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Hands-On Science Camp Makes Summer Fun at the California Science Center

Explorations and creative challenges enhance the camp experience (March 10, 2017)

LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Science Center Hands-On Science Camp is all set to engage young imaginations by exploring physics, chemistry, biology, space and earth sciences through age-appropriate courses. More than 30 unique week-long courses are available, ranging from Pre-K to 10th grade. Camp begins June 12 and continues through August 11, 2017.

Campers can choose space-themed courses such as "3, 2, 1 Blast Off!" (1st/2nd grade), "Go for Launch!" (3rd/4th grade), "Rocket to Space" (5th/6th grade), and "Working in Space" (7th/8th grade) to learn more about our universe and space travel. Students will also visit the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.

The camp's Little Learner programs offer parent-child classes that illustrate scientific themes with engaging hands-on activities and crafts. For example, in "Good Vibrations," young campers can "get rocking" by building their own instruments and exploring the importance of sound for survival and communication. In "Ingenious Engineers," kindergartners put their problem-solving skills to the test to see which solution works the best. "Science Master" (1st/2nd grades) presents a different science subject each day engineering, chemistry, physics to demonstrate how science changes how we view the world.

"Our classes combine fun activities with creative challenges," says Gretchen Bazela, Senior Director of Education.  "Using science, technology, engineering and math helps students learn how to solve problems and encourages the development of critical thinking skills."

Additional highlights include full-day classes such as "Drone Zone," where campers can design, build and test their own drone, and "The Science of 3D Animation 101," which presents animation principles and techniques, as well as how to create an animated film.  A half-day class for 9th/10th graders, titled "Soap Box Derby Racers," explores friction, momentum, potential and kinetic energy as students engineer a soap box derby car.

Hands-On Science Camp takes place in the Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. The facility offers state-of-the-art themed classrooms and the 32,000 square-foot Big Lab, with its large-scale experiment platforms. Many courses are enhanced by the Big Lab's unique features with hands-on investigations involving air flow, buoyancy, gravity, ecology and more. 

Courses vary in price with half- and full-day session rates. California Science Center Foundation members receive a discount rate.  An extended day program is available for kindergarten 10th  graders.

Create a Camp
For group leaders who need a science learning experience for a group of 15 or more, a customized camp program can be developed to meet your needs, whether it's a specialized summer camp, short winter camp, long spring camp or anything in between.

Call the Hands-On Science Camp Hotline at (213) 744-7444 for a free brochure, or visit for a complete list of course offerings and registration form.

More Education Programs
The Science Center has an array of science program options including Science Saturdays, Home School Days, Scout Days and Educator Professional Learning Workshops. Visit our website for descriptions and dates.

About the California Science Center
The California Science Center's mission is as follows:" We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives."

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th / Exposition Park Drive at $12 per car, cash only ($25 for buses or oversized vehicles). Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at

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Paula Wagner | (213) 744-2144


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