What Is Wow Science?
Wow Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and promoting children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math. We are an academic enrichment program that features fun, participative science experiments and projects, activity-based math, educational games and simulations, exploration of the intersection of art and science, and thrilling field trips. Our mission is fulfilled through science camps, in-school programs, afterschool programs, Saturday science programs, and other special events designed to promote children's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
What is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?
501(c)(3) is an IRS designation for nonprofit organizations that meet specific requirements. The IRS provides a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, to donors who make charitable contributions to most types of 501(c)(3) organizations. Please Click Here to see how you can help us cultivate and promote children's interest in STEM.
What is the mission of Wow Science?
The mission of Wow Science is to spark, cultivate and promote children’s interest in STEM.
How can I support Wow Science?
As a nonprofit organization, we fulfill our mission by charging a modest tuition complemented by gifts from donors. There are numerous ways that you can support Wow Science. Please visit Support Camp to learn how you can contribute time, effort, property, equipment, supplies, and money to the mission of cultivating and promoting children’s interest in STEM.
Is Wow Science an accredited camp?
Yes, Wow Science is accredited by the American Camp Association. This means that we have met the rigorous requirements of the ACA to run a STEM camp for children. We are one of only a handful of STEM camps that are accredited in the United States.
What are your tuition payment options?
Tuition balance: You may pay your tuition in full at time of registration. Or you may pay biweekly or monthly. There is no interest or additional charge for selecting this payment option. All tuition must be paid before the first day of camp. If you need to make a payment arrangement, please contact us at 877-541-2267. To pay online, you have two options. First, log into the account you created when you registered your child and process payment. Second, click on the following link, enter the amount you wish to pay, and process payment: http://www.wowsciencecamp.org/pay-online.html
All checks should be made payable to Wow Science Camp.
When is camp tuition due?
When does camp start each day?
Full day camp starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM each day. You may sign up for optional extended care if you wish to drop off your child earlier or pick them up later than the normal camp hours. Information on signing up for optional extended care is available at registration. Please note that the earliest camp can start is 7:30 AM. The latest camp stays open is 5:30 PM.
Do you offer optional extended care (early drop-off and late pickup?)
Camp is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Parents can start dropping off campers from 8:30AM without a surcharge. They can pick campers up until 4:30 PM without a surcharge. We offer early drop-off and late pickup services. Please sign up for early drop off and late pickup when you register.
Parents/guardians of FULL DAY CAMPERS can drop off campers as early as 7:30 AM. There is a $100 bi-weekly surcharge ($10 per day) for early drop-off. The latest a camper can be picked up is 5:30 PM. There is an additional $100 bi-weekly surcharge ($10 per day) for pickup after 4:29 PM. These surcharges are to cover the additional cost of having staff start earlier than their normal schedule or work later than originally scheduled. Parents who anticipate early drop-offs and late pickups should check the appropriate box on the enrollment form and make payments for the extended care at the time of enrollment.
Do I have to attend all eight weeks?
No, full day and half day campers attend camp in two-week increments. You can register your child for 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks.
Why does my child have to attend a minimum of two weeks in the full day camp?
When we ran the program on a weekly basis, we had difficulty diving into important concepts in many of the themes we covered. We could not complete many of the projects we started because we ran out of time. We heard from parents, staff and students that we needed a longer stretch of time to explore important concepts in our chosen themes. We have therefore divided this summer’s program into four, full day, or half day, two-week sections. You are welcome to register for 2, 4, 6 or all 8 weeks. The longer your child participates in the program the more beneficial the program will be to him or her.
How do I receive a Wow! Science Camp T-shirt?
Your child will receive a camp T-shirt if you sign up for a field trip. Additional shirts can be purchased at the Camp Store or Camp Location for $10 per T-shirt.
Is the camp open all year round?
At this time our camp is open only in the summer, typically from the last week in June to the third week in August. We do offer in school and afterschool programs.
Is Wow! Science Camp® an overnight camp?
No. We’re open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM every (with optional extended care) weekday during the camp season.
Where are your camps?
Please call us for up to date information on our camp locations. We are growing and expanding and the information on this page might not be up to date.
Wow! Science Camp Locations
Why don’t you do only STEM experiments and projects all day every day of camp?
We have learned that to stimulate and sustain interest in science among children, inserting valuable related lessons and activities in fun, interactive, engaging ways is critical. We are excited to announce the expansion of our program to include Arts. Our research shows that for a lot of children, the intersection of art and science is the sweet spot for cultivating their interest in science. Our STEAM Ahead Initiative (STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is meant to explore the intersection of science and arts.
Why do you review math at your camp?
Math and science go hand in hand. To become a successful scientist, you need a solid math foundation. Math is important to every aspect of our lives. Imagine going to the store and paying for your groceries with a $100 bill. You stand there and wait for your change, but have no idea how much it is. This is a first-grade type of lesson. But some adults have difficulty because they did not receive a basic math foundation. Our math review sessions help students retain what they learned during the school year. And everyone has fun doing the math games and math hands-on activities.
Why etiquette lessons?
Etiquette can have a significant impact on a young scientist’s future success. For example, many candidates fail to gain admission into competitive schools and jobs because they dressed inappropriately for the interview, texted or used colloquial language during the interview, or embarrassed themselves at dinner because they lacked proper table manners. Our etiquette lessons prepare children to confidently and successfully navigate any social setting.
Why character development?
Discipline, dedication, and rigor are common characteristics of many successful scientists. Science itself requires adherence to protocols and standardized methods of inquiry or research. Sometimes scientists have to work on a project for years before any meaningful discovery is made. Patience, confidence, boldness, perseverance, diligence, team spirit, leadership, rigor, and the ability to ask the right questions are all important values in the world of science. In addition to reinforcing the lessons on proper etiquette, our character-development lessons teach campers to have confidence in themselves, overcome obstacles, and cultivate the belief that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.Top
Why money-management lessons?
Many young people graduate high school and even college without a basic understanding of money and money management (budgeting, checkbook balancing, saving, investing, or building wealth), credit and how it works, insurance, business, and the economy. Our goal is to support parents and teachers in building this important foundation for our campers.
What topics do you cover in your etiquette and character-development lessons?
These lessons are presented in age-appropriate formats. Some topics are only appropriate for preteens and teens.
What topics do you cover in your money-management lessons?
These lessons are presented in age-appropriate formats. Some topics are only appropriate for preteens and teens.
What topics do you cover in your STEM projects?
This is the heart of our program. We have hundreds of experiments and projects to choose from each year from virtually every facet of STEM. We strive to balance the projects so we can touch on different science fields each season. Our projects span chemistry, physics, biology, geology, astronomy, environmental science, technology, and engineering.
Do campers take their projects home?
Generally speaking, no. Campers work in small teams of four or five to complete their work. In addition to benefiting from the unique skills and insights of each child, campers learn to work in teams. There are however few projects where campers are able to take their end product home. Wow! Science Camp solely determines what projects campers may take home with them.
Why can’t each camper take his or her own project home?
We complete on average one major project or experiment each day of camp. Some complex projects might take more than one day to complete, and our junior campers might complete three or four simple experiments or projects in one day. Our major projects cost as much as $300 for each set. For every child to have his or her own set each day, the cost would be somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000 per camper for eight weeks of camp. Such costs are untenable and would affect our ability to provide this rewarding experience to as many children. Parents can purchase materials for projects of interest directly from Wow! Science Camp®. If we do not have the materials, we will provide direction on how to purchase them.
What if I want to repeat my project at home?
Contact your camp director to find out how you may purchase materials for any of our projects. You can purchase a complete set of materials for some projects directly from us, or we may direct you to third parties from whom you can purchase the materials.
Tell me about your field trips
Year after year for the past six years, Wow Science has offered the best day field trips in the region. Our previous destinations include The Hershey Factory, Statue of Liberty, and the White House. This year, we have once again sought out the best trips that align with our themes. From cutting edge Momath Museum in New York City to the unique Tobias Adventure Health Center built specifically for children in our age bracket, our trips will inspire and expose your child to a world of possibilities.
Do you repeat your projects?
We have hundreds of STEM projects to choose from. We generally do not repeat projects for returning campers unless a majority of campers want to repeat a popular project.
Tell me about your STEM career review
We review the elementary and high school subjects required to major in many STEM fields. We review those fields and discuss how they make a difference. This part of our program is designed to help campers learn the many career possibilities in STEM. Campers learn that the astronauts, chemists, engineers, and other STEM professionals they know and hear about were once normal, unassuming children. Scientists from various backgrounds are invited to speak with campers on how they entered their fields. They provide guidance, encouragement, and help campers to understand that a successful science career is within their reach. Our database includes 300 STEM jobs and the high school and college requirements for each of the jobs. Many of these jobs are reviewed in creative ways with campers.
Do you repeat your trips?
For the benefit of new campers, we do visit some of the locations we have visited in the past. At each of these locations there are important lessons, sceneries, and fun activities that we want all of our campers to experience. There are locations that can’t be completely explored even in three or four visits because they are very large or offer different attractions each season. Examples include Liberty Science Center, the Franklin Institute, the Crayola Factory, and the National Canal Museum. We may return to any of these destinations as we deem appropriate.
Can I stay at the camp if I don’t want to go on a field trip?
No, the camp is closed during field trips as our staff members serve as chaperones on the trips.
How do you select your staff?
All of our employees undergo a selective interview process and rigorous background checks that include fingerprinting, criminal record check, sex-offender registry check, and satisfactory previous employment record. We require our volunteers to submit to sex-offender registry and criminal record checks. Our Counselors are generally certified teachers or graduate students. Our assistant counselots are generally college students.
What are the qualifications of your staff?
Fola Adebi, Wow! Science Camp® administrator, is a seasoned scientist and educator. Fola holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and a master’s degree in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Fola worked as a chemist with a major pharmaceutical company. Her scientific efforts are reflected in the many patents on which she is listed as a co-inventor with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2002, she decided to pursue her true passion: teaching, mentoring, and guiding children and young adults toward realizing their potential. In the past ten years, she has taught and mentored students from grade school to college level.
Our other staff members are all skilled at working with children. Among them are master’s and bachelor’s degree holders. Minimum qualification for all of our staff is sixty college credits. In addition to the experience they bring, staff is trained on: