Please check the "Camp Dates" page for a snapshot of camps, dates, and prices.
Titles with * indicate FIELD TRIP off campus. Field trips are as permitted by weather conditions.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Experience being inside a bubble! Begin to explore the exciting worlds of Science and
Math through sound, light and color! M&M Math, bubbles, pitch, mirrors and color
top the list of activities. Make tessellation t-shirts! Solve puzzles and play with time.
Play Egyptian Baseball! Make oobleck and get MESSY!
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8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. If you like to dig for rocks and fossils, this is for you! You will visit Schramm Park
for a fossil dig. Discover what geologists do and make a stratigraphic model.
Learn how to identify minerals, create an artesian well, and study river systems
using the university's stream table. Earth Science will really rock you!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Learn all about spinning, pulling and pushing! Investigate a park and your toy
box. Science is everywhere! You lift you with a giant pulley! What do butter and
simple machines have in common? A mighty tasty exploration!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Powering the Future teaches energy, conservation, and s'more's! Harness wind,
water,and solar power using windmills, solar panels, and turbines. Find out about
giant wind turbines and geothermal energy. Visit an Omaha Public Power District
facility! (Conditions permitting)
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Forces of Nature can make kids mini meteorologists! Study meteorology and
explore hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, rain, snow, and on and on! Meet weather
forecasters. Visit the National Weather Service office in Valley. This camp is for
you whatever the weather!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Jump into the Wild Side of Biology! Study plants, animals and their relationship with
the environment. Learn about the predator/ prey cycle, and why it is important to
us. Race beetles! Study tiny water creatures at a local lake. Visit Glacier Creek and
net some insects! Build a critter condo for a tiny critter. Study living organisms in
The Wild Side Biology Camp!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. In Zoology, we study extreme animals! What makes animals different and unique?
Learn about adaptations, visit the zoo to observe animal adaptations at work,
create an ocean habitat t-shirt. Have fun with others who love animals!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Scientists become great artists in Art in Science! Discover the science of shapes and
structure in nature. Observe tessellations, experiment with mobiles, and discover the
connection between art and science! Work with an area artist in a mini-workshop.
Create and mount your own creations.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Learn the stories behind constellations, and create your own constellation! Experience
a starry show and learn about planets, stars and moons in the Mallory Kountze
Planetarium. Build and launch a rocket! Study solar activity with large telescopes on
UNO's rooftop observatory. Compete in the Great Balloon Race and much more!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. How does electricity work in our house? Investigate the concepts of energy and
electricity using snap circuits, experiments, and activities. An Omaha Public Power
District expert will visit to discuss electricity basics. At the end of the week, put
your knowledge to the test and create an electric city!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Learn or extend your skills in Chess, Checkers, Stratego, and other games as you
strengthen your problem solving skills. Play games all day and learn strategies to
outwit worthy opponents. Learn how to THINK TO WIN!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (Must have taken NXT Engineering I) Apply NXT I design concepts and programming skills to accomplish multiple
challenging missions. Using your robot, you will learn how to program things suchas
"the wave," follow the leader, and other multiple and individual robotic challenges.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Programming, building, sensor work - it's all in NXT I! This camp is a dynamic
excursion into LEGO™ robotics. Campers use real-life applications and an intelligent
brick to engineer robots that move at various speeds, read ambient light, perform
tones, and more!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Become a confident mathematician by creating your own candy! Campers will use
Microsoft Excel to explore how to operate and manage a candy factory. Campers
are encouraged to work in pairs or groups to facilitate collaborative exploration and
creativity. Campers will create exciting spreadsheets with data they collect. Learn
about algorithms, have fun with some coding and probability. Pizza topping math -
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Explore the science of sound, acoustics, and instrument construction. Campers will
learn about music classifications: aerophone, membranophone, idiophone, and
chordophone. They will create unique instruments inspired by world music and enjoy
playing with a world-class local percussionist! This is new and improved music camp!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Explore a sophisticated interlocking brick system with essential engineering and
construction techniques from the Lego Master Builder Academy. Apply those
concepts while learning some basic NXT programming tasks. Collaborate with
partners to create stories about your creations!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Choose countries to explore; learn their landscapes, cultures, and foods! Take a
"trip" to discover the wilds of the Black Forest, the Great Barrier Reef, or maybe
the Great Wall of China. From the Sahara Desert and the Amazon rainforest to
the islands of the Galapagos and the mysterious Borneo - apply for a passport
and travel the world without leaving Omaha!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Investigate what is inside crayfish, rats and flowers through dissection! Collect and
examine specimens from Walnut Creek. Explore cells by creating a cell using Jell-o!
Explore aquatic life and learn about grasslands. Argue fruits vs vegetables. Enter
the fascinating world of cells, genetics, and DNA! It's a biological adventure!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Volcanoes, plate tectonics, extruding magma and mountain building
come alive in this camp! Use stereoscopes and view topographic
maps. Explore the geology of Nebraska. Study on-site at Schramm
Park and the Platte River.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. A totally new and unique camp, GIS, Geographic Information Systems, uses
geographic technology such as remote sensing data from satellites, GPS, computer
technology, and geographic data to produce extremely precise maps in entertaining
and enlightening ways. GEOcaching and map-making will highlight this camp!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M Explore how ecosystems work. Create your own models of plants, build sculptures
from recycled trash, test water quality, study snails, and use nature to create
artwork! Field trips to the Council Bluffs Recycling Plant, Heron Haven Wetland, and
the Douglas County landfill are planned.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. How do an animal's adaptations determine where they live? Visit Omaha's Henry
Doorly Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park to study how habitats are created to support
healthy animals. Participate in activities and learn the science of the zoo.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (Must have taken Get Your Game On) Learn advanced strategies in Chess, Risk, and Settlers of Catan along with the
strategies of backgammon, cribbage, hearts, and more. Continue to strengthen your
thinking skills through game playing.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Helium, hydrogen, oxygen... Things blow up! Things freeze! Watch chemical
changes and make a polymer. Screaming gummy bears and ice cream in an
instant are mysteries to be solved with chemistry
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Join the quest for extraterrestrial life and learn about the effects of outer space on
living organisms. Look for life under a microscope. Study UFOs! Discuss what life is.
Search for life in space!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Explore electromagnetic energy in the Kountze Planetarium! Learn how gravity binds
solar systems together or tears them apart. Spend an evening viewing the planets
and deep- sky objects through full-size telescopes! Build and launch your own rocket.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (Must have taken EV3 I and EV3 II) King of the Hill, race track time trials and Phil's Robo Challenge are among the
unique challenges and competitions campers will encounter in this brand new camp
created by former Aim for the Stars campers! Campers will use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
to control LEGO Robots. Campers will use other functions and switches not used in
previous camps as well as discuss radio waves and infrared communication.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Investigate the earth and our interactions with it. Use maps and computers to
learn about unique landscapes. Explore geography with activities such as an
afternoon of GEOcaching, making sand candles and mosaic maps, and creating
your own island with contour lines. A Geography Bee rounds out the week!
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. This camp uses LEGO™ Mindstorms Education EV3 to build, program, and test
solutions using the EV3 Intelligent brick. Brainstorming creative solutions to
engineering situations using rotation, light, ultrasonic and touch sensors, students
practice collaboration and problem solving skills.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (Must have taken NXT or EV3 Engineering I) This camp is not for novice robotics campers! Campers will collaborate with a
partner to expand upon experiences in NXT and EV3 camps to solve problems
encountered in LEGO™ competitions while enjoying new challenges in robotics..
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Forensic Science is all about criminal investigation! Use your observational
skills and logical thinking to study codes and code-breaking, osteology, and
entomology. Learn all about hair samples, blood spatters, and fingerprints. Use
Faces™ software to create composite facial sketches.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Come and learn mysterious Mathematical Magic. Learn how YOU can apply the
wonders of mathematics and magic to dazzle your friends, your parents and even
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. Campers will learn the real science behind some science fiction films. Learn about
fiction based on futuristic science! Write, and create a sci-fi comic book of your
own using different media. Perhaps you will make contact with another world!
8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (Half Day) Look for asteroids, search for supernova, dissect starlight, and design experiments.
Take rocket building to a new level. Spend an evening exploring the Omaha night
sky! (weather permitting)
8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (Half Day) What makes every person unique? Explore new procedures in biochemistry such as
bioinformatics and computer based genetics. We will discuss the history of genes
and complete thought provoking activities about what exactly goes into making an
organism what it is.
8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. (All Day) If you are serious about robotics, you'll enjoy constructing with heavy duty,
aircraft-grade aluminum elements, integrating LEGO™ NXT pieces, and increasing
your knowledge of software skills using the graphical programming environment,
8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (Half Day) Campers will explore various topics in Physics, such as describing the motion of
objects, Newton's Laws of motion, forces, impulse and momentum, conservation of
energy, waves and sound, electricity, and magnetism. The campers will explore these
topics by participating in various hands-on activities and projects.
Please check the "Camp Dates" page for a snapshot of camps, dates, and prices.
Mallory Kountze Planetarium
College of Arts and Sciences
Maverick Young Entrepreneur Bootcamp
Nebraska ARTS Council