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Connecticut Science Center: Science of Summer

250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103

Ages Served:

3–18 years old

Areas Served:

All locations

Our program serves other camps, so does not have these accreditations. We do have a professional security staff and comply with all necessarily regulations within our normal operations.

More about our camp:

The Connecticut Science Center’s “Science of Summer” program will continue to offer enrichment summer-time activities exclusively for Hartford Foundation Public Giving Summer Enrichment-funded programs. The Science Center will offer the Science in Motion (outreach) program and the field trip program to increase children’s excitement about science. 

Field trips typically involve 2-3 hours of immersive exploration of Science Center exhibit galleries. Most exhibits incorporate three components: artifacts, which connect the subject to everyday life; digital technology, which provides avenues for investigation; and hands-on exploration activities.  In addition to our permanent exhibits, the traveling exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” allows students to explore the wonder of historical design and engineering.

Science in Motion Traveling Programs are a 50-minute curriculum in which Science Center STEM Educators bring exciting, hands-on science into the camp programs.  Program topics range from electricity and magnetism to forces and motion to the human body.  Two program formats are available: classroom style programs for smaller groups (~ 25) and assembly shows designed for larger groups (~75).

All Science Center programs are designed to meet the adopted statewide Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & State Science Framework standards and are directly tied to the material students covered during the academic year in classrooms. Programs are also designed to spark a student’s curiosity for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the world around them.   

According to the National Summer Learning Association, many students have the potential to lose 2-3 months of reading skills and two months of science skills over the course of each summer. Without engaging summer time activities, many children experience summer learning loss, a trend in which students (typically disadvantaged, urban children) lose skills and knowledge over long breaks from school.

The Science Center’s “Science of Summer” student programs address summer learning loss head-on for disadvantaged students by delivering access to science experiences for over twelve hundred students during the summer months. Out-of-school experiences can be critical to a student’s achievement in the classroom and programs that take place over the summer, in the context of a camp program, are directly tied to the curriculum material that a student encounters during the academic year. Students are then prepared to return to their classrooms in the fall with regained enthusiasm for science and a fresh curiosity about the world around them.

By working with the Hartford Foundation to increase access to educational fun resources for under-served children over the summer, together we are cultivating a genuine interest in science in the long term and empowering school readiness in the short term.