Get charged up!

The Year of the Electron

Summer Science Splash is a week-long residential summer camp funded by the II-VI Foundation (contributing $500 per student) 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. Campers 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!

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Important Information

Session I: July 10 – 15
Session II: July 17 – 22

Students may apply for only one session.

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2016

$449 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 were available.

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
Student Statement

The Program

Modern life depends on the motion of electrons: from computer circuits to chemical reactions in fuel cell. Summer Science Splash students will build batteries and solar cells, wire circuits for alarms, run generators, take data from transducers, and explore oxidation and reduction reactions. They will learn about current, magnetism and electrochemistry.

Lab Activities Include:

  • Building an Arbot
  • Making Solar Cells
  • Silvering Glass
  • Magnets and Motors

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!

Room & Board

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 & Map


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.


Items Needed To Complete Your Application:

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


There are two sessions available:

Session I: July 10 – 15
Session I is full. Please call 727-864-7783 for wait list.
Session II: July 17 – 22
Session II is full. Please call 727-864-7783 for wait list.

Students may apply for only one session.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • cancellations within 14 days of camp start date
  • if a participant fails to show-up for camp
  • if a participant is dismissed from the camp by the College

Registrations that are cancelled prior to the no refund period will be assessed a $25 administrative fee.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact or 727-864-8058.

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.”