Education Camps

Summer Camps Guide 2019

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Kids can experience the amazing technology of 3D printing at St. George's School this summer.

Young Chefs Academy Workshops
One-day sessions are offered throughout the summer focusing on brunch (June 1 and Aug. 10) and cupcakes (July 13). Ages 7+. Meets from 1-4 pm. Young Chefs Academy, CdA. $45-$50.

Idaho Discoveries Nature & Art Camp
This year's program is bird-themed. Kids explore the forest, field and wetland habitats to look for and discover signs of birds, learning about their habitats. Also includes nature-inspired art, crafts, games and journaling. Ages 4-11. June 5-6 (ages 5-6), June 10-12 (ages 5-7), June 18-21 (ages 9-12) and June 25-27 (ages 6-8). $55-$119. 208-699-7724

Aviation Career Exploration Academy
The ACE Academy provides career information and education to students interested in aviation and aerospace. Students experience a range of aerospace career experiences focusing on STEM. Ages 13-18. June 13-14 from 9 am-5 pm. At NIC Aerospace, Hayden. $50.

3D Printing Camp
Students assemble their own 3D printer from a kit and learn CAD design to create images, then print designs. Register by May 20. Grades 5-8. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George's School. $525.

Build & Code
A session for beginning coders to learn to make games, animate stories and make interactive art while learning the principles of coding. Ages 6-9. June 17-21 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $90.

LEGO Robotics Mars Mission
Design, build and program a rover using EV3 bricks (Engineers, grades 4-6) or establish the first base on Mars with crew quarters, a greenhouse and energy source (Builders, grades 1-3). Kids then "explore" the surface of Mars with their rovers. Grades 1-6. June 17-21, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster Congregational UCC Church. $145.

LEGOs & Programming
Create specific programming for LEGO designs and see them move. Level I for those with no experience; Level II for continuing students. Grades 1-3. June 17-21 from 9 am-noon. At St. George's School. $150

My Mother the Astronaut: To the Moon & Beyond
Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA where her mom works as an astronaut. They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers and learns all about space travel. With her incredible imagination, Aquarius dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Co. Grades K-5. June 17-21; times and SCLD branch locations vary. Free.

SGS Science Camp
Kids do fun experimental tests of the "Five Second Rule," and other activities that involve bone collecting, animal scat dissection and more. They'll also visit the Spokane Fish Hatchery and be visited by a park ranger. Grades 4-6. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George's School. $300.

Trades Career Pathway Camp
Get your hands dirty in one of the shops at Gizmo and meet people who use tools to create things for a living by welding, machining and woodworking. Ages 12+. June 24-21 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $20.

Camp Invention: Supercharged
Campers code robots and use creative problem solving during hands-on, STEM activities. Grades K-6. June 17-21 at Moran Prairie Elementary (Spokane); June 24-28 at Betz Elementary (Cheney) and East Farms STEAM Magnet School (Newman Lake). $230-$235.

Science Safari
The annual camp is this year themed around space exploration and physics through hands-on activities. Grades 2-8. Sessions offered June 17-21 and June 24-28 from 8:30-11:30 am. At Gonzaga Prep. $110/session.

Young Chefs Academy: Camp Can-I-Cook
An immersive culinary adventure for young chefs, introducing cooking skills and trends in baking, cooking and more. Ages 7+. Sessions (three days) offered June 18-Aug. 15. At Young Chefs Academy, CdA. $150-$165.

Spokane Virtual
Learning Summer School Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL), is a Washington state-approved program that provides instructor-led online courses to middle and high school students. Grades K-12. Courses offered June 19-Aug 31. $120-$185/credit.

App Attack!
Take the first step in the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app. Using a specialized app/game development tool, students explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. Ages 8-12. June 24-28 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. 208-769-2413

Battle Royale: Make Your Own Fortnite-style Game
Using professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale game like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Ages 8-12. June 24-26 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center. $185.

Earth Science Rocks
Explore how rivers flow to oceans and lakes and why tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons occur in this camp combining science and art. Ages 6-11. June 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135.

LEGO Robotics Challenge Camp
A LEGO Pentathlon/FLL Challenge with an emphasis on programming robots using EV3 bricks (Engineers, grades 4-6) or designing motorized/simple machine models that can meet a challenge (Builders, grades 1-3). Grades 1-6. June 24-28, meets from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster Congregational UCC Church, Spokane. $145.

Sumo Brawler Robotics Camp
Learn the fundamentals of programming so your robots can navigate on their own and battle other robots in a competition at the end of the week. Receive two Arduino robot kits and a playing field for competition at home. Registration due May 25. Grades 5-8. June 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George's School. $350.

Kids' Cooking Camp
Kids learn how to cook, improve knife skills, kitchen safety and cleanliness. Campers eat what they make and take home recipes. Ages 8-12. Sessions June 24-28 and July 15-18; meets from 2-4 pm. At Second Harvest. $100/session.

Gonzaga Prep Robotics Camp
During the first hour of the day, students work with an Arduino and a PC to build electronic circuits. The second hour involves building a motorized part to control and compete in a challenge with. Students with any level of knowledge are encouraged to join. Grades 3-8. Sessions June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 29-Aug. 2. (Times vary by grade.) At Gonzaga Prep. $100/session.

Space Exploration
Explore space with hands-on activities by Mobius Science Center. Some programs include the planetarium for even more space discovery. All ages. June 24-Aug. 22; times/branch locations vary. Free.

Lego WeDo 2.0 Summer Robotics Camp
Team up with friends to build and program a LEGO robot. In the process of building, students learn basic programming and collaboration. Grades 2-4. June 27-28 from 9-11 am. At Spark Central. Free.

Raspberry Pi Camp
Spend three days learning how to use the power of this small computer to learn to code, make things light up and even take pictures. Ages 12-15. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $100. 208-929-4029

Cursive Writing Camp
Kids hone their longhand writing skills, learning proper technique to write in cursive. Ages 7+. July 8-11. At SpoLang. $80.

Littles Love Math and Science
Chemists, chefs and paleontologists love math and science; so will your preschooler after they spend a week in this camp. They'll make predictions, measure, sort and more. Ages 4-5. July 8-11 from 8 am-1 pm. $100. 354-4648

Code Breakers
Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day. Ages 8-12. July 8-12 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185.

Dragon Chess Camp
Learn and practice all aspects of your chess game, including opening principles, middle-game strategy, tactics, end-game technique. Grades 1-8. July 8-12 from 12:30-3:30 pm. At St. George's School. $150. 464-8815

Gravity Catastrophe
This science show by The Zaniac is an explosive mix of juggling and fun. See his tornado of juggling skills combined with a whirlwind of physics knowledge. Grades K–5. July 8-12; times/SCLD branch locations vary. Free.

Minecraft Modders
Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Introductory coding is also taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Ages 8-12. July 8-12 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185.

Foreign Language Camps
During each session, students participate in interactive, age-appropriate games, music and movement activities and arts and craft projects. Includes sessions for students in elementary, middle and high school. July 8-11 (German) and July 15-18 (Spanish). $150.

Camp Metamorphosis
A program for highly capable children who choose three areas of focus for the week, with options in science, drama, art and more. Entering grades 4-6. July 9-13, 9 am-4:30 pm. At Whitworth University. Options for junior counselors (grades 7 and up) also available. $300-$475. 777-3226

Camp Crime Scene
Learn evidence collection techniques, study the clues, analyze the data, and maybe even solve the crime. Grades 5-8. One-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200.

Cosplay for Kids
Kids pick a character they'd like to play and/or create their own. This includes choosing an outfit/costume for the character, designing and assembling components, making the costume and learning to play the part of the character. Grades 5-8. Two-week sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session.

Digital Fabrication & 3D Printing
Take your 2D ideas from imagination to 3D modeling and printing. In the second week, kids are presented with a real-life problem that might be solved with the use of 3D printing. They'll work in small groups and in teams to design, create and implement a physical model that solves that problem. Grades 5-8. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session.

Girls Love LEGOS
LEGOs are a great start to learning about engineering, coding and the scientific process. SPS's LEGO camps traditionally fill with boys, but this program specially focuses on keeping girls engaged in robotics through LEGOs. Grades K-6. One-week sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week.

Kids Love Chemistry & Biomed
These two popular science camps have been combined so kids get two weeks of hands-on experiences with the elements that make up our world and destroy or fuel our bodies. Kids will make predictions, create chemical reactions, identify contaminants, dissect things and learn how things work. Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session.

Kids Love Engineering & Construction
Use engineering skills to create plans for a cat condo, a dog house or even a fairy garden. After creating a plan, gather supplies and get to work on constructing for our pets (real or imaginary)! Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. 354-4648

Kids Love LEGOS
Campers use LEGOs to learn about force, motion and speed, and understand the foundations of block programming. Based on age and experience, students will use LEGO Simple Machines, WeDo 1.0 and 2.0, EV3 Mindstorm kits, including gears, motors and sensors. As a team, campers use their imagination to design and program a robot that can navigate a challenging mission and solve a unique problem. Grades K-6. Week-long sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week.

Kids Love Physics
Through trial and error, learn about the forces of flight and motion, and how these forces lift rockets into the air. Campers design and build rockets, roller coasters and race cars while exploring the concepts of physics including mass, velocity, gravity, and potential and kinetic energy. Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session.

Make My Game
Kids use a variety of software platforms to learn basic and advanced block programming, then they're given a challenge to design and program their own game to solve a unique problem. Grades K-8. Week-long sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. 354-4648

Raspberry Pi
Campers receive their own programmable Pi and learn about the software and hardware capabilities of these machines while creating in Minecraft and programming Linux. Grades 5-8. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session.

Squishy Circuits
Campers learn to control and modify LED lights by creating squishy circuit animals, magic wands, paper masks and more. Grades K-6. Weekly sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu 8 am-1 pm. $100/week.

Young Drone Operators
Campers learn the basics of how to fly a drone, how to take one apart and put it back together, and the FAA rules and regulations of operating a drone. At the end of the camp, use problem-solving skills to complete search and rescue missions. Grades 5-8. July 8-Aug. 1; meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200.

Littles Love Engineering & Construction
Builders, architects and designers love engineering and construction; your preschooler will too as they practice the engineering design process in a take-apart center. Ages 4-5. One-week sessions offered July 15-18 from 8 am-1 pm. $100. 354-4648

Unlock the power of ROBLOX Studio, the creation tool used by real-world developers. Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX world and bring characters to life with unique animations. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185.

Spend a week building different rockets while learning to use tools at Gizmo. On the final day, a launch sends these rockets high into the sky. Ages 13+. July 15-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo-CdA (North Idaho College). $180.

SGS Rocket Camp
Students explore how to build rocket bodies, mix rocket fuels using ratios and weighing chemicals, experiment with different propellants, build rocket motors and test them, and make recovery systems. Grades 5-8. July 15-19 from 9 am-12:30 pm. At St. George's School. $150.

Virtual Reality Career Pathway Camp
The Unity-3D Pathway camp teaches the same software used to create half of the world's video games. This camp exposes students to the powers of creating with that software, and offers exposure to creative ways to use these skills in the future. Ages 13+. July 15-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180.

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now
Learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $194.

STEM Multi-Sport Camp
This program gives students the opportunity to get behind the sports they love with modules centered around technology, science and innovation. Subjects include ball design, calculating distances and angles, velocity, acceleration and much more. Ages 6-12. Offered July 15-18 and Aug. 12-15; meets Mon-Thu from 9 am-noon. At North Wall Schools. $135/session.

Around the World in Five Days
Each day kids learn about a new country through foreign language words, traditional food and projects based on the culture of each country: Ukraine, China, Peru, India and Egypt. Grades 1-3. June 17-21 from 12:30-3:30 pm. At St. George's School. $150. 464-8814

Satori Camp
A pre-college camp for gifted and intellectual middle and high school students, offering two-dozen courses in subjects such as math, digital arts, rhetoric, music, literature, journalism and more, with recreational and social activities. Ages 12-18. July 21-27, commuter/resident options. At EWU Cheney. $745-$845 (scholarships available).

Camp Opportunity
A week-long, project-based camp to engage gifted youths' creativity through science, technology, engineering, art and math. This year's areas of exploration include crime scene analysis, creative writing, brain science, yoga, automotive technology and more. Grades 6-9. July 22-26 from 9 am-4:30 pm. At Whitworth University. $300.

Harry's Laboratory
Immerse yourself in potions and cook up some magic with your professor as you study dragons, magical creatures and wizardry. Ages 6-11. July 22-26 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $139.

Python Programmers
Want to learn the world's fastest growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, YouTube and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson offers a step-by-step programming path that lets young coders challenge friends with fun content from start to finish. Ages 8-12. July 22-26 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. 208-769-2413

ROBLOX Coders & Entrepreneurs
Discover how to code in the LUA language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun. Young entrepreneurs also learn how to navigate ROBLOX's fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Ages 8-12. July 22-26 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185.

Tech Trek
The 5th annual week-long camp for girls offers hands-on science and technology classes, field trips and more. Must be entering grade 8 in the fall; girls must be nominated by a teacher. July 28-Aug. 3. At EWU Cheney. Volunteers also needed for camp staff, including monitors (21+), health aides, student counselors (16+), teachers and workshop presenters.

Littles Love Rockets & Race Cars
Explore force and motion using race cars, paper planes and kites. Use catapults to learn to make predictions and draw conclusions about distance, speed and density. Ages 4-5. July 29-Aug. 1 from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week.

Bees, Bugs & Blooms: Amateaur Entomologist
Campers learn about insects around the world. They'll do experiments and insect-themed art projects. Ages 6-11. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135.

FRC First Robotics Camp
Be part of this summer's FRC Robotics pre-season warm up and work with the 2018 State Champions to learn about the building and coding of a 120-pound robot that responds to your commands and meets challenges. Ages 14-18. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:3 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180

Outdoor Career Pathway Camp
NIC Outdoor Pursuits and Gizmo team up to offer a week of activities and skill-building in the morning, with an intro to professionals in the field each afternoon. Students kayak, sail, rock climb and more, and then learn about options to turn their passion for spending time in the outdoors into a career. Ages 12+. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $25. 208-929-4029

Blast Off Into Space
Learn about the planets, stars, moons and more while creating galactic art. Ages 3-5. Aug. 5-9 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69.

Sports & Fitness Career Pathway Camp
Join NIC Campus Recreation and Gizmo in an inspiring week of career exploration. Students enjoy a morning full of fun games and activities followed by an afternoon field trip to see professionals in the field. Ages 12-16. Aug. 5-9 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $25.

G-Prep Math Camp
A camp designed to provide basic skills for students to be successful in Algebra 1 at Gonzaga Prep. Students build on math skills and strategies for learning math. Aug. 6-16 from 11 am-noon. $80.

ACT/SAT Prep Camp
Students can use their free time this summer to get ready to take the ACT or SAT test with educational staff at Gonzaga Prep. Aug. 12-16 from 1-3 pm. $140.

Outdoor Math Enrichment Camp
Learn and apply math concepts in an outdoor classroom on Saint George's campus. Measure the flow rate of the Little Spokane River, determine the area of giant spaces and find the diameter of trees. Grades 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 9 am-noon. At St. George's School. $150.

G-Prep Literacy Camp
Four days of immersion covering reading comprehension strategies, grammar, punctuation, usage and writing skills. Grades 6-10. Aug. 13-16 from 9-10:15 am. At Gonzaga Prep. $80.

G-Prep Study Skills Camp (High School)
A camp for students beginning their freshman year, focused on time management, organization, test taking, learning styles and more. Open to students from all area high schools entering grade 9. Aug. 13-16 from 12:30-2:30 pm. $80.

G-Prep Study Skills Camp (Middle School)
A camp to help middle school students learn strategies and secrets of being successful in school and helps them create a personalized study plan. Covers time management, organization and learning styles and how to make learning fun. Grades 6-8. Aug. 13-16 from 9:30-11:30 am. $80.

Making and Tinkering
Children explore the wonders of everyday items with Caralee Palmer, lead teacher at North Wall Schools. Familiar stories and materials can inspire young children to solve scientific, technological, engineering and math problems. Snack provided. Ages 4-7. Aug. 19-23 from 9 am-noon. $150.

Festival of Fair Trade @ Community Building

Sun., Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
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