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From mega quakes to alien invasions, debunk fact from fiction in popular sci-fi doomsday scenarios. Observe climate change in a bottle, build your own asteroids, and study real-world zombies. Examine real fossils to understand mass extinction, and learn how ecosystems survive and adapt to extreme forces of nature. Head into the woods on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, where you will prove your mettle in the face of an impending zombie apocalypse… better safe than sorry! 

Day trip day to Powdermill Nature Reserve: museum pick up at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

The last day to register for this camp is June 6, 2018.

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Enjoy a slimy week of science, and discover some of nature’s coolest critters. Meet weird prehistoric creatures, get your hands on mystery slime, watch a slithery snake, and more! Delve into the movements, habitats, and senses of animals with daily experiments. Build an obstacle course for worms. Get creative with chemistry to test scientific phenomena. Mix emulsions, and test what floats in slimy substances.

The last day to register for this camp is June 6, 2018.

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Plunge into experiments about the physics and chemistry of H2O as you develop your own mega-bubble solution, test for acids and bases, get cracking with ice, and more. Venture to nearby Schenley Park to hunt for microscopic pond life. Design your way through a boat building race, water balloon drops, and other friendly challenges. Take a day trip to investigate aquatic habitats around Pine Creek, and take a dip in the North Park swimming pool.

Day trip to North Park: museum pick up at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack is provided.

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions, and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs, and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy as you explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

The last day to register for this camp is June 20, 2018.

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If you love to get messy, dream of running obstacle courses, and do not mind a little slime, this is the camp for you! Focus on the senses, and explore gross sights, sounds, and smells in daily teamwork challenges. Meet with scientists who study organisms that live in the muck, and discover what we can learn from an animal’s scat. Experiment with the elements required to turn your leftovers into spectacular soil by making your own home composting bin.

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 2-3 and July 5-6.

The last day to register for this camp is June 27, 2018.

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Get ready to see Pittsburgh like you have never seen it before! Trek across the city by foot, bus, and subway, and explore the rivers on a kayak trip led by experienced Venture Outdoors guides. Navigate through Pittsburgh’s kaleidoscope of cultural traditions. Visit with leaders of organizations like BirdSafe Pittsburgh to learn what you can do to make city life better for all of Pittsburgh’s inhabitants. Lace up your sneakers—this is an active camp with daily hiking and public transit excursions.

Kayak trip with Venture Outdoors and daily local Day trips: museum pick up at 3:00 p.m

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2018.

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Investigate the intricate balance of the human body. Dissect a brain, and conduct a mock coronary bypass on a real heart. Discover surprising evidence in fossils and ancient skeletons that reveals how medicine and disease have evolved throughout time. Find out what it is like to be a real medical student on a day trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2018.

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From cavemen to chemists, explore how science has evolved through the ages. Learn about the chemistry of the elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Test fire-making techniques, create healing elixirs from honey, and experiment with key components of successful cleansers. Use binding pigments to make paint, and unearth the history of the earliest human habitation in North America on an extended day trip to Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

Day trip day to Meadowcroft Rockshelter: museum pick up at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Roll up your sleeves, and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark, and make your own fluorescent crystals. Try sticky experiments by making sweets, and explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Inquire into mysteries of the mind, and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic techniques, and use them to solve a museum mystery.

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2018.

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Plunge into experiments about the physics and chemistry of H2O as you develop your own mega-bubble solution, test for acids and bases, get cracking with ice, and more. Venture to nearby Schenley Park to hunt for microscopic pond life. Design your way through a boat building race, water balloon drops, and other friendly challenges. Take a day trip to investigate aquatic habitats around Pine Creek, and take a dip in the North Park swimming pool.

Day trip to North Park: museum pick up at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack is provided.

The last day to register for this camp is July 25, 2018.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions, and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs, and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy as you explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

The last day to register for this camp is July 25, 2018.

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Could a planet blow up? Is there such a thing as a perfect storm? Delve into the science behind favorite science fiction movies. Learn how to create special effects, and dissect the science of cinematic disaster scenarios. Use experiments to find out how it is really done—or if it is even possible! Work with your camp crew to film your own original science feature on a day trip to North Park then relax like a movie star with a dip in the pool.

Day trip to North Park: museum pick up at 5:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack is provided.

The last day to register for this camp is July 25, 2018.

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Magic and science are about to collide! Craft your own potions, and discover which concoctions are for friends and which are for foes. Investigate the science behind expanding elixirs, and experiment with changing ordinary metals to gold in a lesson in alchemy as you explore transfiguration in the natural world. Compare magical creatures to those of the non-magical world as you study fire-breathing dragons, mystical mermaids, and more!

The last day to register for this camp is August 8, 2018.

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Explore nature’s wild, weird, and wacky wonders. Investigate flying mammals, bizarre horns, and mixed-up dinosaurs. Scout through Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems to find minerals that look like cookies, French fries, stars, and bubbles. Test out the science of food to find out what makes Jell-O transform from a liquid to a solid, and sink your teeth—literally—into a yeast experiment with rising bread!

The last day to register for this camp is August 15, 2018.

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Turn playing with food into serious science. Examine the chemical structures of sugars and starches, and test variations across global cuisines. Mix up tasty solutions and suspensions as you learn about the chemistry of ice cream. Experiment with gases to make bread and root beer. Have fun with a baking challenge to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Learn how the Hopi and Iroquois advanced agriculture, and make a three sisters salad from corn, beans, and squash.

The last day to register for this camp is August 15, 2018.

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