Summer Camps in Salt Lake City at the Leonardo

If you are looking for an incredible way for your child to learn this summer, the summer camps in Salt Lake City at The Leornardo are for you! These camps over week long experiences for your children ages 5-18 to come and challenge their way of thinking. The thing that I love the most about the Leonardo is that they give your child the opportunity to learn with their hands and through PLAY. I am so excited for my children to be old enough to experience their camps this year!

SUMMER CAMPS @ THE LEO

Camps are offered for two age groups based on the grade level they will be in next school year (Fall 2017):

  • Children entering Kindergarten-3rd grade
  • Children entering 4th– 7th grades

Each camp session runs Monday-Friday:

  • Morning camp sessions run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon camp sessions run from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You can read through all the different descriptions of camps available here.

I was first introduced to the Summer camps at the Leonardo a few years ago and it has now become a “must” for my children in the summer. The programs available are so well thought out and really engage a child’s curiosity and learning. My kids are so excited to go back this year and they will be trying out the new Feathery Fliers program ages (K-3rd) that focuses on flight. Children will learn about the birds that surround them, make their own wearable wings and feet, and be inspired by the birds that surround them.

We are also really excited about the Super Hero Science class for Jackson and Game Design in partnership with Animal Jam! You can still sign up for these camps HERE!

 

I interviewed Katia Racine, the Public Programs Manager, and this is what she has to say about the experience at The Leonardo.

WHAT IS CAN A PARENT EXPECT A CHILD TO LEARN WHILE ATTENDING CAMP AT THE LEONARDO?

– Children will learn about our namesake, Leonardo da Vinci, and his methods of learning, creating, and exploring the world. We use these ideas to explore many different art, science, and technology topics in hands-on, inquiry based ways. We try to infuse da Vinci’s zest for exploration and discovery into all of our camps. We believe that every voice has value, and strive to find out what it is that our campers have to say. Regardless of whether a child is enrolled in a camp where they’re programming robots, cooking delicious food with our head chef, making sound visible, or learning about math by building bicycles, we encourage them to understand that oftentimes there are no “right” answers. We hope to teach children that the process of how you get to an answer can be just as important as the answer itself.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN CHILDREN GROW WHEN THEY ATTEND YOUR CAMP?

– I think our staff is always the most excited to see kids change from passive learners to empowered, active explorers. Children become more comfortable asking questions and trying new things. Our campers walk away knowing that they can ask big questions and that their exploration of those questions is important. We can’t wait to share with each other stories of campers and students who’ve built something we’ve never seen before, or asked a question we’ve never thought of. When the learning environment becomes one where the campers are driving their exploration as much as we are – that’s where I see children grow.

If you have older children you might be interested in the Robotics Apprenticeship your child will start from each material, learn how to program the motors, sensors, etc and then build. It was incredible last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing our engineer’s improvements and extras.

·         Robotics Apprenticeship: Explore the world of computers and robots using the Raspberry Pi 3. Take a vacation from twiddling your thumbs texting, surfing, and playing games. It’s time to use a computer and a collection of motors, gears, wheels, and sensors to assemble and program a real robot. You’ll learn how to use the Raspberry Pi 3, a real computer, which can do almost everything you do with your gaming machine, or smartphone–except waste time and destroy brain cells. Learn the basics of the Linux operating system, and the Python programming language. Use hand tools to assemble a versatile robot chassis. And, you get to take the Raspberry Pi 3 and your robot home with you at the end of the class.

o   June 19th-23rd, 9:00am-4:00pm

o   July 31st-August 4th, 9:00am-4:00pm

·          “Maker” Apprenticeship: In the Leo’s first “Maker” Apprenticeship, students will be guided in the basics of electronics, programming, woodworking, and 3d CAD software by the Leo’s Resident Maker. Students will choose their own final project, collaborating with Leo staff to design and build. One example project: constructing a wooden lock box with an Arduino-controlled lock.(Note: some power tools will be used, and additional liability paperwork may be required.)

o   June 26th-30th, 9:00am-4:00pm

o   August 7th-11th, 9:00am-4:00pm

BECOME A MEMBER: Receive 10% OFF Summer Camps. For assistance or inquiries please call 801-531-9800 ext. 134 or email memberships@theleonardo.org.

This post was written in partnership with The Leonardo. All opinions are 100% my own.

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