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Virtual Summer Camps - Registration opens June 29th

Adventure Through the Solar System July 13th - 17th

Adventure Through The Solar System

Recommended for ages 6-8

Cost:

  • 1 Camper: $100
  • For an additional box of materials for a 2nd camper in the same household: $50

Dates:

  • Camp dates: July 13th - 17th
  • Registration open: June 29th - July 10th
  • Camp Box pick up: July 9th - 11th

Camp Description:

Virtual campers will go on a cosmic journey with planetarium staff as they explore the skies, learn about rockets, and then journey to each of the planets in the solar system. This camp combines time online with planetarium staff and fun activities to do at home including making a rocket, a constellation projection, and a poster of the solar system! 

The schedule for each day is:
  • 10a - 11a: Zoom session with planetarium staff
  • 11a - 2p: Break and time to work on their activity. Staff will be available on Zoom for questions, help, and one-on-one time.
  • 2p - 3p: Zoom session with planetarium staff and wrap up for the day
Topics covered each day:
  • Monday: The Day and Night Sky
  • Tuesday: Rockets
  • Wednesday: The Moon
  • Thursday: The Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
  • Friday: The Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Camp Box Pickup

Each camper will receive a box with all the materials needed for the camp including basic supplies like scissors, tape, and glue, as well as special supplies for each activity. 

Parents/guardians will need to pick up the camp box from the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. There will be pick up times on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. More information including pickup procedures and specific times will be emailed to you after registration. 

If you would like to participate in the camp, but cannot pick up the box of supplies, email the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options.

Camp Goals & Participation Requirements 

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium camps aim to:
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all campers
  • Offer the opportunity for each camper to feel successful
  • Offer the opportunity to experience social development, authentic learning and leadership skills
Camp Requirements:
  • For camp boxes: Parents/guardians will need to pick up the camp box from the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. There will be pick up times on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. More information including pickup procedures and specific times will be emailed to you after registration. If you would like to participate in the camp, but cannot pick up the box of supplies, email the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options.
  • For hands-on camp activities: Must have a dedicated project space
  • Requirements for live Zoom sessions: Must have access to an electronic device (phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer) with access to the internet, speakers or headphones, a microphone and a front-facing camera to participate in Zoom meetings with other campers and camp staff. Please check that your device meets the system requirements for Zoom.
  • Supervision Requirements: Supervising adults at home must be able to assist campers with website navigation, daily project supervision and connecting to daily Zoom calls as needed. Camp projects and activities are designed to be self-directed and engaging for campers, but they are not intended to replace childcare. Parents and guardians must be present in the home to provide for childcare needs. 
  • If you believe you may have difficulty or require assistance with any of these requirements, contact the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options and accommodations for your camper.

 To Register For Adventure Through the Solar System: Click Here

  

   

Exploring Alien Worlds July 20th - 24th

Exploring Alien Worlds Virtual Camp

Recommended for ages 9-12

Cost:

  • 1 Camper: $100
  • For an additional box of materials for a 2nd camper in the same household: $50

Dates:

  • Camp dates: July 20th - 24th
  • Registration open: June 29th - July 10th
  • Camp Box pick up: July 9th - 11th

Camp Description:

Virtual campers will explore the universe with planetarium staff as they learn how astronomers find planets around other stars, discuss what it takes to survive on different worlds, and challenge campers to build their own base on an alien planet. This camp combines time online with planetarium staff and fun activities to do at home including making a rocket, building a rubber band powered rover, and designing their own habitat to survive on an alien world.

The schedule for each day is:
  • 10a - 11a: Zoom session with planetarium staff
  • 11a - 2p: Break and time to work on their activity. Staff will be available on Zoom for questions, help, and one-on-one time.
  • 2p - 3p: Zoom session with planetarium staff and wrap up for the day
Topics covered each day:
  • Monday: Rockets
  • Tuesday: The Worlds in Our Solar System
  • Wednesday: Learning From Stars
  • Thursday: Searching for Planets
  • Friday: Build Your Habitat

Camp Box Pickup

Each camper will receive a box with all the materials needed for the camp including basic supplies like scissors, tape, and glue, as well as special supplies for each activity. 

Parents/guardians will need to pick up the camp box from the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. There will be pick up times on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. More information including pickup procedures and specific times will be emailed to you after registration. 

If you would like to participate in the camp, but cannot pick up the box of supplies, email the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options.

Camp Goals & Participation Requirements 

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium camps aim to:
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all campers
  • Offer the opportunity for each camper to feel successful
  • Offer the opportunity to experience social development, authentic learning and leadership skills
Camp Requirements:
  • For camp boxes: Parents/guardians will need to pick up the camp box from the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. There will be pick up times on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. More information including pickup procedures and specific times will be emailed to you after registration. If you would like to participate in the camp, but cannot pick up the box of supplies, email the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options.
  • For hands-on camp activities: Must have a dedicated project space
  • Requirements for live Zoom sessions: Must have access to an electronic device (phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer) with access to the internet, speakers or headphones, a microphone and a front-facing camera to participate in Zoom meetings with other campers and camp staff. Please check that your device meets the system requirements for Zoom.
  • Supervision Requirements: Supervising adults at home must be able to assist campers with website navigation, daily project supervision and connecting to daily Zoom calls as needed. Camp projects and activities are designed to be self-directed and engaging for campers, but they are not intended to replace childcare. Parents and guardians must be present in the home to provide for childcare needs. 
  • If you believe you may have difficulty or require assistance with any of these requirements, contact the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu to discuss options and accommodations for your camper.

 To Register For Exploring Alien Worlds: Click Here

  

  

Facebook Livestreams

We are now live streaming presentations every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. via our Facebook page You can also find past livestreams on our YouTube page.7p

Astronomy Day: Celebrating 30 Years of Hubble

Postponed, new date TBD

Enjoy a fun-filled day of planetarium shows and activities, chat with UMD scientists, and gaze at the heavens through telescopes with planetarium staff and local amateur astronomers.

Schedule of Events

1p-2p: AstroKids Hour featuring a story time in the planetarium led by local author Erika Adams reading her book New Moon's Family

1p-5p: Fun activities, and Chat with a Scientist

1p-7p: Planetarium Shows

7p-10p: Star party with telescope viewing, night sky workshops, and activities

More information coming soon!

Find the event on Facebook HERE.

Interested in volunteering for Astronomy Day or setting up a table for your organization? Email the planetarium at planet@d.umn.edu for more information.