Art 2 Science Summer Camp

COVID-19 update: The University of Notre Dame has cancelled most on-campus K-12 summer programs for 2020, including Art 2 Science. We are currently planning camp style activities for families to do at home, and will be posting more details on our website here as well as social media.

During June and July, we will live stream activities 3 times a week for different audiences. However, anyone can participate in any activity they find interesting, and all will be recorded and posted on YouTube for later viewing. Supply lists will be provided ahead of time, and some supplies will be available for pick-up locally in South Bend, IN.

Monday afternoons - recommended ages 7-11

Thursday evenings - recommended ages 12+

Saturday mornings - activities for the whole family

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This camp seeks to ignite stellar imaginations through an integrated STEAM approach to learning. Participants learn about math, science, and engineering through a variety of art styles. Each session, 150 campers are divided into groups by age and rotate through 24 hands-on activities, Activities are designed by collaborations with local artists, science teachers, and more! For examples, see the sample schedule and highlight videos below.

For students ages 8-12

Sponsored by

  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Center for the Evolution of Elements (JINA-CEE)
  • Notre Dame Department of Physics
  • Jordan Hall of Science
  • Friends and Family of Deb Notestine

2020 camp has been cancelled.

Fee Information

Registration fees include a week of programming including 20-24 unique hands-on activities, and lunch and a snack each day. Students will also receive a water bottle and notebook the first morning.

The camp fees are based on a sliding scale according to your household eligibility school lunch fees. Payment is due at the time of registration. If your school provides all students with free lunch, you homeschool, or don't know your lunch eligibility, please see these guidelines.

If your family pays full lunch prices (or would at a traditional public school), the camp fee is $150 (session 1) or $200 (session 2) per child
If your family is eligible for a reduced lunch fee, the camp fee is $75 (session 1) or $100 (session 2) per child.
If your family is eligible for free lunches or SNAP, the camp is $10 per child.

Our philosophy is that no child should be denied an educational experience due to finances. If you would like a discount for multiple children or if the fees above would pose a hardship for your family please email us. You can also contact us if you would prefer to pay by check or money order.

Camp Staff

They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a large crew of amazing people to facilitate this camp. Community members can be camp counselors who guide one group of students through all of the activities, or activity leaders, who teach one activity to all campers. Most of the camp staff volunteer their time and effort.

K-12 school teachers and parents can participate in the camp as Adult Counselors.

Teenagers can participate in the camp as Junior Counselors, which is a volunteer position. Teens must be at least 15 years of age and have completed the 9th grade by summer. Exceptions may be made for students 13-14 who have previously attended the camp as a student.

Activities are developed in collaboration with local artists, scientists, and teachers as well as organizations such as St Joseph County Parks!

I can't thank you enough for bringing Art 2 Science to the community. My son gave the camp a "10 out of 10" -- only one of two camps given that honor in his very full lineup of summer camps! - Parent of 2016 camper

Program Contact

JINA-CEE Outreach

225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame , IN 46556
a2s@nd.edu