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Mad Science Camp

Did we say "maybe" train future Evil Geniuses? Mad Science Camp trains kids in everything but maniacal laughs. (You can work on those at home.)

Alan Simon, President of Mad Science Camp, said "Frankly, grownups should be jealous. There was nothing like this when we were kids."

In Secret Agent Camp, Simon said our future overlords not only learn how to use everything from ciphers to night vision goggles, they also have a hands-on lab where they make their own spy sunglasses with mirrored insides so they can see behind themselves without looking around.

"Everything we do is hands-on," said Simon. "Sitting in a classroom and taking notes is boring. We touch things. We build things. Kids learn better when they're excited."

Once kids learn stealth skills at Spy Camp, they can take the Mad Science Robotics Camp where they learn how to build a robot from scratch. Every good Evil Overlord needs minions, and if a kid doesn't meet good minions in the class, this is an opportunity to learn how to make one.

"One of our robots is sound sensitive, so every time the kids clap their hands, it'll change directions," said Simon. This will make summoning the robot minion much easier while the future mad scientist is hard at work building a rocket.

Oh yes, Mad Science Camp also includes a Flight Academy option where kids learn the history of flight while actually launching everything from hot air balloons to small rockets, because a smart Evil Overlord needs to be prepared for any kind of getaway.

Each camp is only one week long, so an ambitious kid could take all three in one summer to get a leg up against competition from other mad scientists. Adults, you have been warned.

Check out four other St. Louis summer camps to make grown-ups jealous.

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