Summer Camper of the Week: Get Set To Be A Vet!

School’s out, and you know what that means – summer camp fun at HMNS!

HMNS Summer Camps: Get Set To Be A Vet!
See more summer camp fun in our set on Flickr!

This week’s photo comes from our Get Set To Be A Vet camp, where kids perform dissections to learn the inner working of an animal’s body, learn what a vet does to take care of our animal friends, and gets plenty of hands-on experience with live animals!

Looking for something fun an educational for the kids to do this summer? Lots of summer camp classes have space available – check it out!

See you at Summer Camp!

Summer Adventures Continue

School is out for summer but it’s not too late to get your kids out of the house and into the museum! Here is a chance for them to learn and have fun, by attending one of our many summer camps. Kids can choose their favorite topics and spend a whole week learning about science and history. These camps still have a few spots open for the weeks of July 5 and July 12.

A Camper holds up an impression of her teeth that she made in Crime Scene Investigators

Check out Crime Scene Investigators, where kids can learn how to lift and develop fingerprints, sample soils, cast footprints and teeth, and make rope impressions. Use special software to create a face to match the description of witnesses. Assemble your own crime kit and use your skills to collect clues at a crime scene in the museum.

In Junior Science Magic, campers discover how physics and chemistry make magic. They experiment with optical illusions and things that glow in the dark. They master cool chemistry tricks; concoct slimy mixtures and potions that change colors. They will also learn how magicians read minds and will be able to fool their friends with coin and card tricks.

 DJ Learns about static electricity
 Anaya punctures an inflated balloon with a skewer

Alone, marooned, scared, cold and hungry? Could your kid survive? You betcha! Campers learn to distill drinking water and make it into a refreshing drink that would quench any thirst. They will participate in an indoor campfire cookout, learn to navigate by the stars, tell time from the sun, and build their own compass. They’ll make their own sunscreen and find out what kind of bugs make good snacks.

A camper signals in morse code using a mirror

Don’t miss your chance to sign up!

Treasure the Summers of Your Life: Summer Camps at HMNS!

Summer is a time for exploring and growing, and there is no better place for learning and fun than at HMNS Xplorations Summer Camps!

As a child, my very best teachers taught English and American History, so I grew to love these subjects.  Either my science teachers were not my strongest teachers or I fell into the trap that existed at the time—science was for boys.  Because of my background (or lack of background) in science, it is very important to me that my granddaughters love the excitement and wonder around them.  Summer camp at HMNS is the perfect place for this love to be planted and nurtured. 

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In addition to camps at HMNS, camps are held during selected weeks in The Woodlands and in Sugar Land.

Camp topics are age-appropriate.  For example, my oldest granddaughter, Abbie, has taken Amazing Animals, Booms and Blast-Offs, Build it Big, Art Smart, DinoMite, Bug-a-Boo and Waterworks.  Last summer during Waterworks, the students made bubbles.  In the photo to the left, Abbie is concentrating hard on a bubble made from soap, water, glycerin and straws.

In the same class, the students were fascinated when a Hula Hoop and wading pool plus the bubble ingredients created a bubble that surrounded each of them.  Magic!

This amazed camper pictured below is totally surrounded.  What child would not be fascinated by experiences like this?

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For summer, 2009, the Youth Education Programs Staff headed by Nicole and Kat have added three new camps:  Wild, Wild West, It’s Easy Being Green and Freeze Frame.

campWild, Wild West will be held at the Museum and at both The Woodlands and Sugar Land locations.  This camp will help cowboys and cowgirls discover the science and symbols of the Wild West as they try lassoing, churning butter, branding and participate in a cowpoke cookout.

It’s Easy Being Green will be held at the Museum and in The Woodlands.  As campers discover that it is easy being green they will experiment with water, wind and alternative energy powered model cars and design a miniature green city.

Freeze Frame will be held only at HMNS.  This camp teaches about old fashioned photography as campers discover the inner workings of a camera by dissecting an eyeball, constructing a pinhole camera, using the sun to make prints, and much, much more.

Its not to late to join in the fun, we still have spots available for the summer! You can register for Xplorations Summer Camps online. If you have a question about camp, please call the camp registrar at 713 639 4625.

I usually write about books, so I’ll close with a quote from Stuart Littleby E. B. White.  Stuart reminds us to “Treasure the summers of your life.”  A great way to give your children a summer to remember is to enroll them in Xplorations Summer Camps and watch their sense of wonder grow!

Hey Shutterbugs – Freeze Frame’s for you!

summer-campThe start of Xploration Summer Camps here at the museum are fast approaching. Campers can take week long classes in archaeology, creepy crawlies, the science behind Harry Potter, dinosaurs, robots, crime scene investigation and much more.

In years past we’ve had a camp class called “Photo Safari” that was always really popular. This year we have decided to take one of the kids’ favorite aspects of “Photo Safari” and added new activities and topics — thus, a new camp is born! This year, it’s “Freeze Frame”!

Andrea G., one of our fabulous Summer Camp teachers and a former ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs program intern for me in Education Collections, is a huge photography buff and she is using her wealth of darkroom knowledge to put together some new projects for the “Freeze Frame” campers this summer!

freeze-frameWe’ll be traveling back in time to experiment with some of the earliest photographic processes, including learning about albumen prints – which originally used eggs!  Using our own darkroom, we’ll build pinhole cameras and shoot black-and-white images and hand-made blueprints. 

Campers will get crafty with Polaroids and image transfers while exploring the artsy side of photography.  Then they’ll turn into scientists, playing with mirrors and light while building their own kaleidoscopes, periscopes, and much more.  Come join us for a bright adventure in “Freeze Frame” this summer!

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean your kids have to stop learning. Check out our Xploration Summer Camps, a fun and educational adventure for your children! These week-long science classes are available for children ages 5 to 12 from June 1 through August 14. For more information, visit our web site at hmns.org.