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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. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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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!

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Did you know that playing with food involves serious science? Examine the chemical structure 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.

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Immerse yourself in a classic choose-your-own-adventure experience and unravel the Mystery of the Missing Artifact. Work as a team to collect clues and use forensic science techniques to interpret the evidence. Discover hidden secrets of the museum and go behind the scenes to follow the leads. Choose your path and see where it takes you!

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

No camp on July 3. Camp is in session on June 29-July 2.

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Experiment with sticky green oobleck and blue goo (not for chewy chewing). Join the Lorax to learn how to grow and maintain a mini garden. Investigate the diets of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores with Sam-I-am. Check out unique habitats, and design a Wocket for your pocket. Meet animals from the museum’s Living Collection, and create a fantastical Seussical Zoo.

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

No camp on July 3. Camp is in session on June 29-July 2.

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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’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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Put on your detective hat as we dive into the mysteries of nature at Powdermill. Track animals through the forest and figure out “Whodunit.” Uncover changes in bird populations and investigate what happened at Powdermill decades ago. Learn the secrets trees keep beneath their bark and how they spread information in silence. Unveil the identities of mysterious organisms, dissect an earthworm, and discover the role entomology plays in solving crimes.

Last day to register is July 6, 2020.

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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’s like to be a real medical student on a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s training facilities.
Day trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, and we’ll visit Fallingwater to gain inspiration from an architectural masterpiece.

Activity fee: $50
Field trip day to Fallingwater: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Through hands-on creative challenges, learn how nature inspires engineers to create sustainable innovations and build the future right now. Explore examples of green technology and sustainable design in the museum and other buildings nearby. Learn how buildings can help address the challenges of climate change. Visit Fallingwater to explore the intersection of nature and architecture, then design environmentally informed structures of your own.

Activity fee: $50
Field trip day to Fallingwater: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Conduct hands-on investigations of mud, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Enjoy edible experiments that demonstrate how rocks and minerals form. Take a hike to nearby Schenley Park to examine historic rock layers, and hunt for specimens to start your own collection. Study the fluorescent properties of different materials to inspire your own glow-in-the-dark design. Use rocks to create your own musical instrument and discover the many ways geology rocks!

Last day to register is July 22, 2020.

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See it! Smell it! Hear it! Touch it! Discover how your brain decodes the world. Learn how vision impacts your taste buds by taking a blind taste test. Follow your nose to solve a smelly mystery. Sharpen your eye-sight as you search for clues on a sensory scavenger hunt. Become a nocturnal naturalist by training your ears to identify owls, insects, and other nighttime critters.

Last day to register is August 5, 2020.

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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. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is August 12, 2020.

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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!

Last day to register is August 12, 2020.

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