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 Supported by Cardinals Charities, Summer Youth Program Fund, and Sunstate Technology Group

 

School Break Camps

CAMP INNOVATION: SENSATIONAL SCIENCE

Fall Break Oct. 7–11, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Daily:  $45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Weekly:  $200 Members | $250 Non-Members

Experience science using all five senses! Investigate the science of sound and odorous chemical reactions. Come in contact with the wonders of biology. See the world in a whole new light. Mix things up to savor the science found all around you.



Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER DAILY
Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER WEEKLY
Grades 1–2 REGISTER DAILY
Grades 1–2 REGISTER WEEKLY
Grades 3–5 REGISTER DAILY
Grades 3–5 REGISTER WEEKLY

 


 

CREATE CAMP INNOVATION: CARDBOARD ARCADE

Fall Break Oct. 7–11, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Daily $45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Weekly $200 Members | $250 Non-Members

Participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge by using the engineering design process to build a different working arcade game each day. Completed arcade games will be tested by other campers as well as the general public.  Both woodworking and soldering tools will be used for construction.

Grades 5–8 REGISTER DAILY
Grades 5–8 REGISTER WEEKLY

 

CAMP INNOVATION: SENSATIONAL SCIENCE

Columbus Day Oct. 14, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Daily:  $45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Experience science using all five senses! Investigate the science of sound and odorous chemical reactions. Come in contact with the wonders of biology. See the world in a whole new light. Mix things up to savor the science found all around you.

 Grades Pre-K–5 REGISTER

 

CAMP INNOVATION: SCIENCE OF ME

Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

What makes you, you? Through engaging, hands-on exploration, investigate how food becomes our body’s fuel, where oxygen goes when we breathe, how our brains interpret the world, and what role DNA plays in making us who we are.

 Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER
 Grades 1–3 REGISTER

 

CREATE CAMP INNOVATION: BUILDING BRIDGES

Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2019 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Bridges are engineering marvels! Learn the history of bridges. Design the future of crossing rivers and lakes. Woodworking tools will be used to assemble various-sized bridges.

Grades 4–6 REGISTER

CAMP INNOVATION: Wonderful Winter STEM

Winter Break Dec. 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019 & Jan. 2, 3, 2020 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Discover the science of creating frozen bubbles, technology to code robots for cold weather, and engineer structures to withstand the forces of winter. Each day brings a new adventure featuring fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Enjoy these experiments and much more this winter at Arizona Science Center!

Preschool–Grade 5 REGISTER

 

 

CAMP INNOVATION: Paleontology Camp

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 20, 2020 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Become a paleontologist at Camp Innovation! Explore the mysterious world of dinosaurs. Unearth the details of prehistoric life through an investigation of fossils, excavation tools, and skeletal anatomy.

 Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER
 Grades 1–3 REGISTER

 

CREATE CAMP INNOVATION: Brushless Painting

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 20, 2020 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Explore innovative forms of painting...without using a brush! Explore new techniques, including making your own paint from natural sources. Use multiple tools to create unique art on canvas.

 Grades 4–6 REGISTER

 

CAMP INNOVATION: Space Jam

Presidents Day Feb. 17, 2020 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Embark on a journey to the moon and beyond! Investigate and explore the tools, methods, and sciences all astronauts need to know to accomplish the ultimate task – space travel!

 Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER
 Grades 1–3 REGISTER

 

CREATE CAMP INNOVATION: Art of Sound

Presidents Day Feb. 17, 2020 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Musical talent not required! Learn how to upcycle and repurpose various materials into musical instruments. Master woodworking basics to create your own instruments.

 Grades 4–6 REGISTER

CAMP INNOVATION: Secret Agent Camp

Spring Break March 9–13 & 16–20, 2020* | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Daily:  $45 Members | $55 Non-Members

Weekly:  $200 Members | $250 Non-Members

Learn how spies use science to send secret messages, stay sneaky, and solve problems.  Discover the tools and tricks that go into being a secret agent! (*Each week-long session offers the same activities.)

 

March 9–13, 2020

Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER DAILY Week 1
Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER WEEK 1
Grades 1–2 REGISTER DAILY Week 1
Grades 1–2 REGISTER WEEK 1
Grades 3–5 REGISTER DAILY Week 1
Grades 3–5 REGISTER WEEK 1

 

March 16–20, 2020

Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER DAILY Week 2
Grades Pre-K–K REGISTER WEEK 2
Grades 1–2 REGISTER DAILY Week 2
Grades 1–2 REGISTER WEEK 2
Grades 3–5 REGISTER DAILY Week 2
Grades 3–5 REGISTER WEEK 2

 

CREATE CAMP INNOVATION: Train Like an Astronaut

Spring Break March 9–13 & 16–20, 2020* | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Weekly:  $250 Members | $300 Non-Members

Train like an astronaut! Each day will focus on a different aspect of preparation for extended space travel. 3D printing will be used to assemble items found onboard the International Space Station. (*Each week-long session offers the same activities.)

Grades 5–8 REGISTER WEEK 1
Grades 5–8 REGISTER WEEK 2

Before and After Care

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after care ends at 6 p.m. and is available as a week long rate ($60/week) or a daily rate ($15/day).

Early and Late care are available for $15 per day or $60 a week for all camps with the exception of half-day Pre-K–K sessions. Early drop-off is only available for the morning session of half-day Pre-K–K, and late pick-up is only available for the afternoon session of half-day Pre-K–K.

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Scholarships

Arizona Science Center is committed to providing access to exceptional educational experiences in STEM learning, regardless of 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 or CREATE Tech camp, 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 602-716-2000 x216.

 

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
This is a competitive process with a limited number of available seats. Please contact camps@azscience.org for more information or to request an application.

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 listed below. 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.

Explorers          Pre-K–Kindergarten (ages 3–5 only)
Investigators     Grades 1–2
Jr. Scientists      Grades 3–4
Researchers      Grades 5–6
Innovators         Grades 7–9
Teens                Grades 10-12
The regular camp day is 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with the exception of the Explorers Age Group. Explorers (ages 3–5) camps are from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Check-in will take place in the CREATE secondary 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 care program and the parent will be charged $10 for each occurrence. The drop in rate does not apply to the first day morning check in.
With the exception of BMI @ BNI and Camp Biomed for Teens, all camps are based at Arizona Science Center, 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.
  • Grades PreK–K: During the camp day each class of 12 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 7–8: During the camp day each class of 12 will be supervised by 2 staff members and 1–3 interns or volunteers.
  • Specialty camps such as BMI @ BNI, BioMed for Teens, or CREATE camps may have different capacities or ratios.  Please email camps@azscience.org for more information.

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."