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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!
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. Blend the two disciplines and watch food transform from typical to unexpected forms using scientific laboratory techniques.
Who needs lab rats when you can use robots? Design and build an independent robot that can navigate its way through a maze. Watch as your robots perform a dance you choreograph just for them. Now if you could only teach them to clean your room!
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!
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.
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!
Explore human anatomy and biology through animal dissections and explorations. Discover how your bones, muscles, and organs work together and how you can keep your body in healthy shape. Learn how doctors are using bioengineering in humans, animals, and even plants. You’ll see your body in a new way!
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!
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!
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!
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!
From the kitchen to the laboratory, reactions happen all around us! Join us as we try to solve different CHEM-mysteries. Make soda explode, experiment with slime and explore the differences between physical and chemical reactions.
Have you ever wondered what happens inside a car to make it go? How many different components are involved in building an engine? Fasten your seat belts and experience the thrill of building your own vehicle to answer these questions and more. Explore what makes an engine start and what keeps the wheels turning. Buckle your seatbelts because this course is sure to be a smash!
Let your imagination fly from the classroom into the sky. Learn about the progression of flight while you design, build, and test your own drone. Can you make it fly? Will it balance? Go wireless and take your creation home at the end of the week.
How do we make a robot arm move? What makes structures strong enough to withstand earthquakes? Answer these questions and more while drafting new designs and perfecting problem-solving skills. Draw on multiple sciences as you develop the skills to construct the future!
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 3-story MEGA Tower to investigate gravity’s force. Energy and motion take center stage in this week of “phantastically phun” physics.
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.
Want to be a musician and your parents don’t approve? Come join our band…of scientists of course! Build your own instruments and explore the importance of sound for survival and communication. Plunk! Rattle! Bang! Let’s get rocking!
Find out what's under the hood of your favorite cars and investigate all the science that goes into them. Discover the many ways you can build an engine by using alternatives to gas such as hydrogen and steam. Design and customize your own dragster and use basic physics to make it scream down the track!
Engineer, we have a problem here! Put your problem-solving skills to the test and see which solution works best. Campers will use simple classroom materials to build structures, toys and other crazy contraptions as they bring their imaginations to life!
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!
Let’s go explore science! Ecosystems, polymers, air pressure, kinetic energy...what on Earth do these words mean? Learn all this and more as you investigate basic science concepts in our Big Lab.
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 and her cartoon pal, Walt!
I see them here! I see them there! Color and lights everywhere! Explore the vibrant colors that help us observe our world. Discover the physics of light and optics by investigating the visible and nonvisible spectrum of colors. Light up the room as you learn about the science behind a glow stick. See the world in a whole new light!
Take chemistry to a whole new level! Be a chemist and experiment with elephant toothpaste, freeze fruit in liquid nitrogen, and discover the chemistry used in rocket engines by creating your own combustion reactions.
Houston, we have liftoff! In a world where space exploration is advancing daily, the sky is not the limit. Explore spaceflight and the spacecraft that get us there. Engineer different designs that may power future rockets. Design a space vehicle and launch your own engine-powered model rocket.
Engineer, Chemist, Physicist...do you know you want to be a scientist but can’t decide which type? Don’t worry, you can MASTER IT ALL! Discover a different science subject every day. Through hands-on activities, learn how scientists are changing how we view the world.
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 our sense of taste while creating dishes designed to make those taste buds go crazy!
Ever wonder how you can hear a lion roar? What can you use to see the birds soar? Can you still taste if you hold your nose? Answer these questions plus much more! A week of sense-sational activities will show you how the five senses interact and help make sense of the world around you. Each day will be spent exploring and testing one of the five senses. Come smell, see, hear, touch, and taste the science!
Carve out time this summer to explore the mechanics of skating. Put your “goofyfoot” forward as you dissect ollies, vert skating, and all the other physics of fun on wheels. Engineering will be highlighted as participants design, build, and decorate their own customized skateboard that will be theirs to keep.
On your marks, get set, gravity! Explore friction, momentum, potential, and kinetic energy as you engineer your own soap box derby car. Put your creation to the test with a day full of racing and steer yourself to first place. Don’t let friction hold you back from taking this exciting class.
Oops, I sneezed! Discover and observe how chemicals react as you create all kinds of stinky, slimy, and gooey blobs guaranteed to gross out your family and friends. Campers will make their very own Slime, Gak, and even some Oobleck!
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!
Continue exploring the world of 3D animation and focus on advanced techniques including character modeling, keyframe animation techniques, and advanced sound. The final day will feature a film festival and premiere party for you to invite your own guests!
* Prerequisite - Students must complete The Science of 3D Animation 101 or Basics of Animation before taking this class. Students will not be able to enroll in this class if they have not taken The Science of 3D Animation 101 or Basics of Animation within the last year.
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?
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!
Find out what it takes to live and work in space! Learn how astronauts train by diving deep into weightlessness and carrying out a mission underwater. Find out different methods to study objects in space and the cost involved with space exploration. This class is taught by California Science Center Curators and Educators.