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Join us virtually to discover and explore the world from home. From September through November, mini-camps will be held each week on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Virtual camps are hosted on Zoom; links and activity materials are emailed to parents each week.

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Camp Activities

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

  • Adventurers: 6-12 years old (Wednesdays)
  • Junior Investigators: 6-8 years old (Fridays)
  • Explorers: 9-12 years old (Fridays)
  • Counselors In Training: 13-14 years old (Wednesdays or Fridays. See CITs for more information)

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!”

September: Identification

No matter the field, observing, identifying and categorizing are key components of building new knowledge. Whether looking at the natural world as a biologist or examining fingerprints as a forensic scientist, understanding how to classify what you see is the first step for any explorer.

  • September 2 or 4: Sea Turtle Mysteries

    Join sea turtle nest surveyors to understand how field biologists determine not only the species of turtle, but which way it went, if it nested, where the egg chamber might be and more.

    Meet the Experts
    Featuring: 
    Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
    Adventurers (6-12): 
    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8):
    Friday, Sept. 4, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Sept. 4, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Sept. 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Sept. 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • September 9 or 11: Florida Keys & Me

    Venture into habitats of the Florida Keys to explore nature in real time and ask questions of experts while virtually collecting data. Get empowered to make a difference in your local environment, and learn valuable scientific methods and field-work techniques.

    Virtual Field Trip
    Featuring: Institute of Environment
    Adventurers (6-12): 
    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8):
    Friday, Sept. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Sept. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Sept. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • September 16 or 18: Finding Fins

    Learn how FIU scientists identify shark species and discover what kinds of sharks are commonly sold for shark fin soup. Learn how we’re working to keep endangered fish out of fishing nets - and how you can help.

    Lab Activity
    Featuring: Predator Ecology and Conservation Lab
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): 
    Friday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • September 23 or 25: Detectives in Training

    Explore forensic research through hands-on activities that simulate how forensic scientists identify different aspects of a crime scene.

    Lab Activity
    Featuring: National Forensic Science Technology Center
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): 
    Friday, Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Sept. 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

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October: Transformation

Whether over long periods of time or in the blink of an eye, transformations are all around us. From bugs metamorphizing in nature to scabs healing the human body to energy changes throughout the solar system, harness the power of science - and get great Halloween costume ideas.

  • October 7 or 9: Science of Scabs

    Discover the skin’s unique healing properties that stop bacteria and infections from taking over. The human body can do some truly gross things, but it is super-engineered to keep us safe and healthy. Learn about the wonders of our immune system by making simulated scabs.

    Lab Activity
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): 
    Friday, Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • October 14 or 16: Bug Life

    Investigate creepy crawling critters that live all around South Florida and just outside your door. In the spirit of Halloween, create costumes based on your favorite bugs.

    Virtual Field Trip
    Featuring: Glades Club
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): Friday, Oct. 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Oct. 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Oct. 16, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • October 21 or 23: Energy Matters

    Observe the wonders behind the constantly changing nature of matter all around us. Demonstrations include energy transformations through a Tesla coil, plasma globe, multicolored fire combustions and liquid nitrogen to showcase physical and chemical reactions.

    Lab Activity
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): 
    Friday, Oct. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Oct. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Oct. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • October 28 or 30: Discover Your Universe

    Visit the home of South Florida’s only research-grade telescope to explore astronomical observations made by our students and researchers. Dr. James Webb will share his work from nearby solar systems to distant galaxies.

    Meet the Experts
    Featuring: Stocker AstroScience Center
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): Friday, Oct. 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Oct. 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Oct. 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

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November: Imagination

Narratives drive the world around us. Whether discovering a new species, developing a new idea or creating your own adventure, imagination is the cornerstone of arts and science.

  • November 4 or 6: Journal Earth

    Cultivate communication techniques while building narratives needed to drive the change the world needs. Develop your own ideas for a chance to publish in the CASE News Community Journal.

    Lab Activity
    Featuring: Writing and Rhetoric Program
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): 
    Friday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • November 11 or 13: Incubating Innovation

    Glimpse the many ways people create, and explore your own design ideas on a virtual field trip to an art studio.

    Virtual Field Trip
    Featuring: Institute of Environment
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): Friday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

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  • November 18 or 20: On the Wild Side

    Let your imagination run wild - while following the facts and evidence. Chat with Dr. Mireya Mayor, National Geographic Explorer, about her career including the discovery of the world’s smallest primate. She’ll also share what it’s like behind the scenes of the Travel Channel’s Expedition Bigfoot show.

    Meet the Experts
    Featuring: Mireya Mayor
    Adventurers (6-12): Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Junior Investigators (6-8): Friday, Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Explorers (9-12): Friday, Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesday Counselors In Training (13-14): Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Friday Counselors In Training (13-14): Friday, Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.

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Information

Virtual camp is facilitated by Education Outreach staff and features experts from across the college.

Age Groups and Hours

  • Adventurers: 6-12 years old (Wednesdays)
  • Junior Investigators: 6-8 years old (Fridays)
  • Explorers: 9-12 years old (Fridays)
  • Counselors In Training: 13-14 years old (Wednesdays or Fridays. See CITs for more information)

Wednesday events are 3:30-5 p.m. for all ages. Friday events are 1-2:30 p.m. for all ages. See the Activities calendar above for details.

Cost

  • $30 per session
  • September: $105/four sessions
  • October: $105/four sessions
  • November: $80/three sessions

FIU Employees

  • $25 per session
  • September: $100/four sessions
  • October: $100/four sessions
  • November: $75/three sessions

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 anduran@fiu.edu 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 anduran@fiu.edu.