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 is an article about Summer Science Lab 2016 in the local newspaper:

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


2018 Dates & Registration Details

Please note: Both weeks are now full. Please check back in February for 2019 registration details.

For 2018, these week-long labs will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 9th-13th and July 16th – 20th, 2018.

Both sessions will cover similar content, although we will try to tailor each week to the interests and abilities of the children. Any child entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2018 is invited to attend.

The cost of the 2018 program is $225 for early-bird registration before May 1st, 2018, and $250 for registration after May 1st, 2018.  Payment is due in full upon registration. Scholarships are available by checking the appropriate box on the online registration form. 

Additionally, we are excited to be piloting 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.

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

Please register online here, and then mail your check, payable to Williams College, along with the signed Science Lab Waiver (.doc) and Lab Safety Rules (.doc), to:

Summer Science Lab
c/o Center for Learning in Action
Williams College
Brooks House
983 Main St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Please email [email protected] with any questions.