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Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.

Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.

Especially when it comes to a few great science summer camps offered in Edmonton.

Take the Telus World of Science Edmonton camps for instance.

Frank Florian, Director of Public Programs at Telus World of Science Edmonton said with a variety of different camps and age groups for six to 14-year olds, there is something for everyone.

And all though the children will walk away with some new knowledge of science, this is anything but a classroom.

“It’s a whole lot different then school in the sense that our camps are activity related,” Florian said. “We do a lot of different types of activities and it’s not just someone lecturing them and then trying to remember information.”

Florian explained one of the best parts about the camps is, for the most part, all the budding summer students get to take home whatever they make.

The Telus World of Science Edmonton has been doing science summer camps since they opened in 1984.

Along with a wide variety of camps, field trips to special sites are also incorporated into many of the weeks, as well as use of the state-of-the art facilities at the Telus World of Science Edmonton.

Prices for the camps range from $180 to $350, with the option to include lunches for the week.

Another camp working hard to break children’s fear of learning during the months of July and August is the DiscoverE science camps at the University of Alberta.

Put on by the Faculty of Engineering, as well as students from Sciences and Education, the DiscoverE camps have been opening up the world of science to young kids since 1993.

“Kids will have a great time at these summer camps because we try so hard to put fun first,” said Jonathan Hudson, Associate Director of Operations and Finance. “It’s in our mission to get kids excited about engineering, science and technology.

Also offering a huge range of different types of science camps, DiscoverE partners with different faculties, such as Physical Education or the Department of Music, where the campers will learn more than just science.

Five-day camps are only $200, and weeks shortened by a long weekend are $170. Special bursaries are also available for families who are unable to afford the camp prices.

 
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