Summer Camps

Registration open for 2022 Summer Camp!

This year’s summer camp will be a little different. Please read Madame Atom’s letter below before you register! 

Dear Parents,

We are on the verge of a new generation of missions to the Moon. A great new space telescope is poised to provide us unprecedented views of distant vistas we have not even imagined. Medical necessity has pushed biological research and comprehension to exciting new levels.

The foundation for all of this is an essential understanding of chemistry and physics. Together with your kids over the summer, we will lay this critical foundation and apply it in the context of the most thrilling and inspirational scientific adventures of this generation. This is truly an amazing summer to be studying science, especially astronomy!

This summer, I have divided our class weeks into deep-dive subjects such as The Chemistry of Space, The Physics of Space, The Biology of Space, and The Technology of Space in addition to other directly space-related science fields such as Cosmology and Quantum Mechanics, Space Travel, and more. The summer will culminate with exploration of black holes and thinking like scientists as we understand the photographs taken by the James Webb Space Telescope!

To accommodate as many families as possible, I will offer options for:

  • Start date: Three options: Week of June 6, June 13, June 20
  • Number of meeting per week: One, two, or three meetings/week (Monday only, M/W, or M/W/F)
  • What level to join: NOT FAMILIAR with Chemistry and Physics or FAMILIAR with Chemistry and Physics
  • Attending special activities: Friday night guest lectures and Saturday night movies

I am so excited about the program this summer and want to make sure you have all the information you need. Please also be sure to look at the schedule for more details.

Start date

I will start camp on June 6 because some kids will be out of school by then. During the weeks of June 6 and June 13, I will focus on quantum mechanics and cosmology. However, because some kids won’t be out until later, these first two camp weeks will be BONUS weeks. Your child will NOT miss any physics and chemistry material if they cannot begin until the week of June 20. However, during the bonus weeks, we will have lots of fun looking at our universe at the very tiniest and the very grandest scales!

Number of meeting per week

Some families are interested in a once-a-week option, as I typically offer during the academic year. Other families would like to attend twice or three times a week. If your child chooses to attend more than one meeting per week, each additional weekly meeting will take the children deeper and deeper into that week’s topic.


Level to join

Some classes are specifically designed for CONTINUING/RETURNING A.T.O.M. Science Club members and others are created for those who are NEW to A.T.O.M. Science Club, with or without much previous exposure to chemistry and physics.

Camp attendees who HAVE ATTENDED A.T.O.M. Science Club: please sign up for “Familiar with Chemistry and Physics” at the appropriate grade level: 3-4:30pm (for kids up to 3rd grade) and 5-6:30pm (for 4th grade and up).

Camp attendees who are NEW to A.T.O.M. Science Club AND ARE NOT FAMILIAR with chemistry and physics: please sign up for the “Not Familiar with Chemistry and Physics” group from 1-2:30pm.

Camp attendees who are NEW to A.T.O.M. Science Club AND ARE FAMILIAR with chemistry and physics: please sign up for “Familiar with Chemistry and Physics” at the appropriate grade level: 3-4:30pm (for kids up to 3rd grade) and 5-6:30pm (for 4th grade and up)

Please feel free to contact me if you are new to A.T.O.M. Science Club or have any questions about this.

What will we study?

Beginning the week of June 20, I am excited to teach the kids four weeks of chemistry and physics so they can use this knowledge to explore the topics they will focus on during final four weeks. This is an excellent way for the kids to see how important chemistry and physics is to understanding other topics. After all, chemistry and physics are the foundation of science! (Please note that scheduled topics may change so we can study science as it happens–for example to observe the Artemis Moon Mission launch!)

Special activities!

I’m also excited to offer a couple of optional bonus activities–not just for the kids, but for the whole family and for friends. On Friday evenings, we will welcome special guest lecturers related to the weekly topics. Some of the many guests I have lined up include: Brian Day, a space scientist at NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, who is working on the current mission to the Moon; Charlie Houseman (a former Science Club member!) who now works for NASA’s GeneLab at Ames Research Center with next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies; and Teddie Hawkins, who works at Mammoth Biosciences in Assay Innovation in the field of molecular biology.

And Saturday evenings, including your family and friends, get out your popcorn maker and pull up a comfy chair for Movie Night!

Please see the Summer Camp Session Schedule

Once you have decided, you can sign up and pay for the session you choose on the Corsizio course platform (see the links below). If you have other special requests or this schedule doesn’t work for you, please contact me.

Thank you so very much for being a part of A.T.O.M. Science Club and I can’t wait for our exciting summer of science exploration!

Best regards,
Leslie Herleikson
aka Madame Atom
Founder, Director, and Educator of Adventures Through Open Minds Science Club

LINKS TO SIGN UP FOR EASY REFERENCE!

Monday Summer Camp for Students NOT FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (all ages) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday Summer Camp for Students NOT FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (all ages) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Summer Camp for Students NOT FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (all ages) – REGISTER HERE

Monday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 3 and below) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 3 and below) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 3 and below) – REGISTER HERE

Monday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 4 and up) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 4 and up) – REGISTER HERE

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Summer Camp for Students FAMILIAR With Chemistry and Physics (grades 4 and up) – REGISTER HERE