Metro Parent & Michigan Science Center's
​Virtual ​Summer ​Camp for Kids

Welcome to the 2018 Virtual Camp by Metro Parent and Michigan Science Center!

Science and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. There's so much to explore, and vacation gives kids the perfect excuse (and plenty of time) to experiment with the everyday science that's all around them.

That's why Metro Parent has once again teamed up with the STEM geniuses over at Michigan Science Center in Detroit​ – along with Izzy, our bright little hot-pink haired puppet pal – to bring big kids and tweens ages 7-13 six awesome science experiments to try out at home, all summer long. And all FREE.

  1. ​Play. During the summer of 2018 – every Friday from July 13 to Aug. 17 – we're dropping fun videos that demonstrate an experiment you and your kiddos can do at home with basic supplies. That's a total of six activities to try for guaranteed family bonding and entertainment that doubles as education!
  2. ​Expand. Each lesson page (see below) also gives you a FREE downloadable PDF guide that breaks down the experiment and lets you see the science behind it. It's also filled with extra resources that bring that concept to life, including trivia, websites, books, toys, games and awesome Michigan Science Center exhibits.
  3. Quiz. Each lesson ends with five fun questions focused on what kids discovered. Just for doing one quiz, each child gets one free general-admission pass to the Michigan Science Center (good for Aug. 19-Dec. 31, 2018). And one lucky kid will win $1,000 for college!
  4. Bonus. Having a blast with Virtual Camp? Post a pic of your kiddo enjoying it on Instagram using the hashtag #MPcamp. Six lucky kids will score a $25 Amazon gift card – and get featured in our Friday emails!

Want to keep up with every single lesson – and join in the fun on social media, too? Click here to register for Metro Parent's Virtual Camp. 

​Lesson 1: It's Slime Time! 

Launches: Friday, July 13, 2018

It's gross, gooey – and gobs of science fun. Learn how you can make your own colorful (even glittery) slime, and discover some serious chemistry in the process.

Lesson 2: A Force-ful Invention

Launches: Friday, July 20, 2018

Who doesn't love Star Wars? Young Padawans can harness some of the power of electricity to create their very own Jedi and Sith-style lightsaber cards.

Lesson 3: Robot Connections

Launches: Friday, July 27, 2018

Simple machines are everywhere. 'Link' a few levers together to create your very own robotic contraption – and learn about the six simplest machines of all.

Lesson 4: 3-D Constellations

Launches: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

Cast your eyes to the sky this summer and get star-struck with this experiment that reveals the astronomical secrets of how constellations appear from our viewpoint.

Lesson 5: Fresh Saltwater

Launches: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Water is crucial to our survival. Yet the majority of it that covers the Earth is saltwater, so we can't drink it! But desalination makes the impossible happen.

Lesson 6: Mighty (Simple) Motor

Launches: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Vroom! Motors keep many things going in our lives (air conditioning, anyone?). Build a small version of your own to bring some very cool lessons to life.

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