Summer Programs


Camp Cosmos - Summer 2018

July 9-20, weekdays

The Planetarium at Wayne State University is excited to announce our eighth Astronomy Summer Camp, Camp Cosmos.

Camp Cosmos is a two-week long astronomy and physics day camp designed for student ages 12-15 (suggested grades 7-10).  


  • Recommended ages: 12-15

  • Camp hours: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday (except for July 20th which is 9am-1pm)

    • Early drop-off or late pick-up arranged at no additional cost.                                                                   

  • Location: Wayne State University Planetarium, Rm 0209 Old Main, 4841 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 


Students will investigate the night sky and explore astronomy beginning in our own Solar System, then expanding outwards to the Milky Way galaxy and the universe beyond! Learn about the Big Bang, stellar evolution, supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, galaxies and cosmology as well as current mysteries like dark matter and dark energy!

In addition to these out-of-this-world experiences, we'll also do field trips to local venues, like the Detroit Institute of Arts and Wayne State's Rock Climbing wall.

WSU Camp Cosmos is a cosmic experience!

Local Excursions this year include:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, including the Star Wars Costume Exhibit!
  • Michigan Science Center
  • WSU Natural History Museum
  • WSU Rock Climbing Wall
  • WSU Rec Center

Hands on activites this year include:

  • Rock Lab
  • Seismology with Dr. Burdick
  • Dry Ice Comets and Solar Telescopes with Ben
  • Optics Lab and Wacky Physics with Dr. Kelly
  • Constellations across Cultures with Dr. McCullen
  • Solar System Walk with Dr. Conn
  • Phantastic Physics Phenomena with Dr. Kauppila
  • Liquid Nitrogen Experiments and Flash Frozen Snacks


2016 Camp Cosmos Itinerary
2015 Camp Cosmos Itinerary
2014 Camp Cosmos Itinerary
2013 Camp Cosmos Itinerary
2012 Camp Cosmos Itinerary 
2011 Camp Cosmos Itinerary


Questions about Camp Cosmos

Please contact Camp Cosmos Program Director: Ben Coughenour, ph. 313-577-6455,