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Science Summer Camp 2015

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Mid January

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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. 

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Unzipping Your DNA - Genetics

chemistry Somewhere deep in your body are the secrets to who you are and where you came from. In this highly interactive class we will investigate our own body and the world around us at the molecular level. We will use tools and techniques used by geneticists in laboratories around the world such as micropipettes, centrifuges, PCR machines, electrophoresis and more. We will extract our own DNA to find out our genotype for specific traits. We will explore our heritage by looking at a conserved gene sequence. We will also sequence and compare genes from plants and animals in our neighborhoods as well as lab specimens. There are an estimated 8.7 million species on the planet and only a small fraction of them have been identified by scientists. Maybe you will discover a whole new species!

Co-Led by Jessica Maxfield and Carolina Opene.

Jessica is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii where she maps the sex change pathway in Gobiid Fish in order to elucidate the link between genes, phenotype and the environment. She previously conducted research at UC Berkeley and taught at San Francisco State University, where she earned her M.S. in Biology. (Jessica will only be teaching the weeks of June 15, and June 22)

Carolina is a medical school student at UCSF. She previously conducted research at UC San Diego on the role of proteins in cardiac myocytes as well as gene expression of brittle star Ophiocoma wendtii. Caroline has a B.S. in cell and molecular biology from California State University, Long Beach.

Magnificent Marine Mammals Mammels

Marine mammals are warm blooded like humans but are a lot cooler! Come experience a week filled with land and sea connections to learn about our world’s ocean-dwelling mammals and their diverse habitats. Each day we will visit a different site to meet these fascinating creatures up-close and personal. We will visit the California Academy of Science’s underwater ecosystems, Aquarium of the Bay’s otters, Pier 39’s sea lions and Chrissy Field Center’s beach.  Finally, we will go on a cruise in the Bay to look for blue and humpback whales and perhaps even dolphins! Through hands-on activities we will learn the importance of marine mammals to the ecosystem and how we can protect these awesome creatures.

Campers will take public transportation to the different destinations. On Thursdays, campers will need to arrive at Pier 39 at 7:30am for an 8am whale watching cruise. Celsius will help parents communicate directly with each other to arrange for car pools.

Led by Liz Gustin, an outdoor environmental educator on Catalina Island where she teaches youth about conservation. Liz holds a degree in Biology Education from the University of Kansas.

Ballistics - The Science of Flying Objects and Explosions

Forensics Before man could fly, he made objects fly. We will have a blast, building from scratch a 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

Beginner Track: 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. On Friday, friends and family will be invited to see us on the runway!

Advanced Track: This class is specially tailored for those students who already possess a command of the sewing machine and a basic understanding of garment construction. Together we will continue to explore the art of apparel making while building new skills. We will focus on designing and producing one or two garments with the intention of mastering previously learned skills and practicing new ones.

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 - Music Videos
Polar Bear

There is a reason why popular songs have a music video made for them. Visual arts combined with music is a powerful combination. In fact, there is very sophisticated camera work and editing that goes into making good music videos. We will learn about the many different types of shots, direct our own music video and edit it. At the end of the session, parents and friends will join us for our own Grammy Award ceremony to celebrate the kids’ passion and creativity!

Led by Dror Hytner. Dror is an award-winning film director specializing in commercials and short films.

Einstein's Universe
With Ryan Janish, M.A

A hundred years ago Dr. Albert Einstein, a nonconformist and curious scientist shocked the world with a new and different way of understanding the forces of the universe. Interestingly, Einstein did not do a single experiment to make his discovery. Instead, he used his imagination and did thought experiments. To understand the greatness and beauty of his work, we will start with the common scientific principles of his time by experimenting hands-on with electricity, waves and Newton’s laws. We will then step into Einstein’s shoes and bring to life the same visuals he used to test his ideas: springs, balloons, elevators, trains and more. With our new understanding of his theory, we will try to wrap our heads around the expansion of the universe, black holes and time warps. At the end of the week we will have a Relativity Party to test if time really does move faster when you are having fun!

Led by Ryan Janish. Ryan is a doctoral student of physics at UC Berkeley.  He previously taught middle school astronomy and tutored high school students.  At the college level he taught UC Berkeley undergraduates optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism.  Ryan holds a B.S in physics from MIT and an M.A in physics from UC Berkeley.

Dissecting Your Way to Understanding Anatomy

Wouldn’t it be great if we could unzip our skin and take a quick peek inside our body? For practical reasons we will instead take a look inside other organisms such as squid, shrimp, clams, frogs, mice, chickens, sheep and pigs. By dissecting each organism and understanding its environment, we will learn why humans and animals are the way they are. We will touch and feel organs such as hearts, brains and eyes and learn about their particular function. By the end of the week, you'll be an expert on many of the key organs and their functions - you will even be ready to perform a medical exam!

Led by Khanh Huynh, a medical school student at UCSF. She previously was a camp counselor and has long engaged in outreach programs for youth. Khanh earned a B.S. in biology from Stanford University.

Art and Technology

Introduction to iPad Drawing & Painting IpadArt

Beautiful art is at your fingertips. Just pick up an iPad and stylus and join us. We will learn how technology, imagination and traditional art skills can be combined to help you express yourself.  We will use different art apps and learn to easily move among them while working on a painting and leveraging the strengths of each app.  You will learn how to record and replay your drawing process, choose colors, control brush size and opacity, paint into layers, control layer ordering and more.  We will look for inspiration at the DeYoung Museum, as well as study the iPad work of David Hockney and other artists who have harnessed this amazing new mobile digital art technology.  At the end of the week, parents will be invited for to an exciting and dynamic art show to celebrate our new passion!

Students are encouraged to bring their own iPads. iPads will be available to rent for $75 for the week.  A stylus will be provided by Celsius to all campers for use during camp.  Students will use public transportation to travel to the museum.

Jeremy Sutton is an accomplished artist and digital painting pioneer who has taught art, published digital art books, spoken at conferences and exhibited extensively around the world.  He earned a M.A. in physics from Oxford University and studied Lithography and Life Drawing at Vrije Academie in the Netherlands. Read more at

LEGO Engineering
Introduction / Grades 1-3 

Get a head start by exploring the foundations of building and programming.  We will have “way too much fun” creating airplanes, wild catapults and more and will learn through them basic concepts such as potential and released energy, balance, center of gravity and ratchet mechanisms.  We will work to improve our projects by observing their performance and experimenting with incremental changes.

LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Beginners / Grades 4-6

Build motorized zip lines, race cars, robotic animals and more using the LEGO Mindstorm® EV3 system.  We will learn how to write basic computer software programs using a child-friendly application that will control our robots wirelessly through its sound, touch and light sensors.   We will use our imagination and new skills to create several robots a day.

LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Advanced / Grades 4-9

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

Pre-requisite: previous attendance of a Mindstorm Beginners camp OR the 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 7 years.  His teams have won many awards during this time, including at the State Championship level. Jaemin attends UC Irvine where he majors in Economics


Metalsmith - Sterling Silver

In colonial times sterling silver was used for currency but we will make much better use of it by creating beautiful earrings, bangles and rings.  You will learn to safely use torches, files, hammers, pliers, and polishing machines.

Advanced class students will be creating projects with movable parts, hinges, and techniques not taught to beginners such as solder inlay, stone setting, and clasp making.

Led by Emma Macchiarini Mankin-Morris, a third generation metalsmither in the Macchiarini family. She draws her inspiration from the work of her father and grandfather, as well as her love for the natural world. Emma earned her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and a M.F.A. from John F. Kennedy University

Brain Power
Investigative Neuroscience - with Ido Davidesco, Ph.D

The brain is the most complex system known to man. It gives us calm focus or moves us from laughter to tears in a fraction of a second. For some of us, it’s easy to learn new things and for some it’s not. What’s going on up there? Come explore all these questions and many others using real world Logicresearch! Based on a college course taught by Professor Davidesco, this camp will use all the interesting parts of the course, leaving out the boring ones. We will start by asking research questions and designing experiments. Students will don EEG caps, collect data, analyze it using basic functions in the MATLAB, and then draw conclusions. Putting our new understanding to good use, we will play computer games that help our brain grow!

Led by Ido Davidesco, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton and New York Universities.  His research focuses on how children learn in the classroom. Dr. Davidesco currently teaches youth at the New York Academy of Science and at Yeshiva University. He holds a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The Hunt for the Invisible
Investigative Microbiology - with JC Neel, Ph.D

Grades 1-3 only

You’re not going to believe it, but there is a hidden world right here on Earth that no one can see! It’s so awesome and beautiful and you don’t want to miss it! With the help of various microscopes, we will zoom in on super small creatures called multicellular organisms that we will collect from plants, animals, and algae. We'll watch and learn how they move, extract their colors, grow them in our lab and finally dissect and study their structure. Inspired by our discoveries in this new world, we will create beautiful art inspired by it all. By the end of the week we will have helped scientists do real world research and each student will receive a Citizen Scientist certificate!  

Led by JC Neel, Ph.D.  Most recently, Dr. Neel was a post doctorate fellow at UCSF’s Cardiovascular Research Institute studying the role of RNA in cells.  He previously taught biology at the university level and conducted research in genetics.  He earned his Ph.D. in experimental medicine from McGill University and a B.S. in Health Science Engineering from ParisTech University

Science in Motion
with JC Neel, Ph.D

Grades 1-3 only

Why can’t we as humans fly?  What does it take to move in the air?  To find out we will become engineers and build electric cars, water rockets, wood airplanes and more.  We will have load of fun racing them and testing to see what make them move faster.  By observing fish and birds we will learn what helps to move efficiently in air and water.  At the Cable Car Museum we will see the cable car’s underground mechanism. At the Railway Museum we will take the driver’s seat of a streetcar.  In Golden Gate Park we will enjoy a smooth ride in a pedal boat.  While driving a streetcar we will measure its speed.  In a clear elevator with exposed cords we will take a fun ride.  With so many great rides you will be ready to think like an engineer and create your own special vehicle of the future!



Balboa- Our year-round studio on 140 Balboa, San Francisco, 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.

Above locations are 10 minutes driving distance from each other.

Bryant- Art studio on 1890 Bryant Street #306, San Francisco, CA 94110. Between 17th and Mariposa

ALL CAMP HOURS 9:00am - 4:00pm

Date Class Grade in Sept 2015 Location
June 1-5 Motion 1-2 Balboa
Mammals 3-5 Balboa
Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
June 8-12 Microbiology 1-2 California
Fashion 3-5 California
Art 3-5 California
Ballistics 4-6 California
Mammals 5-9 California
Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
June 15-19 Motion 1-2 California
Mammals 3-4 California
Genetics 4-5 California
Fashion 5-6 California
Einstein 6-9 California
Ballistics 6-9 California
June 22-26 Microbiology 1-2 California
Fashion 3-4 California
Ballistics 3-4 California
Mammals 4-5 California /
Einstein 5-7 California
Genetics 7-9 California
Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
June 29- July 2 (4 day week) Motion 1-2 California
  Dissection (5 days) 3-4 California
  Mammals 3-4 California
  Ballistics 4-5 California
  Robotics - Beginners 4-6 California
  Einstein 4-6 California
  Genetics 6-7 California
  Metalsmith- Advanced 6-9 Balboa (5 days)
  Fashion 5-7 California
July 6-10 Microbiology 1-3 California
LEGO Engineering 1-3 California
Fashion 2-4 California
Dissection 4-5 California
Ballistics 5-7 California
  Movies 6-8 California
Genetics 7-9 California
July 13-17 Motion 1-2 California
Fashion 3-4 California
Genetics 3-4 California
Robotics - Beginners 4-6 California
Ballistics 4-5 California
Mammals 4-5 California
  Dissection 6-7 California
  Movie 7-9 California
Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
July 20-24 Microbiology 1-2 California
Dissection 3-4 California
Genetics 4-5 California
Fashion 5-7 California
Robotics - Advanced 4-9 California
Metalsmith - Adv 6-10 Balboa
  Mammals 6-9 California
July 27-31 Motion 1-3 Commonwealth
LEGO Engineering 1-3 Commonwealth
Mammals 3-5 Commonwealth
Dissection 4-5 Balboa
Art 5-6 Bryant
Genetics 5-6 Commonwealth
Fashion 6-8 Commonwealth
Neuroscience 7-9 Commonweath
August 3-7 Motion 1-3 Commonwealth
Fashion 2-4 Commonwealth
Dissection 3-4 Balboa
  Robotics - Beginners 4-6 Commonwealth
  Mammals 4-7 Commonwealth
Art 6-9 Bryant
Neuroscience 6-8 Commonwealth
August 10-14 Microbiology 1-2 Balboa
Genetics 3-4 Commonwealth
  Fashion 4-7 Commonwealth
Robotics - Advanced 4-9 Commonwealth left
Mammals 6-8 Commonwealth
August 17-21 Motion 1-2 Commonwealth
Fashion 3-5 Commonwealth
Robotics - Beginniners 4-6 Commonwealth
  Mammals 4-7 Commonwealth
Metalsmith 5-9 Balboa
Genetics 6-8 Commonwealth
August 24-28 Microbiology 1-3 Balboa / Waitlist
  LEGO Engineering 1-3 Commonwealth / Waitlist
  Mammals 4-6 Commonwealth / Waitlist

    Fees and Policies:

    ● After April 2nd: $460 per week
    ● Week of June 29th: $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 $30 per referral. Further details can be found on registration site.

    Camps on the week of August 18 and 25 will be offered on a daily basis at $100 per day beginning July 1st. Excludes: Metalsmith and Genetics.

    Materials fee: Mammals camp: $30 per week for admissions fees. Ballistics camp: $25 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.
    - Pick up after 6pm will be charged at a rate of $1.00 per minute (no grace)
    - 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. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

    ● Lunch Option: $35 per week or $8 per day. Options are listed in the online registration. Lunch not available for Marine Mammals, Science in Motion, iPad Drawing on Bryant street and Metalsmith camp in June and July.

    Cancellation Policy:
    - Before May 1st: Refund less $125 cancellation fee or a credit for the price paid, less $75 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 No refunds for cancellations after May 1st:
    - More than one month prior to the start date of camper's session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid good for one year after date of initial registration.
    - more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
    - less than 3 weeks and greater than 5 days notice = 20% credit of total price paid.
    - within 5 days (but prior to the Friday before the start of camp) = 10% credit of total price paid.

    Please Note: There are no refunds or reduction in fees for days missed due to illness, absence, vacations, change in family circumstance during camp sessions, suspension or dismissal.

    In lieu of a refund, parents can choose to donate cancellation fees to a child from the Raphael House Family Homeless Shelter.

    ● 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.