The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

2018 Explore Herrett S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In

  • Who: For kids in grades 3 through 5
  • When:
    • Drop-off/sign-in: Friday, March 9th, 6:00 PM
    • Pick-up: Saturday, March 10th, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • What:
    The Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho is excited to invite students to the 20th annual “S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In” overnight event. This program is designed for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are interested in learning about various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) topics in a fun, engaging environment.  Participants are invited to the museum for an evening packed with educational workshops, a planetarium show, a trip to the observatory, and many other fun activities.  The Camp-In is meant to show students that STEAM is everywhere, and it's really fun!

    Each camper gets:
    • A 2018 Camp-In T-shirt
    • Two interactive workshops (see options, below)
    • Planetarium show
    • Snacks!
    • Observatory visit
    • Camping overnight in the museum
    • Saturday morning breakfast
    • Scavenger hunt/hands-on activity tables
  • Fee:
    $50 per camper

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I select workshops for my child?
    Workshops are grouped in pairs.  Each camper will participate in both workshops of a group.  Please rank the workshop groups of your child's preference from 1 (first choice) to 8 (last choice).  Because workshop groups are assigned on a first come, first served basis, not all participants will get their first choice of workshop groups.  (The earlier you register, the higher the probability of getting your top choices before they fill up!)

  • How do I register my child?
    Registrations may be submitted by mailing the registration form and check to:
    Herrett Center Science Camp-In
    P.O. Box 1238
    Twin Falls, ID 83303

    Or, register by phone:
    (208) 732-6655

  • What should I pack for my child?
    We ask that participants pack lightly for this event. Please only bring the bedding required for sleeping and any vital necessities. Pajamas and a change of clothes are not necessary, as children will just sleep in the clothes that they wear to the event. Registrants will receive a list of suggested camp-in items with their confirmation packet.

  • What should my child wear?
    Children will be travelling around campus at night, so please wear weather appropriate clothing. Children will also be sleeping in the clothes that they wear, so they should be comfortable.

  • Will food be served at the event?
    Please feed children a full dinner before arriving at the event. Snacks will be provided throughout the evening, including pizza at around midnight and a light breakfast in the morning. Please notify the Herrett Center of any food allergies when you register.

  • What if I have other questions not listed above?
    Contact our "Camp-in Director" Kindy Combe
    Phone: (208) 732-6664


A Spark in the Air Dangerous Art Ahead!
Participants will “play” with air pressure and static electricity. Prepare for some bright sparks and loud bangs. You will be shocked and blown away! Participants in this workshop will create acid rain using dihydrogen oxide* and sodium chloride**. Students will use then make artworks featuring creepy creatures using synthetic fibers as an applicator***. Students will also conduct other water-based experiments.
*Water    **Salt    ***Painting with brushes, salt, and watercolors.
Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry Makerspace!
Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations! Participants will get in an introduction to CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing.
Birds, Beaks, and Bottles Dynamic Volcanoes
Participants will examine preserved birds to identify different beak types and hypothesize on diet. Students will be given different beak types to participate in a feeding frenzy to see who can survive. Owl pellets will be examined and dissected to learn about what the owls have been eating. Students will make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle so they can continue their observations of birds after they return home.
*This workshop requires dissecting a real owl pellet and handling real animal bones.
Participants will learn all about volcanos and how they work through videos, experiments and other activities. Students will have the chance to create their own mini volcanos which will all erupt together at the end of the workshop!
Honey, I Shrunk the Solar System Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry
Appreciate the vast scale of the Solar System and the relative size of its major components. Hands-on activities include making Play-Doh 1:8,000,000,000 scale models of the planets and placing them at their proper distances from a scale sun. Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations!
The Microscopic World Edible DNA!
Participants will learn how microscopes work and then use them to look at living and non-living objects under different magnifications. Students will then get to create their own microscope slides of such things as living protozoans, cheek cells, insect parts and more! Students will get to examine their slides under multiple magnifications. Participants will extract real DNA from household ingredients that they can look at under a microscope. They will then build their very own edible DNA models using candy! Students will learn that DNA is everywhere, in all living things.
3,2,1 Blastoff! Full Steam Ahead!
Participants build and launch their very own water bottle rocket constructed from 2-liter soda bottles, tennis balls, and wood fins. Newton’s Laws of motion, which govern rocket flight, are discussed, enlightening the students on what makes their rockets, and NASA’s, lift off the pad and reach for the sky and beyond. Pop-pop boats, putt-putt boats, or puff-puff boats—whatever they have been called around the world—these toy steam boats have kept kids entertained for over a hundred years! Participants will have a chance to create their own steam boat and try it out while learning about the science behind its motion.
*Participants will handle lit tea candles.
Sun Prints! Reptile Wranglin'
Participants become part of the sun print photographic process by collecting objects and exposing them using UV light on top of hand-coated, chemically light-sensitive surfaces. The results are beautiful blue photographic impressions! Participants will get a chance to meet some of the Herrett Center’s most interesting objects: our reptiles! Participants will learn how to tell a snake from a lizard, what kinds of snakes live in Idaho, and how to properly handle a reptile.
*Live snakes will be present during this workshop.
Out of This World Art Code: Robot
Nebulae are some of the most beautiful phenomena in the universe and come in a wide variety of colors and designs. Participants will be able to learn what possible elements make the different colors in the nebulae and create their own nebulae in a slightly messy, but very fun art project. Participants will learn the basics of coding and how to program a robot to manipulate the world around them.

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Interested in primitive living, outdoor survival, or even just camping and hiking?  Would you like to learn a unique set of skills?  Then take a crash course in caveman living!  Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of hands-on workshops covering topics such as fire-making, flintknapping, and native plant identification.  Led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, these fun and friendly workshops offer participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment.

Register early!  Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Age 12 and up.  Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2017 Classes Date Time Fee
Sticks & Stones:
A Hands-On Introduction to Stone Age Technology
Monday, March 5th 6:00 to 8:30 PM $25
Tuesday, March 6th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, March 7th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Thursday, March 8th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Spear Chuckin’ 101
Monday, April 23rd 6:00 to 8:30 PM $50
Tuesday, April 24th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, April 25th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 26th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Friday, April 27th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Beginning Bow Making Monday, May 14th 6:00 to 9:00 PM $80
Wednesday, May 16th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 18th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Monday, May 21st 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, May 23rd 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 25th 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Sticks & Stones: A Hands-On Introduction to Stone Age Technology

Primitive tools

Explore Herrett Center Native American collections and create your own prehistoric toolkit using primitive techniques. Participants will create digging sticks, ground-stone objects, and other simple tools.

Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 8th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM. (Attend all four sessions.)

Class limit: 15

Fee: $25

Atlatls: Spear Chuckin' 101


Let loose your inner caveman!  Following an introductory dart-throwing session, participants in this workshop will learn the history of the atlatl, identify and gather local resources, and then design and build a working atlatl and dart set.  Includes all materials.

Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM (Attend all five sessions.)

Class limit: 12

Fee: $50

Beginning Bow Making

Bow and arrow

Discover the basics of manufacturing a simple wooden bow using local materials.  This course explores primitive bow construction, from material selection to final tillering, with an emphasis on process rather than final product.  Students will shape, scrape, sand and finish their own bow.

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, May 14th through the 25th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM (Attend all six sessions.)

Class limit: 10

Fee: $80

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center front desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655, download the registration form (Adobe Acrobat .pdf document), or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.