Summer Science Lab

A Williams student showing an elementary school student how to transfer liquids between beakersA Williams student demonstrates a science experiment to 3 elementary students.

Summer Science Lab 2023 is complete.  Fifty-nine students participated in the labs over the course of two weeks.   Thanks to all those on the SSL staff who made this experience possible.

Words cannot properly express the gratitude to Emeriti Professors David Richardson and Charles Lovett for creating this program and sustaining it for 25 years.   It is hoped that SSL will continue for many years based on the program they have created.

Please check back in March 2024 for details regarding SSL 2024.   (updated July 28, 2023)


The Williams College Summer Science Lab is a fantastic science experience for children in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. Students in groups of four will experiment with various substances in Williams College laboratories. Williams College students will guide each lab group in investigating multiple chemical reactions relating to solids, liquids, and gasses. Two lab weeks are offered in July. Monday – Thursday afternoons, Emeriti Professors David Richardson and Charles Lovett will present chemical mysteries to the young scientists. The following morning, the professors will explain, through demonstrations and experiments, the chemistry behind those mysteries.

Here are two articles about Summer Science Lab in the local media:

Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
–, July 16, 2018

Williams College Summer Science Lab offers ‘wow’ factor
– The Berkshire Eagle, July 19, 2016

For 2023, these week-long labs will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 10th-14th and July 17th-21st, 2023.

Both sessions will cover similar content, although we strive to tailor each week to the interests and abilities of the children. We invite registrations for any child in the 4th,  5th, or 6th grade for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The cost of the 2023 program is $325. Payment is due in full upon registration. Scholarships are available by checking the appropriate box on the online registration form. 

Cancellation Policy: For all cancellations, $50 of the program registration fee is non-refundable. The remainder of the fee is refundable if another student fills the spot within seven (7) days.

Summer Science Lab will follow the protocols set forth by Williams College regarding any masking and social distancing in place on campus in July.

Due to rising costs, bus transportation will not be provided (as of February 21, 2023).   Parents may agree to share their contact information to connect to other parents interested in carpooling. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form if you are interested in sharing your contact information.

Please note that Summer Science Lab fills up quickly, so early registration is advised! Registrations are processed in order of receipt of all required materials (online form, full payment, Science Lab Waiver, Lab Safety Form). Space in the Summer Science Lab is confirmed when all materials are received.

Camp Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday Picnic Dinner & Presentations: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Registrations are processed in order of receipt of all materials:

**Paper checks should be made out to “Williams College.” Please include SSL and the child’s surname in the memo line. Mail to the address below.

Return completed forms to Summer Science Lab c/o Center for Learning in Action, Brooks House, 983 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267, or email [email protected].

Please email [email protected] with any questions.