Students with a love for science are encouraged to participate in the spring break camps at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Students with a love for science are encouraged to participate in the spring break camps at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

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Cranbrook holds first spring break camps

By: Mary Genson | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 5, 2024


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For the first time, Cranbrook Institute of Science is holding a spring break STEAM camp March 26, 27 and 28.

Students will get to explore the subjects of physics, astronomy or innovation science through fun and engaging workshops, the institute said. Students in grades one-six are encouraged to participate, especially if they are passionate about science.

Each day will bring new activities, and students can sign up for one day or all three days. Danielle DiFalco, the Cranbrook Institute of Science education manager, described the spring break camps as a “taste of one of our summer camp days.” However, she added that there will not be any repeat activities between the spring and summer camps.

On March 26, the theme is physics; on March 27, the theme is astronomy; and on March 28, the theme is innovation.

“All three days will include hands-on workshops, design thinking and an engineering problem-solving and building-type interactive,” DiFalco said.

Students will be combined into three groups, depending on grade level.

Cameron Wood is one of the camp staff helping coordinate the fifth-sixth grade camp. Wood provided examples of activities the age group will be doing on each themed day.

On astronomy day, students will create a solar system mobile. On physics day, they will make a homemade Newton’s cradle. On innovation day, they will be asked to design an exoplanet and a lifeform that could hypothetically live on that planet. These activities are among many the students will have the opportunity to do during camp, according to the institute.

“We hope that it’s something that would appeal to quite a broad variety of kids, but certainly those with an interest in science,” Wood said.

In addition to the hands-on learning at camp, students will explore the museum’s interactive exhibits, view a planetarium show and watch an energetic stage science performance.

Camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and campers are asked to bring a packed lunch. No before or after care is available. Each day costs $110 for members and $125 for non-members. Registration for each day is separate.

For more information on the Cranbrook Institute of Science’s STEAM camp, visit