The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Science Education Department will host its annual Young Scientists’ Camp (YSC), a paid summer science camp for any child in second through eighth grade, from Aug. 4-15 on the CSULB campus. This is the 15th year for the program.
This year’s theme is Life Science, taught by experienced and future science teachers and science specialists.
“I am excited that we continue to provide this science teaching and learning opportunity,” said Science Education Professor Laura Henriques. “It’s a wonderful science enrichment program for our area youngsters while also providing a mentored science teaching experience for future teachers. More than 2,700 students have gone through the camps since it started in 2000 and more than 250 prospective teachers have improved their teaching skills through the program.”
Second- and third-graders will study Amazing Animals in Action; third- and fourth-graders will have a Botany Bonanza; fifth- and sixth-graders will learn about Life at the Edge of the Sea; and seventh- and eighth-graders will look into Solving Environmental Challenges. The camp is hands-on, investigation based, with kids performing science experiments throughout the two weeks.
“Our younger kids will be exploring plants, animals and critters, including the interactions between plants and animals,” said Henriques. “Our upper elementary students will be studying marine biology. They will be doing their investigations in the lab right across from the CSULB Marine Biology Lab. Our middle schoolers will be doing environmental science and looking at the challenges we face.”
Support for this camp is provided by the Beckman Coulter Foundation with limited financial aid available through a grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.
In addition to the Young Scientists’ Camp program on campus, Henriques will be offering a similar two-week program for homeless children from the Long Beach Unified School District. This program is funded by grants, local philanthropies and individual donations with the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation being a major contributor the past four years. Other donors and in-kind contributors include the El Dorado Women’s Club, St. Mary’s Low Vision Center and Downtown Long Beach Lion’s Club.
Both camps run from 8:30 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays with the homeless camp taking place off campus and YSC in labs on the CSULB campus. Participation in the homeless camp is by nomination from school counselors and teachers. Participation is YSC (on campus) is tuition based. Fees are $300 per participant, with a $25 discount for siblings. Class size is limited but space is still available for all grade levels.