Summer 2020 Virtual Hands-On Science Camp

Virtual Hands-On Science Camp

Summer 2020 — from our lab to your home!

The California Science Center has been home to exciting explorations, delightful discoveries and wild wonders for students throughout greater Los Angeles for generations. We are excited to continue the science learning – from our lab to your home!

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Engaging explorations for Pre‑K ‑ 8th grade

  • Weeklong classes meet virtually for 90 minutes per day
  • Hands-on activities delivered right to your door*
  • Instructors are trained educators who hold degrees in science and/or education
  • Small class sizes allow children to connect with fellow campers and instructors
  • Interactive virtual tours of exhibits, live demonstrations, and exclusive question and answer sessions with our on-site scientists and animal care staff!

Classes cost $115 for Members and $125 for Non-members.* A limited number of scholarships are available

* Price does not include $20 delivery fee. Curbside pickup also available at no added cost. International shipping is not available. See details.

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Learn about this summer's two unique themes:

THEME #1: STEM-Park

Amusement parks may be closed, but the fun’s just starting at STEM-Park – where all you need is some imagination and creativity! Design and build wild rides and attractions while exploring the thrilling world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Roller coasters, magnetic swings and much more await your magic touch.

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Astro Land
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Welcome to Astro Land, where out-of-this-world ideas and engineering come together. Turn on your imagination and creativity as you transform magnets, bouncy balls, straws and wacky materials into intergalactic attractions. Get ready to launch astronauts, orbit the sun and build rides to reach the stars. The sky is not the limit at Astro Land—it’s just the beginning!

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 1:30 p.m.

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Science Adventureland
3rd - 5th grade

Science Adventureland is up for construction, and you get to be the scientist and engineer behind it all. We are looking for chemists, physicists and biologists to put a STEM spin on fun attractions. Can you build a loopy coaster, a parabola swing and a Ferris wheel? Come spend your week at Science Adventureland, the "science-iest" place on Earth!

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 1:30 p.m.

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Extreme Park
6th - 8th grade

Extreme Park needs you to take its attractions to the extreme! Stretch your ingenuity to the max while working with batteries, hydraulics, magnets and more. Push your rides to the limits by making them bigger, faster, steeper and more extreme. It's going to be an awesome week of engineering.

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 1:30 p.m.

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THEME #2: Science: More Than Meets the Eye

Get ready to experience science as you’ve never seen it before. Use tools and conduct experiments to explore invisible forces, microscopic life, ultraviolet radiation and more amazing science that we can’t see. Join us on a micro adventure with hands-on experiences that will change how you view the world!

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Teeny Tiny Science
Big Buddy and Little Buddy*

I see it here, I see it there…I see SCIENCE everywhere! Discover the wonders of science that you can’t see with the naked eye. Experiment with light, learn how sound travels, make electricity with balloons and create your own snow in July. Your eyes won't be your only tool in this class.

* This course requires each “little buddy” (aged 3 – 5) to be accompanied by a “big buddy” 18 years or older.

Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 9:00 a.m.;Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 1:30 p.m.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Scientists!
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

OOPS, we shrunk our scientists! Join us on a microscopic adventure as we explore science that can’t be seen. Get your scientific tools ready as we investigate sound waves, tiny materials and rainbows in unexpected places. You WILL want to see all the fun.

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 9:00 a.m.

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Into the Unseen
3rd - 5th grade

Unleash your inner scientist and feast your eyes on this journey as we observe the invisible and microscopic world. Take a look at life up-close and test different variables as you experiment with pitch, electric charges and the light spectrum. Invisible investigations await you!

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 9:00 a.m.

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Undetectable Spectacle
6rd - 8th grade

Take a voyage into an unseen world and uncover things you didn't even know existed. Investigate how even the smallest creatures can have a big impact in the world. Make your own static electricity, observe sound vibrations and experiment with the electromagnetic light spectrum. You won’t view the world the same after this class!

Week 1: June 22‑26 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 2: June 29‑July 3 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 3: July 6‑10 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 4: July 13‑17 @ 9:00 a.m.; Week 5: July 20‑24 @ 1:30 p.m.; Week 6: July 27‑31 @ 9:00 a.m.

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Hands-On Science Camp in A Box!

Science Camp in a Box is family fun delivered right to your door! Our Science Camp in a Box includes 5 engaging, hands-on activities that explore science and engineering, complete with all the materials and instructions you’ll need. With this option, you can still get all the excitement of a hands-on science camp, but at your own pace.

Camp Kits Delivery Information

Each camp enrollment includes a materials kit with all supplies necessary for virtual camp. Camp Kits are available for shipping, as well as curbside pickup at the California Science Center.

Curbside Pickup Option

By choosing this option, you will be responsible for picking up your materials prior to the first day of your camp session. Curbside pickup will only be available from 10 am-12 pm on the Thursday and Friday before the start of your camp session. No exceptions will be made.

Shipping Option

By choosing this option, you agree to pay a $20 shipping fee per kit to have it delivered to your home. International Shipping is not available. Registrations must be processed 10 days prior to the start of your camp session to ensure on-time delivery. If you do not receive your kit(s) prior to the start date of your session, contact us at 213-744-7444.