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Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Email inquiries can be sent to summerconferences@eckerd.edu


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UN 2015 International Year of Light

Summer Science Splash

Catch the Wave: The International Year of Light

Summer Science Splash is a week-long residential summer camp funded by the II-VI Foundation (contributing over $600 per student) and hosted by Eckerd College. The camp has been designated an official International Year of the Light Event by the United Nations.

Spend your days in the college's new $25 million, state-of-the-art James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences performing a variety of science experiments with the latest hi tech equipment used by both students and research scientists. Students will work closely with Eckerd College science faculty and certified science teachers. They will spend their evenings participating in team activities.

Campers do not need to have an advanced understanding of science to attend, but they are expected to be excited and motivated to learn!

The Program

Waves are all around us and we experience them in different ways: ocean waves knocking us over, sound waves delivering our favorite songs, and light waves showing us the world around us. Students will explore how waves move and what they can do as well as the many ways we can use them to investigate the world around us from atoms to galaxies. The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Light so students will explore light as a wave (and a particle) by working with lasers, lenses, and fiber optics. They will build their own spectroscope as well as use and interpret data from research grade instruments.

Lab Activities Include:

  • Exploring Cosmic Bar Codes Light from molecules and stars
  • Kool-Aid Spectroscopy What does light tell you about Kool-Aid?
  • 3D "Photography" Making holograms
  • Building a Rainbow Separating and mixing colors of light

Participants will have the opportunity to use campus recreational facilities (swimming pool, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts) under supervision of camp counselors.

A great way to learn about science and experience life on a college campus!

Where to Stay During the Week

Participants will live on the Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg on Florida's Gulf Coast.


Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. The 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275 exit 17. Directions to campus are available here.


Campers are supervised in the late afternoon, evenings and overnight by well-trained Eckerd College students who are eager to share their enthusiasm for science and teamwork.  Our team also includes a "house mother" who will live in the dorms along with the counselors and campers.


Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls reserved exclusively for Summer Science Splash participants. Counselors will be present in each residence hall.


Campers will eat in the main cafeteria located just steps from the residence halls. Nutritious, youth-friendly food is served on a daily basis in the summer. We can accommodate allergies, gluten free, vegetarian and a variety of other special diets.

Sessions I & II are full.  Please call 727-864-7783 to be placed on a waitlist.

There are two sessions available:

  • Session I: July 5 – 10
  • Session II: July 12 – 17

Students may apply for only one session.

Items Needed To Complete Your Application:

  1. Application Form / Payment – Session I: July 5-10 or Session II:  July 12-17
  2. Participant Agreement
  3. Brief Student Statement
  4. Scholarship Application

Your application will not be complete until we are in receipt of items 1 through 3.  

Important Information

Session I: July 5 - 10,
Session II: July 12 - 17
Students may apply for only one session.

Open to:
Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2015

$398 per student. Cost includes: participation in all science labs and activities, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging, snacks and camp T-shirt.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If you wish to apply for a partial scholarship, complete the Scholarship Application.


You must first register and submit payment before completing the Participant Agreement and Student Statement.  Completing and submitting these documents does not register your child in this camp. Thank you.

Participant Agreement
Privacy Policy
Refund Policy
Scholarship Application
Student Statement

II-VI Foundation

Summer Science Splash Camp is funded by the II-VI Foundation, their mission is "To encourage and enable students to pursue a career in engineering, science and mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence."
II-VI Foundation