Summer Programs (K-8)

TMSC's Summer of Science Adventures gives students in grades K-8 the chance to explore some (very) cool science, nature and technology -- all on a one-of-a-kind mountaintop campus!


On this page:  Overview, Course Catalogs, Scholarships, Food, Buses, Medical, Tours, Sample Daily Schedule, Student Volunteers. 


For 2018, we’re holding the line on prices for all classes!  You’ll pay the same tuition as last year, plus there are early bird specials of 15% off through March 1, and 10% off through April 1 (no fooling!).  Talcott Members also get $20 off each course.  We will now pass through the registration fee per course, which is $5.95, and applies whether you register online or with a mail-in form.  Mail-in forms do require a paper check for payment.  Online registration is via credit card, debit card, or electronic check. With discounts, member prices, and no tuition increase, you’re still ahead of the game!


General science courses include "Fledglings" for K-3 plus there are single-topic courses for K-3 and 4-8! (Grade level is the grade they will be entering in the fall.)

Contests happen weekly, (chess, structures, paper airplanes, self-propelled vehicles & more!) as well as planetarium and magic shows and special presentations!


"Bring a lunch and snack and dress for the weather." Students should bring a "bag lunch" that does not need heating or refrigeration, and a morning snack if desired. As peanut allergies are the most common, please help by limiting the use of peanuts in lunches as much as possible. For students with allergies, we will designate a "peanut-free" and/or "nut-free" table at lunch and snack, and designate other allergies as needed.  


A medical / permission form is available on the registration page as well as here. No doctor is needed to complete this. We have a nurse on site during the summer program.  If your child has medications needed during the week, our staff will collect them at the first day AM bus stop and return them at the last day PM bus stop. Medications must be in the original prescription packaging with prescribing information intact and a physician's authorization form available here.  


View our catalog for the 2018 Summer Programs for Grade K-3 and Grades 4-8.  A paper application (required if you will be paying by paper check) is available here.


Scholarships - A limited number of scholarships are available for Hartford and East Hartford. Students must be residents of Hartford or East Hartford, and must quailify for assistance program.  Watch this space for an announcement when scholarships open.  


Tours of Talcott:  Want to visit before your child attends? We have a tour every Thursday at 4 PM starting April 3. Please call (860) 677-8571 to sign up.  


Schedule - Courses meet Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 4 PM, with included bus transportation from Hartford Public Library Downtown (Arch St Entrance), Bishop's Corner Library West Hartford and Sperry Park in Avon.  Students bring a lunch and snack, and dress for the weather!  The day looks like this:

9 AM - Arrival, morning announcements

9:15 - 10:30 - Coursework

10:30 - 10:45 - Snack Break

10:45 - 12:00 - Coursework

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch & Recess (indoor activities in bad weather)

1:00 - 2:00 - Coursework

2:00 - 3:00 - Coursework

3:00 - 3:45 - Specials including Contest Fridays, Planetarium Show, Science Demos, Outdoor Activities and one "work-though" day.  

3:45 - 4:00 - Dismissal & depart for PM bus stops.  


Science Center Scholars - Summer Volunteer Opportunities

For our summer program, we have student volunteers, “Science Center Scholars” who have distinguished themselves in STEM related activities and can assist our scientist/instructors in our courses.  

To be eligible, you must be:

- a current High School Student (rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior)


- an alumnus/alumna of Talcott Mountain programs (including the Academy)

- OR 

- alumnus/alumna of a STEM / robotics event / team (Invention Convention, CT Science Fair, OM, MathCounts, etc.)

You will need to provide a letter of reference from a teacher or STEM team coach that reflects your aptitude and fitness for working with students in an educational setting, and visit the Center prior to your volunteer time.

Our summer program runs for eight weeks, Jun 26 through Aug 18.  You may volunteer for any combination of the eight weeks.  Courses are in the grade bands K-3 and 4-8 and meet from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Transportation is provided from three bus stops; Hartford, West Hartford and Avon.  

For more information or to apply, please contact