Summer 2018 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 8 – 13, 2018 full
Session II: July 15 – 20, 2018 full

Students may apply for only one session.
To be placed on a waiting list, please call 727.864.7783.

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2018
$498 per student

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

Limited number of partial scholarship available.

You must first register and submit payment before completing the Parental Waiver 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
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

Catch the Wave: Light and Optics

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. 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.

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 8 – 13, 2018 full
Session II: July 15 – 20, 2018 full

Students may apply for only one session.
To be placed on a waiting list, please call 727.864.7783.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Withdrawal Date Refund
60 days before start date 100%
30 days before start date 50%
20 days before start date 20%
<20 days before start date 0%

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.”