This summer, let your kids experiment, tinker and try exciting challenges. At Summer Spark day camps, kids come alive as they engage in fun open-ended learning activities such as designing a marble rollercoaster or building boats and cars out of recycled materials. Voted the “Best Overall Camp of 2017” by Nurture My Child and currently the Top Rated Camp on Yelp, Summer Spark Camps are designed to shift your child’s mindset to embrace problem solving and failure.
Kids are presented with engaging problems, but no set solutions — they’re simply given encouragement to stimulate their imaginations. Summer Spark staff guides kids to work with peers and seek inspiration from what they see around them. Through these experiences, children have the opportunity to develop confidence, collaborate authentically with peers, and work through success.

12592744_494244070762910_5528977334582738712_nSchedule & Sessions: Summer Spark is open to rising K – 6th graders. Weekly day camp sessions run Monday through Friday, begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with a flexible drop-off starting at 8 a.m. and extended hours available until 6 p.m. Challenges for this summer include:

  • June 4 – 8: Mission Possible: Can you build a case to protect a super-delicate secret package from bumps and drops? Can you build an airplane to carry that package safely over a raging sea? This week campers will team up as Secret Agents on a mission to transport high-value, sensitive packages across obstacles.
  • June 11 – 15: Float the Boat: Eureka! Can you design a boat using only recycled materials? Does it really float? How much weight can it hold? This week campers will become nautical engineers as they use their creative problem solving skills to design and build floating vessels out of simple materials.
  • June 18 – 22: Invention Convention: Can you design and build a machine that will pop a balloon? Set off an alarm? Knock over a cup? How many steps can you build into your design? This week campers will be presented with a series of invention challenges – or maybe come up with their own – that inspire them to persevere as they design, test, and tinker.
  • June 25 – 29: Medieval Construction: Can you build a castle with a working drawbridge? Can you design a catapult the fires accurately enough to defend against intruders? This week campers will use two simple machines — pulleys and levers — along with lots of imagination, to build defense systems for their castles.
  • July 2 – 6: Stop the Plop: How do you protect a raw egg from cracking when dropped from various heights? What materials do you need? How does your design change if the egg has to be visible inside its container? This week campers will design, build, and test containers to try and avoid the plop, or rather splatter, of a raw egg hitting a hard surface.
  • July 9 – 13: Car-dboard Mechanics: Can you build a car out of recycled materials? How about a track to race it on? This week campers will use two simple machines — wheel + axle and inclined plane — along with lots of imagination, to build cars and tracks.
  • July 16 – 20: Structural Integrity: How high can your tower go? If you could only use two materials to build it, what would they be? How about for a bridge? How much weight can it hold? This week campers will take on a series of building challenges with limited resources and unlimited creativity.
  • July 23 – 27: Marble Rollercoasters: Using a variety of household materials, campers will transform trash into treasure this week as they design, build, and refine marble runs. As they master the basics, the challenge will increase. How long can you make it? Can the marble do a loop? Two? The challenges and solutions are endless, as is the creative output
  • July 30 – August 3: Space Survival: If you crash-landed on an unknown planet, what would you do? Would you stay and build shelter, or would you fix your engine and design a new spaceship? This week, campers will race against the clock to create self-propelled spaceships and shelters for outer space survival.
  • August 6 – 10: Cardboard Arcade: Calling all game makers! Do you like playing games? How creative can you be? This week campers will turn recycled materials into a functioning arcade and celebrate their accomplishments by playing each others’ games.

Locations: Choose from either a Downtown or South Austin location: Headwaters School, 801 Rio Grande and 9607 Brodie Ln.

Pricing & Registration: The cost of camp is $350 per week. You can also opt in for the extended hours at an additional $75 per week. There are no registration or cancellation fees. Click here to register online.

For more information about Summer Spark, you can visit their website, read their FAQs, and also visit their Facebook page for plenty of photos from previous camp sessions.