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Summer Science Camps 2013

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Approximately 200 youngsters were engaged in exciting hands-on science this summer in our two summer science camp programs. SEE US Succeed! (Science Education Experience to help Underserved Students Succeed!) completed its sixth year while the Young Scientists' Camp program finished its 14th year. Both camps have a dual purpose of providing academic enrichment in science to area youngsters while simultaneously providing a mentored science teacher experience for CSULB teacher candidates. Since its inception, more than 2,700 kids have participated in the program and close to 300 preservice teachers have had the opportunity to teach alongside a science mentor teacher.

SEE US Succeed! is a partnership between Science Education and the Long Beach Unified School District which provides science camp to K-8 homeless children in the district. The two week program is taught in LBUSD schools (Bethune Transitional Center and Cabrillo High School) for Kindergarten through 8th grade students. Kids are recruited by their school counselors to participate in the program. It's a full day programming with science in the morning and afternoon activities provided by the Long Beach Community Action Partnership. Topics for kids this summer were:

  • Kindergarten Body Explorers
  • 1st/2nd grade Creepy Crawly Critters
  • 3rd/4th grade It's Not Magic, It's Science!
  • 5th/6th grade Engaging Engineering
  • 7th/8th grade Forensic Science Mysteries

The CSULB Mobile Science Museum visited camp as did the Traveling Scientist Program from Orange County's Inside the Outdoors.

In addition to providing science enrichment,

  • 48 children received dental sealants or varnishes - provided by the Smile Bright Foundation
  • 48 children received vision screenings - provided by the St. Mary's Low Vision Center
  • 9 children needed glasses as a result of the screening and received glasses provided by the Downtown Long Beach Lion's Club
  • All the campers received a brand new backpack, school supplies and two new school uniforms
  • 12 children received new shoes during camp
  • All kids received a camp t-shirt
  • Information about community resources and support was sent home to each family
  • 38 children received recorders and received lessons about music/sound and science
  • All the kids received new books from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.

The program is supported by the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation and various other groups and individuals. Jed Kim of Southern California National Public Radio (KPCC) did a great story about the camp which you can read/listen to online.

The Young Scientists Camp is held in science labs at CSULB. Kids this year explored earth and space science topics. This camp is tuition based but some financial aid is available. Kids in this program did on-campus field trips, visited the Science Learning Center, visited science research labs and had guest speakers. Scholarship funding was provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and various other individuals.

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  • 2nd/3rd grade Digging into Science
  • 3rd/4th grade Curiosity in Science
  • 5th/6th grade Don't Mess With Mother Nature
  • 7th/8th grade Forensic Investigations
  • HS Girls Phun Physics (funded in part by the American Physics Society)

The Press Telegram came out to see the camp. They interviewed a couple of campers and enjoyed seeing the kids build their own seismographs. Their article included a few pictures and the kids were excited to see themselves in the press. View Press Telegram article.

The Young Scientists Camp programs thanks all the donors!
Contact Laura Henriques (Laura.Henriques@csulb.edu) if you'd like to contribute to the Young Scientists Camp program.