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, Scholarships, Food, Buses, Medical, Tours, Sample Schedule, Student Volunteers. 


Contact information:   Office hours are Mon - Fri, 8 AM - 5 PM.  The Center is available by phone and eMail during those hours.  


Registration close-out:  Course registration closes 11:59 PM the Thursday before the week you wish to attend.  Please, no walk-ins.  


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.  


Come back in mid-January for our catalog for the 2019 Summer Programs.


Scholarships - Thanks to a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, a limited number of scholarships are available for students who are Hartford and East Hartford residents. Students must be residents of Hartford or East Hartford, and must financially qualify.  Please eMail for the requirements and application process.  


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 25 through Aug 17.  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