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Science & Sports (S2) Camp - Grades 1 and 2

Develop your mind and body at Science & Sports (S2) Camp, a partnership between Lawrence Hall of Science and Cal Youth Camps.

Year-Round Youth Programs and Camps for Summer 2020 Cancelled – Due to COVID-19 considerations, Rec Sports has cancelled all in-person youth programming (all summer camps as well as year-round Archery, Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics, Skate Classes, and Swimming Lessons) for summer 2020. For more information, read our FAQs.

About This Camp

Campers will spend the morning exploring the fascinating world of science at Lawrence Hall of Science, and the afternoon participating in fun and instructional sports activities at the Strawberry Canyon Rec Area. Supervised transportation is provided between each site. Each week features a theme.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be entering grades 1-2 in order to register for this camp.

Price

Per week: $625

Location: Lawrence Hall of Science followed by Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area. See Daily Schedule below for more details.

Camp Details

Week 1: Sifting Through Science

Students investigate material properties, including those of materials that sink or float; magnetic and nonmagnetic objects; and a sand-and-bean mixture whose elements can be sifted and separated. Campers are involved, hands-and-minds-on, as they sort and classify material objects, find and then make masks from those materials. They create stories to explain natural phenomena and learn how ancient people used folklore to explain and represent the natural world. Along the way, the children discuss their work in the significant, real-life context of recycling and the environment.

Week 2: Secret Formulas

Campers investigate the properties of substances as they make their own personal brands of paste, toothpaste, cola, and ice cream. The activities have been carefully designed to convey key science/mathematics skills and concepts, provide highly motivating real-life experiences with chemistry, and build student understanding of cause and effect, central to later understanding of controlled experimentation.

Week 3: Treasure Box

From postage stamps to bottle caps, our precious collections are natural starting points for guided exploration and mathematics activities, and can galvanize discussion of environmental concepts. In this engaging, innovative series of mathematics activities, campers create personal collections of recycled, "found," and inexpensive objects and investigate their properties, calling many important science and math skills into play.

Week 4: Involving Dissolving

Campers are introduced to the properties of matter. In a series of fun and fluid activities, they explore the ubiquity and properties of liquids using introductory language and simple concepts. They play a classification game, observe how food coloring moves through different liquids, and create secret salad-dressing recipes, create homemade "Gel-o," colorful disks, and crystals that emerge on black paper to make a "starry night."

Week 5: Fascination with Science

Campers explore the physical world around them. They feel, hold, weigh, smell, see, touch, and taste. In this camp we focus on the three basic states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas. The camp helps generate definitions and understandings of the properties of solids, liquids, and gases, and apply these definitions and understandings to the classification of “challenging substances.”

Week 6: Sifting Through Science

Students investigate material properties, including those of materials that sink or float; magnetic and nonmagnetic objects; and a sand-and-bean mixture whose elements can be sifted and separated. Campers are involved, hands-and-minds-on, as they sort and classify material objects, find and then make masks from those materials. They create stories to explain natural phenomena and learn how ancient people used folklore to explain and represent the natural world. Along the way, the children discuss their work in the significant, real-life context of recycling and the environment.

Week 7: Secret Formulas

Campers investigate the properties of substances as they make their own personal brands of paste, toothpaste, cola, and ice cream. The activities have been carefully designed to convey key science/mathematics skills and concepts, provide highly motivating real-life experiences with chemistry, and build student understanding of cause and effect, central to later understanding of controlled experimentation.

Week 8: Treasure Box

From postage stamps to bottle caps, our precious collections are natural starting points for guided exploration and mathematics activities, and can galvanize discussion of environmental concepts. In this engaging, innovative series of mathematics activities, campers create personal collections of recycled, "found," and inexpensive objects and investigate their properties, calling many important science and math skills into play.

Week 9: Involving Dissolving

Campers are introduced to the properties of matter. In a series of fun and fluid activities, they explore the ubiquity and properties of liquids using introductory language and simple concepts. They play a classification game, observe how food coloring moves through different liquids, and create secret salad-dressing recipes, create homemade "Gel-o," colorful disks, and crystals that emerge on black paper to make a "starry night."

Week 10: Fascination with Science

Campers explore the physical world around them. They feel, hold, weigh, smell, see, touch, and taste. In this camp we focus on the three basic states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas. The camp helps generate definitions and understandings of the properties of solids, liquids, and gases, and apply these definitions and understandings to the classification of “challenging substances.”

 

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Campers in grades 1-2 are pre-assigned 3 activities and are grouped with kids in the same grade.

Activities may include: basketball, football, co-op games, frisbee, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, track and field, and more.

Swimming is included as one of the activities for all grades.

Refund Policy for Science & Sports Camp.

  • Cancel 60+ days prior to the 1st day of camp, a $200.00 fee will be assessed.
  • Cancel 30-60 days prior to the 1st day of camp, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancel less than 30 days prior to the start of camp, no refunds, credits, or transfers will be granted.

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