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Hands-on Science Camp 2020

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Course availability below is approximate, and may not reflect the most current information. For real-time capacity information, visit the online enrollment system.

Browse classes alphabetically, or search by grade level and/or camp week.

3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

1st & 2nd grades

Experience the thrill of building your own rocket prototypes! Explore distant planets and create your own mini solar system. Discover what it takes to launch your own air-powered rocket!

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

3D Animation

5th & 6th grades

Explore the science of 3D animation! You will learn all about animation principles and techniques, as well as how to create your own animated film. The final day will feature a film festival and premiere party for you to invite your own guests!

Week 1: June 15-199am – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269am – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109am – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179am – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249am – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319am – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members

All Cooked Up!

5th & 6th grades

Do you love science AND cooking? Add a pinch of chemistry and a dash of science in this fun culinary class. Learn about molecular gastronomy, the newest frontier in culinary arts and science. Watch food transform from typical to unexpected forms using scientific laboratory techniques. And don’t forget to eat your experiments!

Week 2: June 22-269am – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179am – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members

Big Lab Scientist

1st & 2nd grades

Let’s build it, race it, and fly it! Test the limits of your imagination when you have the whole Big Lab to work with. Drop melons from the Mega Tower, sail boats across the Water Works pool, and launch a tennis ball over 100 feet in the air!

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Bio, Bio, Everywhere!

3rd & 4th grades

From the plants growing in your homes to the bacteria growing on your hands, you can find life everywhere on Earth! Explore the different branches of biology by dissecting a squid, looking at microorganisms, and making a terrarium. Grow your own cell culture to discover the microscopic organisms that surround us every day. Discover the secrets of life on your journey through the wonders of biology.

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Bountiful Biology

5th & 6th grades

BIOLOGY. It grows on you! Find out what organisms require to exist. Explore human and animal anatomy through animal dissections. Visit our Cell Theater to see how single-celled organisms survive and grow. See the world from a new perspective!

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Build It!

3rd & 4th grades

Put your engineering skills to the test as you use simple classroom materials to build mammoth structures, unique toys, and other crazy contraptions. Find out what it takes to be an engineer as you see the things you imagine appear!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Chaos

1st & 2nd grades

Chemistry is everywhere! Learn how chemicals react to make something new as you create cool, slimy, and bubbly reactions. Observe how pigments separate to create a burst of color. Chemistry is not just fun, it’s chaotic!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Connection

3rd & 4th grades

Ever wonder what would happen if you mix two substances together? Find out in this fun (if not exactly tidy!) class as you test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions. You’ll even make your own tie-dye shirt!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Meltdown

5th & 6th grades

Watch science in action through a chemical reaction! Test different reactants to uncover how chemical reactions work. Discover the difference between a physical reaction and a chemical reaction. Get ready to get messy and have a chemical meltdown!

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Enchanted Engineering

1st & 2nd grades

Structures, bridges, and things that go. Build them all yourself, let’s GO! Help some of your favorite fairy tale characters solve engineering challenges. Troll broke your bridge? Build a new vehicle to solve the problem. Big Bad Wolf on his way? Create, inspect, and test your structures to make sure they are strong enough to withstand the strongest winds.

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Escape Room

5th & 6th grades

Hello and welcome to the Hands-On Science Camp escape room. As part of a team of scientists, you’ll solve various science mysteries. After you have learned the ins and outs of an escape room, create your own for your family and friends to try to escape from. Do YOU have what it takes to escape?

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Fantastic Physics

3rd & 4th grades

Physics makes the world go around—literally. Learn its secrets using the Big Lab, where you will build and design roller coasters and sailboats. Drop objects from the three-story Mega Tower to investigate gravity’s force. Energy and motion take center stage in this week of phantastically phun physics.

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amOpen
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Junior Big Lab Scientist

Kindergarten

Let’s go explore science! Observations, gravity, states of matter, air resistance… What on Earth do these words mean? Learn all this and more as you investigate science using our Big Lab where you can drop things from the MEGA Tower, test boats in the Water Works pool, and make balls fly high in the air at the Bernoulli table!

Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Me, Myself, and I

Pre-K

Look at yourself from the inside out. Take an adventure through your body and learn all about the parts that make you YOU! Become the subject as you investigate everything from your five senses to the sound of your own heart. You’ll get to visit Tess, our 50-foot body simulator, along with her cartoon pal, Walt!

Note: This is a parent-and-child class. One parent or guardian (18 years and older) is required to attend each day.

Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 2:30pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Moving With Newton

1st & 2nd grades

Let’s have some FUN...with Newton! Get moving and explore real life applications of gravity, force, and the laws of motion. Join Isaac Newton on a journey to discover all that his Three Laws of Motion have to offer. Our adventure will include ramps, the 30-foot Mega tower, theatre and movement activities, and a final performance in collaboration with our partners at The Music Center!

Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Mystery Solved

3rd & 4th grades

Crime Scene - Do Not Enter! Do you have what it takes to investigate a crime scene and figure out what happened and "who dunnit"? Be the lead detective of this investigation and put your science thinking to the test by examining fingerprints, DNA and much more.

Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Ooze-rageous!

1st & 2nd grades

Prepare your senses for this adventure as we discover the stinkiest, slimiest and gooey-est things nature has to offer. Create all kinds of sticky, icky, yucky solutions guaranteed to gross out your family and friends. Get ready for an ooze-tastic time!

Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Propulsion Lab

5th & 6th grades

Step into our Rocket Propulsion Laboratory and experiment like a NASA engineer. Test rocket designs, fuel choices, payload weights, and more to find the perfect combination. Ignite your engines on the last day of class and watch your creation fly over 200 feet in the air. It IS rocket science!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Rocket Factory

3rd & 4th grades

Ready for lift off in 3...2...Houston we have a problem! Join us as we try to figure out what challenges NASA scientists face when trying to launch a rocket to space. Conduct your own experiments and trajectory tests, and experience the fun of launching your own engine-powered rocket on the last day.

Week 1: June 15-199 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 22-2612:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 13-1712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-1412:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Rockin' Robots

3rd & 4th grades

How does a robot work? What are some ways robots can help us? Roll your way into robotics and take an introductory course to answer these questions and much more. Make different kinds of robots that can lift, push, and even create artistic masterpieces. Dive into the world of coding and learn to code a robot that can recognize different colors and navigate its way through a maze.

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Science Stew

1st & 2nd grades

Get your mixing bowls and oven mitts ready for some culinary creations! Science takes center stage as you discover the connections between cooking and chemistry. Learn about your sense of taste while creating dishes designed to make those taste buds go crazy!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Seas the Day

7th & 8th grades

Whale hello there! With so much of our world covered in water, join us on an adventure to explore the life inside it. Come on this marine biology tour and learn the efforts that scientists are making to keep our oceans healthy. Experiment with water quality testing, dissect marine animals, and work with our Living Collections team to help us take care of our animals in the Kelp Forest.

Week 1: June 15-199am – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179am – 3pmOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-79am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Sopa Cientifica

1st & 2nd grades

Prepara tus tazones para mezclar y guantes de cocina para algunas creaciones culinarias! La ciencia ocupa un lugar central al descubrir las conexiones entre la cocina y la química. ¡Aprende sobre el sentido del gusto mientras creas platos diseñados para hacer que esas papilas gustativas se vuelvan locas!

Esta clase será enseñada solamente en español
This class will be taught in Spanish

Week 3: July 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 27-3112:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Survival Science

3rd & 4th grades

Imagine this--you’re stranded in the wilderness with no food and water. Where will you sleep? What will you eat? How will you live? Learn fun practical skills to survive, whether you find yourself in the cold, barren forest or on a tropical deserted island!

Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Surviving the Red Planet

7th & 8th grades

Calling all scientists! Delve into the world of design and be part of a team that lands a rover on an uncharted planet. Plan and execute a mission to Mars. Explore the problems faced by NASA scientists and astronauts trying to create a livable world far from our planet. Discover the similarities and differences between Mars and Earth. This class was created in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Week 2: June 22-269am – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 20-249am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members

Wizard Science

1st & 2nd grades

Is it magic or science? You don’t have to take a mysterious train to find out in this wizard academy. Investigate the science behind growing beasts, disappearing water and much more. Amaze your family and friends in a magic show on the last day of class!

Week 1: June 15-1912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 22-269 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: July 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 13-179 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 20-2412:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 27-319 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: Aug 3-712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: Aug 10-149 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Working in Space

7th & 8th grades

Find out what it takes to live and work in space! Dive deep into weightlessness and carry out a mission underwater to learn how astronauts train. Find out about different methods to study objects in space and the cost involved with space exploration. This class is taught by the California Science Center curators and educators.  

*This class may require a physician’s signature to have the students participate in an underwater diving experience.

Week 5: July 20-249am – 3pmAlmost full
$330 members$360 non-members