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At Rock-it Science STEAM Camps, Kids Do Hands-on Experiments in a Real Inventor's Laboratory!

Nobody else in the Bay Area does science like this. Our Founder and Director, John McChesney (known to his students as "Mr. Mac"), is a lifelong engineer and inventor, and his laboratory is our classroom. Surrounded by fantastic gadgets and exotic equipment, kids have the chance to do experiments they would usually never see until college, including exploding bubbles, million-volt lightning bolts, chemistry with real chemicals, and hundreds of other experiments.

A Stress-Free Environment

We make science fun, so kids will become confident and excited about learning science. We begin our lessons by telling the kids tall tales that blur the sharp boundary between reality and fantasy. This frees up their creative imagination and prepares them for exploring and problem-solving. After the story they get to do hands-on experiments where they don't know what the outcome is going to be.

Inventioneering

Most of our lessons are based on physics and chemistry, and this year's camps will be maker-type activities (what we call "Inventioneering"), where the kids take the principles from the basic science lesson and expand on them. They'll find ways to make the experiments work even better -- by asking, "I wonder what would happen if I did it this way instead?"

We don't give kids the answers. Instead, we guide them to explore and discover the answers for themselves. Why? Because we love to see their eyes light up when they have that "Aha!" moment.

We Do Dangerous Things - Safely!

At Rock-it Science we use hot glue guns, sharp blades, flames, high voltage, power tools, and dangerous chemicals. In the process, the students learn how to deal with dangerous situations in a manner that will enable them to keep themselves and others from harm.

In order to ensure a safe and fun experience for all, campers are required to follow all instructions. If they fail to do so, they may receive a verbal warning or a time-out. For repeated or serious misbehavior, they may be sent home. If your child does not understand the meaning of "No" or "Stop," he or she is not ready for Rock-it Science.

Our camps are best suited to kids who are focused, inquisitive, inventive, and adventurous - but mindful of safety!

Every Day at Camp is Different

Our camps are full-day, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a lunch hour and two breaks. Each camp is limited to 12 campers with 2 staff. Our students encompass the varied races and cultures of Silicon Valley, and we often have the kids collaborate on projects. They may work on one project in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. Other projects may take an entire day or more to complete, such as building robots or a laser-triggered obstacle course. The kids get so excited about their projects, the hardest part for us is getting them to leave at the end of the day!

 

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