or late in picking up their child from camp, the child will be checked into the early or late program and the parent will be charged $15 for each occurrence. The drop in rate does not apply to the first day morning check in.
All camps are based at Arizona Science Center (unless otherwise noted as an offsite camp), located at 600 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix. Discounted parking is available with validation at the Heritage & Science Parking Garage located on the southwest corner of 5th & Monroe Streets. You must have your ticket validated to receive the discounted rate. You may also utilize the bus pull–in on 5th Street for 20 minutes.
Contact the camp office to discuss the strengths and limitations of campers with special needs before the first day of camp. The camp monitor and/or supervisor will communicate with you to discuss if this is the best placement for your child, and any modifications or accommodations that we can come up with using our resources and staffing. Depending on a case by case basis, Arizona Science Center staff may ask that a 1:1 aid accompany the camper in order to ensure supervision at all times. For the safety of other campers and staff, Arizona Science Center staff has the right to deny admittance to camp for any camper that may pose a threat to the health and safety of other individuals.
  • Kindergarten: During the camp day each class of 15 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–5 interns or volunteers.
  • Grades 1–6: During the camp day each class of 25 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–5 interns or volunteers.
  • Grades 7–9: During the camp day each class of 15 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–3 interns or volunteers.

Testimonials

"The kids became more adaptable to new environments after a great experience at CAMP INNOVATION... it was their first camp away from their own preschool and they were so comfortable at the Science Center, I think it eased the next few camps we did this summer."

"The kids both brought up things they learned, my youngest son talked about dissecting a scorpion and my older son talked about energy conservation and what they built in class. The camp had a positive impact on them."

"He keeps bringing up facts he learned there out of the blue that are relevant to what we are doing! Cool!"

"She loved learning about astronomy inside the science center–new interest!"

"He wants to be a neuroscientist after doing the BNI camp"

"Thank you for an amazing experience! Lindsay was challenged daily and absolutely loved gaining deeper insight into research and science in general. Arizona Science Center has the most knowledgeable staff I have ever encountered during summer camps. We are definitely returning next year!"

"The location is wonderful, it is a very nice feature to be able to visit the Science Center. The topics are really interesting and unique - can't find this anywhere else."

"Please continue these one-day camps on holidays. Its perfect for curious children with working parents."

"My children were excited to share what they learned and what they made. They had fun with the other students. They asked to go to the next camp." 

"My daughter rated the camp a 10 out of 10. This is the second camp she has attended at the ASC and it won't be our last. I love the option of one-day camps on holidays and the variety of subjects covered at the camps." 

"Even my 7-year-old, who was tentative about going without knowing anyone, had a great time."


 

Arizona Science Center is not licensed under the laws of this state as a child care facility.