Van Andel Education Institute announces new science summer camp: Exciting week-long camps open to students in fourth – seventh grades

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Feb. 28, 2017) Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is now accepting registrations for several week-long summer camps for incoming fourth-to-seventh grade students who are looking for a unique experience where they can learn to think and act like scientist. Students will have the opportunity to investigate animal behaviors by observing and handling amphibians and reptiles or learn about water quality and the environmental concerns facing this important natural resource.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to inspire the next generation of scientists to think creatively and ask questions,” said Terra Tarango, VAEI director and education officer. “This summer we’re looking forward to sharing our passion for science education with local students as they grow their understanding of the world around us.”

Registration is now open for the camp sessions, which cost $185 for the week. Incoming fourth and fifth graders can register for “Animal Survivor: Pill Bugs, Newts & Geckos, Oh My!” the weeks of June 26 or July 17. Incoming sixth and seventh graders can register for “Environmental Forensics: What’s in the water?” the weeks of July 10 or July 24. More information can be found at


Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI), the education division of VAI, is dedicated to strengthening science education through programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities across the educational spectrum, from elementary to high school to teachers. VAEI offers major scientific programs to engage students, teachers, and community members in science and promote science-related fields for all children, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status.

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