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My sixth grade son is currently obsessed with chemistry and the periodic table, and I'd like to
find him a summer program where he can explore it a bit beyond the baking soda/vinegar level of
experiment. Looking at science camps, there seem to be a lot of tech-oriented opportunities
available, but not chemistry for this age. The programs I've found are all for younger kids or
require a level of algebra he hasn't had yet. East Bay or Marin locations are best for us, but
for something really great I'd be willing to drive farther. Any ideas welcome!
Check out quantumcamp.com
in downtown Berkeley. My son took one of their chemistry classes
fall 2012 --level 3 which is 5th/6th grade -- explosions, experiments, weighing stuff,
acids, flashes -- he loved it. Janis Chun was his excellent instructor, she has moved on
to other ventures, but hoping the new person is also good.
I would like to find a high school physics course that is taught
over the summer. This could substitute for the class that is
taught during the school year. Does anyone know of one? Failing
that, can anyone suggest any type of summer physics offerings?
I highly recommend Tilden Prep on Solano Ave in Albany.
http://www.tildenprep.com/ 510-525-5506 The school offers
excellent college prep classes taught by engaging teachers who
know their subjects well. The course can begin at any time and
the student works at his own pace. Our son completed his AP
Chemistry class there during the summer - a very challenging
course - and had a great experience. He is now finishing his
senior year and has been accepted to the four colleges he has
I'm looking for good ideas for a few summer camps/classes. My son would spend all
afternoon watching The Elegant Universe on npr.org on string theory, if I'd let
He's passionately interested in math and physics and engineering. I'm just
what else is out there besides LHS and lego engineering at EC city daycamp. I wish
could do several half day classes, as the all day ones are usually out of our price
- and I don't really need him to be gone from 8-5!
Check out Cal's
Academic Talent and Development Program [ATDP],
run by their school of ed. My 2 kids had a great time last year.
You might be interested in ATDP, run by UC Berkeley. See
Google the ATDP (Academic Talent Development Program?)summer camp
offered by UC Berkeley and usually held near Richmond Annex or
Point Richmond (I think). My friends kids like this program and
there is a bunch of hands on opportunities for working with
science. I think a kid who likes mechanical stuff would find
this program interesting.
You do need to apply and perhaps get a teacher's signature. Look
for it online, and in the archives of this site.
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