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Kids Can Play On at Camps

Music, Design, History Offer Summer Fun

DesignCamp offers engineering fun.

By Jessica Provan

UMass Lowell staff and students are teaming up to host a number of summer camps starting in June. In addition to sports and recreation camps, there are camps for many other interests.

A Summer Band Camp will be available with a musically intense program with instruction in conducting, midi, history of rock and roll, score analysis and music theory. The camp includes ensembles such as concert band and flute and clarinet choirs. For more information about this camp, check out the Summer Band Camp website.

The UMass Lowell’s DesignCamp is a summer science and engineering program that offers a wide range of project-based workshops for students grades 5-11. Programs are for students who like to invent, do experiments, build things and figure out how things work. For more information, check out the UMass Lowell DesignCamp website.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center has developed five camps for students grades 3 through 9. National Park Adventures for boys and girls ages 10-14 from July 26 through July 30 will visit four National Parks in Massachusetts to explore American’s history.

Boott Camp for boys and girls ages 8-12, July 12 through July 16, July 26 through July 30 and August 9 through August 13. At camp, students will build and test their own canal system, weave cloth on a four-harness loom, explore the historic Boott Mills and the boardinghouse, visit an operating factory weaving room, ride a trolley, take a boat trip down the Merrimack River, and much more.

For an older crowd, the Center will host a Boott Camp: Discovery! program for boys and girls ages 10-14, July 19 through July 23 for a more challenging exploration of plants and animals along the Merrimack River, field trips, weaving cloth, and inventing new things.

Each camps runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $175 per camper each week with a sibling discount price of $155. Snacks and T-shirts will be provided, but campers will have to bring their own brown bag lunch.

The Industrial History Center will also be hosting Wonders of Water for boys and girls ages 8-12, July 19 through July 23 or August 2 through August 6. This camp will explore the properties of water and water of chemistry, and involve building a canal system, becoming an inventor, taking a boat trip on the Merrimack River, and seeing how the river is used for fishing, transportation and power.

For more information, check out the Tsongas Industrial History Center website.