2020 Summer Camp

Summer Science Splash is a week-long residential summer camp funded by the II-VI Foundation and hosted by Eckerd College.

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 college students and research scientists. Work closely with Eckerd College science faculty, certified science teachers, and Eckerd College students majoring in the sciences. Spend your evenings participating in games, watching movies, contributing to team activities and more. Between daily experiments and evening events, work with your team to gain points for prizes.

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

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in Fall 2020
$532 per student

Cost includes: participation in all science labs and activities, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging, snacks and camp t-shirt.

Please Note: To take full advantage of the opportunities of the Summer Science Splash Camp, students are expected to remain on campus for the full session. Eckerd College does not allow family or friends to make visits to campus or take students off campus during the program.

The Program

Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics: The Science of Many-Body Systems

Thermodynamics drives processes like chemical reactions and the transfer of heat energy and in combination with fluid dynamics, drives many mechanical and biological processes. This often means dealing with a vast number of particles (many-body systems). Summer Science Splash Camp students will explore these by making cold water boil, observing flames without burning, and building vortex cannons.

Lab Activities Include:

  • Conductivity: Why do metal benches feel colder than cloth-covered seats?
  • Exothermic/Endothermic Reactions: Chemical reactions with lots of heat and energy.</span<
  • Ideal Gases: Using Alka-Selzer to inflate a balloon?
  • Entropy: Measuring order/disorder?

Room & Board

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


Our 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 & Map


At the conclusion of daily labs, 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.


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.


Please be sure to complete the following items to register your student. Registration must be completed in this order:

  • Registration Form/Payment
  • Medical Information Form
  • Parental Release and Waiver

Your registration will not be complete until we are in receipt of the mandatory items.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Withdrawal DateRefund
60 days before start date100%
30 days before start date50%
20 days before start date20%
<20 days before start date0%

The processing fee of $25 is non-refundable for those who withdraw from the program. If students are not accepted into the program, they will receive a full refund.

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • If a participant fails to show up for the program.
  • If a participant is dismissed from the program by the College.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact summerconferences@eckerd.edu or 727.864-7783.

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.”