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ETSU to offer camps for children in grades 1-6 during the summer

From Staff Reports

In June and July, East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will offer Discoverers camps for children entering grades 1-3 and Explorers camps for those entering grades 4-6. The camp fee is $185 per week, with a $15 discount for ETSU employees.

From June 6-10, campers will participate in space-themed activities at the ETSU Planetarium and Observatory and take a field trip to Bays Mountain Planetarium.    

STREAM camp, June 13-17, will offer a mixture of science, technology, recreation, engineering arts and math (STREAM) and includes a field trip to Roan Mountain State Park. Discoverers will explore chemical reactions and make electrical circuits, while Explorers will design a theme park from recycled materials.

From June 20-24, campers will solve mysteries during a criminal investigation week. They will also visit Warriors Path State Park. Younger campers will lift fingerprints and identify mystery powders, while older ones will conduct fiber analysis and lift footprints.

An environmental science week, held June 27-July 1, includes a Water Olympics and the creation of a giant geyser. While Discoverers learn to do water sampling, Explorers will research a method to remove oil from ducks.

Activities resume the week of July 11-15 with creative drama and a field trip to Barter Theatre. Discoverers will take part in a story theater and Explorers will learn to make special effects like creating a snow storm.

A week devoted to kitchen chemistry in the food lab in Hutchison Hall will be in session July 18-22, with younger campers making exploding elephant’s toothpaste and older ones deciphering the equation for chocolate chip cookies.

On July 25-29, younger campers will become DaVinci’s Apprentices, making marshmallow catapults, while older ones attend Leonardo’s Invention Convention and design and build an original invention.     

To register, or for more information, go to or call 800-222-3878.