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Astronomy - Gr 6-8

In Astronomy, students will explore our solar system and the universe beyond!  We’ll start out by revisiting and simulating the Big Bang theory, then study the surface of the sun, explore light diffraction, and build our own water rockets!  Campers will also have the opportunity to retrace Galileo’s footsteps and explore the universe as he did – through the lens of a simple, refracting telescope that’s easy enough to assemble in camp, yet powerful enough to see the Jovian moons and Saturn!

Who is this camp for?  Middle school students with a deep interest in Astronomy and space science, but not much experience.  Students with more robust mathematics backgrounds and/or knowledge of the universe should consider Astrophysics.

Minors: In addition to the "Major" activities, students participate in “Minor” labs that allow them to gain a breadth of scientific knowledge by exploring different scientific disciplines.  These may include activities such as extracting the DNA of a strawberry or delving into forensic science with blood type analysis. 

Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give campers the opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.


To register for this session: 

Use the Apply Now link

On page 3 of the application, select the following: 

‚ÄčCamp Category: Science Camps - Co-Ed

Camp Name: Astronomy - Gr 6-8

  • Rising 6-8 grade students should also consider the Robotics programs offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
  • Rising 4-6 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Intro to Engineering and Anatomy/Physiology programs offered at Stanford, Caltech and MIT.
  • Rising 6-8 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics and Marine Science programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 8-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Neuroanatomy and Robotics programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 7-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics program offered at Caltech.

Astronomy - Gr 6-8 - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Director

Macara Nicoll is a school counselor with a Master of Science in School Counseling from California State University, Sacramento.  Macara first came to Education Unlimited as a camper, a step which led her on a path to an undergraduate career at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her love of education and working with youth brought her back...

Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 8 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 1st - Jul 7th 6th - 8th Stanford University $1,675.00 – $2,340.00
Jul 8th - Jul 13th 6th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,570.00 – $2,235.00
Jul 22nd - Jul 27th 6th - 8th UCLA $1,570.00 – $2,235.00