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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.

Marine Science and Astronomy for Girls run concurrently during most science sessions.  Students will choose ONE of the two courses. 

Camp Location Start Date End Date Grades
 Astronomy  UC Berkeley  Sun, Jun 24, 18  Fri, Jun 29, 18  6th - 8th
 Caltech  Mon, Jul 9, 18  Fri, Jul 13, 18  7th - 8th
 Stanford University  Sun, Jul 29, 18  Fri, Aug 3, 18  6th - 7th
 Cambridge, MA  Mon, Jul 30, 18  Fri, Aug 3, 18  7th - 8th

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

Girls may also choose to explore the Co-Ed Sessions of Astonomy and Marine Science sessions.  

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 - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 8 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...

Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...

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  
Jun 24th - Jun 29th 6th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,570.00 – $2,235.00
Jul 29th - Aug 3rd 6th - 7th Stanford University $1,570.00 – $2,235.00
Jul 30th - Aug 3rd 6th - 8th Cambridge, MA Day: $1,065.00