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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 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.  

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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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 June 8, 2022.

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Experience what it’s like to be a museum scientist—in the field and in the lab. Check out navigation tech and outdoor gear. Meet real scientists who have traveled around the world. Go outside every day to advance your skills in tracking animals and surveying their habitats for health and pollution indicators. Collect and analyze your own observations during a mini field study at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Field trip 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 15, 2022.

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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.

Field trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 6, 2022.

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Put on your detective hat and dive into the mysteries of nature at Powdermill. Track animals through the forest and figure out “Whodunit.” Uncover changes in bird populations and investigate clues to reveal stories from the forest’s past. Learn the secrets trees keep beneath their bark and how their fungal agents spread information. Unveil the identities of mysterious organisms, dissect an owl pellet, and discover the role entomology plays in solving wildlife crimes.

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 11, 2022.

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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.

Field trip to University of Pittsburgh WISER facility: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 13, 2022.

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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, plus visit Laurel Caverns to gain inspiration from a masterpiece made by nature.

Field trip to Laurel Caverns: Museum pick-up at 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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Become an entomologist at Powdermill! Use scientific tools, set insect traps, and create your own take-home collection of local bugs. Learn to identify pollution indicators from the stream and make seed paper art to help pollinators thrive. Discover insect anatomy through grasshopper dissections. Let your imagination run wild as you construct original bug sculptures inspired by science and your own creativity. Keep a scientific journal of your work as you explore a week of amazing arthropods!

Meets at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The last day to register for this camp is July 18, 2022.

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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 a glow-in-the-dark design. Use rocks to create your own musical instrument and discover the many ways geology rocks!

The last day to register for this camp is July 27, 2022.

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Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and more—they’ve all changed life on our planet over and over again. Discover how people and ecosystems have responded to extreme events throughout geologic time. Construct model lava flows, asteroid impacts, and volcanoes. Build a model city and put it to the test with a mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

The last day to register for this camp is August 3, 2022.

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See it! Smell it! Hear it! Touch it! Discover how your brain decodes the world. Learn how vision impacts taste buds by taking a blind taste test. Follow your nose to solve a smelly mystery. Sharpen your eyesight 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.

The last day to register for this camp is August 10, 2022.

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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 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.

The last day to register for this camp is August 17, 2022.

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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 17, 2022.

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Turn your world upside down as you explore the strangest things. Examine the line where the known and unknown meet and use the tools of science to separate science fact from fiction. Check out weird museum collections and observe oddities of the natural world. Identify artificial and natural electromagnetic fields and see if you can manipulate them to transmit messages. Dig into humanity’s collective fears through exploration of our shared myths and legends.

The last day to register for this camp is August 17, 2022.

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