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.
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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