UW-Whitewater Science Detectives Camp

Join us this summer for “Science Detectives” – a fun and exciting day camp that will look into the science that is all around us in our daily lives! This camp meets on the UW-Whitewater campus and will provide an opportunity to receive an educational experience from some of Whitewater’s most dynamic science professors. It is a great way for campers to create memories, while exploring side by side with other students who have an interest in science.  This camp is available to players entering grades 3-8 in Fall 2018.

Junior Investigators:    Grades 3 - 5
Science Detectives:    Grades 6 - 8

Date: Next Camp will be run in 2019

Register OnlineOpens in 2019!

Registrations accepted online until noon four days prior to event. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Camper: $150

Fees Include

Registration fee includes lunches, camp shirt, a lab notebook and insurance. Registrants should attend all three days of the camp.


Early cancellations will receive a full refund minus 6% cancellation fee if the cancellation is requested 7 days prior to the camp. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or registrants sent home for disciplinary reasons.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name and event session. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

Health Form

Please bring a completed Clinic Health Information Form to check-in on the first day of your session.

Clinic Health FormClick to download.

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the session for check-in at Upham Hall.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required to park in campus lots.   More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, iTouch, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

Days 1 & 2

Tuesday – Wednesday (8:30 am - 4:15 pm)

Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics! Students will be divided into two groups (“Junior Investigators” for Grades 3-5 and “Science Detectives” for Grades 6-8). Each group will experience age-appropriate activities and demonstrations in all four scientific disciplines. Days 1-2 will provide an interactive introduction to special topics in biology, chemistry, geography, and physics, and will include many hands-on activities in each subject!

Day 3

Thursday (8:30 am - 4:15 pm)

Team up with your fellow investigators for a project using science to answer additional questions about the world around us! Students will pick a preferred subject and will work in teams to investigate a question and create a poster summarizing their results. Rank your child’s topic choice on the registration panel as (1) for most preferred to (4) for least preferred between Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics. Topic assignments are assigned on a first come first-served basis, and space for all topics is limited to keep group sizes small. Parents and friends are invited to join us for a poster session at the end of the day!

Parents and friends are invited to join us for a poster session at the end of the day!



This year's biology topic will focus on the biology of light perception. Activities will include projects about the development of the eye, light perception in humans, and photosensitivity. On day 3, we will use ultraviolet light to study fluorescent tadpoles!


Acids and bases are all around us! This year's chemistry sessions will focus on pH and acidity of different materials, how to measure this property, and its importance in the world around us! We will investigate acids and bases using hands-on experiments. On day 3, we will investigate acidity in the environment and its impact on water, soil, and agriculture where we live and around the world!


Let's think about the weather and climate! In the geography portion of camp this year, we will examine clouds and precipitation by analyzing maps and making observations, both indoors and out. On day 3, we will study acid rain and its impact on plants, animals, and entire ecosystems!


In the physics sessions this year, we will explore light and color! We will investigate characteristics of light and fluorescence and will make images using pinhole cameras and lenses. On day 3, we will use the physics of light and color to examine different organisms with microscopes! 


Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.