About YSC

Young Scientists' Camp is a two-week program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) for 2nd-8th grade students.

Since the year 2000, more than 3,400 campers have spent time with us learning science and learning to think like a scientist. The budding scientists engage in hands-on science investigations, meet CSULB scientists, and take field trips on and off campus while working in the college's science laboratories.

 

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We are pleased to also offer a physical science program for girls entering 9th-12th grades. This special program, Phun Physics 4 Phemales, features an all-female teaching staff who aim to encourage girls to pursue the physical sciences in high school and beyond.

 

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Our teaching staff includes area teachers and CSULB future teachers who work together to provide your kids with a great, hands-on science enrichment experience. We know that science and science related fields open doors for the future. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for your child.

 

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We make science fun! Young Scientists' Camp is a memorable experience that your child will never forget.

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SEE US Succeed!

We also host SEE US Succeed!, a summer science camp program for Long Beach Unified students experiencing homelessness. Please consider making a donation to support campers for that program. You can give directly or include an extra gift when you register for camp.

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Reviews from Campers and Parents

Campers and parents from previous years had this to say about their experiences at Young Scientists' Camp:

This is our 2nd year signing up for camp and can't wait to sign up next summer! This program offers daily hands-on experiences for our kids to explore and learn from. I'm a parent and also an elementary school teacher and I highly recommend this program to any children ready to learn and have fun!

- Parent of 3rd grade camper

Amazing forensics camp- our son thoroughly enjoyed!

- Mother of 6th grade camper

Most exciting and educational camp.

- Hana, 2nd grade camper

Physics camp was a lot of fun. There was a lot of hand on stuff and everything we learn prepared me for taking physics in high school.

- HS Girls Physics camper

My daughter was more confident about physics in her high school physics classroom. She became a leader in her class, helping other students understand complex topics that were covered in the "physics for girls" science camp.

- Mother of HS Girls Physics camper

My son thoroughly enjoyed the summer scientist camp. I found that throughout the year, he would tell me about things he remembered from camp -- like where volcanoes are located in California. When we talked about earthquakes, he said, 'I can make a seismograph! All I need is a pen, a string, a box, and some paper.'

- Parent of 5th grade camper

I like everything about science camp!

- Maxwell, 3rd grade camper