The planetarium offers summer camps every year!

This year we have camps for elementary and middle school, and a high school summer academy.

Backyard Astronomy Academy

July 8-12, 2019

Times: 12 noon - 4 pm, and 9-11 pm (weather permitting)
Grades: Rising 9th - 12th Graders
Enrollment: 18
Location: Haile Planetarium in NKU Science Center 

Learn how to view the heavens from your backyard! This academy provides an introduction to observational astronomy. Learn to navigate the night sky, tell time using the stars, and use the stars to find directions. This academy will teach you how to use binoculars and telescopes to explore the sky, as well as how to decide what type of telescope to buy. As part of this academy, you will also learn the basics of doing astrophotography with your cell phone.

Participants will receive all the equipment necessary to begin observing the sky with binoculars.

Backyard Astronomy Registration


Astronomy Camp

June 10 - 14, 2019

Times: 12 noon - 4 pm, Friday 7:00-8:30 pm
Grades: Rising 6th - 8th Graders
Enrollment: 36
Location: Haile Planetarium in NKU Science Center 

Astronomy camp at NKU introduces middle school students to the solar system and beyond through use of planetarium shows, hands-on activities, personal control of the planetarium via Kinect, and daytime and nighttime telescope observations (weather permitting). Topics covered include observational astronomy, the sun, planets, asteroids, meteorites, comets, star formation, stellar lifecycles, stellar explosions, galaxies, exoplanets, and large scale structure of the universe. Campers will prepare mini-shows throughout the week and will present them our open house on Friday to each other, their guests, and the general public.

Astronomy Camp Registration


Rock-it with Rockets!

July 8-12, 2019

Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Grades: Rising 3rd - 5th Graders
Enrollment: 20
Location: NKU Science Center

Rock-it with Rockets! Camp gives elementary students entering grades 3-5 in the fall of 2019 a chance to experience science and engineering while testing, designing, and launching rockets. Campers explore different types of rockets including straw rockets, Alka-Seltzer rockets, balloon rockets, and stomp rockets while designing their own model rocket to launch on the last day of camp. They learn about the Engineering Design Process and will use their math skills as we measure and record different types of data to determine the best design. Campers will attend the Haile Planetarium show “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” to start off their learning experience.

Rockets Camp Registration