About SERI Summer Science Camps

Our interactive summer science camps will engage and excite your little one as they open their eyes to the many amazing avenues of science through exploration into biology, physics and chemistry.

Here at the Scientific Education and Research Institute we pride ourselves on our standard of ongoing community education. Every summer SERI hosts four day summer science camps for children ages 3rd grade through 12th grade. Students are expertly led through a variety of science-based experiments and activities emphasizing subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology and forensics. Your camper will explore all aspects of science and the medical field as they build and launch rockets, solve murder mysteries, examine and compare anatomical features of animals and perform shark, frog, and cadaveric dissections.

SERI’s Summer Science Camps are unlike any other camp in Colorado. For nearly eleven years, we have offered kids hands on experiences combined with innovative lectures. Our camps are led by faculty at SERI who specialize in education and planning spectacular events for the community. Each camper is placed in their own small team which will work together to complete activities and challenges throughout the week. The teams are led by our pre-health undergraduate interns who strive to make the camps a memorable experience for each student.

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Each camp usually features one or more onsite “field trips” where we invite guests to present at our camp. Some of our previous guests have included:

  • Denver Zoo
  • Museum of Nature and Science
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Hawk Quest
  • Science Matters
  • University of Colorado – Boulder Physics Department
  • Adam’s County Coroner
  • Center for Spinal Disorders Mid-Level Healthcare Providers

Camp Highlights:

  • 2:5 Counselor to Camper Ratio
  • Lunch and snacks provided
  • Dissections in every age camp
  • Hands on experiments and activities
  • Small team workshops
  • Cadaver dissection for Scholar Camp
  • Guest presenters in every camp
  • Scholarships available on a need basis
  • Individualized attention during camps
  • Non-lecture based curriculum

2015 Camp Dates:

  • Discovery Camp – Grades 3-5
    June 23-26, 2015
  • Explorer Camp – Grades 6-8
    July 7-10, 2015
  • Scholar Camp – Grades 9-12
    July 28-31, 2015

For any questions please contact us

Click here to view a sample itinerary from a previous year

This is a sample for our Scholar Camp ages 14-18

Each day begins with the students arriving and settling into their groups. They will then get an agenda for the day and break into their first activity. No time is wasted getting started and thus a prompt arrival is encouraged.

Day 1: Intro Day and Physics

  • Introduction to Camp, team building activities, ice breakers, and expectations
  • Structural Integrity and Forces: Tower Building, Egg Drop, Bridge Building, etc
  • Simple Machines: Levers, pulleys, wheel and axle, etc. Building and testing
  • Guest Presenter from the University of Colorado Boulder Physics Department – Physics Demos or Mad Science

Day 2: Biology

  • Animal Dissection and Lecture
  • Bacteria among us: plating samples from around us
  • Isolating DNA: Strawberries
  • Basic Genetics: Students learn the basics of genetic inheritance of disease
  • Second Animal Dissection and Lecture
  • Scavenger Hunt

Day 3: Forensics and Health Sciences

  • Learn how to Suture
  • Physiology: Homeostasis and vitals workshops
  • Identify your blood type workshop and lecture
  • Adam’s County Coroner Lecture
  • Murder Mystery Activity with experiments to determine who the culprit is. This includes a supervised dissection on a human cadaver.

Day 4: Chemistry

  • Making Slime and bouncy balls from polymers Lecture and Activity
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcanos
  • How to make Salt Water Drinkable
  • College Student Panel (open panel of undergraduate students for the high schoolers to ask questions about applying to college, getting scholarships, tips for being successful in college, etc)
  • Jeopardy and Closing Ceremony

Interspersed throughout the week are team building activities, ice breakers, minute to win it challenges, and many other “quick” games. The above itinerary does not include breaks for lunch, snacks, etc. Due to liability reasons we have eliminated the offsite field trips and will likely not be including them in the 2015 summer camps. To compensate for this we are bringing in more guest lecturers and presentations.

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