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Media Contact:  Paula Wagner (213) 744-7446
April 8, 2002
Hands-on Science Camp Has Something for Everyone This Summer at the California Science Center
Los Angeles - Exciting explorations, distinctive discoveries and wild wonders await children and families this summer at the California Science Center's Hands-on Science Camp. Classes begin June 24 and continue through August 23, featuring morning, afternoon and full day classes, with an extended day program available for 1st through 8th grade campers. Learners of all ages will find science in everyday places, some obvious, others less expected. Here is a sampling:

Destination: Catalina! offers families a weekend expedition to Catalina Island. Scientists from the Science Center and Ocean Institute lead the activities and the adventure includes snorkeling, hiking and fishing (catch-and-release) from the shore. (Family Program)

Science Matters teaches the three states of matter - solids, liquids and gases - through fun, exciting and sometimes messy hands-on activities. Designed for one preschool through kindergarten child and one parent or "big buddy." (Preschool/Kindergarten)

Creepy Critters introduces students to creatures that slither, buzz and jump their way through life, including spiders, snakes, cockroaches and other fascinating animals. (1st & 2nd Grade)

Stars, Planets & Rockets explores the new Air and Space Gallery at the Science Center to find out more about the atmosphere, geology and movement of Earth, the Moon and neighboring planets. Students learn about space travel, then build and launch their own model rocket. (3rd & 4th Grade)

Living in Space examines the problems faced by NASA scientists and astronauts trying to create a livable environment in space. This class is taught by the Science Center's aerospace curator, a physiologist and staff educators. (5th & 6th Grade)

Masters of Science reveals the lives and ideas of famous scientists from ancient to modern times. Students will learn about the world-changing experiments of scientists like Galileo and Newton, then recreate their classic experiments. (7th & 8th Grade)

This year's lineup also includes a 2-week, full-day intensive program for high school students, 9th through 12th grade - the Young Curator Institute. Team-taught by Science Center professionals, Young Curators will explore an idea in physical science and build an exhibit prototype to test and display at the Science Center. The Institute offers a wonderful introduction to skills necessary for presenting science concepts to a general audience. Perfect for students interested in a career in museums or science education, and for creative young adults who enjoy science, design and building.

Create a schedule to suit the family's summer hours. Course fees vary depending on the activity. Science Center members receive a discount rate. Phone the Hands-on Science Camp Hotline at 213.744-7440 for a free brochure, or visit our website at www.casciencectr.org/camp for a complete list of course offerings.

Note to Editors: The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor 110 Freeway at 700 State Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $4.25 to $7. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make free reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street at $6 per car, $10 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.casciencectr.org.

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