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Hands-On Science Camp Makes Summer Fun at the California Science Center Space Shuttle Endeavour, Ecosystems and more enhance the camp experience

The California Science Center’s Hands-on Science Camp offers a class for every age and stage to inspire young imaginations, stimulate thinking and showcase science as a fun, everyday part of your life. Camp begins June 16 and continues through August 15, 2014.

With 165 classes, there are 30 unique week-long courses to choose from, including popular parent-and-child classes that give families a chance to investigate science together. Campers can choose space-themed courses such as “Planet Patrol” (Pre-K), “Space: The Incredible Frontier” (Kindergarten), “3, 2, 1 Blastoff” (1st/2nd grade), “Mission to Deep Space” (3rd/4th grade), “Living in Space” (5th/6th grade), and “Working in Space” (7th/8th grade) to learn more about our universe and space travel. Students will also visit the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.

“Our classes combine fun, classroom activities with unique experiences, such as a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit or guest appearance by one of our aerospace or ecosystems curators,” says Ron Rohovit, Deputy Director of Education, who is responsible for the Science Center’s education programs.

Little Learner programs are parent-child classes for the pre-K age group that focus on a scientific theme with exciting hands-on activities and crafts. For example, in “Bugs and Botany,” young campers get up close and personal with a variety of “critters,” from ladybugs to hissing cockroaches, to learn about the miniature ecosystem of bugs and plants. Kindergarten classes such as “Eco-Explorers” invite students to get “down and dirty” with the plants, soil, people, animals, water and weather of our environment and includes a visit to the Ecosystems gallery.

There is a full slate of half-day and full-day sessions for students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grades. Highlights include “Survival Science,” which teaches the practical skills needed to survive in a cold, barren forest or tropical, deserted desert; “All Cooked Up!,” which blends a little bit of chemistry and a dash of science to create a fun culinary class; and “aMAZEing Robots,” where campers design and build a robot that can navigate through a maze using its own senses.

Hands-On Science Camp takes place in the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. The facility offers state-of-the-art themed classrooms and the 32,000 square-foot Big Lab, with its large-scale experiment platforms. Many courses take advantage of the Big Lab’s unique features with hands-on investigations involving air flow, buoyancy, gravity, ecology and more.

Courses vary in price with half- and full-day session rates. California Science Center Foundation members receive a discount rate.  An extended day program is available for kindergarten – 8th graders. Call the Hands-On Science Camp Hotline at (213) 744-7444 for a free brochure, or visit www.californiasciencecenter.org/camp for a complete list of course offerings and registration form.

Special Programs
In addition to Hands-On Science Camp, special programs are also offered, including Home School Days and Just for Scouts. Visit our website for descriptions and dates.

About the California Science Center
The California Science Center’s mission is as follows:” We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people’s lives.”

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th / Exposition Park Drive at $10 per car, $25 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

Self Disclosure: California Science center sponsored.

Mr. Peabody Takes the Big Screen in 3D and a Rich Storyline KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Based on the characters from Peabody’s Improbably History which were included in 1960s animated TV series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, this new 3D film from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox is sure to resonate with adults as well as kids.  Tiffany Ward, daughter of Jay Ward, one of the creators of the original series, is the executive producer. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. was surprised at how much he enjoyed the film. “Fastastic” is the word he uses to describe it. See his full review below.

 

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Reviewed by Gerry Orz

 

I saw the trailers and I expected it to be more concentrated on time travel and not have much of a story line. Well there is. A fantastic one at that! “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a wonderful story about a dog who adopts a boy.

The film also has lots of animated things to love – like history, comedy, romance, suspense and so much more. To make it even better – characters come to live thanks to the brilliant voice-over actors such as Ty Burrel and Max Charles.

The film starts when a young puppy is growing up in different shelters. From a very early age he shows everyone how very special he is. He is intelligent, athletic and smooth. He wins many prizes, but his greatest adventure happens when he adopts a boy. Together they go through multiple adventures and troubles but able to stay together.

 

I love so much about this film. The film itself is fantastic! I love how they take twenty five-minute shows that had old, colored 2-D animation and turn it into modern 3D animation with the use of modern technology.

 

My favorite scene is when they show the story of how Mr. Peabody adopts Sherman. They show points throughout Sherman’s little life of great moments, like his first step in 1709.  Then it shows how he finds Sherman. That is definitely a sweet and loving part!

 

This movie has a bit of violence in it, therefore I recommend it to ages 5-18. I also believe that adults who admired this cartoon kids, will love this new version of these beloved characters. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions