Summer of Code: Web Wizards / Ages 6-9 / 10am-10:40am / $100 per student 

Summer of Code: Cool Coders / Ages 10-14 / 11am-11:40am /$100 per student 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 

July 2, 7, 9, 14

7 students min. / 15 students max.

Teacher: Malessa Losendahl

Students need a laptop or tablet to participate.

Courses include online curriculum and hands-on activities in computer science. Aligned with common core and 21st century standards, students will use to learn the basics of computer programming using Blockly, a visual programming language. Blockly provides students with an engaging introduction into text based programming while using familiar contexts such as Angry Birds, Minecraft, Frozen, and Star Wars. For beginners and beyond!  

Prior to the start of class, our instructor will call parents to explain class objectives and expectations. You will receive an emailed link to join the Google Hangout Meet sessions after talking with the instructor.


Digital Fix / Ages 10-14 / $100 per student

June 15, 16, 17, 18 / June 22, 23, 24, 25  

Hangout & test your tech at 9:50am, class is from 10am-11am
Teacher: Mary Baker
Laptop required


Week 1: BUILD AN APP Teams will develop an original mobile app idea that can help solve a problem and develop a prototype with MIT App Inventor.

Week 2: MOVIE SCENES Students will collaborate to bring visual stories to life. Throughout the design phases production, we’ll cover techniques to produce visual content using green screen technology or stop-motion animation. 


Students will present their projects at the conclusion of the course.

Girls STEAM Ahead Summer Success / Ages 12-16 / $80

July 20, 21, 22, 23 / 1pm-2:30pm 12 students min./ 20 students max.

Teacher: Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston


Set yourself up for a successful future in STEAM! You’ll work in teams to think creatively, go hands-on with scientific challenges, play games, and explore pathways in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Led by Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston, co- author of Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling, students will also set a SMART goal to crush over their summer break. You’ll pick-up a kit from Homewood Science Center on Monday July 13 that includes a design journal, handouts, and materials needed for Girls STEAM Ahead Summer Success.

EC STEM / Ages 5-8 / $80 per student

August 3, 4, 5, 6 / 10am-11am

8 students min. / 15 students max.

Teachers: Tikia Cross & Kim Brunson


Splash into STEM this summer with a camp designed for young elementary learners. Students will take an in-depth look at STEM topics as we expand on our PopUp SCIENCE @Home lessons with our EC STEM superstars, Ms. Tikia and Ms. Kim! We’ve partnered daily vocabulary, math challenges, videos, and more with our PopUpSCIENCE @Home activities. Kids will get a kit with 4 activities, a science journal, and a bonus Froggy book! Kids will be challenged to daily field work investigations to complete after class. 

Augmented Reality: Northern Lights / Ages 8-11 / $100 per student

August 3, 4, 5, 6 / 10am-11:30am

12 students min. / 20 students max.

Teacher: Amanda Thompson, CEO Explore Interactive


Led by a team from INSPIRE, kids will learn the principles of circuits and engineering design through working with an engaging and cutting edge augmented reality platform to solve fix-it and design challenges. The students will collaborate together, interact with augmented reality, and "Light up the Night" by designing a light display! INSPIRE is a research institute in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University that studies engineering thinking and learning to engage all pre-college learners and impact educational systems.


Middle School Conservation Ecology Internship / Grades 6-8

High School LEADERS / Grades 9-12

Next Service Dates: TBD

See applications for more details

Homewood Science Center is sponsoring a conservation ecology internship for middle school school students.

This internship will complement the classroom science content on ecosystems reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards for middle school. Led by Patricia Messersmith, Senior Education Museum of Science and Industry and Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School Science Educator, 6th-8th grade interns will meet at Homewood Science Center and learn from experts as well as build a native demonstration garden. High school LEADERS will assist with the program. The next session of our Middle School Conservation Ecology Internship is TBD.

This internship is open to 6th-8th grade students interested in conservation and ecology.

Students in 9th-12th grade may apply to become a High School LEADER.

The time commitment for the internship is approximately 16 hours.

Internship benefits
Participation will provide participating students with hands-on learning experience in project development, project management, and public presentation. They will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from leading experts in conservation and ecology. 



@Homewood Science Center

With the support of Museum of Science and Industry, Homewood Science Center is excited to offer Science Minors Camp!

Students can engage in fun, hands-on science activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork. Topics range across all aspects of science and engineering and support learning that happens during the school day.- MSI

Science Minors Clubs offer early, hands-on exposure to science through partnerships with a network of schools and community organizations.


Students should bring a peanut free snack and refillable water bottle with them to class.

Crazy 8s Club

at Homewood Science Center

Next session coming soon!

Grades 3-5

$50 per student

We're nothing like your usual math club!

Crazy 8s is an over-the-top recreational after-school club that gets kids excited about math. You'll build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play get-up-and-move games like Toilet Paper Olympics.


Frame by Frame Film Festival Screening & Awards
April 18, 2020 / 7pm

The Frame by Frame Film Festival will be holding its inaugural screening and awards ceremony on April 18th, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Michael Wexler Theater in the Homewood Science Center.  Frame by Frame is a high school film festival focusing on the use of digital software and editing to enhance the stories being told in film.

For more information or to submit a student film, please visit the festival website.

Questions? Email 






Join us at our information session to get the secret criteria, meet other student filmmakers, and meet Jake Goldberg, the student behind the Moonshot Film Festival. 

A $50 cash prize and the Moonshot Trophy will be presented to the winner of each division.

There will also be honorable recognition awards in each division. 

Rules & Terms:

  • Submitted films cannot exceed 3 minutes in total length.

  • Use any device you want to film on

  • Teams can be up to 3 people- you can have a cast of thousands if you want!

  • Challenge startsTBD- there are 2 "secret" challenge criteria that must be included in your film!

  • Films must be school appropriate: No cursing, violence, nudity, etc.

  • Films must be submitted on YouTube and you must share your link with

  • There is a $5 entry fee, you must register online

  • Have fun! Be Creative! Launch yourself into the challenge!

  • Deadline to submit your entry is TBD.

Questions? Email

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