The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program is designed to get students excited about creative problem solving by combining the creativity of the arts with STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Campers will explore the science of sound, study how sound travels through live music and science experiments on the concert hall stage and learn how to engineer their own creative instrument. Campers will work with professionals in science and the arts from the Saint Louis Science Center and The Sheldon!

Instructor Syrhea Conaway is a teaching artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music instructor in St. Louis. . Through The Sheldon SOLID Project (Science of Learning Instrument Design), Conaway travels to schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond to teach students to design and create their own sound devices from recycled materials. She will appear as host in The Sheldon’s new video program The Sheldon Sound Studio where students will learn to create their own sound art. She has performed and spoken for TEDx Gateway Arch, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, and moderated conversations with Damon Davis for The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and Regional Arts Commission’s Culture/Shift 2016, as well as St. Louis Blues Society’s Race and Blues series. She has also produced live sound design for the Peabody Award-winning podcast To the Best of Our Knowledge. Conaway has appeared as an actor and musician in Metro Theater Company’s productions Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, In My Granny’s Garden and Spells of The Sea. Currently, she composes original music for non-profit organizations and theater companies, is a teaching artist for The Sheldon and COCA, and performs regularly in the region as Syna So Pro.

There must be a minimum of 8 students enrolled in this camp. 

Refund Policies
If the camp does not make it required minimum enrollment two weeks prior to camp start date all families will receive a full refund of the camp.  

If your family decides to cancel before two weeks prior to the camp start date, you will not receive a refund. 

Days missed due to injury, illness or any other reason may not be “made up” and will not result in a credit or refund.   

COVID-19: In the event of mandated closure, Camp initiated quarantine or other exclusion by any governmental agency due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 Pandemic, any tuition or fees paid for the missed days will be credited towards the next year’s Summer Camp. No refunds will be provided. 

For camps that have reached their maximum capacity, students may choose to be placed on a waitlist. Students will be contacted if a vacancy in the program arises.     

Registration Confirmation
Sheldon will email a receipt for your registration. You will receive a confirmation email 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. Patrons can register online for a week of camp up until two weeks before the camp starts. Early registration is recommended.  

Promotional Policies
You understand The Sheldon photographs students and artwork for possible use in its publications and/or website. You acknowledge that no compensation is provided to individuals who appear in photographs or videotapes. In an effort to protect your child’s privacy, you understand that names will not be used with any publication. If you are concerned with this policy, you understand it is your responsibility to contact Laurel Wacyk with your concerns.   

Accident Policies
Although every effort will be made to provide a safe environment, accidents can occur. You agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness, or injury during your child’s participation at The Sheldon. If necessary, you authorize The Sheldon to administer first aid/and or authorize medical treatment of your child. 

Health-Related Needs/Accommodations 
If your camper has health-related needs, such as allergies, special dietary needs, hearing or visual impairments, chronic illness, medical concerns, or developmental variations, note them on the Registration Form or contact Laurel Wacyk. Medical authorization is required from a physician for campers who require to take or carry medication during the camp day. 


The SOLID program is underwritten by generous support from Edward Jones, Krause-Papendick Fund, and the Les Paul Foundation, and presented in collaboration with the Saint Louis Science Center.