Virtual Summer Camps in 2020

Welcome to the Innovation Hub’s
Virtual Summer Camps!

This year, we are turning the whole month of July* into summer camp. Every weekday, campers aged 8–15 will engage in interactive, virtual STEAM activities and projects. (Youths of all ages and parents are welcome to attend, too!)

Your campers will learn to make their own playdough, sculpt with clay, create digital 2D and 3D designs, construct objects with found materials, explore their own backyard environments—and much, much more!

Our Hub educators and partner organizations, like UCA’s Conductor, will provide virtual instruction and project activities that will keep young campers occupied even after the virtual session is over.

Camps are scheduled every weekday in July* with online sessions lasting from 10–11 am. On Partner Days, it’s double the fun with an additional session from 11:30 am–12:30 pm. (See the calendar below for more info.)

Once you register, you’ll receive a supply list so your camper can fully participate in each highly interactive, hands-on virtual session. (Many supplies may even be available around your house!)
*Except July 3rd.

    Register below for the month to access all camps—or select individual weekly or daily camps. 

    July 1-2

    Wednesday, July 1

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Plastic Weaving with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Learn to sculpt with salt dough! What’s that? Similar to playdough or clay, salt dough is easily made in your own kitchen and can be used to make jewelry, pinch pots, sculptures, and more!

    Thursday, July 2

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Learn the art of creating 2D designs using a free vector program called Inkscape. Vector design uses objects and lines to make designs that work on the web or with fab lab machines like laser cutters!

    Week 1 (July 6-10)

    Monday, July 6

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Cardboard Construction with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Make your own self-sustaining world with items from around your house and critters from your own backyard.

    Tuesday, July 7

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Go behind the scenes to learn how to put graphics onto a t-shirt. Ever thought of making your own cool t-shirt?
    We’ll show you how!

    Wednesday, July 8

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Self-Propelled Boat with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Learn to dye cotton using natural dyes from plants, spices, and more while learning tie-dye techniques to make groovy patterns!

    Thursday, July 9

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Become a watercolor genius! Make your own paints using natural materials, then learn the basic techniques to make your own watercolor masterpiece.

    Friday, July 10

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Learn the basics of 3D design using Sculptris—free software that allows you to digitally sculpt organic shapes. In this camp, we’ll focus on designing faces.

    Week 2 (July 13-17)

    Monday, July 13

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Create Chihuly Art with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Learn to dissect old or broken mechanical toys and scavenge the parts to build your own mad science creations!

    Tuesday, July 14

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Start stitching by learning basic sewing techniques. Whether you want to design clothes, make plushies, or save your favorite, torn pair of jeans, sewing is a skill that you need in your tool box.

    Wednesday, July 15

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Plastic Fusing with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Take a peek into the inside workings of a potter’s studio. Learn how pots and forms are made, interact with the potter, and request demonstrations or ask questions about the process of turning “mud” into everyday objects and works of art.

    Thursday, July 16

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Create little monsters using objects you find around the house and in your own backyard.

    Friday, July 17

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Learn about different animals and their adaptions for inspiration to dream up your own brand new animal. Then create a scene for your critter using simple materials you have at home.

    Week 3 (July 20-24)

    Monday, July 20

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Crane Challenge with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Learn to use TinkerCAD—a free, online, 3D design program that will allow you to make digital objects for animations, video games, or 3D printing.

    Tuesday, July 21

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Campers will learn how to make their own DIY Masks and stylize them using no-sew techniques.

    Wednesday, July 22

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Scribble Bot with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Sculpture starts in the mind. Learn to use basic materials like aluminum foil or wire to practice your dexterity and create elegant 3D structures.

    Thursday, July 23

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Create comic book style art using collage from paper, magazines, and old comics!

    Friday, July 24

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Learn to embellish clothing with thread to make simple flowers and leaves using a few basic embroidery stitches.

    Week 4 (July 27-31)

    Monday, July 27

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Cantilever Challenge with The Conductor.

    11:30 AM–12:30 PM
    Learn how to find, research and identify all of the amazing critters found in your backyard.

    Tuesday, July 28

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Showcase your glam life as you learn about setting up a photo shoot, lighting, angles, and more.

    Wednesday, July 29

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Jazz up your plain white paper with some cool marbling techniques. This is a great way to start your next art piece, create stationary and notecards, or journal pages.

    Thursday, July 30

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Create patterns using fruit and other objects as your printing block. Learn to carve, ink, and print!

    Friday, July 31

    10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Learn the basics of construction by making a small house using popsicle sticks or found objects.