Summer 2017 Program Information

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!

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Important Information

Session I: July 9 – 14, 2017
Session II: July 16 – 21, 2017

Both Session I and II are full. Please call 727.864.8444 to be placed on a waitlist. 

Students may apply for only one session.

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2017
$489 per student

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

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.

Privacy Policy
Student Statement
Medical Information Form
Parental Release and Waiver

The Program

From Thermodynamics to Turbulence: The Science of Many-Body Systems

Thermodynamics drives many of the processes we observe: chemical reactions, the transfer of heat energy and many biological processes. This often means dealing with a vast number of particles (many-body systems). Summer Science Splash students will explore these by making cold water boil, building chaotic systems, observing flames without burning, and synthesizing inorganic molecules. And it will all happen in a state of the art science building: the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences.

  • Calorimetry and Phase Changes. Can you really burn calories by drinking ice water?
  • Conductivity. Why do metal benches feel colder than cloth covered seats?
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions. Chemical reactions with lots of heat and energy (no, we can’t burn anything down!)
  • Heat Engines and Ideal Gases. What does an expanding balloon have to do with making things move?

Room & Board

Where to Stay During the Week

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. 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.


Session I: July 9 – 14, 2017
Session II: July 16 – 21, 2017

Both Session I and II are full. Please call 727.864.8444 to be placed on a waitlist.

Students may apply for only one session.

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%

Processing fee of $25 is non-refundable.

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 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.”