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.


General science courses include "Fledglings" for K-3 and "Explorers" for Gr. 4-8, 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.  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 form is available on the registration page.  No doctor is needed to complete this.  If you 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.  


Check our catalog of programs for Gr. K-3 and 4-8 or download a printable 2016 TMSC Summer Course listing. *New this year:  Camp Invention® InventNow MORPHED and EPIC for Gr. 1-3 & 4-6.


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 programs including free/reduced school meals, SNAP, HUSKY, etc.  Scholarships are for one week per summer per student.  


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


Schedule - Courses meet Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 4 PM, with transportation from Hartford Public Library Downtown Hartford, Bishop's Corner 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 - Course Session

10:30 - 10:45 - Snack Break

10:45 - 12:00 - Course Session

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

1:00 - 2:00 - Course Session

2:00 - 3:00 - Course Session

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

3:45 - 4:00 - Dismissal