The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of unique summer day-camp experiences for campers entering preschool through 10th grade. Young space and technology enthusiasts can use their imaginations, get creative, and explore their Universe together just like scientists do.
Astro Camps (Half-Day and Full-Day options available)
Preschool through Fifth Grade
The Adler’s camps for young children (also known as Astro Camps) introduce campers to scientific exploration in a fun and supportive community!
NASA’s Apollo missions inspired generations of scientists, engineers, authors, and filmmakers. This year, as we celebrate five decades since the Apollo missions put human footprints on the Moon, campers will explore Earth’s cosmic companion and the technology, ingenuity, and imagination that made it possible.
Whether they’re investigating the technology that made Moon landings possible, creating art inspired by the Moon’s beauty, or engineering a way for humans to return to the Moon, campers will be engaged in learning through fun! They’ll also see a show in one of our state-of-the art theaters, spend time playing and doing science outside on beautiful Museum Campus, and exploring the Adler’s exhibits.
Full Steam Ahead Camps
While our camps for younger children introduce campers to scientific ideas, these camps give older kids a chance to put those ideas to work. Full STEAM Ahead campers will have just as much fun as their younger counterparts, and they’ll also be challenged to use real science and creativity to explore our Universe together.
Grades: Entering Fourth through Seventh Grade in Fall 2019
Challenge yourself this summer! Telescope viewing, lunch by Lake Michigan and cutting-edge sky shows—all unique to the Adler—are the perfect setting for Astro-botics. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use multiple types of robotics to overcome escalating challenges.They’ll make connections between the robotic programming they’ve learned and the many types of robotics used in space exploration. Campers will also participate in creative design, documentation and presentation skills through the use of video recording, and editing. Astro-botics is collaborative in nature; campers will work together in pairs or small groups to conquer each robotics challenge.
Grades: Entering Sixth and Seventh Grade in Fall 2019
You’ve seen the amazing sky shows the Adler has to offer, now you can make one! In the course of one week, campers will work in teams of four to create sky shows, from storyboarding through presenting on the dome of the Grainger Sky Theater. Campers will work with Adler’s visualization, show production, and theater experts throughout the week. The week will wrap with a showcase as campers present their shows to their families.
Mission Near Space
Grades: Entering Sixth through Tenth Grade in Fall 2019
If you choose to accept this mission, you will become part of a unique team of engineers and astronomers whose goal is to prepare, launch, track, and retrieve a scientific payload sent to the stratosphere aboard a high altitude balloon. The week ends with a showcase in which participants present their exploration results to family members.