Summer of Science
Science never stops, and neither does the Buffalo Museum of Science! Join us this summer for a fun and socially stimulating virtual program series!
Summer of Science invites registrants to explore STEM topics with Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences educators and up to 11 other curious minds. Choose from a menu of different themes that integrate virtually facilitated sessions on Zoom and self-directed offline exploration at home.
Sign up for all nine weeks or for just the weekly themes that interest your child! All registrants are provided with an activity kit for each week they register.
Click below for Summer of Science Themes!
Summer of Science Age Groups, Days, & Hours
Ages 5-8: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-10:30 a.m, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Ages 9-12: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Please note: Our priority is to ensure a high quality, STEM based experience for your child(ren). There are limited spaces available to maintain a high facilitator to child ratio. Every attempt will be made to offer additional time slots if necessary. Any changes or additions to the program schedule will be communicated on the Museum and Tifft websites.
Visit our Summer of Science event calendar here to register! The $85 registration fee includes three days of programming and supply kit.
BMS Members save 10% on registration!
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Summer of Science FAQ’s
What will the Summer of Science look like?
During these days, your child will participate in two sessions – one in the morning, and another shorter session in the afternoon.
The morning session is an hour and a half long and this time will be used to create a sense of community among the group. The group will play games and be given an opportunity to connect with one another. Our team of educators will also give them a virtual Museum or Tifft experience, showing them amazing items from our collection, virtual tours, or exciting science and nature demonstrations.
During this time, they will also be introduced to their daily challenge or experiment. Using the materials in a provided supply kit, they will be given a task where they can independently create, discover and innovate.
When participants reconnect in the afternoon session, they will be given the opportunity to share and talk about what they learned or created. It is our hope that this format can empower your child(ren) to be independent and lifelong learners.
How many participants will be in each group?
Space in each group will be limited to 12 registrations.
What platform will Summer of Science be using?
We will be using Zoom, as many people have become familiar with it over the past few months. At the beginning of each week, you will receive the link to access the Zoom rooms, including the password. For more information about Zoom or to download the app, please see Zoom.com.
What about supplies?
While many of our activities will use everyday things from your home, we will also provide you with weekly kits with any specialized materials your child may need. For those within the Western New York area within an hour’s drive of the Museum, these kits are included with the registration fee and will be delivered via contactless drop off on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to your program. The program administrator will follow up a week prior to the program with information. Please contact us if you need to make other arrangements. Additional shipping charges may apply for anything being shipped outside of this designated area.
In addition to these materials, your child will need some basic craft supplies (scissors, coloring materials) or other materials from your house (i.e. utensils, bowls, etc), but if you have trouble getting these materials, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for other arrangements.
Can siblings attend together?
Absolutely! However, the content will be geared for the listed age group and we will only be sending one supply kit per registration. We do encourage your children to work together on their daily challenges. Please note: There may be some activities that a kit per child will provide for a better experience.