Personally, I believe that children are our future. We should teach them well and let them lead the way.
Also, we should kick them out of the house for a week during summer break.
This summer, you could send your kids to a camp where they endlessly weave boondoggles and come home with an epic sunburn – or you could send them to a camp where they learn about and eventually invent their own steam powered Victorian Era contraptions.
Both are good options.
But if you’re interested in the Steampunk-y one, the Arizona Science Center is offering a “Discovery & Invention Summer Camp” inspired by the fantastical technology behind the Steampunk genre.
The camp’s coordinator, Tara Oakes, let me know that it’s more than just building something though:
“Each day will focus on a different aspect of Victorian tech: electricity, steam power, early flight, life in Phoenix during the period, etc.”
If you think it sounds like fun:
- Taking place at the Arizona Science Center and its satellite locations:
- ASU Polytech in (technically) Mesa, and Centennial High School in Peoria.
- For three groups of ages from 6 – 11 years old.
- Lots of weeks to choose from during June and July.
- The camp ends with an “Invention Convention” where the kiddos show off their creations with the folks.
- Get all the details on their site.
Plus more steampunk surprises might show up during the camp.
Before you know it, your kids will be snidely pointing out the flaws in the design of the giant spider from Wild Wild West.
So do it for the children. Or for science. Either way.