Welcome to Madison’s summer program:

Summer Discovery

The mission of MCDS Summer Discovery is to engage and captivate young people’s imaginations in project-based, hands-on experiences. Spending the summer on our inspiring campus and working in our Science laboratories and Technology Makerspace, participants will gain a conceptual understanding of how technology, science, and nature interrelate, experiencing all aspects of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education.


Register nowRegistration for Summer Discovery 2020 is now open!

Space is limited! Register now to ensure you get the courses you want.

* Grade levels below refer to the grades students will be entering in Fall 2020.
Hover over the course name to see the course description.

  K–Grade 2* Grades 3–5* Grades 6–8*

Session 1

Biology: Bugs, Body, and Bacteria

June 22-26

Booming Biologists Campers explore the tiny world of insects and microorganisms to learn about their growth, homes, and diets. We will also study plants and the human body in order to gain a better understanding of healthy habits. Carbon Crew Campers dive into a microscopic world to look at cells, bacteria, and teeny-tiny bugs. Animal and plant life—cycles, habitats, and food sources—will be examined. Students will take an in-depth look at the systems of the human body. Cybernetic Cloners Campers will identify the classifications of the animal and plant world. Students will learn the method of microscopy as they view life in forms too tiny for the human eye. Engaging units on human anatomy and systems will be covered.

Session 2

Technovation: Programming Sensors, Machines, Robots, and Drones

June 29-July 3

TechnoTitans Students will program drones and robots on missions involving course navigation, music, artwork, and even a high tech fashion show. Students will also connect motors, speakers, and lights using simple circuits. RoboRaiders Drone obstacle courses and robot tractor pull competitions highlight some of the programming challenges. Students will explore circuit combinations to wire motors, speakers, and light shows. MechMarauders Mazes and Obstacles are just a few challenges the students will endure during the coding competitions. Students will also scheme and test wiring inventions. LittleBits theft systems and pet feeding devices will highlight a few circuit projects.

Session 3
Design Construction: Innovative Builders

July 6-10

Crew Constructors Campers will use design thinking to construct shapes and structures that serve a purpose. Bridges, buildings, and boats are all up for grabs in this problem-solving unit. Instructors will guide the students to plan, evaluate, and modify designs. Students will be introduced to various tools needed to complete tasks. Tool Techs Campers will design various structures and then modify/redesign following the design process model. Hand tools and light power tools will be introduced while students construct final products. Bridges, coasters, and treasure boxes are just a few of the choices campers can plan, evaluate, and modify. Eminent Engineers Campers use design thinking to craft solutions to real-world problems! Basic engineering concepts will be used during classroom challenges. Learn about mechanics and motion, and make your own mini amusement park and roller coaster.

Session 4

Art Design: Imaginarium

July 13-17

Artful Agents This week is loaded with projects including digital art, light and color patterns, sculpting, painting, collage, and comic design. Marvelous Michelangelos Art projects galore filled with traditional and digital projects that include: Cricut T-shirt designs, 3-D printing, nature photo collages, and green screen video productions. Creative Conceptualists A portfolio worth of projects to satisfy the most creative minds. Fire up the kiln, sculpt, melt, carve and print to your heart’s desire. Don’t forget to film a movie to boot!

Session 5

Math, Music, and Coding: SoundzAboundz

July 20-24

Code Crunchers Mathematical and musical games motivate campers to take risks in creating their own patterns and composing their own works. Students will use traditional instruments and even combine their music with the class to create a digital band. Binary Beasts Students will use logic puzzles, math games, and coding of the MakeyMakeys in order to play music using bananas! Campers code their own Scratch games and record their own sound effects library out in the real world! Data Dynamos Dive into the MCDS recording studio and be amazed with your very own commercial jingle. Math Mystery Breakout Rooms will challenge our student sleuths. Hackathon teaches tech tips on how to modify existing codes.

Session 6

SportScience: Sports around the World

July 27-31

Supersonic Sportsters Learn the rules and skills to play games and sports from around the world. Try new activities and step outside your athletic comfort zone. Atomic Athletes Investigate the various sports and games from distant countries. Practice skills and techniques, study strategies, and play various activities from all over the globe. Fitness Fiends Learn about the cultural impact of sports throughout history. Explore the equipment, techniques, and strategies used. Identify fitness targets and measure growth.


Dates & Rates

**NEW this year: Grade 6-8 age group can register for half-day sessions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Full-day sessions are still available as well). Half sessions are $195 per week; all discounts still apply. Half sessions are only available in the grade 6-8 group.

Full-Day Pricing: $385/week. Early Bird Pricing (by February 15): $360/week

** Half-Day Pricing (Grades 6-8 only): $195/week. Half-Day Early Bird Pricing (by February 15): $170/week

$25/week discount for registering for all 6 sessions.

Session 1: June 22-26
Session 2: June 29-July 3
Session 3: July 6-10
Session 4: July 13-17
Session 5: July 20-24
Session 6: July 27-31

Fee includes all materials, equipment use, instruction, and two healthy snack breaks. Campers are asked to pack a lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.

Extended Care (if needed): $10/session. Early care begins at 8 a.m. After care until 5 p.m.

Cancellation policy: Full refund if canceled before March 31, less a $50 administration fee. Cancellation between April 1 and May 31 will result in a 50% refund. Any cancellations after May 31 will not be refundable. If your summer plans change, you can change to a different week without penalty, provided space is available. If we make the decision to cancel one or all sessions, all participants will receive a full refund. 

Daily Schedule

9 a.m.–4 p.m. *
Each day begins with a welcoming community-building group activity to engage campers and develop friendships. Teachers then supervise small groups during 3 to 4 STEAM activity sessions where campers can build, design, and learn at their own pace. Campers have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful and expansive MCDS campus including a daily picnic-table lunch overlooking the prairie and outdoor time to play and explore. The day ends with an active and engaging campwide game or activity!

* See information about half-day options for grades 6-8 under “Dates & Rates” above.


Register nowEmail: Frank Devereaux, Director of Summer Programming, at fdevereaux@madisoncountryday.org.

Call: 608-850-6000