Above: Guests enjoying science camp at the 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.
WIZARDS WORKSHOP: June 25 – 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Use science to simulate the magic of your favorite sorcerers from books and movies. We’ll mix up chemical concoctions and perform super science spells that are sure to amaze your friends and family. You won’t believe your eyes!
SUPERHERO SCIENCE: July 2 – 6, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Faster than a speeding comet, more powerful than a locomotive. It’s Superhero Science! Join us for a behind-the-mask look into the powers of your favorite superheroes. You’ll discover how friction, magnetism and gravity play a role in super-human feats. For added fun, come dressed as your favorite superhero character.
ENERGY EXPLORERS: July 2 – 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Light up your day and get noisy! Delve into the world of light, sound, motion, and more. Learn about the many forms of energy while building windmills, investigating solar panels, designing musical instruments, and creating chemical reactions.
SUPER SOLAR SYSTEM: July 9 – 13, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Can you skate on the rings of Saturn? Was there ever life on Mars? Unlock the secrets of our solar system in this cosmic class. Learn why the seasons change on Earth and why the sun is so important to our everyday lives. Wrap up the week with a Micronauts mission aboard the International Space Station in our Nierman Challenger Learning Center.
CHEMISTRY IN THE KITCHEN: July 16 – 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. See regular household items in a new and exciting way! Working with many materials found in an average home, we will interactively demonstrate many of the amazing science possibilities of our everyday lives.
HOBBY SHOP: July 16 – 20, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Whether you enjoy building models, racing radio-controlled vehicles, or collecting rocks, this camp is for you! Take a closer look at the science and technology behind some popular hobbies.
SOLD OUT - TOY LAB – July 23 – 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tired of the same old games? Discover the science behind your favorite toys and build gadgets based on exhibits in the Fleet galleries. Create play dough, catapults, wind racers, jack-in-the-boxes, and other amazing gizmos to take home.
BODY BASICS: July 23 – 27, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. How strong are bones? What causes hiccups? Discover the answers to these questions and many more while exploring the human body inside and out. Use microscopes, models, and more to discover what makes your body tick!
ZOOM, VROOM, SPLASH! July 30 – August 3, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Put on your helmets and fasten those seatbelts while we investigate the ups and downs of motion. Boats, cars, rockets and planes, find what gets them all on the move in this fast-paced camp!
YOUNG TINKERERS: August 6 – 10, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Have you ever wondered how a toaster toasts or what a computer looks like on the inside? Get ready to disassemble and tinker with household objects in this hands-on class. Tools provided – just bring your imagination!
GROSS AND GOOEY SCIENCE: August 13 – 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ewww! What’s that? Explore the science of everything slimy, gooey, and gross. Find out why snails leave trails, why owls regurgitate their lunch, and why mucus is so useful. Make your own gooey concoctions to take home.
SECONDHAND SCIENCE: August 13 – 17, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. What can you do with all of those leftover bottles and cans…science experiments of course! Explore awesome activities you can do using the contents of your recycling bin. Scientifically challenging and environmentally friendly, too!
CRAZY CONTRAPTIONS: August 20 – 24, 2012 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Let your imagination run wild in this inventive camp. Experiment with tops, gears, pulleys, and levers to investigate how things move. Combine simple machines to make your own crazy contraption.
Cost: Members = $90 per child, per camp, Non-members = $100 per child, per camp