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 2024 will be July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2024. Students currently in Grades 4, 5, and 6 for the 2023-2024 school year are eligible to participate. The fee is $350.

Both weeks have reached the maximum number of participants and registration is closed as of June 1, 2024.  All scholarships for 2024 have been awarded as of May 21.

You may add your name to the wait list for either week to be contacted if an opening should occur.

If you experience a problem with the registration form or payment processing, please DO NOT  register again and contact [email protected] for assistance.

The Williams College Summer Science Lab is a fantastic science experience for children in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the 2023-2024 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, Professor Amanda Turek will present chemical mysteries to the young scientists. The following morning, the professor 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 2024, these week-long labs will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 8th-12th and July 15th-19th, 2024.

Both sessions will cover similar content. We invite registrations for any child in the 4th,  5th, or 6th grade for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The cost of the 2024 program is $350. Payment is due in full upon registration. Williams College has funded twelve scholarships.  To request scholarship funding, please email [email protected] prior to completing the registration form.   (All scholarships have been awarded at this time, as of May 21, 2024.)

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.

Due to rising costs, bus transportation will not be provided.   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 Presentations: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registrations are processed in order of receipt of all materials:

  • Online registration form – select the week below
    • Week 1, July 8-12, 2024
    • Week 2, July 15-19, 2024
  • Payment: online or paper check (**see below)
  • Document for reference, as it is completed during online registration: Science Lab Waiver
  • Document for reference, as it is completed during online registration: Lab Safety Rules

**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.