Summer Science Lab

The Williams College Summer Science Lab is an amazing science experience for children entering 5th or 6th grade. Two lab weeks are offered in July. Students in groups of four will experiment with a variety of substances in Williams College laboratories. Each Lab group will be guided by a Williams College student counselor and will investigate a variety of chemical reactions relating to solids, liquids and gasses. Monday – Thursday afternoons, 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

2020 Dates & Registration Details


Summer Science Lab is not running in July 2020 as Williams College will be closed to activities for July.


Registration is now open! For 2020, these week-long labs will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 6th-10th and July 13th-17th, 2020.

Both sessions will cover similar content, although we will try to tailor each week to the interests and abilities of the children. Any child currently in the 4th or 5th grade in the spring of 2020 is invited to attend.

The cost of the 2020 program is $225 for early-bird registration by May 1st, 2020, and $250 for registration after May 1st, 2020.  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.

We are excited to again offer bus transportation provided by Dufour to Summer Science Lab this year for $50 per week. Stops will be planned for Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Cheshire/Adams, and North Adams. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form if interested in bus transportation. All bus fees are required to be paid in advance along with the program registration fee.

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, check for full payment, Science Lab Waiver and Lab Safety Form). Space in the Summer Science Lab is confirmed when all materials are received.

Camp Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday Pot Luck & Presentations: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Registrations are processed in order of receipt of all materials:

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

Please email [email protected] with any questions.