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Astronomy - Gr 6-8

Education Unlimited - Astronomy - Gr 6-8

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.

 

To register for this session: 

Use the Apply Now link

On page 3 of the application, select the following: 

Camp Category: Science Camp for Girls

Camp Name: Astronomy - Gr 6-8

  • Rising 6-8 grade students should also consider the Robotics programs offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
  • Rising 4-6 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Intro to Engineering and Anatomy/Physiology program offered at Stanford, Caltech and MIT.
  • Rising 6-8 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Marine Science program offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 8-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Neuroanatomy and Robotics programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 7-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics program offered at Caltech.


Astronomy - Gr 6-8 - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director


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 MIT Day: $1,065.00