Summer Camps for the Left-Brain [Family and parenting]

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It’s sack-lunch season. Field days and field trips fill the schedule signaling the end of the school year and the awesome approach of summer. Summer--where kids and parents sleep in and frolic in stress-free, fun-filled days. Truth is, that dream lasts about a week or two, then parents are scrambling for structure and stimulation to occupy the herd. 

 

Enter summer camp. The treasure that teaches and tires your children; the place where memories, friendships, and sweaty-heads are made. Most summer camps require registration before the end of May, so if you haven’t already signed up, check out a few of these. Louisville has a vast variety of summer camp offerings that are guaranteed to stimulate the summer brain. This is part I of a two-part series organized into camps aimed at either the left (math, science, language, logic-based) or the right brain (art, music, creativity, and feeling-based). See below for camps nurturing the left-side brainers (aka people I do not completely understand and probably make more money than me). 

 

Camps for the Left Brainiacs: 

 

Camp Invention--

Location: Brandeis Elementary

Age Group: Children entering grades 1-6

Description: A hands-on, inventing and problem-solving camp run by local educators. Participants will work through five modules: Hatched (building a virtual world for avatars), Power’d (assemble a robotic creature), SMArt: Science, Math, and Art (discover patterns and math in soap bubbles, honeycombs, and lightening bolts), Game On: Power Play (use problem solving-skills in creating new games), I Can Invent: Edison’s Workshop (use tools and old appliances to create new gadgets).

Cost: $215  

Dates: June 20-24, 9:00-3:30

 

School’s Out Science Center Camps--

Location: Louisville Science Center

Age Group: Pre-K--8th grade

Description: Pre-K and early grades explore anything from the science in Seuss to dinosaurs, middle-grades explore pirate science, LEGO adventures, oceans, and many more, while the oldest sort dapples in marine biology. Pre-K and K kiddos are offered half-day camps (8-12:00), older children have full-day sessions (8-5:00).

Cost: $175/week members, $200/week non-members (full day), $90/week members, $105/week non-members, $275-300/week (6th-8th grade camps)

Dates: June 6-August 12 depending on session

 

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