The planetarium offers summer camps every year!

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


CINSAM (Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics) together with PGET are offering a Summer Academy designed specifically for High-School students looking to deepen their content knowledge, prepare for future classes and bolster their resume in preparation for college applications.  Academies are a way to make like-minded friends and have fun while exploring concepts that are beyond the lessons taught in most high-school classrooms.

This summer academy will expose you to high-level subjects and experiences. Our academy will challenge you to use critical thinking and teamwork, while having fun and exploring topics that you love!

Student Requirements

High school students (rising 9th -12th graders) graduating between 2019 and 2022.

Students must have a passion and enthusiasm for STEM concepts.

Students are encouraged (but not required) to ask a teacher or mentor to submit a short letter of recommendation to 

For any questions regarding camp programming, contact CINSAM (


Earth & Space Science Academy: Discovering Our Planet and Beyond
June 11-15

Rising 9th to 12th graders
Times:     8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Enrollment: 18
Cost: $300
Location:  NKU Science Center
Application deadline is April 1st. 

The Earth and Space Science Academy is built on a collaboration between the NKU geology, astronomy, and public history programs and Haile Planetarium at NKU. As part of the program, students will build their own telescope, go on a geology field trip, and have a chance to direct a planetarium show using the Haile Planetarium’s multimillion dollar equipment! 

Main Topics:

Geology: How do caves form? What is special about the geology of Northern Kentucky?

Telescopes: How does a telescope work and how is a telescope made?

Astronomy: What constellations can I see in the night sky? What is an asteroid and how does it form? How were the planets formed? How can I use the sky to tell time?

Project Design: How do I design and build a professional museum exhibit?


Astronomy Camp
June 18 -22

Times:     12 noon - 4pm
Grades:    Rising 6th - 8th Graders
Enrollment: 36
Cost: $140
Location:  NKU Science Center and Haile Digital Planetarium
Standard registration deadline is May 18th. Deadline for late registration June 4th.

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 using a Kinect to control the planetarium.


Rock-it with Rockets!
July 16-20

Time(s):   12 noon - 4pm
Grade(s):  Rising 3rd - 5th Graders
Enrollment: 20
Cost: $140
Location:  NKU Science Center
Standard registration deadline is June 16th. Deadline for late registration July 2nd.

Rock-it with Rockets!! Camp gives elementary students entering grades 3-5 in the fall of 2018 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 “Cardboard Rocket” to start off their learning experience.




for camps through NKU Community Connections.

  • If registering multiple students, you must create a new new account with a unique email address for each student. 
  • All registration questions or issues should be directed to Community Connections ( or 859-572-5600).

Scholarships are available for low-income students who meet the requirements for the "Free & Reduced Meal" programs in KY and OH. Parents have the option to apply for a scholarship on the registration form.

For any questions regarding camp programming, contact CINSAM ( or 859-572-1308)