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140 Balboa Street @ 3rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Science Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp 2015 schedule will be publish by January 10th.
New this year: special programs for children entering 1-2 grades

Each year our programs change almost entirely.  We therefore suggest that if you see a program you like, that you sign up for it early as it may not be offered again for another 2-4 years or perhaps never again. 

Please scroll down the page to see calendar and pricing information and look down at the bullet points for a special promotion!

The Great Hunt for the Periodic Table's Elements

chemistry Join us for a dazzling week as we follow in the footsteps of great chemists from Marie Curie and Linus Pauling to modern innovators Dan Nocera and Carolyn Bertozzi. You’ll discover the building blocks of our world while you build your own periodic table with samples of the most important elements. We will acquire samples from household items or from chemical reactions to isolate elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, iodine, silver, iron, and chromium. We will see how different elements react with one another to melt, change color, turn to gas, or burn with a spectacular flame! At the end of the week, parents will join us for a demonstration of the new powers you have acquired through your knowledge of the elements. Continue the fun at home by adding to your periodic table and by exploring more experiments with a chemistry kit that you’ll build in the camp.

Students will be working with lab-grade chemicals that may be hazardous if mishandled. All students must be mature enough to closely follow safety instructions and handle chemicals respectfully.

Led by Mark Lipke Ph.D. Mark has performed chemistry demonstrations at the Buffalo Museum of Science, taught undergraduate classes, and mentored high school students in research. He earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley and B.S. at Case Western Reserve University.

Science Surfers - Scientific Revolutionaries' Greatest BreakthroughsSurgery

It took extraordinary minds to make many now-commonplace things — from washing our hands to using computers — a part of our lives. We will learn about brave scientists who were ridiculed and in cases, even imprisoned for their discoveries. In trying to understand old thinking, we will hear stories, look at pictures and watch short movie clips. Following in the footsteps of Robert Hook, we will make our very own microscopes; like Louise Pasteur, we will demonstrate the existence of the germ; Joseph Priestley and create a carbonation machine; Robert Goddard and build a rocket; Michael Faraday and build a battery; the Wright Brothers and build an (model) airplane; Ibn al-Haytham and build a camera obscura; and more. Maybe your own unconventional thinking can transform the world?

Led by Jessica Maxfield M.S., a teacher and a doctoral researcher in the field of fish reproduction at the University of Hawaii. She previously conducted research at UC Berkeley and taught at the San Francisco State University, where she earned her M.S. in Biology.

Ballistics - The Science of Flying Objects

Forensics Before man could fly, he made objects fly. We will have a blast, building from scratch a very cool potato cannon, a Coca-Cola rocket, a marshmallow catapult, and more. Older campers will learn to calculate the route of a flying object and the science behind its trajectory. At the end of the week you will take your ballistic arsenal home to your parents, who will be waiting anxiously to play with them!

Led by Alec Grey, a tinkerer and mechanical engineering student at the Colorado School of Mines.

Fashion and Fractions

Ever wonder how your shirt was made? Learn how in this fabulous Fashion Week! You will custom-make a garment by building patterns using all form of mathematics, especially fractions. Your creation will be a combination of creativity, logical thinking, manual dexterity, mechanical skills and mathematics. For a complete look we will also sew sustainable accessories such as shopping and yoga-mat bags. As with all trendy fashion designers, we will be fashion entrepreneurs, using blogging and e-commerce to sell our creations. On Friday, friends and family will be invited to shop at our bazaar. See you on the runway!

Led by Arielle Crawford. Arielle is an expert custom designer both for dogs and for people. She has worked for Gymboree and boutique designer shops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Filmmaking - Prelude to the Oscars
Polar Bear

If you think making movies with your phone is fun, wait until you sit in our director’s chair! Here you will make a five-minute film while learning the fundamentals of filmmaking and developing the skills to collaborate with other filmmakers. Through hands-on filmmaking exercises, you will learn visual storytelling, filmmaking techniques, directing, production sound, production lighting, cinematography, and editing with Adobe Premier. By analyzing scenes from movies and music videos, we will be inspired and gain a visual understanding of concepts such as tilt, close-up, and more. At the end of the two-week session, parents and friends will join us for a film festival to celebrate the kids’ passion and creativity!

This camp is offered only once this summer and is two weeks long

Led by Dror Hytner. Dror is an award-winning film director specializing in commercials and short films. He is a graduate of Beit Zvi, Israel, and taught there for many years.

It is Hot. It is Cold. It is Climate!
(Special Pricing for all Sessions)
Polar Bear

What do Bangladesh and the Bay Area have in common? Learn about the invisible connections between the world's continents and weather patterns known as ‘climate’. Through hands-on activities we will learn how a climate's rhythm can change because of human activities. How can climate change affect ocean currents and storm systems? What animals and ecosystems are most vulnerable to climate change? We will witness first-hand the impact by building models of greenhouse gases, ocean acidification, tornadoes, and more! We will also become environmental artists by creating projects out of recycled materials, plastic bag kites, magazine picture frames, milk carton boats Let your imagination run wild! This class will be hands-on and lots of fun!

Students will either walk or take public transportation to Ocean Beach.

Led by Mandy McLean, M.S. Environmental Earth System Science from Stanford University. Mandy is currently a high school science teacher who loves experimenting and learning about the environment.

Rhythm and Blue Birds
Top Chef

Leave your headphones at home and come explore San Francisco as we watch, listen, and learn about birds! Through fun activities like building bird houses, dissecting owl pellets, learning bird calls, and making music we will learn the importance of birds in technology, culture, and how we share the city. Visits to open spaces like Mountain Lake, Stowe Lake, and the Botanical Gardens show our reliance on birds as pollinators, seed dispersers, and pest control. Birds play an important role in all ecosystems, including the urban environment. We will use wilderness skills to identify San Francisco birds by appearance, habitat and sound, and report our observations to scientists at Cornell University who are tracking important species populations. Each day we will celebrate birds inspiring arts and culture through songs and rhythms by playing percussion and other instruments.

"Without birds, where would we have learned that there can be a song in the heart?" Hal Borland.

Led by Alex Tranovich. Alex is an environmental educator and outdoor adventure leader on Catalina Island. He previously worked at the Zoological Gardens in Santa Barbara and Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Restoration. An avid drummer, Alex was the president of UCSB African Drum & Dance Club. Alex earned his B.A. in Environmental Science with honors from UC Santa Barbara.

Surgery! Surgery

Back by popular demand!

It’s no fun getting hurt, but it is loads of fun to repair the body with surgery. Come learn how injuries to the bones, organs and skin are repaired. Unfortunately, we will not practice on humans but rather on frogs and pig organs. You will be using real-life surgery techniques such as endoscopy, suturing, drilling, and more. We will master suturing techniques, fracture plating, and ACL reconstructions, anesthesia, CPR--even removal of cancerous growths. At the end of the week we will officially open our own ER room and invite parents to watch their future surgeons in action!

Led by Robert Ruelas. Robert is a medical student at UCSF. As part of Teach for America, he taught mathematics and science at a middle school in San Jose. Prior to that he was an assistant researcher in health science. Robert graduated from Stanford University, where he studied human biology.

LEGO Engineering
Introduction / 1-3 

Get a head start and learn the foundations of building and programming.  We will have too-much-fun building cars, grabbers, tops and catapults and learn through them basic concepts such as lever, wheels, axle, incline plane and pulley.  Using physics concepts of momentum, balance, centrifugal forces, traction and energy we will experiment and improve our designs.

LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Beginners / 4-6

*New Technology*robot

Build cars, catapults, spaceships and more using the LEGO Mindstorm® EV3 system.  You will learn how to write basic computer software programs using a child-friendly application that will control your robot wirelessly through its sound, touch and light sensors.   We will create several robots a day incorporating new daily skills learned and your imagination. 

LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Advanced / 4-9

*New Technology*

Take your Lego Mindstorm LEGO skills to a new level challenging yourself to build sophisticated robots.  You will learn advanced programming and robot elaborate designs.  Small groups and personalized instruction will bring the best out of you and being with like-minded kids will get your creative juices going! 

Pre-requisite: previous attendance of a Mindstorm Beginners camp – OR - ability to program a robot to move forward, backwards and turn as well as loops and switches programming.

Led by Jaemin Seo. Jae has been teaching robotics and leading FIRST Lego League for the past 6 years.  His teams have won many awards during this time. Jaemin attends UC Irvine where he majors in Economics.


Metalsmith - Wearable Sculpture and Wax Casting

This summer, dive into the incredible world of lost-wax casting. Begin by forming a piece of wax into a ring, or pendant; next, transform this wax into a real piece of metal jewelry using an ancient process! We will also be creating a dome ring, bangle bracelets, and bi-metal earrings. Every student will leave camp with a few creations to wear or give as gifts, with new skills, and with the memory of a fabulous experience of making their own one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture!

Emma Mankin-Morris is a third generation of working metalsmiths of the Macchiarini family. She began soldering, and casting before she could legally vote! After many years of apprenticing, and creating her own body of work, she began teaching at metal studios throughout the bay area.Emma earned her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and M.F.A. from John F. Kennedy University.

Native American Survival Science
(Special Pricing for all Sessions)

Like modern day scientists, Native Americans observed routinely, tested repeatedly and applied logic to figure out whether certain plants were beneficial or dangerous.  Their findings were so on-target that of the ten top-selling herbal dietary supplements in the United States today, seven were used by Native Americans.  We’ll find our way in Golden Gate Park using Surgery American Indians’ navigation methods and will use their techniques of identifying plants that can be eaten, used as bug repellent, soap, dyes, first aid and medicine.  We’ll make sunflower-seed flour, preserved wild fruits, cook Chia pudding and acorn pancakes, and more.  Using proper ethical harvesting, we will collect medicinal plants and process them by creating salves, decoctions and infusions.  A visit to the De Young Museum will show us how American Indians used plants in their ceremonies and for everyday tools. With this inspiration, we will build a dream catcher from plants!  Come learn science from the ultimate source: Mother Nature!  

Campers from all sessions of Survival Science will be invited to a private meeting with the Chief of the Ohlone tribe on Thursday, July 31st.  More details will be provided separately.

Led by Mischa Kornievsky. Mischa is a botanist at San Francisco State University and the president of the Friends of the Greenhouse Club at SFSU.



Balboa- Our year-round studio on 140 Balboa, San Franicsco, CA 94118 / @ 3rd Ave.

California- 2725 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 / @ Divisadero. It is the William Cobb Elementary School.

Commonwealth- 51 Commonwealth Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 / @ California St.

Locations are 10 minutes driving distance from each other.

Note: All campers must be at least 6 1/2 years old by June 1 regardless of grade.

Date Class Grade in Sept 2014 Location
June 2-6 Birds Grades 2-4 Balboa
  Ballistics Grades 3-5 Balboa
  NA Survival Grades 4-7 Balboa
June 9-13 LEGO Engineering Grades 1-3 California
  NA Survival Grades 1-3 California
  Birds Grades 4-5 California
  Chemistry Grades 4-5 California
  Fashion Grades 5-7 California
  Ballistics Grades 5-8 California
  Metalsmith Grades 5-9 Balboa
June 16-20 Birds Grades 1-3 California
Fashion Grades 1-3 California
NA Survival Grades 3-5 California
Chemistry Grades 3-5 California
Ballistics Grades 4-5 California
Robotics Beginners Grades 4-6 California
Science Surfers Grades 6-9 California
Metalsmith Grades 5-9 Balboa
June 23-27 NA Survival Grades 1-3 California
Surgery Grades 3-4 California
Fashion Grades 3-5 California
Science Surfers Grades 4-7 California
Robotics Advanced Grades 4-9 California
Chemistry Grade 6-9 California
June 30- July 3 (4 days)

LEGO Engineering

Grades 1-3 Balboa
Birds [Special $295 Price] Grades 3-5 Balboa
Metalsmith Grades 5-9 Balboa
July 7-11 LEGO Engineering Grades 1-3 California
Chemistry Grades 3-4 California
Fashion Grades 3-5 California
Surgery Grades 4-5 California
Filmmaking (2 wks camp) $ Grades 6-10 California
July 14-18 Birds Grades 1-3 California
Fashion Grades 1-3 California
Ballistics Grades 4-5 California
Surgery Grades 4-5 California
Robotics Beginners Grades 3-5 California
Chemistry Grades 6-9 California
Filmmaking (2 wks camp) Grades 6-10 California
July 21-25 NA Survival Grades 1-3 California
Fashion Grades 1-3 California
Chemistry Grades 4-5 California
Robotics Beginners Grades 4-6 California
Metalsmith Grades 5-8 Balboa
Ballistics Grades 6-9 California
Surgery Grades 6-9 California
July 28 -Aug 1 NA Survival Grades 1-3 Commonwealth
Surgery Grades 3-4 Commonwealth
Robotics Advanced Grades 4-9 Balboa
Climate Grades 4-7 Balboa
Chemistry Grades 6-9 Commonwealth
August 4-9 LEGO Engineering Grades 1-3 Commonwealth
Climate Grades 1-3 Balboa
NA Survival Grades 4-5 Commonwealth
Chemistry Grades 3-5 Commonwealth
Ballistics Grades 5-8 Balboa
August 11-15 Birds Grades 1-3 Commonwealth
Robotics Beginners Grades 4-6 Commonwealth
Surgery Grades 6-9 Commonwealth
Metalsmith Grades 6-10 Balboa
August 18-22 NA Survival Grades 1-3 Commonwealth
Science Surfers Grades 4-7 Commonwealth
Robotics Beginners Grades 4-6 Commonwealth
Birds Grades 5-7 Balboa
Metalsmith Grades 6-10 Balboa
August 25-29 Birds Grades 2-4 Balboa / Space Available
  LEGO Engineering Grades 1-3 Balboa / Space Available
  NA Survival Grades 5-7 Balboa /Space Available

    Fees and Policies:

    Until April 1st: $410 per week or $350 for week of June 30 - July 3
    ● After April 2nd: $435 per week or $360 for week of June 30 - July 3
    ● NA Survival Camp and Birds camp special price of $380 per week
    ● Multiple Session Discount - Also applicable to siblings
    - Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    - Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    - Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)
    Refer friends (siblings excluded) who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $35 per referral. Further details can be found on registration site.

    All campers must be at least 6 1/2 years old by June 1 regardless of grade.

    Camps on the week of August 18 and 25 can be offered on a daily basis at $90 per day. Excluding: Metalsmith.

    Materials fee for Surgery and Metalsmith camps: $30 per week. Ballistics camp: $45 per week.

    Extended Care:

    - Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
    - Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 6pm.
    - Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $10 per hour.
    - Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
    - Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.
    ● Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $30 fee. Transfer subject to availability.
    ● Lunch Option: $30 per week or $7 per day. Options are listed in the online registration. Lunch not available for Birds, Native American Survival or Climate camp.

    Cancellation Policy:
    - Before May 1st- Refund less $100 cancellation fee or a credit for the price paid, less $50 cancellation fee. Credit is good towards any Celsius and Beyond camp or class (excludes birthday parties) for one year after date of initial registration.
    - After May 1st up to one month prior to the start date of camper's session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid.
    - more than 4 weeks notice = 40% credit of total price paid.
    - more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
    - less than 3 weeks notice = 20% credit of total price paid.

    ● Payment Policy:

- We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards. Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration and payment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.