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Science Museum of Western Virginia Summer Camps

1 Market Square SE4th FloorRoanoke, VA 24011Phone: 540-342-5710Email: dmurray@smwv.orgWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

The Science Museum of Western Virginia offers fully hands-on camps in a variety of STEAM subjects. Located in Downtown Roanoke, our facility is surrounded by innovation and inspiration to help our campers gain a unique understanding of their opportunities for a promising STEAM career.

Science-based Summer Camps are essential in maintaining STEAM skills that are developed throughout the school term and often deplete over summer break. Attending fun and engaging Summer Camps results in marked improvements across all STEAM subjects when they return to school! Additionally, Summer Campers gain key skills, such as team work and confidence, that are retained for their future careers.

All Summer Camp Programs have a Rising K – 2nd Grade class, and a 3rd-5th Grade class. Camps run from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, with the option of adding Before and After Care, running 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm, respectively.

Camp Options

Harry Potter Camp with Mill Mountain Theatre

June 14th-18th

Collaborative Summer Camp with Mill Mountain Theatre that explores the intersection between science and theatre!


Make It or Break It

June 21st-25th

Every day, campers will solve new challenges through a series of engineering-oriented activities. They will discover the ins and outs of how things work, while building on their problem solving skills!


Cosmic Camp

June 28th – July 2nd

Go beyond the limits of Earth and explore the other planets in our solar system by gathering data, overcoming obstacles, and designing spacecrafts to unlock the mysteries of our universe.


Forensic Science/Little Sherlock

July 12th-16th

As a STEM detective, campers will search for clues, solve puzzles, and crack secret codes to help us find the culprit.


Go With the Flow

July 19th-23rd

Discover the amazing properties of water and our role in conserving the planet’s most valuable resource indoors and outdoors.


Animal Ambassadors

July 26th-30th

Come be an ambassador for our Living Collections animals! Learn about their habitats, and how they fit into their ecosystems. Campers will get an up close and personal look at the museum’s cutest residents.


By Land, Air, or Sea?

Aug 2nd-6th

This camp is perfect for campers who want to investigate what makes things ‘GO!”. Campers will investigate how to propel things forward using mechanics and chemistry.


Bacteria Bunch

Aug 9th-13th

Campers will get an up close and personal look at bacteria, including growing their own samples. They will also learn how bacteria affects our world, including some fun culinary experiments with bacteria as the star of the show.


Code Breakers

Aug 16th-20th

Take your child’s love of technology and ‘code’ it into real world skills. Campers will experiment with and learn all about the world of computer coding!

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COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols

During these unprecedented times, cultural facilities are adapting quickly and cautiously to the effects of COVID-19. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is complying with all federal, state, and local regulations and recommendations to facilitate Summer Camp programs with camper safety as a priority.

As such, our Summer Camp Programs have been adapted in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Each Summer Camp will be limited to twenty campers and a small number of staff and/or volunteers.
  • Staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks while working with campers and, unless required for a camper’s safety, behavioral concerns, or educational needs, museum team members will also maintain a 6-foot distance from campers and each other. 
  • Increased  hand washing and sanitization stations will be present throughout the museum, and a dedicated team will be responsible for implementing an effective cleaning regime.


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