Discover Science with Dr. Bear - Dr. Bear's Cubs Summer Science Experience 2020
Thank you for your interest in applying to Dr. Bear Cubs Summer Science Experience ("SSE") 2020. SSE is a free week-long summer camp for students entering 3rd-5th grade and will be held from Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th 2020 at Children's National Hospital in conjunction with one District of Columbia Public Libraries branch.

This summer, we invite children entering grades 3-5 to apply to attend Dr. Bear’s Cubs Summer Science Experience, a week-long camp experience with the theme “Inside Out and Outside In” held at Children’s National Hospital in conjunction with District of Columbia Public Libraries.

Students attending this free camp will have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with physicians, nurses and scientists while exploring the inner workings of the body, the nuances of human behavior, and topics such as microbiology. Daily activities include science experiments (possibly including a brain dissection), arts and crafts, demonstrations from field experts and insider tours of different hospital departments.

Using the scientific knowledge of hospital staff augmented by new research skills at the library, students will work on a project showcasing their new understanding of the human body. They will share a presentation with parents, families and staff on the last day of camp.

Dr. Bear’s Cubs Summer Science Experience will accept between 20 and 25 students entering grades 3-5 who have a strong teacher/school staff recommendation and creative personal submission.

Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 2020; drop-off at Children’s will be at 8:45am and pick-up will be at 4pm; parents and caregivers are solely responsible for transportation to and from Children’s (111 Michigan Ave. NW) at these times. Free breakfast, lunch and one snack daily will be served to campers.

The nomination packet must be completed and returned no later than March 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Julia Miller at 202-476-7031 or via email at We will respond to your application with an admission decision within 2-4 weeks of receipt. If your child is accepted to the program, you will be required to fill out a packet including health information, permission slips and other releases.

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Dr. Bear Cubs Summer Science Experience is offered through Discover Science with Dr. Bear (“SCIENCE”) at Children's National Hospital (CNH). CNH was awarded a five year Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health to form a partnership with the DC Public Library System (DCPL) to offer hands-on STEM and arts programs focused on health issues of concern to District of Columbia families, including asthma, obesity, and mental health. We have brought “SCIENCE” programming to seven DCPL branches with afterschool and weekend activities and additionally offer summer camp programming.

The information provided in this application will NOT be shared outside of SSE staff and will be stored securely.

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing this form, please contact Julia Miller, Program Coordinator, at 202.476.7031 or
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