We are a home for a new generation of innovators
Thinkery Camp programs provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for campers to expand their problem solving potential—and have a whole lot of fun! Children in Pre-K through 5th grade engage in playful learning experiences and develop critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment.
What we do: Spark curiosity and inspire creative learning
Thinkery Camps offer hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as a platform for innovation. Each weeklong program offers a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity. Campers answer their questions of “how” and “why” through interactive experiences designed to keep them exploring, creating and moving.
Campers are divided into the following age groups in order to provide the most developmentally appropriate environment for them to learn, grow and play. We have designed our Thinkery Camp themes to grow with our campers. In every single Thinkery Camp, activities and content are differentiated for each age group to maximize fun and engagement. As campers get older, they dive deeper into STEAM concepts and tackle more complex challenges and materials.
We want to make Thinkery Camps available and accessible for all of the growing children of Austin. We are excited to host Thinkery Camps at four locations this year. With four locations in the Austin area, no matter where you live, there’s a convenient camp nearby.
(Must be 4 years old by March 1, 2017)
Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm. Optional half-day program with pick-up at 1:00 pm for a discounted price.
Curious Pre-K–K campers receive structure and guidance as we nurture their innovative minds. Enticing projects and activities offer little learners problem solving practice and opportunities for group collaboration.
Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm
Campers entering 1st or 2nd grade begin to stretch their wings by testing out new abilities. Budding innovators look beyond what is seen and explore how things work. Inquiry-based learning and a focus on the design process drive campers’ discovery of STEAM concepts. These campers enjoy a full day program and experience science in action through hands-on field trips and guest speakers.
Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm
Campers entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade delve deeper into the Thinkery experience through more advanced tools and multi-day challenges. Campers team up to perfect every phase of the design process and tackle the world’s emerging problems. These campers have the opportunity to meet and learn from Austin-based innovators, and they discover how science answers questions through hands-on field trips and guest speakers.
Thinkery at the Meredith Learning Lab,
1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723
Camps offered for Pre-K–5th grade, just east of I-35 off of Airport Blvd. Campers at Thinkery’s home campus have the opportunity to learn through Thinkery exhibits every single day. STEAM-themed and Robotics camps are hosted at Thinkery’s home campus all summer long. 1st–5th graders in STEAM camps will enjoy a field trip during the week. Extended care is available at this site from 8 am–5:30 pm.
Thinkery hosted at The Magellan International School,
7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin, TX 78757
Camps offered for 1st–5th grade, just east of MoPac near W. Anderson Lane. Campers at The Magellan International School campus will enjoy the classroom setting and access to The Magellan playground. Campers experiencing Robotics and Programming camps at The Magellan campus will enjoy a field trip during the week to visit Thinkery. Thinkery does not offer extended care at this site.
Thinkery hosted at Valley View Elementary,
1201 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746
Camps offered for Pre-K–5th grade at a convenient southwest Austin location. Valley View Elementary is off of 360 between Bee Caves Rd. and MoPac. Campers at the Valley View Elementary campus will enjoy its classroom setting and access to the school’s playground. 1st–5th grade campers experiencing camp at Valley View will enjoy two field trips during the week, one to Thinkery and a second to explore a thematic STEAM site in Austin. Pre-K–K campers will experience one field trip during the week to Thinkery. Extended care is not available at this site.
Thinkery hosted at National Instruments,
11500 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759
Camps offered for 1st–5th grade, just west of MoPac near The Domain. Campers at the National Instruments campus have the opportunity to design, explore and play in the same facility where their robots were developed. Campers experiencing Robotic and Programming camps at the National Instruments campus will enjoy a field trip during the week to visit Thinkery. Thinkery does not offer extended care at this site.
Every Thinkery camp has its own unique identity that reflects the personality of the camp staff and the setting. If you’re torn between two locations, give us a call at 512-469-6200 and we may be able to help you decide.
Registration opens January 2 for members and January 16 for the general public. Click below to register online today!
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