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.

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Information about the previous Summer Discovery season is below:

  K–Grade 2* Grades 3–5* Grades 6–8*

Session 1

Science → ooo-Ology – Explore Your World

June 28-July 2

Environmental Explorers
Biology, Archaeology, and Ecology are just a few of the sciences we will study this week. Take hikes around our prairie to learn about the water, plants, and animals. Look at rocks and examine fossils.

SOLD OUT: Prairie Power Rangers Map out area of our prairie; collect scientific data on the various species; perform chemical tests on soil and water samples; create a documentary about life in our prairie.

SOLD OUT: Wildlife Warriors Analyze the health of the prairie by studying the wildlife, measuring soil samples, and conducting biological and chemical tests on the water; produce a PSA (public service announcement) and post to the community.

Session 2

Technology → Mission Technovation Accomplished!

July 5-July 9

Silicon Squirt Squadron Mission-based problems involving safety, robotics programming, course navigation, and artwork. Ozobots, Dashbots, and Beebots will be explored. Code your own summer nature exploration app.

Geeky Gears Squadron
Team and role development are crucial to solve mission based problems; challenge courses for drones and robots, brainstorm futuristic robots. Code an app to drift into meditation.

SOLD OUT: Power Photon Squadron Program Lego EV3’s and mini Parrot Drones to complete rescue missions, draw shapes, perform surgery, and deliver secret messages. Code your own “choose your own adventure” app.

Session 3
Engineering → Chaotic Chemistry Meets “Phan”tastic Physics

July 12-July 16 

Lil Lab Learners
Slime, Bubbles, and explosions – Oh My! Students will dive into hands-on activities that look at color changing reactions, liquid density, and gravity tool techpeed tests.
Gravity Gurus
Explore the world of chemistry and physics through a series of experiments and “messy” science; Test your lab skills as you try to solve crimes in our very own MCDS-CSI.

SOLD OUT: Tachyon Technicians Chemical reactions that focus on polymers, buoyancy, sublimation, and gas formation; physics experiments that include pressure, friction, and kinetic energy; get a taste for detective work in our crime lab!

Session 4

Art, Music, & Math → Creativity Imaginarium

July 19-July 23 

Tiny Designers & Melody Makers
Tasty food art, creative collages, and silly skits outline a week of imagination. Use 3D software to design printable characters then write a comic book about your creatures. Build an instrument and create online music.
Crafty Creators & Mighty Musicians
Posterize, stickerfy, and add special effects to your favorite photos; 3D modeling to a whole new level; throw in a bit of drama with a touch of laser shows and we have the recipe for an exciting week! Become a DJ combining digital compositions; sound effects, and homemade instruments.
SOLD OUT: FabLab Crew & Jazzy Giant Create your own photoshop work of art that can fool most human eyes; perform your very own sci-fi/fantasy movie in front of the green screen; decorate your room with personalized life size room posters.Compose your own hip-hop, dub-step, or even classical digital songs; or re-mix a popular song; record sound effects using everyday objects; design and build your own musical instrument.

* Grade entering in 2021-22 school year


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!


Call: 608-850-6000

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