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Astronomy - Gr 6-8

Astronomy Majors:

Majors: Campers spend about half of their day in the “Major” class, allowing them to gain an in-depth knowledge in their chosen scientific area - Marine Science and Astronomy.  

In Astronomy, students will explore our solar system and the universe beyond!  We’ll start out by revisiting and simulating the Big Bang theory, then study the surface of the sun, explore light diffraction, and build our own water rockets!  Campers will also have the opportunity to retrace Galileo’s footsteps and explore the universe as he did – through the lens of a simple, refracting telescope that’s easy enough to assemble in camp, yet powerful enough to see the Jovian moons and Saturn!

Who is this camp for?  Middle school students with a deep interest in Astronomy and space science, but not much experience.  Students with more robust mathematics backgrounds and/or knowledge of the universe should consider Astrophysics.

Minors: In addition to the "Major" activities, students participate in “Minor” labs that allow them to gain a breadth of scientific knowledge by exploring different scientific disciplines.  These may include activities such as extracting the DNA of a strawberry or delving into forensic science with blood type analysis. 

Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give campers the opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.

8th grade female students should also also explore the Neuroanatomy and Robotics 8th - 9th grade girls sessions.

6th-7th grade female students should also explore the Astronomy and Marine Science Science Camp for Girls

Astronomy - Gr 6-8 - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Director

Macara, an avid lover of acapella music and education, is thrilled to find herself for another summer with Education Unlimited. She, a UC Berkeley graduate and a CSU Sacramento graduate student, has an incredible passion for education and learning. Her work in graduate school will culminate in the awarding of her Masters in School Counseling,...

Education Unlimited - Paola Odriozola (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Paola Odriozola — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Paola grew up in Mexico and moved to the Bay area for college. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology in 2013, after which she worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 1st - Jul 7th 6th - 8th Stanford University $1,675.00 – $2,340.00
Jul 8th - Jul 13th 6th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,570.00 – $2,235.00
Jul 22nd - Jul 27th 6th - 8th UCLA $1,570.00 – $2,235.00