A group of kids looks at wolves inside a diorama at the Bell Museum

Grades 7-8 Camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Two-day camps for children entering grades 7 and 8 in the 2020-21 school year. Grades 7-8 camps have a maximum of 18 children, and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, including keeping their hands to themselves, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language. A quiet space will be available to campers who need to take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to the group.

Full-day camps
Camp activities take place from 9 am–4 pm, with flexible drop off from 8–9 am and pick up from 4–5 pm.

Brain Power

A group of kids dissecting a sheep brain

How do brains work? Campers will explore different parts of the brain, their functions, and how these areas respond to different stimuli. They’ll learn about the tools neuroscientists use to study the brains and ponder the questions we have yet to answer about the powers of our brain. Campers will even dissect a sheep brain for a better understanding of the form and function of the brain’s different parts!

July 6–7 (Monday and Tuesday)
July 9–10 (Thursday and Friday)

Innovators and Tech

Middle schoolers testing designs with a laptop.

This camp will examine everything from DNA modeling to catapult design as campers discover how engineering touches all aspects of our lives. They’ll also engineer, design, and test their own rockets! Campers will discover the various branches of engineering, including civil and genetic, and explore different science careers.

July 27–28 (Monday and Tuesday)
July 30–31 (Thursday and Friday)


Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-626-9660 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (two-day camp)

Bell members (two-day camp)

Registration opens February 8 for Bell members, February 17 for the general public.

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, special needs, medications and allergies
  • Primary and secondary contact name, address, email, phone number
  • An additional emergency contact name and phone number

More info

Refunds and cancellations
Registrations are partially refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the registration fee—$40 of the registration fee is considered a nonrefundable deposit. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Camper needs
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Filling out the registration form with as much detail as possible will give us the opportunity to prepare any special accommodations and give your camper the best experience possible. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

For more information about camps or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-626-9660.