Early STEM Camps

Aspen Science Center

Welcome!

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arly STEM camps have been designed to introduce 3- to 5-year-old children to science and scientific thinking through playful investigations. Each day, children will enjoy stories, songs, movement, and games which introduce them to scientific concepts. They will participate in hands-on investigations, nature walks and demonstrations that will ignite excitement and love for science. Over the course of their weeklong camp, children will become comfortable with new vocabulary and with a “scientific method of thinking” which encourages asking questions, forming predictions, testing, and observing. Most of all, children will have FUN! Intentional play and exploration are the guiding principle for our younger STEM campers.

Click on the “Register Today” button to see dates and times.

Little Engineers, Little Scientists, Little Entomologists – their world of discovery is endless!

  • Pre-Kinder/ Kinder (age 3 to 5 years)
  • Various locations from Carbondale to Aspen – click on the Register button for location and dates
  • Cost: $185
  • Registration is for a one-week camp, Monday through Friday for 2.5 hour daily camp sessions
  • Daily camp session hours are from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Early STEM Summer Camp Policies and Procedures

Enrollment

  • Registrations are not transferrable.
  • Camps will have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 campers, per session. There will be 1 educator and a minimum 1 camp counselor/intern working with children during every camp session.
  • All ASC staff, educators and interns are full vaccinated and have completed training on current federal, state, regional and local Covid-19 rules and regulations. All staff, educators and interns have completed detailed training on safety protocols (including Covid -19 specific protocols) for working with children in a day camp setting.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel a registration, you must notify the ASC a minimum of 7 days before the start date of your class. We will refund your payment minus a $35 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 7 days before the start date of the class. In the event that the ASC is forced to cancel a class, families will be contacted and will be given the choice to transfer enrollment to another camp session, or to receive a full refund.

Drop off of children to ASC Camp

Drop off will occur promptly at 10am for morning sessions. Early drop off is not an option.

Drop off will occur promptly at 1pm for afternoon sessions. Early drop off is not an option.

Parents/guardians will drop campers off at the outside door of the ASC camp/classroom: Unit 9/ Third Street Center, Carbondale

Drop-off procedure: Parents/guardians will sign in their child, answer pre-screening questions and their child(ren)’s temperature will be taken. Children who have a fever of 100.4 or above will not be admitted to the facility. Children who display obvious signs of illness, such as excessive coughing, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, etc. will not be admitted.

Pick Up of children from ASC Camp

Pick up will occur promptly at 12:30pm for morning sessions. Late pick up is not an option.

Pick up will occur promptly at 3:30pm for afternoon sessions. Late pick up off is not an option.

Parents/guardians will pick up campers at the outside door of the ASC camp/classroom: Unit 9/ Third Street Center, Carbondale

Parents/families are required to pick up children on time. A child who is picked up late can get anxious, and educators must be able to focus on administrative and preparatory responsibilities when camp is not in session. Being on-time for drop off and pick up is a significant contributor to the job satisfaction of all of our teachers and the happiness of our children. Parents will be charged a per-child late fee of $10 for late pick up. If a parent has not arrived to pick up their child and cannot be reached by phone within 15 minutes of closing time, we will call the emergency contact(s) listed on their enrollment forms. The Department of Social Services and/or the Glenwood Police Department will be contacted if parents cannot be contacted or do not arrive within 30 minutes of pick-up time.

Daily Requirements – Each child should bring the following EVERYDAY:

Backpack/bag for keeping personal items including water bottle, daily snack, extra change of clothes and sunscreen.

Facemask – Facemasks will be worn while at camp. Please send extra in backpack/bag in case of loss or damage during the day’s activities.

Water Bottle– Children should be sent each day with their own, clean, filled water bottle. Please print your child(ren)’s name on their water bottle and personal belongings (extra set of clothes, etc.)

Healthy Snack– We will have snack time approximately halfway through each camp session. Please send your child with a satisfying, healthy snack each day. The ASC will not have extra snacks on site. Please do not send snacks containing peanut butter or peanuts. Please do not send snacks that require heating, we have no kitchen facilities and no use of a microwave.

Extra Set of Clothing– Please send a complete extra set of clothes including an extra set of underwear. Please print your child(ren)’s name on all items.

Sunscreen -Please send a bottle of spray on sunscreen for reapplication as needed. We recommend you apply sunscreen before your child arrives at camp and bring their own bottle for reapplication if you wish them to do so during their time in their ASC camp.

Appropriate Footwear– Please send your child in appropriate footwear for nature walks around the grounds, running, jumping, dancing, and playing. For the safety of your child, we ask they have well fitting, comfortable shoes appropriate for lots of physical activity.

Please do not allow children to bring personal toys/stuffed animals, electronic devices, cell phones etc. They may get lost or broken and are disruptive.

Illness

Parents/guardians are asked to be on the alert for signs of illness in children that are enrolled and to please keep your child home when they are sick.

If during their camp session, a child becomes sick, has a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or displays other signs of illness such as coughing, sneezing, excessive runny nose, shortness of breath, vomiting, etc. we will isolate that child from other children, and you will be called. If unable to reach a parent/designated family member, we will call designated emergency contacts. Parents/family members/emergency contacts are required to pick child(ren) up within 30 min of the call.

If a child or ASC staff member becomes ill with a confirmed case of Covid-19 while in attendance at camp, the ASC will contact Garfield County Health Dept. and all families/parents /guardians in the class will be notified of exposure. The ASC will follow the guidance of the Garfield County Health as to the amount of time we will be required to close and the disinfection of the camp facilities.

ASC Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting

The ASC will take every possible precaution to ensure the cleanliness and safety of our summer camp facilities. We will be adhering to the following safe cleaning and disinfection procedures:

ASC Staff will routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect surfaces, equipment and objects that are used/touched during the day.

A thorough deep cleaning will take place at the end of each daily camp session.

Children will wash hands frequently, as per CDC guidelines and will use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not nearby (on nature walks).

Social Distancing and Group Size

ASC Early Stem camps will limit their group size to no more than 10 children supervised by a minimum of 2 ASC staff /interns. Camp activities will be spread out, utilizing outdoor spaces as much as possible to create social distancing.

Thank you for enrolling your child in as Aspen Science Center Early STEM Summer Camp. We look forward to meeting you and your camper this summer! If you have any questions regarding any of the terms/policies listed here, please contact:

Devan Crane, Director of Programs and Operations:

Office phone: 970.236.2360

Email: dcrane@aspensciencecenter.org

About

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hildren are natural scientists.  Spend time with a three-year old, and watch as they explore the world around them – poking, prying, taking apart, throwing, dropping, tasting… They have a natural insatiable desire to understand their world and what makes it tick. This is exactly what scientists do every day.

Aspen Science Center believes that the inherent natural scientist in children of all ages must be supported and encouraged.  Too often, children grow to view science as something difficult and foreign, losing touch with the processes that brought them wonder and inspiration while science was an integrated, but unlabeled, piece of their learning.

We are proud to announce the development of our Preschool Education Program, which will help reinforce STEM education in early childhood learning throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, and beyond.  Through identifying and addressing obstacles that hinder engagement with science, our program will provide targeted supports to maintain and reignite the initial passion that children exhibit.

We are working closely with local preschools and educators as we develop this program, which has a heavy emphasis on teacher training and support. The program is being designed from the “bottom up” to meet the needs of educators, and will integrate with existing curricula and reinforce fundamental skills such as language, math and social interactions. In this way, the program not only teaches STEM, but reinforces other areas that are crucial to early childhood development.

At its heart, this program promotes an understanding of scientific processes and critical thinking.  Grounding our program in core, process-based concepts promotes a scientific way of thinking that engages children with their own learning processes and encourages growth across all area of development.

We believe our approach will break new ground in early childhood STEM learning. While resources exist for preschool STEM education, we have not found another program that combines the scientific method, adaptive activities, science literacy, and ongoing teacher support in this way.

This program is generously underwritten in part by

  • John and Jessica Fullerton
  • Mike and Becky Murray
  • David Newberger
  • Arnie Porath
  • Alpine Bank