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The Fleet Science Center to host full-day Winter Science Camps from Monday, December 23, through Friday, January 3

Grades 1–3 can participate in camps that explore STEM through hands-on activities. Grades 4–6 can explore game design through computer coding camps.

December 01, 2019

San Diego—This holiday season, the Fleet Science Center offers options to help parents keep their kids active and learning during the winter school break.

The Fleet’s full-day Winter Science Camps begin on Monday, December 23, and are available each weekday through Friday, January 3 (except December 24–25 and January 1). The camps take place at the Fleet Science Center and feature fun and educational hands-on activities. Campers can participate in just one day or sign up for multiple days.

The curriculum for the science camps for grades 1–3 incorporates important skills using science, technology, engineering and math. Camp attendees will learn the basics of flight and look to nature as inspiration to create flying devices. They will also learn basic programming skills to direct a small robot, explore how easily the senses can be tricked and discover what it takes to be an engineer through construction challenges.

For grades 4–6, the Fleet partners with ThoughtSTEM to offer Computer Science and Programming Camps. Each day, future programmers will learn how to create different elements of a 2D video game. ThoughtSTEM engages students in computer programming through fun and interactive programming environments that allow students to be creative and work collaboratively.

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from December 23 through January 3. Campers can sign up for a single day or enroll for multiple days of fun! For the Fleet Winter Camps, grades 1–3, prices are $60 per day for Fleet members and $65 per day for nonmembers. For the Computer Science and Technology Camp, grades 4–6, prices are $70 per day for Fleet members and $75 per day for nonmembers.

A full list of Winter Science Camp activities is included below. More information can also be found on the Fleet website at www.fleetscience.org/events/winter-camps.

Full Camp Descriptions

Fleet Winter Science Camps, Grades 1–3

Prices: $60 per day for members, $65 per day for nonmembers. 

  • December 23: Expect the Unexpected. All science is methodical and predictable, right? Not in this program! Be wowed by science phenomena and how easily your senses can be tricked.
  • December 26: Try, Try, Try Again. Learn what it takes to be a scientist by testing, tweaking and retesting. Complete a variety of experiments and build a tall tower out of lightweight objects to see if you have what it takes!
  • December 27: Collaborate or Compete. Use teamwork to complete a blind building challenge and collaborate with your group to design a crash test helmet.
  • December 30: So You Think You Can Fly. The ingenuity of flight is remarkable. Join us as we learn the basics of flight and look to nature and other inspiration to pioneer various our own flying devices.
  • December 31: Chain Reaction. Use natural forces and your own imagination to make something happen. Make a marble roller coaster, a Keva contraption and a Rube Goldberg device with your class!
  • January 2: Toys in Motion. Open-ended challenges encourage curious minds! Make mechanical toys and learn basic programming skills to direct a small robot through an obstacle course.
  • January 3: Maker Mania. Join the Maker movement! Craft and tinker with everyday objects and turn them into your own incredible devices.

About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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