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Media Contact:  Paula Wagner (213) 744-7446
 
April 18, 2005
Hands-On Science Camp Runs the Gamut of Fun Courses
Oozing Slime, Squid Innards, Skateboard Design and More Await Students this Summer at the California Science Center
 
Los Angeles – This summer’s Hands-On Science Camp offers exciting activities in physics, chemistry, biology, space and earth science in more than 25 courses at the California Science Center. The Hands-On Science Camp program, presented by the Amgen Center for Science Learning, the educational arm of the Science Center, also has an extended day program for 1st – 8th graders, and a lunch program for all-day campers. Camp begins June 20 and continues through August 19, 2005.

Hands-On Science Camp will take place in the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. The facility offers state-of-the-art themed classrooms and the 32,000 square-foot Big Lab, with its large-scale experiment platforms. Many courses take advantage of the Big Lab’s unique features with hands-on investigations involving air flow, buoyancy, gravity, ecology and more.

The classes offer something for every age group. Parent-child classes, the “Little Learner” program for pre-kindergarten children, focus on a scientific theme with exciting hands-on activities and crafts. Class titles include “Movin’ & Groovin’,” “Me, Myself and I,” and “Science Matters.” A new class, “Robots,” explores how robots are made to act like humans and ties in to the special summer exhibit, “Robots + Us.”

There is a full slate of half- and full-day sessions for students in 1st through 8th grades. Highlights include “Mystery Solved!” where students will learn forensic science; “Living in Space” which addresses the problems in trying to create a livable world far from our planet; “Bones, Body & Biology” reveals human anatomy and biology through animal dissections; and “Skate Science” which invites learners to put their “goofyfoot” forward as they dissect ollies and vert skating, and design their own skateboard.

“Lights, Camera, Camp!”, a full day, 4-week intensive program for middle school students, provides digital movie cameras and editing software to teach young filmmakers how to write, shoot and produce their own film. The “Young Curator Institute” for high school students is a full-day, 2-week intensive program, taught by Science Center professionals, where participants will envision and build their own science exhibit.

Create a schedule to suit the family’s summer hours. Courses range in price with half- and full-day session rates and some include material costs or special activity fees. 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.californiasciencecenter.org/camp for a complete list of course offerings and registration form.

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 $4.50 to $7.50. 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.californiasciencecenter.org.

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