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Updated information will be coming in early 2020.

Each summer, students in rising grades 4-9 have participated in week-long courses on science, biology, computer technology, engineering, and more. 

As always, all of our classes are packed with adventure, creativity, exploration, and design. Each Camp Innovation course offers students an opportunity to dive deep into subjects that will prepare them for future academic pursuits and spark interest in career fields they may not have considered before.

Camp Innovation is MSiC’s largest and most popular student program. Courses are offered in multiple locations and multiple weeks during the summer. Sign up for a half-day or a full-day summer course in science or math or technology or engineering, and inspire innovation in your student!

Program Information

  • All students are welcome to participate - public, private, and homeschool
  • Morning classes - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon classes - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Full-day classes - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Students bring their own lunches)
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to MSiC
  • Adult-chaperoned school buses are provided for classes with field trips 
  • Per student, half-day classes are $125.00 each class
  • Per student, full-day classes are $250.00 each class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extend the Camp Day!

MSiC is proud to offer after-camp classes with our partners at Championship Chess and Edible Education. These after-camp classes run from 4:15pm to 5:15pm at the MSiC campus. Registration is handled separately by each vendor. Use the links below for more information and to register your student.

Championship Chess - MSiC - Championship Chess Registration Form - Website

Edible Education - Register on their website

 

Click the buttons below to skip down to classes organized by week and grade level:

 

 

MSIC Campus, July 15-19, 2019

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Block by Block (Minecraft®)
Using your imagination and design skills delve into the world of Minecraft and explore how it relates to architectural and electrical design in the real world. Teams will complete a final challenge and design a plan to survive their world using the knowledge gained throughout the course.

Engineering For the Future 
Can we make it to Mars? What does it take to get there? Using a design-and-build framework, you will make rockets and Martian rovers, experience what astronauts eat in space, and see how close we are to getting to Mars. This class has everything a young engineer needs to help explore The Great Beyond in the 21st century!

Odd Pets
Discover the mystery and adventure that odd pets bring as you explore the world of fish, frogs, spiders, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies. Study their habitats and learn their unique adaptations through hands-on investigations and field trips. At the end of class, take your very own odd pet home with you.

Snap, Crackle, Pop!
The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth as you make root beer, ice cream, and goo. See what it is like to work in a chemistry lab and discover what happens when certain chemicals react with each other.


Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Architectural Design
Discover the historic and modern elements of architecture used in the building of Richmond. Take tours and visit local museums. Design and build your own model of an urban building incorporating “green architecture”.

D2P2: Digital Design Python Programming (full-day)
Python is one of the easiest programming languages to learn and use yet is very powerful. Learn to write your own programs and take them home with you.

Energy Engineers
Analyze the various alternatives for providing the energy needs of the future. Construct a state-of-the-art model fuel cell car and investigate the principles of hybrid vehicles.

Exploring the James II (full-day)
What effect does the James River have on Richmond? Virginia? Discover how this river has affected everything from settlement to technology while exploring the river city’s main waterway. Water quality, ecology, run-off, and wildlife are explored as we trek in, around, and through the James River.

 

 MSIC Campus, July 22-26, 2019

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Messages
Learn code breaking skills and discover the history and science behind the many encoding methods used by organizations and government “spies.” Develop your own “book of secrets” or treasure map and explore the world of cryptography from Ottendorf ciphers to invisible inks to microdots.

Engineering On the Go
What makes cars go fast and boats float? What are magnetic levitating trains? Explore the different types of transportation that makes the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build and test your very own vehicles. The sky's the limit for imagination and adventure!

Gaming Galore
Why spend your days playing someone else’s video game when you can create your own. Explore the world of game design using the free coding program, Kodu© and let your imagination go as you create your own world with characters and challenges.

Odd Pets
Discover the mystery and adventure that odd pets bring as you explore the world of fish, frogs, spiders, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies. Study their habitats and learn their unique adaptations through hands-on investigations and field trips. At the end of class, take your very own odd pet home with you.

 

 

Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Engineering Extravaganza
Discover through hands-on learning the terminology, principles, and applications of basic civil engineering. Design, build, and test your model skyscraper, bridge, dam, and more.

Lasers, Fiber Optics, and HologramsLearn the basics of light energy and use lasers to study the wave and particle nature of light. Develop a fiber optic communication link and create reflection holograms. Take home your own hologram!

 

LEGO: Next Generation
Using Mindstorms® software design and program robots to move, sense objects, make sounds, and more. Work in teams to solve problems and compete in challenges.

Mysteries of Biomedical Science Unlocked (full-day)
Examine human body functions and explore ways to treat and cure disease through the development of advanced diagnostic tools and new treatment strategies. Use advanced lab technology, innovative imaging equipment, computers, and more to understand medicines big breakthroughs.



 

MSiC Campus, July 29 - August 2, 2019

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Coding with Creativity
Are you curious about the world of coding and animation?  Would you like to create an interactive world that can be controlled by everyday objects?  Using creativity and Scratch© programming you will design and code your very own interactive game.  The gameplay doesn't have to stop when you leave class because you take your programs with you!

Crime Scene Chemistry
You will become a Super Sleuth as a Junior Chemist! Discover the methods chemists use to solve crime mysteries. You will learn about chromatography, fingerprinting, and how chemicals interact with one another to reveal clues. Use these scientific techniques to identify the culprit!

Exploring the James I
See the James River through a whole new lens!  Field trips in and around the river allow you to seek and find a variety of critters living in and around the ecosystem of the longest river in a single state.  Mud and wetness included!

LEGO: Building To Explore
Did you know you can not only build with LEGO building blocks, but you can also program them? Computers are used to program your creation so it can make noise, kick, chomp, and a host of other awesome builds. Working in teams you can construct, test, and problem solve as you hone your LEGO expertise.

Monsters Across the Millennia

Is Bigfoot real? Is Nessie the only monster of the deep? Were there ever any monsters like these? Join us as we dive to the depths of the oceans, explore the far reaches of the terrain and discover what monsters reside there. Explore where fascinating creatures live and how they survive. 

 

 Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Disease Detectives
Become a Disease Detective and develop your powers of observation and analysis to diagnose a variety of both common and mysterious illnesses. Perform lab activities and learn to use NIH image-processing. Includes a clinical lab field trip.

Forensics Crime Scene
Discover how scientists and law enforcement work together to find out “who dunnit” in a crime. Explore the techniques of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, and casting footprints while investigating a crime scene.

My Job Is Out of This World
Learn what it’s like to work and live in space. Discover what it takes to become an astronaut. Develop your skills as a member of a team as you experience missions in the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Your job is Out of This World!

Off the Grid (full-day)
Experience the STEM of the Survival Rules of 3 as we learn how to survive everything from being a lost hiker to helping rebuild infrastructure after the Zombie Apocalypse.


John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus, July 8-12, 2019

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Rocks, Crystals, and Gems
Explore rocks, crystals, and gems through experiments, investigations, and hands-on discoveries. Learn how these treasures are used in a variety of locations in the Richmond area with field trips that allow you to dig in the dirt and create your very own collection.

 

Engineering on the Go
What makes cars go fast and boats float? What are magnetic levitating trains? Explore the different types of transportation that makes the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build, and test your very own vehicles. The sky's the limit for imagination and adventure!

Image Your World
Discover how to manipulate the reality captured by our digital cameras as some of the secrets of Adobe Photoshop are revealed.  This professional level graphic imaging program will allow you to create digital and optical illusions that look so real you will amaze your friends and family.

 

Gaming Galore
Why spend your days playing someone else’s video game when you can create your own.  Explore the world of game design using the free coding program, Kodu©and let your imagination go as you create your own world with characters and challenges.


Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Engineering Extravaganza
Discover through hands-on learning the terminology, principles, and applications of basic civil engineering. Design, build, and test your model skyscraper, bridge, dam, and more.

LEGO: Next GenerationUsing Mindstorms® software design and program robots to move, sense objects, make sounds, and more. Work in teams to solve problems and compete in challenges.

 

D2P2: Digital Design Python Programming (full-day)
Python is one of the easiest programming languages to learn and use yet is very powerful. Learn to write your own programs and take them home with you.

 

John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus, July 22-26, 2019

Rising 4th - 6th Graders

Block by Block (Minecraft®)
The world of Minecraft® is a fun & exciting place to learn and explore. Experience the world of Minecraft as an engineer while you manipulate the constantly changing Minecraft® environment. Develop survival strategies by making your own shelter and tools, then share with classmates as your creativity and imagination lead you to your own unique product.

Fractal Phenomena
What do your cell phone, the trees outside, and your heart’s rhythm all have in common?  They all have a connection to Fractal Geometry. Discover how the patterns and beauty of fractals in nature influence art, movies, technology, and science.  Create several fractals to bring home.

LEGO: Building To Explore
Did you know you can not only build with LEGO building blocks, but you can also program them? Computers are used to program your creation so it can make noise, kick, chomp, and a host of other awesome builds. Working in teams you can construct, test, and problem solve as you hone your LEGO expertise.

Snap, Crackle, Pop!
What would it be like to work in a real chemistry lab while you experiment with chemical reactions? Many of the chemistry experiments in this class will be done with items that you have in your kitchen so you can do them at home! You will amaze your friends when you make “goo,” ice cream and root beer for them.

 

Rising 7th - 9th Graders

Architectural Design
Discover the historic and modern elements of architecture used in the building of Richmond through city tours and visits to local museums. Use these components to design blueprints and build your own model of an urban building incorporating “green architecture” elements.

Digital Detectives (full-day)
Examine the ever-changing world of cybersecurity and discover how items like Wireshark, packet analyzers, and keys are used to penetrate systems. Learn the ins-and-outs of hacking and what it means to be an ethical hacker.

 

Nano: The Science of Small
Enter the world of the “science of small” to learn about applications of nanotechnology. Explore the development of superfast computers, organic LEDs, smart fabrics, biobots, and new space materials.