Welcome to Madison’s summer program:
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.
We are excited to announce the MCDS Online Summer Tech Camp. We know your kids are eager to connect with other kids and actively engage their minds this summer—all while having fun! To help you with this, we teamed up with Black Rocket to provide a series of opportunities for your kids to explore their tech curiosity this summer.
In-person Camp—Summer Discovery
Update 5/26/20: Thank you for your patience as we determined the best course of action in these unprecedented times! We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel Session 1 (June 22-26) and Session 2 (June 29-July 3) due to the continued closure of school buildings per Forward Dane guidance.
As we move into subsequent phases of Forward Dane, we may be able to open for Sessions 3-6 later this summer. We will keep all of our parents informed as we navigate uncertainty, and use the best information we have to keep all campers and staff safe this summer.
All families registered for Session 1 and Session 2 will receive a full refund. Feel free to email us with any Summer Discovery or Online Tech Camp questions.
Summer Discovery Registration and Course Descriptions
Register now for MCDS Summer Discovery Weeks 3–6Space is limited! Register now for Sessions 3–6 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*|
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June 29-July 3
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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.
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.