Chemistry Camp

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Explore chemistry camps this summer at Calvin!

Calvin Chem Camp features demonstrations and hands-on experiments designed to teach introductory chemical concepts using fun and entertaining methods. Chem Camps tackle sophisticated topics—things like acids and bases, fat analysis of foods and reactivity of metals—in a fun and intellectually challenging way.

The morning and afternoon camp sessions have different activities and are designed for students who are entering grades 6, 7 or 8 in the fall. Participants can expect lots of excitement!

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Experiments & topics

  • Physical properties of matter: states of matter, density, fun with gases, CO2 cannons
  • Polymers: experiments with slime, superballs and silly putty
  • Mixtures: properties of solutions, foam and gels
  • Chemical reactions: acid/base reactions, reduction/oxidation reactions
  • Separations: chromatography and extraction

Director

Larry Louters - Calvin College Professor of Chemistry

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry


Policies

Registration and confirmation

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with notifications of acceptance sent by email. Applications received after June 1 will be honored only if space is available.

Cancellation policy

Prior to June 1, 90% of the camp fee will be refunded upon receipt of a written request for cancellation. After June 1, refund requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The college may cancel or postpone any session because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a session is cancelled or postponed, the college will refund 100 percent of registration fees.

Fees

All instruction, supervision, materials, supplies and a t-shirt are covered by the fee. Snacks and lunches are not provided.

Financial aid

Information and applications for partial financial aid are available upon request. Those who qualify for federal free or reduced lunch programs are given first priority, but other requests are considered based on availability of funds.

Liability

Activities and demonstrations in these programs are designed to be safe and students are taught standard laboratory safety techniques. However, the college does not provide insurance for its camps and its liability must be based on fault. Heath and insurance information will be required from all participants.