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Thinkery Camps: Play With a Purpose

Children learn through play, and no one knows that better than Thinkery.

Thinkery spring break and summer camps provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for campers to learn and grow—and have a whole lot of fun while they’re doing it!

In each weeklong camp, Pre-K to 5th-grade campers engage in playful, hands-on learning activities that develop critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment. Camps focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), with a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity.

Campers explore questions of “how” and “why” through immersive, interactive learning experiences designed to keep them moving, thinking and creating.

This year, Thinkery hosts camps at five different locations around Austin, featuring seven different STEAM and technology-focused themes that will entertain and delight kids of all ages and interests.

Camp themes

Each of Thinkery’s weeklong camps is themed around a different STEAM or technology-based concept, with age-appropriate activities for each grade level. This year’s spring break and summer camps feature seven amazing camp themes perfect for builders, makers, and explorers.

STEAM themes

GeoExplorers: Get your hands dirty as we dig into planet Earth. Discover the power of nature, weather, erosion, decomposition and more. Investigate the ways you can help sustain Earth’s systems and conserve our resources for another 4.6 billion years!

Fantastic Fabrication: Join the maker movement! Hone your creative skills as we master fabrication techniques and processes old and new. Weave your way through the art and science of fabrication. We tinker, explore, experiment and find out what makes fabrication so fantastic — and so fun!

Radical Reactions: BAM! Test amazing reactions in this explosive camp! Discover why atoms “matter,” as we periodically change color, temperature and mass through chemistry.

Notion of Motion: Get to the heart of motion and learn more about what makes the world go ’round — from motorized machines like planes, trains and automobiles to the dynamic forces and laws of motion that keep planets spinning through space. We’ll go full STEAM ahead and get your summer moving!

Technology-focused themes

Designing Tomorrow: What do you want the future to look like? Join us as we explore how new technologies can help us design creative solutions for the problems that face our world. Brainstorm, prototype, and test out your ideas using 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and scratch programming.  Then display the projects you’ve created at the Thinkery World’s Fair!

Level Up: What goes into our favorite games? Strategy, skill, luck… and great design! From Mahjong to Minecraft, Monopoly to Mario, learn about popular games, analog and digital, then collaborate to make your own!

Robo-lympics: Go for the gold as you build robotic athletes and develop digital literacy. Team up and use robots to compete in themed challenges. Test your robot’s structural integrity and maneuverability with robot games like soccer and racing, build your own battle bot, and create a robo-lympian.

Help your child make the most of their summer by tinkering, creating and coding at Thinkery Camp! Summer camps are offered at five locations around Austin:

  • Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin, TX 78723
  • National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759
  • Harmony School of Innovation, 2124 E. St. Elmo Rd., Austin, TX 78744
  • Harmony School of Science, 11800 Stonehollow Dr., Austin, TX 78758
  • Silicon Labs, 400 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Camp themes and available dates vary by location; visit thinkerycamp.com for details and to see camp options convenient to where you live or work!