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Hands-on Science Camp 2018

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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.

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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 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 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 11-159am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-229am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 30-August 39am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109am – 3pmAlmost full
$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 sciences.  Watch  food  transform  from  typical  to  unexpected forms using scientific laboratory techniques.

Week 2: June 18-229am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 8: August 6-109am – 3pmAlmost full
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Anatomy Academy

5th & 6th grades

BIOLOGY. It grows on you! From the plants that you grow in your homes to the bacteria growing on your hands, you can find life everywhere on Earth. Find out what necessities small and large 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 your own bacteria in a petri dish.

Week 1: June 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 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 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amSold out
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members

Bio, Bio, Everywhere!

3rd & 4th grades

From the plants that grow in the ground to the animals that swim in the ocean, life is all around us! Explore the different branches of biology by dissecting a squid, learning the secrets of plants, and extracting DNA! 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 11-159 – 11:30amSold out
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Biolo-Gee Whiz

7th & 8th grades

What does your brain really look like? How does your circulatory system work? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more as you explore human anatomy. Delve into the medical industry, and learn how various organs function by dissecting fetal  pigs.  By  the  end  of  the  week  you  will  earn  your  M.D. certificate—Museum Doctor, that is!

Week 2: June 18-229am – 3pmSold out
Week 4: July 9-139am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279am – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 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 11-1512:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amSold out
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Can You Dig It?

3rd & 4th grades

Travel back in time to find ancient artifacts. Learn about the humans and animals that prevailed in an era before technology like cellphones and internet. Be an archeologist and explore how cultures before us practiced science. Find out what natural disasters they experienced. Dig up some fun this summer!

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Cell-fie

Kindergarten

Unleash your inner scientist and take a journey through the human body. Get your stethoscopes and gloves ready for this adventure to discover what makes you unique. Explore your different body systems and discover how your bones, muscles, and organs work together inside your body. You won’t need a “CELL” phone in this class to look inside your self!

Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amAlmost full
$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 polymers. Observe how pigments separate to create a burst of color. Chemistry is not just fun—it’s chaotic!

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 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 experiment with the properties of matter and test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions. You’ll even make your own tie-dye shirt!

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amSold out
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members

Chemical Meltdown

5th & 6th grades

Watch science in action in a chemical reaction! Experiment with the properties of matter as you 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 11-159 – 11:30amSold out
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amOpen
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Design Studio

7th & 8th grades

Calling all civil engineers! Delve into the world of design and create a bridge out of everyday materials to help you cross our Big Lab pool. Experiment with the engineering design process as you create structures of varying sizes that can endure earthquakes. Learn the the basics of civil engineering and see how these concepts are being used around the city.

Week 2: June 18-229am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209am – 3pmSold out
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Earth Rocks!

5th & 6th grades

It's all one big Earth! See how our planet has changed in the past few years by exploring photographs taken from the International Space Station. Get down and dirty with science and learn how all living things are connected to their environment. Explore environments from the most ordinary and domestic to the most remote and inhospitable. Join our Living Collections team and learn how animals survive in all these conditions.

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amOpen
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amOpen
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 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 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Go for Launch!

3rd & 4th grades

Join us on a space adventure for a trip that’s out of this world! Blast through the solar system and soar through the stars as you learn to navigate the celestial sphere and beyond. Join the space exploration team to plan missions by conducting your own experiments and trajectory tests, and experience the  fun of launching your own engine-powered rocket on the last day.

Week 1: June 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmOpen
$165 members$180 non-members

Insides Out

1st & 2nd grades

Stethoscopes... CHECK! Gloves... CHECK! Tools... READY! Discover how the whole body works together as one big team to keep you healthy. Explore the life processes that humans and animals must perform in order to survive. You will see yourself in a whole new way after turning your body’s insides OUT!

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Lights! Camera! Science!

7th & 8th grades

Dive into the world of photography and learn the science behind the lens. Create a pinhole camera to learn how cameras take in light. See what the purpose of a lens is, and find out how we use lenses to find new life in our solar system by watching the IMAX movie HUBBLE 3D! Don't forget the flash!

Week 1: June 11-159am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209am – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 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 9-1312:30 – 2:30pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Rocket Lab

5th & 6th grades

It IS rocket science! Learn about the progression of space vehicles by exploring thrust, lift, drag, and gravity. Journey through the history of rocketry and see what types of rockets were used to send our astronauts to space. Then channel your inner rocket engineering skills and launch a rocket of your own design at the end of the week.

Week 1: June 11-1512:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amOpen
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

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 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amSold out
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmSold out
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

Science Explorers

1st & 2nd grades

Discover the endless possibilities of science by conducting different experiments every day. Learn about the solar system, make a ball fly with air pressure, drop a parachute from our MEGA tower, and see how animals adapt to their environment by visiting our Discovery Rooms. Let’s go on an adventure to explore science!

Week 1: June 11-159 – 11:30amSold out
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amSold out
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
$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 11-1512:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amSold out
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amAlmost full
$165 members$180 non-members
NEW CLASS!

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 about 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 11-159am – 3pmOpen
Week 3: June 25-299am – 3pmAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-209am – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39am – 3pmOpen
$330 members$360 non-members
NEW CLASS!

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! Filter your own water and learn how to build the best shelter.

Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amSold out
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amSold out
$165 members$180 non-members

Under Construction

1st & 2nd grades

Structures, circuits, and things that go. Build them all yourself. Let’s  go! Join us on an adventure to explore the world of engineering. Create models, build structures, and even make a marble maze using everyday materials. Test your new engineering creations against earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters. Will they survive what nature throws at them?

Week 1: June 11-159 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 2: June 18-2212:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-299 – 11:30amOpen
Week 4: July 9-1312:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 5: July 16-209 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 6: July 23-2712:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 7: July 30-August 39 – 11:30amOpen
Week 8: August 6-1012:30 – 3pmAlmost full
$165 members$180 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 11-1512:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 2: June 18-229 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 3: June 25-2912:30 – 3pmSold out
Week 4: July 9-139 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 5: July 16-2012:30 – 3pmOpen
Week 6: July 23-279 – 11:30amAlmost full
Week 7: July 30-August 312:30 – 3pmAlmost full
Week 8: August 6-109 – 11:30amAlmost full
$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 in a swimming pool to learn how astronauts train. Find  out different methods to study objects in space and uncover the costs involved with space exploration. This class is taught by California Science Center Curators and Educators

.* This class may require a physicians signature before the start date of the class to have the students participate in an underwater diving experience.

Week 6: July 23-279am – 3pmSold out
$330 members$360 non-members