Science Quest Marks 30 Years Creating Young Scientists at Summer Camp

Published on: 2018/06/07 - in Science & Tech

Science Quest, the summer camp program founded in 1988 by two women engineering students at Queen’s University, continues its 30 year legacy of inspiring youth in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field this summer.

The program offers camps for kids ranging in age from those beginning senior kindergarten to youth entering grade 8.

Campers between senior kindergarten and grade 3 have the chance to attend Science Camp with science activities that range from chemistry to biology to robotics.

Along with Science Camp, boys and girls entering Grades 4 to 8 are also offered specialized camps such as Tech Camp, Robotics Camp, Girls Quest, Girls Quest Tech, and the overnight Impact & Brainstorm camp.

Science Quest camps are each one week long and run for nine weeks between July 2nd and August 31st. They take place daily between 9am and 4pm with an option for extended programming from 8am to 9am & 4pm to 5pm for parents who require those extra hours.

Programming takes place on a two-week cycle, so your camper will be able to enjoy two weeks of camp without repeating the same activities.

Each week, engaging and enthusiastic Science Quest instructors deliver programming tailored to each camp and age level.  Your camper can expect to have science activities in both the morning and afternoon, split up by both a morning and afternoon snack, lunch and outdoor games and activities. Each camp has a week-long theme that in previous years has included superheroes and the amazing race.

The campers will also be given a week-long design project aimed to introduce the engineering design cycle and explore open ended thinking. At the end of that week a camper showcase will be displayed so parents and guardians can see what their young scientists have been working on.

Science Quest costs $230 for all camps except Robotics Camp ($245) and Impact & Brainstorm overnight camp ($550) with financial bursaries available to qualifying families.

The program is run out of the Engineering Society at Queen’s University in Beamish-Munro Hall (45 Union St. West), located at the north-east corner of Union and Division Streets.

For more information and to sign up your young scientist, visit

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