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

Calvin's "Chem Camps" 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 6, 7 or 8 in the fall. Participants can expect lots of excitement!


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, reduction/oxidation reactions
  • Separations: chromatography and extraction


Larry Louters - Calvin College Professor of Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

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For more information, please contact:

Erika Purcell-Williams

Erika Purcell-Williams

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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 1 will be honored only if space is available.
Cancellation policy
Prior to June 1, 90% of the camp fee will be refunded upon receipt of a written request for cancellation. After June 1, refund requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The college may cancel or postpone any session because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a session is cancelled or postponed, the college will refund 100 percent of registration fees.
All instruction, supervision, materials, supplies and a T-shirt are covered by the fee. Snacks and lunches are not provided.
Financial aid
Information and applications for partial financial aid are available upon request. Those who qualify for federal free or reduced lunch programs are given first priority, but other requests are considered based on availability of funds.
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.