Above: Young guests enjoy learning and creating things - LEDs, batteries + fuzzy parts = digital bling. Courtesy of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
The Fleet runs weekly, half-day summer camps this year from June 25 to August 24, 2012. Camps are for Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-4, with additional camps for pre-kindergarten and Grades 5-8 on selected weeks. The camps are designed to be fun, educational, hands-on, and incorporate the Fleet's exhibit galleries.
To further enhance the summer camp experience and as a convenience to you, many Balboa Park institutions – including the Fleet – coordinate their half-day summer camps so kids can spend a full day in the park. Staff members at participating institutions escort children from one camp to another during a supervised lunch hour. This means that a child can be dropped off at a morning camp and picked up from an afternoon camp at a different venue. Parking is limited during summer months so please plan accordingly.
WOMEN SCIENTISTS IN ACTION (Grades 5-8): July 9–13, 2012 from 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field—biology, chemistry, engineering, and more. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments, and investigate careers in science and engineering.
ROBOTICS GARAGE: July 16 – 20, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Can you design a machine to do your homework? Well, maybe not, but in this challenging class you will work in teams using LEGO Mindstorms™ to construct and program competition-style robots to perform complex tasks. Test your robotics skills with exciting contests throughout the week. Please note: an additional materials fee is required for this class.
eCAMP (Grades 5-8): July 30– Aug. 3, 2012 from 9a.m. – 12p.m.
Calling all technology enthusiasts! Spend your week filming and editing a self-created movie and even composing a digital soundtrack! Wrap up the week by designing and programming your own PicoCricket® robot.
BIOTECH BOOTCAMP: July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join scientists from the world-famous Salk Institute in an investigation of bioscience. Throughout the week you’ll have a chance to explore various biotechnology techniques, including DNA extractions, electrophoresis, bacterial transformations, and polymerase chain reactions.
Cost: Members = $90 per child, per camp, Non-members = $100 per child, per camp