Two-week sessions for campers ages 8–10, entering 3–5 grade in fall 2014. Experience the world we build for ourselves in new ways and with hands-on activities and projects! Attend one, two, or three unique sessions of two week, full-day summer camp at the National Building Museum. Campers will enjoy design challenges, exploring the Museum, and more!
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Session I: Engineering Challenge, July 7–18, 2014 FULL/SOLD OUT
How do buildings stand up? Why don’t bridges collapse? Campers will answer these questions and many more through an investigative, hands-on, approach to learning about engineering in the built environment. Through constructing their own buildings, bridges, towers, and domes, and hearing from professional engineers, campers will be challenged to experiment with different materials and engineer the unexpected. The session culminates with a presentation of camper’s creations and exploration of the forces at work in many common structures.
Session II: Designing Spaces, July 21–August 1, 2014 FULL/SOLD OUT
Campers become designers as they plan, create, and build everything from furniture and buildings to public parks and monuments. Campers will consider both form and function in everyday objects and in the built environment before finding inspiration for their own designs. Campers' creativity will be challenged while they consider solutions to interesting problems during this fun hands-on camp. Join campers at the end of the session to see their design gallery.
Session III: City Builders, August 4–15, 2014 FULL/SOLD OUT
Have you ever thought your neighborhood could use a park or rollercoaster? Campers become city planners to investigate what's needed for a community to thrive. By examining the past, campers will envision and build a city of the future, deciding what to include. In addition to analyzing the city of Washington, D.C., campers will consider geographical influences on building designs and materials, and meet professionals involved in city planning. The camper-created city will be revealed at the end of this session.
Each camp session features a variety of electives during the regularly scheduled day.
- LEGO® City Building
- Stained glass exploration
- Art Deco Club
- Terra Cotta Tile Making
- Designing with Food
- Engineering Squad
- Much more!
The camp curriculum culminates in an exhibition called "family showcase." The showcase is held on the last day of each camp session at 3 pm and provides campers a chance to show off their projects while families meet the camp staff. Extended care is not provided on the last day of camp.
Camp runs daily from 9 am–3 pm. Early drop-off begins at 8:30 am. Extended care is available from 3–5:30 pm and includes a variety of crafts, games, and snacks. No aftercare is provided on the last day of camp due to the family showcase.
Per session fee: $650 for Museum Members (Family & above), $700 non-members. $100 non-refundable deposit per camper, per session is due to register for camp. Full payment is due by June 15, 2014.
Extended care fee: $150 per session, per child. Extended care is not available on a per-day basis.
Become a member while registering for camp to register early at the reduced rate and receive complimentary admission to select family programs, birthday party savings, Museum Shop discounts, free admission to Museum exhibitions, and more.
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