Above: Young guests having some fun -loop the loop, through the roller coaster, into the cup - at 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.
COOL CHEMISTRY: July 2– 6, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This camp has cool chemical tricks for any student’s repertoire! Marveling at dry ice, examining acids and bases, and characterizing chemical reactions make this class a fun, messy favorite!
SWASHBUCKLING SCIENCE: July 2 – 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ahoy matey! It takes more than plundering and pillaging to be a pirate. Discover how to design a catapult, create a compass, build a boat, and other important pirate skills. Eye patches, peg legs, and talking parrots not included.
SHOCKING FORCES: July 9 – 13, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this electrifying class, you will power a flashlight with homemade circuits, harness the power of the sun in a solar-powered car, and combine magnetism and electricity to make a working motor. You’ll be shocked by how much you learn!
HEAD TO TOE: July 9 – 13, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
How does your body work? This class explores how your blood is circulated, why your stomach growls and how your brain makes sense of it all! In addition, visiting scientists will provide a close-up look at the brain, heart, and more.
SCIFI ADVENTURE: July 16 – 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Greetings Earthlings! What do Wookies, Time Travelers, Cyborgs and UFOs have in common? Travel through galaxies far, far, away as we explore the ins and outs of Science Fiction.
CASTLE, CROWNS AND CATAPULTS: July 23 – 27, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Attention all noble Ladies, Lords, and Knights: head to the roundtable as we master the science of medieval engineering. Join us on our quest as we explore Middle Age inventions and discoveries! From archery to armor and trebuchets to telescopes, find out what the renaissance was all about!
SPY CAMP: July 30 – August 3, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Calling all secret agents! Discover and create all of the tools that make James Bond so sneaky. Peak around corners with your periscopes and create mysterious messages to conceal your identity. Come join us on this Mission Impossible!
SCIENCE DETECTIVES: August 6 – 10, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how detectives solve mysteries? Find out how science can be used to find clues and solve seemingly impossible puzzles, then use that knowledge to work as a team and crack some cryptic secrets!
MAGIC FOR MUGGLES: August 13 – 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The “School of Wizardry” is in session! Unleash your imagination and creativity while investigating the science behind potions, astronomy, magical creatures, and more. Wands, cauldrons, and enchanted ingredients are included.
GREEN ENGINEERING: August 13 – 17, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
What does it mean to be green? Find out how to help make our planet a better place to live in this eco-friendly class. Learn about sustainable energy, recycling, and water conservation. Become a “greengineer” by designing and racing a solar-powered vehicle. Sponsored by Union Bank.
CONSTRUCTION CREW: August 20 – 24, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Grab your hard hat and join us for a camp devoted to the science of construction. Use the planks in our “Block Busters!” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats, and buildings out of unexpected materials.
Cost: Members = $90 per child, per camp, Non-members = $100 per child, per camp