Summer Enrichment Camps

IU13 offers challenge, learning, and fun through its summer enrichment camps. Each camp is set up as an enrichment opportunity that requires teamwork, flexibility, and social interaction on the part of campers. Challenging concepts are explored in fun, interactive ways. Parents LOVE that their children meet new friends, enjoy hands-on learning, and have a great time! 


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Check out this video of clips from recent camps and see how students are challenged and have fun at IU13 Summer Enrichment Camps!
 


Inquiries can be sent to Summer Enrichment Camps or phone 717-606-1822. 

 

Summer Chess Exploration: Choices, Pawn-chains, and Checkmates

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 4-7
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 17-20, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuition: $110.00 per student
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2019

Are you looking for a great way to start vacation and learn things you can enjoy and practice all summer?  Have you played in the Lancaster-Lebanon Elementary Chess Tournament and want to improve your game for next year? Or do you want to fine-tune your thinking by learning new strategies and changing the way you look at the board?  If any of these sound good to you, come join us at IU13 this summer for our annual chess camp!  Working with Mr. Jason Shugar, a K-6 STEM specialist and elementary chess coach from Eastern Lancaster County School District, you will build self-confidence, analyze possibilities, solve problems, and discover new approaches in the game of chess. Whether you are new to the game or have experience, you will enjoy time with fellow chess players and build skills that will take your game to a new level. Join us for four mornings filled with strategy, concentration, competition, and fun. Campers who have attended in past summers are welcome to return for more instruction and match play. 

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Twisting, Turning, and Rubik’s Cube Learning - NEW!

Rubik's CubeWho can attend: Students entering Grades 4-7
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 17-20, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuition: $110.00 per student
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2019

Can you conquer the cube? Do you have what it takes to twist, turn, and discover tricks to the Rubik’s Cube? If so, enliven the “cuber” inside of you! Each day campers will engage in puzzling projects with Rubik’s cubes of 2x2, 3x3, and more! Campers will enhance their mathematical side while learning to solve with algorithms, awaken their artistic side through pixelated mosaic creations, and think critically with coding, mathematics, and STEM explorations. Join us to problem solve, persevere, and puzzle your mind with the Rubik’s Cube this summer!  Nicole Reppert, a Gifted Support Teacher at Ephrata Area School District and 2018 PAGE Conference presenter, has used the Rubik’s Cube curriculum for years in her classroom. She is very excited to share this experience with campers through IU13. 

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Robotics Space Challenge: Using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Technology 

Who can attend: Students ages 9-14
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 17-20, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuition: $110.00 per student
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: June 17, 2019

Throughout this program students learn how to build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 technology. Working in teams of 2-6 children, teams work to complete the Building Challenge and "show off" their project on the final day of the program. Students will program and modify their robot to complete challenges set up on a large game board. Their new skills will be used to solve real-world problems, exploring and creating innovative solutions for current space exploration topics. 

Prior robotics experience is not necessary. Beginners are welcome. This camp is also a great follow-up challenge for campers who attended last summer.

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Survival in the Wilderness

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 5-8
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 24-27, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (length of camp extended this summer due to camper request!)
Tuition: $165.00 per student
Location: Lancaster County Park's Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Rd., Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2019

Join Park Naturalist Lisa Sanchez and IU13 staff at Lancaster County Park’s Pavilion #11 and learn to survive in the wilds of Lancaster County. The important things in a survival situation are food, water, shelter, and fire; we will explore all of these.  As part of a team, you will have the opportunity to build a shelter and a fire. You will also gather food and water from a variety of locations in the woods and have the opportunity to eat plants and insects from the wild. Because finding your way is also vital to survival, you will gain confidence in your ability to use navigational tools. Using a compass is not as easy as it seems. But you will get your bearings, count your paces, look at topographic maps, and travel in the correct directions. GPS units will be introduced and practiced as you work in small groups for a point-to-point scavenger hunt. You will also practice the vital skills of teamwork, problem solving, and collaboration!  In order to have a great day outside, please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Throughout the camp, we will focus on teamwork, problem-solving, and collaboration. Arrive ready to meet new people and work effectively to face challenges as they are presented.  Be sure to bring a signed LANCASTER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER PROGRAM RELEASE OF LIABILITY form in order to partake in the edible portion of the camp.

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Investigations in Science - NEW!

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 2-5
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, July 9-11, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Tuition: $85.00 per student
LocationLancaster County Environmental Center, One Nature's Way, Lancaster, PA 17601
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019

Do you know a child who would like to put his/her science knowledge and observation skills into action through hands-on exploration at the Lancaster County Environmental Center? There are three mornings of jam-packed learning and fun planned by Park Naturalist Lisa Sanchez and the IU13 summer enrichment staff. Campers will discover a number of things each day, including important aspects of scientific investigations using the same forensic clues that detectives rely upon in their work. Looking at several aspects of forensic science, “crime scenes” will be investigated by studying fingerprints, visual clues, blood, and bones. The vital role of insects in the wild will also be examined as it pertains to forensic science—kids are fascinated by the important work of flesh-eating beetles! Throughout each morning of camp, children can get excited about the wonders of nature using all their senses! Some other highlights awaiting campers include:

  • Owl pellet dissection that enables campers to learn how to identify animal skulls, beaks, and teeth;
  • Fresh apple cider that will be pressed and enjoyed as we study simple machines; 
  • Hikes in the woods and fields so we can look for signs of reptiles, birds, and other animals who call Lancaster County Central Park "home".  

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2019 Camp Invention® "Supercharged"

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 1-6
Limit: 94 students
Date: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 2019
Location: The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA  
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Camp Director: Melissa Jeffers
Cost: $260.00 per student (Early registration discounts are available.)
 
NEW 2019 program, SUPERCHARGED! Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by local teachers, this program has tapped into kids' natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving. Camp is designed to keep kids engaged so they have lots of fun while giving them a strong STEM foundation. IU13 has hosted Camp Invention since 2010, serving hundreds of children who often return year after year for more inventing, creativity, and the chance to make new friends.

Your child will love what’s in store this year:

  • Creative Problem Solving - Children team up to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in Deep Sea Mystery™.
  • STEM Application - In DIY Orbot™, participants explore circuit boards, motors, and gears as they design a remote-control bot to take on obstacles from sports to dance.
  • Innovation - Children collaborate with inventor superheroes and take on the role of engineers, fabricators, and innovators to conquer villains in Innovation Force™.
  • Confidence - Kids become successful entrepreneurs in Farm Tech™, as they code bots to turn a polluted wasteland into a money-making machine and create devices to save animals.

Register at invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332 for information. Use promo code INNOVATE25 to save $25 (expires 3/22). 

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Healthcare Career Exploration - NEW!

PA College of Health Sciences logoWho can attend: Students entering Grades 9-12
Limit: 30 Students (minimum of 10 students)
Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 22-25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Tuition: $300.00 per student
Location: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, 850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2019

Healthcare has become the largest source of jobs in the United States, meaning jobs in this field are in high demand. From a nurse to a healthcare administrator to a surgical technician, the options are plentiful. This summer, why not see if you have more than just an interest in helping people? Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is partnering with IU13 to offer a four-day camp for high school students that will provide focused collaboration with unique workshops. You’ll learn how to conduct laparoscopic surgery on a simulated patient who ingests too much candy to see how to remove the candy from the stomach. Through the dissection of organs, you’ll get an understanding of different bodily functions. You’ll hear about the aging population and how to recognize symptoms a dementia patient may be experiencing. Do you think ultrasounds are only for viewing babies? Think again – you’ll explore all of the areas of the body that can be imaged. In addition, you’ll laugh as you learn communication skills by guiding a fellow camper through an obstacle course wearing a blindfold. These four days will be filled with an exciting curriculum that will keep you engaged while you learn about new opportunities in the healthcare field in a state-of-the-art facility.   

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LEGO® Robotics Inventors Club - NEW!

Snapology LancasterWho can attend: Students ages 8 and up
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 29- August 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Tuition: $110.00 per student
Location: The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA  
Registration Deadline: July 22, 2019

Do you enjoy inventing new things? Are you the next Thomas Edison? Learn about the process real inventors go through while you help design, build, and program robotic models to solve problems using LEGO® bricks and robotics. At each class, children will be presented with a challenge to solve. They must brainstorm solutions with their group and build their robotic solution. Campers will learn how to correctly use and program motors, tilt sensors and motion sensors to allow their creations to move properly, and complete challenges. They will also be able to experiment with various gears and pulleys to complete their exciting inventions. Learning is enhanced through use of laptops.  

Space is limited so register today! 

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Jump In! Exploring the Science & Fun of H2O

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 4-7
Limit: 20 Students
Dates: Monday-Thursday, August 5-8, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $200.00 per student
Location: Lancaster County Environmental Center, One Nature's Way, Lancaster, PA 17601
Registration Deadline: July 22, 2019

Do you like exploring creeks, wetlands, or rivers? Do you like hiking and discovering wildlife in an outdoor environment? Do you like drawing, painting, and writing about what you see in nature? If so, this is the summer enrichment camp is for you! Take a break from the summer heat and spend a few refreshing days with Lancaster County Park naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez, Nature Journalist Carol Welsh, and IU13 Coordinator of Gifted and Enrichment Services Janice Estabrook. Each day will be spent investigating and experiencing the science of water. By jumping in, you will see the connection between water and the living organisms on our planet. You can touch the critters living in the water, dissect plants, learn how to keep our water clean, and use paints and natural dyes to document discoveries. When summer temperatures rise, water offers fun, cool refreshment, and awesome opportunities for scientific discovery.

NOTE: If you have attended this camp before, join us again! Some of the activities and experiences differ from year to year - and they are fun to repeat if you have done them before. New friendships await, and you can enjoy favorite activities again while looking forward to new ones!

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Volunteer Opportunities 2019

Attention--Older students who want volunteer experience in a leadership role: IU13 will have open positions for volunteers at our summer enrichment camps. If you need volunteer hours or want to build your resume for a career in education, this is an excellent opportunity. Each camp has different requirements, but background clearances are needed for all volunteers. A job well done can lead to a letter of recommendation from IU13, if requested.  

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