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Exploration Place Takes Camp to 26 Northwest Kansas Counties

May 24, 2023

Partnership with Dane G. Hansen Foundation Brings LEGO-themed Education to 26 Counties

WICHITA, Kansas — Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, is taking its acclaimed camp on the road this summer, expanding into 26 counties Northwest Kansas. The initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

Themed “LEGO Mania”, the mobile camp program, will engage students aged 8 to 13 in a five-day immersive experience.  Campers will have the opportunity to construct a LEGO race car, master a trick shot, design and light up their dream city, code a robot to navigate a maze, and much more. The hands-on activities are designed to put science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), in real-world situations, such as the engineering challenge of building a sturdy bridge.

Camp Director Jessica Nickel shared her enthusiasm about the upcoming program, stating, “The unique aspect of this camp is its design – it’s crafted to spark creativity among children across Northwest Kansas, immersing them in design and engineering concepts. It offers an opportunity for children who may not otherwise have access to a STEM camp. Our goal is to make this experience accessible by bringing it directly to them.”

Exploration Place Travel Camps are being offered for just $50 per student or free through needs-based scholarships. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit To apply for a scholarship, visit

The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and through 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. For more information, visit

Exploration Place Travel Camps, alphabetical by city:

Atwood June 12 – 16 Rawlins County Elementary
Belleville June 12 – 16 Belleville Public Library
Beloit July 10 – 14 Beloit Elementary School
Colby June 19 – 23 Colby Community College
Concordia July 31 – Aug. 4 Cloud County Community College
Ellsworth July 17 – 21 J H Robbins City Library
Goodland August 7 – 11 Goodland Public Library
Grinnell July 31 – Aug. 4 Grinnell Grade School
Hays June 12 – 16 Fort Hays State University
Hill City June 26 – 30 Hill City Grade School
Hoxie July 24 – 28 Sheridan County Library
Lincoln Aug. 7 – 11 Lincoln Carnegie Library
Logan June 5 – 9 Dane G. Hansen Museum
Mankato June 5 – 9 Mankato Community Center
Minneapolis July 24 – 28 Minneapolis Public Library
Oakley June 5 – 9 Oakley Public Library
Oberlin June 26 – 30 Oberlin City Library
Osborne June 19 – 23 Osborne Library
Phillipsburg Aug. 7 – 11 Phillipsburg City Library
Russell July 10 – 14 Russell Public Library
Salina July 31 – Aug. 4 McKenzie Center
Sharon Springs July 17 – 21 Sharon Springs Public Library
Smith Center June 26 – 30 Smith Center Fire Station
St Francis July 10 – 14 St Francis Public Library
Stockton July 24 – 28 Stockton Public Library
WaKeeney June 19 – 23 Trego Grade School