Get inspired with virtual mini camps

Virtual summer camp

Keep the summer fun of Camp Inspire alive throughout the year. This fall, Mini Camp Inspire will offer weekly doses of engaging virtual programs and meaningful learning.

Running September to November, each Wednesday will feature a 90-minute session based around a monthly theme. Through interactive experiences, campers connect with peers, STEAM activities and cutting-edge research.

How does virtual camp work?
Hosted on Zoom, sessions are broken into two age groups – Jr. Investigators (ages 6-8), Explorers (ages 9-12) and CIT (13-14) – and facilitated by trained Education Outreach staff. Experiences include:

  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Guided hands-on activities
  • Virtual field trips
  • Chats with experts
  • Games and more

Once registered, parents will receive Zoom links, schedules and a camp packet which includes resources and activity sheets.

Schedule
Starting Sept. 4, sessions will be held each Wednesday until Nov. 20. Camp days/times:

Wednesdays – Adventurers (all ages) – 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Themes
Each thematically driven month connects campers with real research and each other to stay engaged while learning and having fun.

  • September: Identification
    • Identify the many ways observation skills build new knowledge.
      • Sept. 4 – Sea Turtle Mysteries: Get a peek at Miami-Dade sea turtle conservation program.
      • Sept. 11 – FL Keys and Me: Visit habitats in the Florida Keys and learn to find the many unique species there.
      • Sept. 18 – Finding Fins: Learn how shark scientists identify shark species to prevent trafficking.
      • Sept. 25 – Detective in Training: Explore forensic research through a hands-on crime scene activity.

  • October: Transformation
    • Transform your thoughts on science plus get some gory costume ideas.
      • Oct. 9 – Science of Scabs: The human body may seem gross but it’s super-engineered to keep us safe.
      • Oct. 16 – Bug Life: Investigate the bugs of South Florida and connect to creepy crawlers near you.
      • Oct. 23 – Energy Matters: All around and constantly changing, observe natural reactions.
      • Oct. 30 – Discover Your Universe: Tour the FIU Stocker AstroScience Center and meet those who explore galaxies.

  • November: Imagination
    • Imagine the narratives, ideas and journeys only you can make.
      • Nov. 6 – Journal Earth: Build the skills to communicate the stories needed to change the world.
      • Nov. 13 – Incubating Innovation: Get creative with a virtual field trip to an art studio.
      • Nov. 20 – On the Wild Side: Journey with National Geographic explorer, Mireya Mayor.

Register
Give kids a chance to connect with others their age while learning about the incredible world in which they live. Interested? Register today or get more information at www.case.fiu.edu/camp-inspire.