Explore chemistry through "Chem Camps" this summer at Calvin University!

Calvin's "Chem Camps" programs feature demonstrations and hands-on experiments designed to teach introductory chemical concepts using fun and entertaining methods. "Chem Camps" tackle sophisticated topics—things like acids and bases, fat analysis of foods, and reactivity of metals—in a fun and intellectually challenging way. This isn't your regular science class—students should be ready to test, move, shake, drop, throw, challenge, and grow through these "Chem Camp" activities!

The morning and afternoon camp sessions have different activities and are designed for students who are entering grades six, seven, or eight in the upcoming fall season. Students work under the leadership of current university professors and other experienced teachers and staff as they learn about the wonders of the world of chemistry. Learning chemistry through participating in interactive, hands-on experiments while making new friendships with other chemistry lovers is an excellent way to spend your time this summer.  Participants can expect lots of excitement during these great camps!

*NOTE- With respect to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will not offer the "Chem Camps 2020" program this summer. Please visit our department page in the future for further information about "Chem Camps" summer programs. (Updated 6/2/2020)*


Date, Time, Cost

Experiments and topics

  • Physical properties of matter: states of matter, density, fun with gases, CO2 cannons
  • Polymers: experiments with slime, superballs, and silly putty
  • Mixtures: properties of solutions, foam, and gels
  • Chemical reactions: acid/base reactions and reduction/oxidation reactions
  • Separations: chromatography and extraction


Larry Louters—Calvin University, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

For more information, please contact:

Erika Purcell-Williams

Erika Purcell-Williams

Administrative Assistant
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Registration and confirmation

Applications will be reviewed on a “first-come, first-served” basis, with notifications of acceptance sent by email. Applications received after June 1st will be honored only if space is available. These applications (received after June 1st) will also be placed on a wait list, based upon the date received by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. If a spot opens up for a camper, applicants will be notified as soon as possible regarding the opportunity.

Cancellation policy

Prior to June 1st, 90% of the camp fee will be refunded upon receipt of a written request for cancellation. After June 1st, refund requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis; the camp program director (Prof. Larry Louters) will determine all final decisions regarding refunds. The college may cancel or postpone any session because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a session is cancelled or postponed by the college, the college will refund 100% of registration fees.


All instruction, supervision, equipment/materials, lab supplies and a T-shirt are covered by the fee. Snacks and lunches are not provided.


Activities and demonstrations in these programs are designed to be safe and students are taught standard laboratory safety techniques. However, the college does not provide insurance for its camps and its liability must be based on fault. Health and insurance information will be required from all participants.