Summer Camps 2016 | Pensacola MESS Hall

Summer Camps 2016

Summer camps at the MESS Hall are a great way for your child to explore a new science topic and have fun.

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Camps are broken into grade levels, and not all themes are offered for each level. Grade levels are grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9
Register for the camp appropriate to the grade your camper will enter in Fall 2016.
Grade level divisions are based on social and physical (fine motor skill) development. All students, regardless of their academic prowess, will experience a fun and academically enriching experience.

Camps are half-day camps.
Morning sessions – 9 a.m. to Noon
Afternoon session – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Participants should bring a snack for all sessions.
*TEC Studio sessions have an extended option May 31-June 3, and July 6-8, 8:30am – 3:30pm.

Price per half-day, week-long camp:
Members $100.
Non-members $125.

Price per full-day (9am-4pm), week-long camp:
Members $200.
Non-members $250.

Price per half-day, single morning camp:
Members $20.
Non-members $25.
*Extended day during TEC Studio adds $25, or $20 for members.

What to expect:
Each day, participants will engage in different activities related to the week’s theme. Classes will be led by a key instructor, and there will be an opportunity for special presentations by others. While there will be a curriculum, classes will respond to participants’ interests, allowing extended exploration of topics. Enrollment is limited to 16 students per camp.

Date 9am-Noon grd. 1pm-4pm grd.
May 31 – June 3 TEC Studio* 1-6 TEC Studio* 1-6
June 6 – 10 Inventors 4-6 Inventors 1-3
June 13 – 17 Code Academy 4-6 Code Academy 7-9
June 20 – 24 MESSlandia 1-3, 4-6 Full Day with First City Arts
June 27 – 1 Light it up 1-3, 4-6 Full Day with First City Arts
July 6 – 8 TEC Studio* 1-6 TEC Studio* 1-6
July 11 – 15 Rockin Out 1-3 Discover Architecture 4-6
July 18 -22 Nature Ramble 4-6 Nature Ramble 1-3
July 25 – 29 Space Explorers 1-3 Space Explorers 4-6
August 1 – 5 Robot, Set, Code 1-3 Robot, Set, Code 4-9

* Extended day available 8:30am – 3:30pm

Camp Descriptions Grade






Tinker – Explore – Create Studio: Every day begins with a story to set the stage for creative thinking. Construct something from the pages of a book and test it out in varied situations. This camp includes time exploring the museum floor and mess kits with possible walking field trips. ** Single day sign-up and extended hours available!
Inventor’s Workshop: Do you have what it takes to innovate? Can you evaluate a product and then turn it into something new and improved? Try your hand at the creative world of engineering innovations.
This camp provides engineering challenges, but also leaves room for campers to attain the skills needed for product innovation.
Code Academy: Create your own games and animations while learning computational thinking. Includes programming in Scratch and other programs for advanced students.
MESSlandia:Inspired by the Newberry Award winning book Weslandia, campers will explore creating their own world using every day and natural materials. What are the essentials and how else can science and art enhance their worlds? This camp focuses on creative thinking and general merriment. We’ve partnered with First City Arts for a full day camp. Among other things, participants will make pottery with First City.
Half the day will be spent at the MESS Hall with the other half of the day at First City Arts.
Light It Up! Wire up lighted creations and test conductors and insulators during this week. Investigate the properties of light, from reflection and refraction to the electromagnetic spectrum.
We’ve partnered with First City Arts for a full day camp. Among other things, participants will either observe or participate in glass blowing.
Half the day will be spent at the MESS Hall with the other half of the day at First City Arts.
Rockin’ Out: Investigate the world of geology and earth science. Includes a field trip to St. Michael’s Cemetery to view the weathering of different types of stones.
Discover Architecture: Spend time with local architect Scott Sallis learning the art and design of buildings and public spaces. Construct buildings thinking of light during all the seasons, and look at downtown Pensacola in a different way during the architecture walking tour.
Nature Ramble: Explore the world of living things during this week.
It’s a blast of biology whether on land or in the sea.
Space Explorers: Do you have what it takes to tackle space exploration? Train like an astronaut, study like an astrophysicist, and command your own mission to explore a planet.
Robot, Set, Code: Mix computer coding and robots for a week of delving into what makes a robot go. Both unplugged and plugged activities are planned with either Dash and Dot or Lego Mindstorms.

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