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Camp Activities

Connect with peers, engage in hands-on STEAM activities and learn about our many exciting research areas. Built for ages 6-14, each camp session runs for 90 minutes and includes a lab, activity, virtual field trip or "meet the expert" experience.

What Our Campers' Parents Say:

“It's a really enjoyable camp and activities. … Really good to pass time and learn new things while having fun.”
“I have been listening in here and there and the camp is so cool! Just loved the fish surgery day.”
“Loving all these lady scientists! Super cool!”

Mini-Camp Inspire

  • Cost: $30/session
  • FIU Employee: $25/session

These camps are held on teacher planning days to keep K-12 students learning.

  • Monday, February 15 — Sounds of Space

    Did you know there are sounds in space - or rather, there are ways for astronomical data to be represented through sound? FIU professor and scientist Dr. Terenzi has found a way to do just this. Join is in listening to the sounds of space and creating our own ways to represent the natural world through sound.

    Monday, February 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

    Register for Spring Camp

  • Friday, March 26 — Aquarius Journey: Coral Creations

    During this 90-minute mini-camp, kids will have the opportunity to learn about marine protected areas, how science contributes to their creation and the way that community members get involved. Using data collected by FIU’s Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, campers will dive into protecting our natural marine resources.

    Friday, March 26, 1-2:30 p.m.

    Register for Spring Camp

Spring Camp Inspire
Spring Into CASE

  • March 29-April 2, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $100/week
  • FIU Employee: $75/week
  • Age Groups: 6-8, 9-12 (Campers will be all together and split into breakout rooms by age for activities)

Register for Spring Camp 

  • Monday, March 29 — FIU@Home: Mantis Shrimp

    Follow along with our FIU@Home activity on Mantis Shrimp and learn how these super invertebrates see colors beyond our comprehension. Students will learn about animal adaptation and participate in a virtual game.

  • Tuesday, March 30 — Virtual Field Trip: Discover your Backyard

    South Florida's dynamic ecosystems are unparalleled. In this virtual field trip, learn how to use scientific instruments such as a seine net to collect, log and share data about the animals of Biscayne Bay. The data will be shared via global citizen science apps.

  • Wednesday, March 31 — Meet the Expert

    Today, campers will meet a scientist or expert from CASE. They will learn about the content area of this FIU scientist or expert in their field. Afterwards, campers will participate in an engaging activity.

  • Thursday, April 1 — Forensics Escape Room

    Have you ever participated in an escape room in person? Ever solved a who-done-it mystery with your friends through using clues, riddles and puzzles? During this day of camp we will solve a mystery together using principles of forensics through our virtual escape room.

  • Friday April 2 — Games Galore

    Join us in playing virtual games that range from scavenger hunts, riddles and more.

Summer Camp Inspire

  • July 5 through July 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $100/week
    • FIU Employee: $75/week
  • All 4 weeks: $360 (10% off each week)
  • Age Groups: 6-8, 9-12 (Campers will be all together and split into breakout rooms by age for activities)

Register for Summer Camp 

Camp Weeks and Themes

  • Week A: July 5-9 — Eco Exploration

    Key topics: Marine science, tropical conservation, Everglades

    What does it take to be a biologist? Find out during this week of exploration science. Campers will learn about the connectivity of ecosystems like coral reefs, mangrove forests and hardwood hammocks, and the wildlife that create intricate food webs.

  • Week B: July 12-16 — Science Chronicles

    Key topics: Physics, chemistry, environmental science and biology, space exploration

    From conducting physics and chemistry labs to learning how to be a field biologist, this week ihas a bit of everything for the "scientist in training." A special part of this week is learning about science communication and writing.

  • Week C: July 19-23 — Explore the Cosmos

    Key topics: Astronomy and space

    Campers will journey beyond the stars this week as they learn about space travel, our solar system and astronomy.

  • Week D: July 26-30 — Worldly Weather

    Key topics: Sustainability, global climate change, atmospheric science, biomes around the world

    What in the weather?! During this week of camp, campers will learn about what drives climate, how weather patterns work around the world and how we are experiencing a climate change. Join us in understanding the "what"s and "why"s and "how"s behind the weather patterns of our planet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Staff

Staff are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program.

All camp staff undergo and clear a Level 2 background check and attend a mandatory training session before camp starts.

Special Guests

Throughout the camp experience, campers will meet FIU researchers and students to discuss ongoing research, see unique facilities and get a glimpse into the exciting work being conducted at the university.

Counselors In Training

A Counselor In Training is a camper who is 13-14 years old and is interested in diving deeper into the material reviewed in camp and assisting the Education & Outreach team in creating FIU@Home educational content.

CITs are required to register for a full month of camp. They participate in all camp activities and gain writing, communication and leadership skills.

CIT Project

After each day of camp, write a 2- to 4-sentence blog post about your experience at camp. Blog posts can be about:

  • What you learned today
  • Activities you participated in
  • What you thought about camp
  • What you think would make the virtual camp experience more fun

Blog posts can be written in a word document and emailed to at the end of each week.

Meet with the FIU mentor after camp for about 15 minutes to review work and answer questions.

Write an FIU@Home article with an FIU staff member. Choose a science-related topic based on camp themes and explore FIU research on the subject (with help from the FIU staff member) and create a fun at-home activity for kids and families to do. Your FIU@Home article about your activity will appear on the CASE News page.

Questions? Call 786-556-2068 or email