2022 Summer Camp

Summer Science Splash Registration is now at capacity. Please email SummerConferences@eckerd.edu to add your student to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available. 

Summer Science Splash is a week-long residential summer camp hosted by Eckerd College for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in Fall 2022.

  • 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.

Funding and support

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.”

Session I: June 19-24, 2022

Session II: June 26 – July 1, 2022

$650 per student

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

Junior Teaching Assistants 

Junior Teaching Assistant positions have been created for students who have previously attended Summer Science Splash camp but are no longer age eligible. Learn More & Apply.

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The Program

Thermodynamics, Symmetry and Complexity

Summer Science Splash Camp students will make cold water boil, build fractals, observe flames without burning, and synthesize inorganic molecules. The science of these systems deals with a huge number of particles, is driven by thermodynamics (the study of energy and heat), and requires a way to describe complexity. All of these explorations will take place in state of the art science buildings at Eckerd College.

Lab activities include:

  • Calorimetry and Phase Changes: Measuring the heat of chemical reactions and changes in states of matter
  • Turbulent Flow and Fractals: Chaotic movement and never-ending patterns
  • Exothermic/Endothermic Reactions: Chemical reactions with lots of heat and energy
  • Entropy and Randomness: Measuring order/disorder

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.

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.

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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.

Summer Health Protocols

The College may need to implement various COVID protocols at any or all scheduled camps based on the percentage of positivity rates within the United States, the State of Florida, Pinellas County or any surrounding counties.

The protocols that the College may implement include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased disinfection protocols for all common space areas
  • Required masking for participants in indoor spaces or areas where adequate distancing is not possible
  • Required pre-arrival testing and health screenings
  • Protocols suggested by the Pinellas County Health Department
  • Protocols suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or American Camp Association (ACA)
  • Protocols suggested by the American College Health Association.
  • Protocols suggested by the Florida Department of Health

Protocols for summer 2022 will be released in late winter/early spring 2022.

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 727.864-8312.