CULSOC Summer Science Camps

The information below is for our new 2019 schedule!

Join us for hands-on, action-packed, thought-provoking science camps on the Clemson University campus. All camps will meet in room G-30, Jordan Hall and will be taught by Katherine Freeman and other CULSOC personnel. Enrollment is limited to 16 participants in each camp.

Running a summer youth program of your own? CULSOC will continue to provide half-day laboratory field trips over the summer. See clemson.edu/culsoc/labs/ for lab descriptions and details.

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Day Camp REGISTRATION

Use the registration link above to register for all DAY camps.  To register for the RESIDENTIAL camps, click here.

Once you register and pay online for a CULSOC day camp, you will immediately receive a receipt via the email address you provided during registration.  Please save the receipt. A few weeks before the day camp begins, you will receive a detailed email containing all camp logistics and any necessary forms that need to be completed in advance.  If you do not receive this logistics email, please contact Katherine Freeman, CULSOC Instructor and Lab Technician, krfreem@clemson.edu864-656-9939.

Summer Camps refund policy:
Camp fees, less 25%, are refundable if requested 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp. Inside of 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp, fees are nonrefundable.

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  • Crime Scene Investigation: Clemson! (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)

    • Investigate the scene of a crime to determine what happened and how.
    • Learn how your senses take in information—and sometimes fool you.
    • Identify criminals and victims using DNA, fingerprints, blood, and other tools of forensic sciences.

    June 19-21, 9:00 am-12:15 pm (canceled due to low enrollment 5/20/19)
    July 15-17, 9:00 am- 12:15 pm (camp full as of 5/21/19)

    Cost: $115 before April 1; $145 after

    All camps will be held in room G-30, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus.  Camps will be taught by CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.

  • Potions 101 (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)

    • Make potions and learn their chemical properties!
    • Diagnose our sick dragon and research cures!
    • Discover the unique chemical properties created when combining everyday materials.
    •  Determine why the same substance can harm some creatures and not others.

    June 17-19, 9:00 am-12:15 pm daily

    Cost: $115 before April 1; $145 after

    All camps will be held in room G-30, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus.  Camps will be taught by CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.

  • Engineering & Design Adventures (day camp for rising 6th-8th graders) 

    • Research, design, and build cool machines to propel our hero and heroine safely over obstacles.
    • Learn how everyday items work (e.g., circuits, robots, & catapults).
    • Learn and apply basic engineering principals to solve fascinating problems!

    June 10-13 from 9:00 am-12:15 pm daily (camp full as of 5/20/19)

    Cost: $150 before April 1; $195 after April 1

    All camps will be held in room G-30, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus. Camps will be taught by CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.

  • Biotechnology, Health and Society (RESIDENTIAL or DAY camp for rising 10th-12th graders)

    •  Analyze your DNA and use the results to predict your traits or vice versa!
    •  Use DNA evidence to identify criminals and exonerate the falsely accused.
    •  Genetically modify bacteria to make them glow in the dark!  Explore how genetically modified organisms are used to make pharmaceuticals and other products.
    •  Use bioinformatics to probe DNA databases to identify normal and defective genes.
    •  Explore the nervous system and discover how injury and disease can wreak havoc on our brains.

    The residential camp is offered through the Clemson Summer Scholars Program.  Students will be housed in gender-segregated dorms, eat in the campus cafeteria, and be supervised by counselors through the Pre-Collegiate Programs Office of Clemson University.   Outside of lab, students will participate in social events on the Clemson University campus, e.g. swimming, bowling, cookouts, etc...   Airport transportation to and from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is available for an extra $100 fee each way.  We cannot accept commuter campers for this session.

    Residential Camp Dates: June 23-29
    Residential Camp Cost:  $950 before April 1, $1100 after April 1.
    TO ENROLL for the residential camp, see clemson.edu/summer/summer-science/index.html. The residential camps have different registration procedures than our day camps.

    Commuter/Day Camp Dates:  July 29-Aug 2, 9:00am - 2:30pm daily
    Commuter/Day Camp Cost:  $375 before April 1; $450 after April 1.
    Lunch is not provided.

    Both camps will be held in room G-30, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus. Enrollment will cap at 16 campers. Camps will be taught by CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.

  • Public Health: Outbreak! (RESIDENTIAL camp for rising 10th-12th graders)

    •  Solve the case of the poisoned picnic!
    •  Map the origins of the Ebola epidemic.
    •  Design procedures to contain a biological warfare attack.
    •  Talk to a public health official!
    •  Evaluate: is our environment making us sick—or vice versa? 

    This camp is offered through the Clemson Summer Scholars Program.  Students will be housed in gender-segregated dorms, eat in the campus cafeteria, and be supervised by counselors through the Pre-Collegiate Programs Office of Clemson University.   Outside of lab, students will participate in social events on the Clemson University campus, e.g. swimming, bowling, cookouts, etc...   Airport transportation to and from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport is available for an extra $100 fee each way.

    Dates: July 7-13

    Cost: $950 before April 1, $1100 after April 1.

    We cannot accept commuter campers for this session.

    TO ENROLL for this camp, see clemson.edu/summer/summer-science/index.html. The residential camps have different registration procedures than our day camps.

    All camps will be held in room G-30, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus. Enrollment will cap at 16 campers. Camps will be taught by CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.