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Turn Your Curious Kids Into Happy Campers

Thank you to everyone who joined us for 2020 Summer Camps!

We had a great time and we hope to see you again next summer! The Fleet turns curious kids into happy campers! Our science-themed summer camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun. (Oh—and don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!) We have something for all ages, from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Summer camp topics vary each year but check out the list below for previous topics.

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For information, call (619) 238-1233 x806.

Looking for More Educational Fun?

Summer may be over but we have more programming for you to enjoy throughout the year! All programs are being offered virtually.

Virtual Programs with the Fleet! 

Camps from the comfort of your own home! The Fleet Science Center is now offering Virtual Programs. Each camp virtual class will be filled with challenges, hands-on activities that can be done using materials found in your home and has challenges aimed for students in grades 2–4. With 4 topics per week, students can explore an array of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and much more! Sign up for one or bundle a week together and save!

Each Virtual Program includes:

  • Prepackaged materials ranging from craft supplies to specialty items packed by our Science Educators
  • Additional Educational content and challenges
  • Video content that introduces the challenge and provides strategies for caregivers in confidently facilitating these activities. Designated live virtual weekly meetings with a Fleet Science Educator to keep everyone connected, share results and ask questions.

Virtual Camp Pricing:

Individual (1 day): $25

Materials Pick Up

Curbside pick-up for camp materials will be available on Fridays at the Fleet Science Center from 9:30-10:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m. Pick-up will be located at the Business Entrance on the south side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot. To get to the South entrance from Park Boulevard, turn on Space Theater Way and make an immediate right into the parking lot adjacent to the building. The Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.

Only the 4 kits of the week will be available at a time.

Materials Pick Up Date/Time Tuesday
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Friday, Aug 14



Kitchen Chemistry
Aug 18,
9:00 a.m.
Exploring Electricity
Aug 19,
9:00 a.m.
Plant Cycle
Aug 20,
1:00 p.m.
Gravitation Station
Aug 21,
1:00 p.m.

Friday, Aug 21



Plant Cycle
Aug 25,
9:00 a.m.
Gravitation Station
Aug 26,
9:00 a.m.
Kitchen Chemistry
Aug 27,
1:00 p.m.
Exploring Electricity
Aug 28,
1:00 p.m.

Click here for full descriptions of each Virtual Program.

Please noteVirtual programs are not a replacement for parental supervision, and we cannot assume responsibility for your child. We recommend that one responsible member of your household retain a supervisory role during virtual programming to ensure safety, watch your scientist superstar shine, or offer a helping hand for a trickier project.


Onsite Camp Descriptions

Grades 1–3


Discover the connection between science and the arts in this fun filled STEAM camp! Create, construct and craft masterpieces inspired by biology, physics, math, and engineering.

Coding Concepts

It’s never too early to start coding! Campers will discover basic coding concepts both on screen and off through hands-on activities that make coding fun and interactive.

Gross & Gooey Science

Ewww! What’s that? Explore the science of everything slimy, gooey and gross. Make your own gooey concoctions to take home.

Bugs, Rocks & the Wild

Grab your binoculars and safari hat—we’re off to explore the wild! Discover fascinating facts about bugs, rocks and the great outdoors.

Energy Explorer

Light up your day and get noisy! Delve into the world of light, sound, motion and more. Learn about the many forms of energy while building windmills, investigating solar panels, designing musical instruments and creating chemical reactions.

Superhero Science

Faster than a speeding comet, more powerful than a locomotive, it’s Superhero Science! Join us for a behind-the-mask look into the powers of your favorite superheroes. You’ll discover how friction, magnetism and gravity play a role in super-human feats. For added fun, come dressed as your favorite superhero character.

Super Solar System

Can you skate on the rings of Saturn? Was there ever life on Mars? Unlock the secrets of our solar system in this cosmic class. Learn why the seasons change on Earth and why the sun is so important to our everyday lives.

Chemistry in the Kitchen

See regular household items in a new and exciting way! Working with many materials found in an average home, we will interactively demonstrate many of the amazing science possibilities of our everyday lives.

Wizards' Workshop

Use science to simulate the magic of your favorite sorcerers from books and movies. We’ll mix up chemical concoctions and perform super science spells that are sure to amaze your friends and family. You won’t believe your eyes!

Construction Crew

Grab your hard hat and join us for a camp devoted to the science of construction. Use the KEVA planks from our Dream! Design! Build! exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and buildings out of unexpected materials.

Spy Camp

Calling all secret agents! Create mysterious messages to conceal your identity and explore the tools that make James Bond so sneaky. Come join us on this Mission Impossible!

Forces Everywhere!

Have fun with invisible forces all around you! In this electrifying class you will create homemade circuits, electromagnets and experiment with motors. You’ll be shocked by how much you learn!

Grades 3–6+

Magic for Muggles

The “School of Wizardry” is in session! Unleash your imagination and creativity while investigating the science behind potions, astronomy, magical creatures and more.

Space Camp

Blast off in this exciting camp to gain knowledge about our solar system and beyond! Explore fascinating moons and find out how astronauts live on the International Space Station.

Young Tinkerers 

Have you ever wondered how a toaster toasts or what a computer looks like on the inside? Get ready to disassemble and tinker with household objects in this hands-on class. Tools provided—just bring your imagination!  

Extreme Earth 

Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other natural phenomena! Discover how science experts try to understand our dynamic earth and try to predict the future. 

Cool Chemistry 

This camp has cool chemical tricks for any student’s repertoire! Marveling at dry ice, examining acids and bases and characterizing chemical reactions make this class a fun, messy favorite!

Robotics Camp

Can you design a machine to do your homework? Well, maybe not, but in this challenging class you will work in teams using LEGO Mindstorms, Ozobots and more to construct and program competition-style robots to perform complex tasks. Test your robotics skills with exciting contests throughout the week.


Calling all technology enthusiasts! Spend your week working with computers, iPads and apps. Work on your computer programming skills by building a PicoCricket robot!

Young Engineers

Design, construct and test your engineering masterpieces. Use the planks in our “Block Busters!” exhibition to design the tallest tower or build the longest bridge. Return to the classroom to build castles, boats and buildings out of unexpected materials.

Grades 3–6

Movie Magic

Take a behind the scene look at how science is used in movies! Use principles of sound to become a Foley artist, create practical effects with engineering, ingenuity and biology to understand how a zombie might occur and so much more!


Grades 4–6

Chemistry With a Bang! 

Explore the basics of chemistry through loud, colorful and shocking activities. Create chemical compounds, analyze acids and bases, make things glow and whip up a few “explosive” reactions.

Astronaut Camp

Campers will put their knowledge to the test in two different simulated space missions as they experience the teamwork skills required for a successful mission from rocket launch to planetary exploration.

Maker Camp

Join the Maker movement and craft, tinker and create your own devices. What will you make?


Become a Crime Scene Investigator in this thrilling class! Search for clues, collect evidence and solve a crime!

Grades 4–8

Women Scientists in Action

Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field of science. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science.

Unseen Science

Take a closer look at the world around you–you might be surprised at what you find! Explore Nano science, learn microscope techniques and slow things down with your own time-lapse videos.


Virtual Program Descriptions

Kit pick up on Fridays; 9:30a.m.-10:00a.m. and 3:00-3:30p.m.

Action Reaction 

Put your engineering skills to the test in this approach to simple machines and the transfer of energy 

DNA Structures

Find our what you, and all living things, are made of! Create your own model and extract strands of DNA. 

Shake it Up

Explore how tectonic plates move and shape the Earth and how scientists study this tremorous phenomenon.

Rocket Science

Ready to blast off? Learn about the principles of flight by building rockets and probes to study distant planets.


Discovering Dinos

Get ready to dig into adventure and learn how paleontologists examines fossils.

Kitchen Chemistry

Become a chemist by experimenting with acids and bases that can be found in your kitchen or pantry! 

Stellar Solar System

Discover the distance between the planets and explore the formation of constellations in the night sky.

Science of Art

Go full STEAM ahead and create unique works of art with science-based inspiration

Earth Rocks

Get ready to rock! Examine rocks, minerals and learn how these rock stars form. 

Plant Cycle

Be a backyard botinist as you dissect flowers and observe capiliary movement in action

Exploring Electricity

Conduct an experiment and determine how a circuit works to provide power


Forces in Motion

Use the forces of wind and magnetism to create moving objects

Amazing Astronaut

Discover does it take to survive in space.

Sound Science

Explore how sound moves and  design your own noisemaker.

Binary Basics

Decode the the basics of programming though patterns and games.

Gravitation Station

Take adventures to new heights! Use parachutes to explore forces, motion and more..


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