Summer Camps

Details and registration for 2019 Summer Camps coming soon!  Be sure to sign up for our contact list by clicking here to be the first to hear when you can sign up!  For now, you can learn about last year’s camps to get an idea of what to expect from summer experiences at the Collaboratory!

We can hardly wait until summer kicks off and the second ever Collaboratory camps begin!  We are offering a smorgasbord of options this summer for all ages from 4 years-old through middle school, and we will be offering a mix of half-days, full-days, single-day camps, week-long camps, and plenty in between.  There is a wide variety of themes to choose from that will undoubtedly engage and challenge your child while we spark imagination, fuel creativity, and inspire adventures in wonder with other fiercely curious learners!

We know there are a lot of varied options to sift through, so bear with us – it’s extremely important to us that we offer options that fit into as many family calendars and interests as possible*.   (more on that point shortly…) The images below follow the chronological order of the camps.  Each image includes the name of the camp, the dates/times, and the suggested age ranges.  You can click on any image to learn more about and register for that camp.  (If you prefer a visual calendar layout, you can always view camps and all of the Collaboratory events in Calendar View here  or through the link on our site’s main menu.)

If you have any questions, big or small, about a specific camp, summer camps in general, or anything else related to the Collaboratory, reach out to us at info@knowledgeplayground.org or give us a call at 402.999.3339!  If you aren’t sure which camp is the best fit for your child(ren), we’d love to help them find their element by inviting you to set up a time to stop in to the Collaboratory either during an Open Tinker Lab or another time that works for you!

*…Back to the importance of reaching as many curious minds as possible – If your child or one that you know is a perfect fit for a camp or any other experience at the Collaboratory but isn’t financially able to make it happen, PLEASE contact us and we can brainstorm possible solutions so that they don’t miss out.  Collaboratory is all about problem-solving, and empowering a kid to wonder explore, and create is the most worthy problem we can think of to try to solve.

Thanks so much for exploring the possibilities and adventures that await in the Collaboratory summer camps!  We really hope you choose to experience it with us soon!

With gratitude,

Anna Eckhoff

2018 Summer Camp Offerings

This session of S.T.E.A.M. Camp has sold out.  Be sure to check the calendar for other possible sessions.


During Robotics Camp, kids will have the opportunity to learn about robots, what they can do, how they move, and most importantly will begin to learn how computer programming and algorithms enable us to code what robots can do as we program robots to move, talk, play instruments, and even compete in obstacle courses. We’ll culminate camp by building our own robots using micro:bits to build our own robots!

We’ll start off camp by introducing how coding and robots are connected, using Dash robots and simple Blockly code. After learning the basics, we’ll dabble with more advanced robots and programming concepts with other robots like Sphero, Ollie, and Dash & Dot. Roboticists will work together in teams throughout Robotics Basics as they build computational and design thinking skills like those honed by our world’s most innovative creators!


Collaboratory’s Academy for Wizardry, perfect for Harry Potter fans, will be a week packed full of magical favorites including coding our very own Sorting Hat bot, concocting fizzing potions and bubbling slime, Quidditch matches, engineering wands with electric circuits, and so much more! We’ll also explore the hands-on science behind future-ready principles like invisibility and human flight as well as film effects including green-screen and augmented reality!


S.T.E.A.M. Camp brings together fiercely curious kids to explore, discover, and create! Throughout the week in this camp, we will learn a new way to merge ideas within the worlds of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, math) with hands-on discovery and creation. We’ll conduct exciting new experiments and create unique projects that can be brought home to share the wonder.

Collaboratory began with the mission to bring together curious minds, and the Camp Collaboratory S.T.E.A.M. Camp is the perfect way to make this happen. With everything from discovering all-new slime-making methods and chemistry-in-art fluid acrylic painting to building epic Rube Goldberg machines from scratch as props for our green screen video scenes, your child will fuel his/her curiosity in new ways you’ve never imagined. The magic happens when we bring unique kids together to explore in a supportive and collaborative environment with similarly curious creators!


Engineering Camp: Space Exploration brings together curious thinkers who love to tinker, design, build, take-apart, launch, and fly, and zoom.  We’ll use NASA as our inspiration to look at how we can design and engineer our own gadgets and gizmos to explore new and unknown frontiers.  Just a few of the awesome projects engineers will design, build and/or operate during this camp include:

  • Table-top hovercrafts
  • Full-size hovercraft propelled by leaf blowers that will enable kid engineers to literally float on air
  • Compressed-air rocket launchers
  • Rubber-band propelled vehicles
  • Drones
  • Computer-coded rover robots
  • So many more!

This session of Robotics Camp has sold out.  Be sure to check the calendar for other possible sessions.


Curious kids who just can’t get their fill of the slime craze will get to try a variety of recipes to master the perfect solution at Slime-a-Palooza!  Families, the best part for you is that they’ll make the mess at the Collaboratory instead of your kitchen table!  Along the way, they’ll learn the science behind slime and what’s happening on a molecular level to make the sticky, squishy, fluffy, stretchy stuff that we love so much as well as learn tips and tracks for how to troubleshoot when a batch just isn’t turning out right.   Slime scientists will choose their colors, mix-ins, and even optional scents (like cotton candy, watermelon, sugar cookie, chocolate, or choose from over 50 other scents) for at least 5 batches of slime.  We’ll explore favorites like cloud slime, crunchy slime, cotton candy slime, kinetic slime, butter slime, and so many more!  All materials are supplied, including slime ingredients and containers to take your slime home.


This session of Science & Art Fusion Camp has sold out.  Be sure to check the calendar for other possible sessions.


Kitchen Chemistry, Candy Science, and other Crazy Concoctions brings together curious kids who love to explore, discover, and create in the kitchen! We’ll cook S’mores in homemade solar ovens, measure pH levels with our own homemade chemical pH indicator, create edible water balloons, design stunning edible agate candy cupcake toppers, and so, so much more! Be prepared to get messy for this camp!


Engineering Camp: Out of This World brings together curious thinkers who love to tinker, design, build, take-apart, launch, and fly, and zoom.  We’ll use NASA as our inspiration to look at how we can design and engineer our own gadgets and gizmos to explore new and unknown frontiers.  Just a few of the awesome projects engineers will design, build and/or operate during this camp include:

  • Table-top hovercrafts
  • Full-size hovercraft propelled by leaf blowers that will enable kid engineers to literally float on air
  • Compressed-air rocket launchers
  • Rubber-band propelled vehicles
  • Drones
  • Computer-coded rover robots
  • So many more!

During Robotics Camp, kids will have the opportunity to learn about robots, what they can do, how they move, and most importantly will begin to learn how computer programming and algorithms enable us to code what robots can do as we program robots to move, talk, play instruments, and even compete in obstacle courses. We’ll culminate camp by building our own robots using micro:bits to build our own robots!

We’ll start off camp by introducing how coding and robots are connected, using Dash robots and simple Blockly code. After learning the basics, we’ll dabble with more advanced robots and programming concepts with other robots like Sphero, Ollie, and Dash & Dot. Roboticists will work together in teams throughout Robotics Basics as they build computational and design thinking skills like those honed by our world’s most innovative creators!


This session of Adventures in S.T.E.A.M. Camp has sold out.  Be sure to check the calendar for other possible sessions.


This session of Adventures in S.T.E.A.M. Camp has sold out.  Be sure to check the calendar for other possible sessions.


Science & Art Fusion Camp is for those curious, multi-faceted Collaboratorians who have a passion for both art and science.  We’ll fuse the two together in exciting ways to create a portfolio of take-home, science-based art pieces.  We’ll use chemistry in fluid acrylic poured painting, create unique pop-rocket exploding art canvases, utilize water marbling to hydro-dip scarves for wearable art, and more!  (Be sure to dress for a mess!)


Curious kids who just can’t get their fill of the slime craze will get to try a variety of recipes to master the perfect solution at Slime-a-Palooza!  Families, the best part for you is that they’ll make the mess at the Collaboratory instead of your kitchen table!  Along the way, they’ll learn the science behind slime and what’s happening on a molecular level to make the sticky, squishy, fluffy, stretchy stuff that we love so much as well as learn tips and tracks for how to troubleshoot when a batch just isn’t turning out right.   Slime scientists will choose their colors, mix-ins, and even optional scents (like cotton candy, watermelon, sugar cookie, chocolate, or choose from over 50 other scents) for at least 5 batches of slime.  We’ll explore favorites like cloud slime, crunchy slime, cotton candy slime, kinetic slime, butter slime, and so many more!  All materials are supplied, including slime ingredients and containers to take your slime home.


S.T.E.A.M. Camp brings together fiercely curious kids to explore, discover, and create! Throughout the week in this camp, we will learn a new way to merge ideas within the worlds of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, math) with hands-on discovery and creation. We’ll conduct exciting new experiments and create unique projects that can be brought home to share the wonder.

Collaboratory began with the mission to bring together curious minds, and the Camp Collaboratory S.T.E.A.M. Camp is the perfect way to make this happen. With everything from discovering all-new slime-making methods and chemistry-in-art fluid acrylic painting to building epic Rube Goldberg machines from scratch as props for our green screen video scenes, your child will fuel his/her curiosity in new ways you’ve never imagined. The magic happens when we bring unique kids together to explore in a supportive and collaborative environment with similarly curious creators!


Collaboratory’s Academy for Wizardry, perfect for Harry Potter fans, will be a week packed full of magical favorites including coding our very own Sorting Hat bot, concocting fizzing potions and bubbling slime, Quidditch matches, engineering wands with electric circuits, and so much more! We’ll also explore the hands-on science behind future-ready principles like invisibility and human flight as well as film effects including green-screen and augmented reality!


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