STEM, Math, Science, Ocean Adventures

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Mathtastic – Mathematical Puzzles and More!

Young mathematicians use their skills to solve challenging puzzles and learn about topics like fractals, the Tower of Hanoi and math computer games! Developed by college faculty members to spark fun and enthusiasm and demonstrate to young students how much fun math can be. After all, scientists believe math explains everything!

XCHLC 229, $319

7/29 – 8/2, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 3-5


 A Crazy Combination - Art Meet Science    

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true arts and science. ~ Albert Einstein

Join us for a fun-filled week of hands-on, minds-on activities that combine science with music and art. Begin each day singing and playing musical instruments, while learning the science concepts of sound, matter, life, water cycle and more. Then, explore and apply your knowledge through hands-on science experiments, as well as creative art projects.

XCHLC 225, $319

7/22 – 7/26, 9am-2 pm, Grades 2-3


Sizzling Science Sampler

Become an earth scientist, a life scientist and a physical scientist as you explore the mysteries and wonders of science through active participation in exciting, fun-filled, hands-on lab activities.

XCHLC 277, $319

8/12- 8/16, 9am-2 pm, Grades 3-5


21st Century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - Part 1

Science is about discovery; engineering is about creating solutions. Become an architect, engineer, technician and construction worker using technology skills to solve problems. Age-appropriate designs may include: Egg Drop Survival, Soda Can Racers, boat, bridge, catapult and flying gizmo designs. Interactive, hands-on computer lab challenges help to round out this powerful experience.

XCHLC 071, $319

Section 1: 7/8 - 7/12, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 2-3

Section 2: 7/15 - 7/19, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 4-6


Continue 21st Century STEM - Part 2

See 21st Century STEM; new activities, new learning adventures. Camp may be taken independent of  Part 1.

XCHLC 226, $319

Section 1: 7/22 – 7/26, 9am-2 pm, Grades 4-6

Section 2: 7/29 – 8/2, 9am-2 pm, Grades 2-3


CODE! A Smart Start To Computer Science Basics

A creative environment for learning basic coding and computer science uses a mix of online activities and “unplugged” hands-on activities. This camp nurtures creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and logic through tutorials like Star Wars, Minecraft, and more. Every camper will have access to all the online computer activities outside the classroom during and after the completion of camp.

XCHLC 268, $319

Section 1: 7/29 – 8/2, 9am-2pm, Grades 4-6

Section 2: 8/5 – 8/9, 9am-2pm, Grades 2-3


Engineering Explorations

As an engineer you will learn physical science concepts and use them as you design, construct, test and analyze results. Then, you will reconstruct, retest and reanalyze results to determine whether design modifications were effective. Design and construction competitions may include bridges, roller coasters and amusement park rides, electric circuits, rockets and space vehicles, energy efficient buildings and interactive computer challenges.

XCHLC 089, $319

Section 1: 7/8 - 7/12, 9am-2 pm, Grades 4-6

Section 2: 7/15 – 7/19, 9am- 2 pm, Grades 2-3


Science Super Sleuths

Become a science detective as you explore the many facets of the science world. This week is packed with fun-filled, hands-on, minds-on science activities, as you learn about being a CSI, paleontologist, oceanographer, astronaut, chemist or biologist. Investigate a murder mystery, the properties of slime, Mysterious Yuk, mystery powders, pollution and more.

XCHLC 201

Section 1: 6/24 – 6/28, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 2-3, $319

Section 2: 7/1 - 7/3, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 4-6, $199 (3 day camp)


Secret Agent Lab- A Mad Science Camp

Look out 007!  From decoding messages to experimenting with metal detectors and night vision, campers have the opportunity to check out spy equipment and step into the shoes of a detective!  We’ll uncover the science involved in gathering and analyzing evidence and the technology behind locks, surveillance systems and alarms.  To test the limits of magnified observation, junior science sleuths will build their own binoculars and develop ways to work together to refine their observation skills.  Campers will use what they have learned as they find, collect, and analyze evidence and connect the dots to solve a simulated crime scene

XCHLC 316, $319

Section 1: 8/5 – 8/9, 9am – 2pm, Grades 3-4

Section 2: 8/12 – 8/16, 9am – 2pm, Grades 5-6


NASA & Mad Science: Future Space Explorers

Mad Science has teamed up with NASA in a quest for exploration! We’ll take a voyage of discovery into the atmosphere and beyond as we explore planets, moons, and other space phenomena in our solar system. Campers will investigate the mechanics of unique flying machines, such as balloon-copters, boomerangs, and mini hovercrafts.  We’ll learn how early “pilots” navigated throughout space as we create our own sextant and sundial. Explore the challenges of living in space as we assemble a satellite while training to be an astronaut. We will build our own Mad Science rocket, and participate in a real “NASA” style rocket launch.  Mad Science is the only organization licensed by NASA to use these activities for Summer Camps. 

XCHLC 317, $319

7/22 – 7/26, 9am – 2pm, Grades 4-6  


Journey To Veterinary Careers

Love animals? Discover the many career opportunities our furry friends provide. Planned guest presenters include veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants, veterinary practice managers, veterinary educators, canine police officers, a zookeeper, animal control officer, lab animal researcher, and staff from The Seeing Eye!  Learn what these animal professionals do and the educational requirements needed for each exciting career!  Program includes two days of field trips: Purr n’ Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls, a tour of the Monmouth County SPCA, and a full day at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls for an up-close look at veterinary medicine in action. Camp concludes with a hands-on pet first aid workshop on a canine mannequin!

XCHLC 126, $329 (bus included)

8/5 - 8/9, 9 am-2 pm, Grades 6-9


Bioethics in the 21st Century

Examine some of the 21st century issues in bioethics.  Topics to include stem cell technology, gene editing with CRISPR, introducing genetically modified organisms into the environment, xenotransplantation, cloning technologies, the use of DNA vaccines, ownership and access to a person’s genetic information, and more! Students will learn about the science behind these issues and how to engage in an organized and thoughtful debate from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Camp activities will include use of case-studies, videos, articles, discussion and debate.

XCHLC 284, $319

8/12 – 8/16, 9am – 2pm, Grade 8-10


Ocean Adventures

From collecting sea creatures in Sandy Hook Bay, hunting for fossils from the ocean’s past, to exploring our changing coastal environments, lighthouses, historic Fort Hancock and more, join us for 5 days of discovery at our Jersey seashore. Our daily Ocean Adventure field trips and activities are so much fun it will be hard to believe that you’re learning. Science, history, weather and the ocean will never look the same after you’ve gained a mariner’s point of view.

XCHLC 025, $329 (bus included)

7/15 – 7/19, 9am-2 pm, Grades 4-7


Wilderness Survival Camp                            

Learn to become comfortable in the outdoors by developing basic short term wilderness survival skills. We’ll master practical skills like map, trail and compass reading, making your own water filter and shelter, and assessing weather conditions. Begin the week with on-campus exploration, the remaining four days will be spent on Sandy Hook and will include animal tracking, wildlife observation and survival tool use and techniques. Fun with a purpose!                                      

XCHLC 300, $329 (bus included)                                                   

7/29 – 8/2, 9am – 2pm, Grades 6-8


History In Your Own Backyard

Did you know Monmouth County is loaded with military historic sites? From the American Revolution to the Cold War, our area is filled with forts, gun batteries, barracks, and even a major battlefield. We will explore nearly 200 years of history with trips throughout Manalapan, Freehold, Highlands, Middletown, Holmdel, and more. Uncover a land of battles, espionage, missiles, and defense right in your own backyard. Day one includes classroom instruction regarding location histories. Then, move on to visit various military locations for hiking, cartography, and wrap-up with a tactical fort building activity on the beaches of Sandy Hook. Comfortable, durable shoes should be worn on all days.

XCHLC 319, $329 (bus included)

8/12 – 8/16, 9am – 2pm, Grades 6-8


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