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Summer Camps

registration for 2024 summer camps opens saturday, march 2 at 10am

Fab Lab summer camps offer week-long immersive experiences in various Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) areas. Through hands-on activities, collaborative challenges and the use of high-tech makerspace equipment, campers build countless technical and life skills while having a blast!

Fab Lab camps are designed for students, by high school students in our SPEC Leadership Program. Scroll down to meet them!

2024 camp schedule

Schedule subject to change slightly by March 2. Camp descriptions will be added by Feb 24!

Camp grade levels are determined by the grade your child is entering in the 2024-2025 school year. Please abide by grade levels or your registration will be cancelled.

Pay close attention to whether the camp you're registering for is a morning or afternoon session.

Camps marked with an asterisk* will be held next door at Wilkinson Elementary School, Monday-Thursday. Wilkinson-based camps will be held at the Fab Lab on Fridays. Same FABulous camps, just a stone's throw away!

New to the Fab Lab? We strongly recommend you create your account before March 2. Visit https://app.donorview.com/1yqro and click "Sign Up". Follow the instructions in the email to verify your account. Once logged in, click the "Get Started" button and follow the prompts to add your information as well as your child(ren) as "Members." Once your child(ren) are added, on March 2 you will login, click "Enroll in a Program" and select the 2024 Summer Camp sessions you wish to enroll in. You will follow the same process to be added to a waitlist. You will not be charged when waitlisted. If you have any questions, call 941-840-4394 or info@suncoastscience.org.

JUNE 2024

June 3-5

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Woodworking (4-5th grade)

Architecture (6-8th grade)

Scratch Coding (2-3rd grade)*

 

Afternoon camp: 1:30pm-5:30pm

3D Printing & CAD (6-8th grade)

June 10-14

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Weather Wizards (4-5th grade)

Science-Mania (4-5th grade)

Advanced Python Coding (6-8th grade)*

 

Afternoon camp: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Dynamic World: Cartography & Geography (6-8th grade)

June 17-21

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Physics (4-5th grade)

Dungeons & Dragons (6-8th grade)

Engineering (2-3rd grade)*

 

Afternoon camp: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Rocket Science (6-8th grade)

June 24-28

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

STEAM Camp (2-3rd grade)

Machine Madness (6-8th grade)

Python Coding (4-5th grade)*

JULY-AUG 2024

July 1-5

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Exotic Sports Design (4-5th grade)

Neuroscience (6-8th grade)

Camp will be held every day this week, including July 4.

July 8-12

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Rocketry (4-5th grade)

Math Escape Room (6-8th grade)

Murder Mystery (4-5th grade)*

 

Afternoon camp: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Young Entrepreneurs (6-8th grade)

July 15-19

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

STEAM Spy Camp (4-5th grade)

Carnival Design (6-8th grade)

July 22-26

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

Art & Design (2-3rd grade)

Art & Design Machine Madness (4-5th grade)

Web Development (6-8th grade)*

Afternoon camp: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Dino Camp (2-3rd grade)

July 29-Aug 2

Morning camps: 8:30am-12:30pm

LEGO Robotics (2-3rd grade)

Dynamic Mechanics (4-5th grade)

Artificial Intelligence (6-8th grade)*


Camp Policies & Expectations

By registering your child in a camp session, you agree to the following policies and expectations.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Check-in will take place at 8:30am (or 1:30pm for afternoon camps), at the main entrance located near the rear of the Fab Lab building. Volunteers and/or staff will help you check-in your child outside. Please arrive on time each day so the schedule of activities is not disrupted. 

You are also required to sign your child out when picking them up at 12:30pm (or 5:30pm for afternoon camps). Again, this will be done outside of the building and a volunteer will retrieve your child from the lab. If someone other than you will be picking up your child, please notify Fab Lab staff so that person’s name can be added to your account.

WILKINSON ELEMENTARY CAMPS: Check-in will take place at 8:30am in the main office at Wilkinson Elementary School (3400 Wilkinson Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231) Monday-Thursday of the week(s) you selected. Check-out will take place at the same location. Check-in and check-out will be held at the Fab Lab on Fridays due to the school being closed.

General Health and Safety

The lab and its machines and equipment are professionally cleaned and sanitized with EPA-approved products each night. 

Antibacterial hand soap is available in restrooms and antibacterial hand sanitizer is available throughout the lab for easy access and use.

Dress Code

Students should wear comfortable, fitted, casual clothing and closed-toe/closed-heel gym or tennis shoes. NO OPEN-TOE SANDALS or FLIP FLOPS allowed. Campers who show up with open-toed shoes will need to have a closed-toe pair brought to them before they may join camp. Very loose clothing and jewelry are not permitted for safety purposes and long hair should be secured around machines.

Snacks

Please pack a snack or lunch for your child to enjoy during the daily designated snack time. Snacks WILL NOT be provided so please don’t forget to send your child with something to fuel their big ideas. Please make sure your child brings a refillable bottle for water which they can refill at the lab’s water station. 

Release Forms

Completion of Waiver of Liability, Media Release and Authorization forms are mandatory for your child’s participation. You were required to acknowledge these forms during camp registration.

Cancellations, Refunds & Waitlist

Cancellations must be made at least 14 days in advance of your enrolled camp session to qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made less than 14 days out from camp will qualify for a 50% refund. A 2% processing fee will incur with all refunds. Cancellations must be made in writing to info@suncoastscience.org or by calling 941-840-4394. Cancellations by voicemail will not be accepted. No-shows do not qualify for a refund. If your child has to be picked up early or misses one or more days of camp, there is no refund for camp time missed.

You will NOT be charged when adding yourself to a camp waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be notified in the order they were added to the waitlist if a spot becomes available. We will notify you as early as possible by phone or email if there is an opportunity to move off the waitlist and include instructions on how to process your camp payment.

Student Expectations

For each student to have a positive, safe experience in Fab Lab summer camps, we have established the following expectations.

  1. Walking is our preferred mode of transportation while in the lab! No running please.

  2. No food or drink (including candy and gum) is allowed in classoom or machine areas unless agreed upon with staff or volunteers. The snack/lunch you bring will be set aside for snack time.

  3. The Golden Rule… Treat others as you would like to be treated! This means raising your hand to speak, respecting others’ personal space and keeping your hands to yourself, being considerate, kind and helpful, using appropriate language, etc.

  4. Treat our machines and tools respectfully... like they are your own!

  5. We have multiple camps running each week. Please be sure to stay with your group at all times.

Three Strikes Policy

To reinforce these rules and encourage an appropriate and safe learning environment, we employ the "Three Strikes and You're Out” policy in relation to the above expectations.

  • Reminder: A reminder of our expectations will be given to the student.
  • Warning: The student will be removed from camp activities for a short period of time.
  • Action: We will discuss the behavior in question when you pick up your child. This is the student’s first strike.

If the behavior continues, we will contact you by phone during camp hours to discuss. You may be required to pick up your child at this time. This is the student’s second strike.

If the behavior ceases to stop after the first two strikes, we will contact you to immediately pick up your child from camp. This is the student’s third and final strike and they will not be allowed to return to camp.

In extreme circumstances, we reserve the right to forego the above policy and immediately dismiss a camper if we deem the camper's behavior or actions too severe for them to continue.

2023-24 SPEC student Instructors
Click here to visit the SPEC page and learn more about each instructor

Suncoast Science Center
4452 S Beneva Road
Sarasota Florida 34233
info@suncoastscience.org
941-840-4394

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