Laboratory Research Camp

In the Bay Area, thousands of students participate in science fairs each year. Students struggle in project selection, lab techniques, instrumentation, model development, and project design.  Our camp topics help students in sharpening skills and learning about project design while working with our experienced mentors. Topics include, but not limited to:

Microbiology: The Microbiology Science Camp will challenge your child’s mind to think, research and conduct experiments in microbiology. This camp is laboratory-based and will involve field work, which will require the students to actually collect samples from different sites at our location. The students will have the opportunity to explore the 5 I’s of microbiology are inoculating, incubation, isolation, inspection, and identification. Students will become familiar with writing, recording, and tracking scientific data, as well as working in teams. Students should be interested in science, inquisitive, and willing to work hard!

Max 10 students

Fee: $250 per student

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Introductions to Electronics: Study the fundamentals of electricity and electronic circuits. Learn how to use Ohms Law to determine the voltage and current in a circuit. Learn and understand Resistance and Capacitance networks. Learn how to build, test and operate series and parallel circuits. Study, build and operate motors and electro magnets and learn how electricity and magnetism work. Become familiar with basic semiconductor devices such as the diode and transistors and learn how to build simple amplifiers and electronic switches. Learn how to measure voltage and current using voltmeters, ammeters, and oscilloscopes to design solar powered usb charger.

Max 20 students

Fee: $225 + $35 material fee per student

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Environmental Bio-Assay:  The use of chemicals is pervasive in modern society. How do commonly used products such as Windex, Tide and Lime-Away affect our ecosystem? And are green cleaners such as Simple Green, Borax and vinegar safer for the environment than the commercial products they replace?  Medicines have an important role in the treatment and prevention of disease in both humans and animals. But it is because of the very nature of medicines that they may also have unintended effects on animals and microorganisms in the environment. Although the side effects on human and animal health are usually investigated in thorough safety and toxicology studies, the potential environmental impacts of the manufacture and use of household chemicals and medicines are less well understood and have only recently become a topic of research interest. Determining the effects of substances in the environment on living organisms is accomplished by a bioassay. At this camp session, students will test substances at various concentrations with different commonly used bio-assay organisms to determine what concentrations are beneficial or harmful.

Max 10 students

Fee: $250 per student

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Comparative Anatomy: Students will have a better understanding of the anatomical design of animals in general, and how that design is related to each organ system’s mechanical or physiological functions. Students will develop a “mental map” of animal design. In addition, students will acquire an understanding of current scientific ideas about the evolutionary relationships amongst these vertebrates, and will appreciate the amazing diversity of vertebrates, both living and in the fossil record. Laboratory includes systematic and topical dissection of representative organisms and demonstrations of living animal functions.

Max 20 students

Fee: $225 + $35 material fee per student

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 Smart Phone Physics: When students take the lead in exploring science topics of interest to them, they rapidly gain an understanding of good scientific practice.  Mobile devices such as smartphones are sophisticated scientific instruments, with built-in cameras, accelerometers, voice recorders, and location sensors. Children can quickly learn how to use this technology as scientific instruments for their investigations. In our Smart Phone Camp students will be using the accelerometer and distance locator in our smart phones to record the trajectory of water rockets, to measure momentum in our egg car crash dummies, and as photo-gates for measuring the rate of acceleration of parachutes, and the potential and kinetic energy of marbles on a roller coaster.

Max 20 students

Fee: $225 + $35 material fee per student

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