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March 20, 2007 > Summer Camps - Science

Summer Camps - Science

By Vidya Pradhan

As the days get warmer, have you started wondering about your kids' summer schedules? While there are many opportunities to learn and have fun in the greater Tri-Cities area, early birds will be able to pick classes that are more compatible with their kids' interests and strengths. To help our readers with the process, we will print a series of articles on Summer Camp opportunities in your neighborhood and within easy driving distance.

For the first in our series, here are some science summer programs for the young inventors and explorers in your home:

Ohlone for Kids

This year's program will begin June 25 and end on July 26.

Session I and II classes will be offered offsite at two locations.
- Christian Community School located at 39700 Mission Blvd. in Fremont
- Newark Memorial High School campus located at 39375 Cedar Blvd., just off the Stevenson and I-880 exit.
Session III courses will be held on the Ohlone Campus and at the Christian School as well.

Ohlone for Kids courses will run Mondays through Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. (with no classes on July 4th). Course offerings will feature enrichment activities for designed for students entering grades 4-11. Students will practice critical thinking skills and enjoy a variety of activities including art, computers, physical education, math, reading, and writing.

Sample course offerings include Lego robotics, movie making, cartooning and performing arts in addition to courses in speech and algebra.
Contact: Jason Jones, Coordinator
Ph: (510) 659-6090 Fax: (510) 979-7956 Email:ofk@ohlone.edu

For more information check out their website at http://www.ohlone.edu/org/ohloneforkids/

India Community Center (ICC): The center, located at 555 Los Coches St. Milpitas, offers the following summer science adventure camps-

- Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure (Campers Entering Grades Kindergarten- 5th)
Campers will decipher hieroglyphics, unearth an ancient mummy, take home gold treasure, find three secret stones, build a rock and crystal collection and collect fabulous gemstones!

- Go Wild! (Campers Entering Grades Kindergarten-5th)
Leap into the wild on an awesome adventure. Campers will meet live animals face to- face at ICC, build a microscope, examine a bug's life, enter the world of bats and birds, dissect owl pellets and go on a dinosaur hunt.

- Space and Rocketry (Campers Entering Grades Kindergarten-5th)
Launch the Comet Rocket. Join a mission through space on an amazing journey to the stars. All campers will, build and launch the solid-fueled Comet rocket, make a working telescope, build a light-up model of our solar system, explore the secrets of Mars, build a motorized K'nex Mars Rover and create a fiber optic constellation.

- Gizmos, Gadgets & Goop (Campers Entering Grades Kindergarten-5th)
Join Gizmo in his secret lab where imagination and science mix to create amazing contraptions. Campers will explore electricity with a hands-on electronics kit, make ice cream without a freezer, put glow into a giant glob of slime, build motorized racers and design a marble roller coaster.

Weekly science camps run from July 9 to July 27 and are offered at Forest Park Elementary in Fremont as well as the main center at Milpitas. Extended care is available.
For more information, check out their website at http://indiacc.org or call (408) 934-1130.

Chabot Space and Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center, located at 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA, offers week long half-day and full-day camps for young people ages 6-13 (entering grades 1-8) interested in science and having fun.

Camps run from July 9 through August 17 and cover such interesting topics as astronomy, robotics, ancient Egypt and kitchen science.

For more information, call (510) 336-7300 or check out http://www.chabotspace.org/visit/programs/summercamps.asp

Mad Science of the South Bay:

Mad Science offers several summer camps in various East Bay locations. The topics cover nature, astronomy, chemistry and earth science.
Camps are designed for children ages 5 to 12 unless otherwise noted. Camps can be either half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours).

In Alameda County, classes are offered in the following locations -
- Fremont, Central Park Teen Center: To register, call (510) 791-4351 or go to http://regerec.ci.fremont.ca.us. Classes are also offered at the Warm Springs Community Center (WSCC) and the Los Cerritos Community Center (LCCC).

-Fremont, Learning Bee Learning Center: To register, call (877) 390-5437

- Hayward, Chabot Community College: To register, call (510) 723-6665

- Newark, Silliman Activity and Aquatic Center: To register, call (510) 742-4400

For more information check out the website at http://www.madscience.org/locations/southbay

Math Science Nucleus (MSN): Located at 4074 Eggers Drive, Fremont, the Math Science Nucleus offers week long half-day science camps. The camps run from June 25 through August 24 and cover space, nature, various science disciplines and math.

For more information call MSN at (510) 790-6284 or email them at msn@msnucleus.org. Information on the summer program can also be found at http://www.msnucleus.org/classes/classsummer.html

Techknowhowkids computer and Lego summer camps: These are offered in conjunction with the Fremont Recreation Department. Registration is through the Fremont Recreation Department. Registration begins April 1.

For more information call (510) 494-4300 or visit www.ci.fremont.ca.us/Recreation.

Camps will be held at the Teen Center in Central Park. Both half and full day camps are offered, with extended care available.

You can also check out their website at http://techknowhowkids.com.

Camp Galileo: The Tech, in partnership with the de Young museum and Klutz, is offering science camps at Weibel School in Fremont located at 45135 South Grimmer Blvd. Fremont.

Camps run from June 25 through August 3 and are mostly full day camps with extended care available.

For more information check out http://campgalileo.com/fremont.html.

City of Milpitas Recreation Center:
The Milpitas Parks and Recreation services summer activity guide offers half and full day Summer Camps from June18th through August 24th. Camps cover chemistry, astronomy, biology, robotics and Lego's.

For more information check out http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov

This is by no means an exhaustive list. While many of the programs mentioned here have ties with cities, check schedules of the community centers of cities close to you.

Also, most of the local museums and science centers have summer programs. While the location may be slightly further, be sure to check them out if the programs closer to home are full.

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