Experium Science

June 24 – August 16, 2024

Experium Science is a hands-on, lab-based science program located on Rolling Hills Country Day School’s Campus. It offers a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience for young scientists to perform a variety of exciting experiments in subjects such as Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, and Physics. Campers in grades K-5 will have a blast while also learning valuable lab and logical thinking skills. Just like real scientists, our campers wear lab coats and goggles, and record their data and observations in their very own lab notebooks. Experium’s instructors are enthusiastic educators who inspire wonder, inquiry and delight in their students.

A summer experience with Experium Science may be just what your child needs to challenge the curious scientist within! Our classes promote wonder, discovery, and love of science in a fun and safe environment. Our Experium Science summer courses are offered in two week sessions, either mornings from 9:00AM – 11:30AM, or afternoons from 12:00PM – 3:00 PM.

For course descriptions, class schedules and pricing for 2024:

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

2nd & 3rd Grade

4th & 5th Grade

Experium Classes can be combined with Half-day Camp in the morning or afternoon and Extended Care is available from 7:30-9am & 3-6pm.

 

Registration Opens April 8th!

Experium Science Schedule<br />

Grades K-1

Summer 2024 Schedule

Session #1 — June 24 – July 5*   $840
*Please note: no classes Thursday, July 4th or Friday, July 5th

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Build a City:
Structural Engineering
Week 2: Space: Exploring the Universe

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Build a City:
Structural Engineering
Week 2: Space: Exploring the Universe

Session #2 — July 8  – July 19   $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Planet Earth
: Shake, Rattle & Roll
Week 2: Life Science: Animals

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Planet Earth
: Shake, Rattle & Roll
Week 2: Life Science: Animals

Session #3 — July 22 – August 2    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Build a City:
Structural Engineering
Week 2: Dinosaurs: 
Jurassic Park

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Build a City:
Structural Engineering
Week 2: Dinosaurs: 
Jurassic Park

Session #4 — August 5 – August 16    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Entomology: Creepy Crawly Critters
Week 2: Superhero Science: Powers, Forces and Gadgets

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Entomology: Creepy Crawly Critters
Week 2: Superhero Science: Powers, Forces and Gadgets

Class Descriptions

Planet Earth: Shake, Rattle and Roll
Earth science is a fascinating field, encompassing the study of our atmosphere, oceans, volcanoes, gravity, rocks, soil, and everything else that makes this wonderful planet home.  In this course, our students will explore these factors in depth. They will learn about erosion and where sand comes from, study rainbows and light refraction, and even learn to differentiate cirrus, cumulus and stratus clouds.  Finally, the causes – and devastating effects – of tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions will be investigated. Allergies: Fruit roll up, graham cracker, frosting

Life Science: Animals
Students will have an opportunity to explore the animal world in this diverse class!  Upon learning the basics of animal classification, students will study major animal groups, such as invertebrates and vertebrates.  Students will become fluent in using a micorscope and slides.  Additionally, students will investigate animal adaptations and habitats.  There will be a study of animal fossils and students will create their own fossils in this exciting lab.  Allergies: Dairy and wheat consumed (chocolate chip cookies)

Build a City: Structural Engineering 
Have you ever wanted to build your own city? In this course, students will get to do just that as they learn about structural engineering. Young scientists will become cartographers and make maps of their cities. They will also explore how to build bridges, skyscrapers, and lighthouses. Transportation is a huge part of any city, so students will engage in engineering by building cars, planes, trains, boats and even water catapults. At the end of week, they will learn what makes certain cities so special with a unit about farming and amusement parks. 

Space: Exploring the Universe
Blast off into the exciting universe of space exploration!  In this fun and challenging hands-on course, students will experiment with the physical properties and laws that control the universe.  Students will perform exciting lab activities including: testing flame colors to determine temperature and what elements are being burned, as well as density and gravity experiments.  They will learn what planets make up our solar system as well as the differences between comets, meteors and asteroids. After completing this course, students will gaze at the night sky with new wonder and appreciation. Allergies: Dairy, soy, wheat consumed (Oreos, pudding, ice cream,  astronaut ice cream (made in nut facility)

Dinosaurs: Jurassic Playground
Students travel back in time to learn about the living things that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.  They discover the ages of the dinosaurs, the geologic periods, and learn that not all dinosaur species were alive at the same time.  Students explore the different types of dinosaurs and relatives of the dinosaurs, measuring how big (and small!) they could be. They study real dinosaur fossils, create their own fossils and even build their own dinosaur armor!

Entomology: Creepy Crawly Critters
With over a million species, the study of insects – entomology – is a vast field.  Our youngest scientists explore the world of insects by creating models and observing live specimens.  Students examine the four metamorphic stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and investigate their feeding process. They immerse themselves in the wild and wooly world of bees, studying the hive’s social structure, the process by which honey is made, and then use beeswax to create their own lip balm.  Other topics include the bioluminescence in fireflies, the function of a ladybug’s second set of wings, the incredible structure of a fly’s compound eyes, and the creation of the spider’s awesome hunting tool – its web! Allergies: Apple juice

Superhero Science: Powers, Forces and Gadgets
We may not have been born with mutant powers to fly or been given the power of super strength by a radioactive bug bite, but using the power of our mind and science, we can build our own super powers!  In this course, students become like some of the famous superheroes and use science to create their own gadgets and powers, like super strength! They harness the power of magnets to control metals, build a web-slinging device, and create their own grappling hook!  Some heroes are born super, others have the powers given to them, but superhero scientists make their own.

Grades 2-3

Summer 2024 Schedule

Session #1 — June 24 – July 5*     $840

*Please note: no classes Thursday, July 4th or Friday, July 5th

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Sound:
 Hum, Squeak, and Buzz
Week 2: STEM at Work:
Careers of STEM

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Sound: Hum, Squeak, and Buzz
Week 2: STEM at Work: Careers of STEM

Session #2 — July 8  – July 19    $1050

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Aviation Innovation: Take Flight!
Week 2: Paleontology: Digging up the Past

Session #3 — July 22 – August 2    $1050

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: STEM at Work: Careers of STEM
Week 2: Chemistry: Ooey Gooey Science

Session #4 — August 5 – August 16    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Engineering:
Pirate Inventors
Week 2: Paleontology: 
Digging up the Past

Afternoon Session — 12:30 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Engineering: Pirate Inventors
Week 2: Paleontology: Digging up the Past

Class Descriptions

Engineering: Pirate Inventors
Students explore different fields of engineering when they take on the role of a pirate shipwrecked on an island.  The students begin as biological engineers, studying how they can help their eyes adapt quickly to the changing light on their ship.  Once shipwrecked, students develop and test many ideas on how they can survive and be rescued. They learn about electrical wiring to create lights and even create their own water filters.  Students also study the basic foundations of a bridge, airplane and boat, and they observe how variations in their construction will produce different results – all in their quest to get off the island!

Chemistry: Ooey Gooey Science
In this course, young chemists will explore the composition, structure and properties of matter and the chemical reactions that result when various compounds are introduced – carefully! – to one another.  Experiments will include the application of liquid nitrogen to make instantaneous ice cream, spectacular rocket launches using a fuel they concoct themselves, the exploration of acids and bases, and a non-Newtonian fluid (also known as slime!).  This lab is truly ooey gooey fun! Allergies: bread, butter, ice cream (half and half, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla flavoring)

Aviation Innovation: Take Flight!
Blast off into the exciting world of an aerospace scientist! Students will learn about aerodynamics and the forces that influence flight by investigating three different aircrafts: airplanes, helicopters and rockets. Students will experiment with the physical principles related to flight – such as gravity, lift and drag – and use those skills to construct their own airplanes, helicopters, rockets and parachutes!

Paleontology: Digging up the Past
Students explore the ancient world as paleontologists. They will use critical thinking skills to interpret past events, see how hypotheses change with new information and learn how to date ancient fossils.  Students will see how different fossils are created by making their own fossils in the lab using preservation techniques. Students will also identify fossils using dichotomous keys and learn what paleontologists do when they discover new fossils. They will also get to perform a fossil excavation (and keep their fossils) and even try to reassemble a skeleton! Allergies: Pudding, vanilla wafers, cool whip, gummies, oreos

Sound: Hum, Squeak and Buzz
The simple act of hearing is the result of an intricate dance between the source of the sound, the medium through which the sound wave travels, and the very complex mechanisms within our ears and brains that transform it into what we perceive as a “sound.” In this course, students will discover that seemingly invisible sound waves are actually both visible and measurable and learn that you can “see with sound” using echolocation and the Doppler Effect.  The young scientists will create and test a variety of musical instruments as they explore the musical world of sound.

STEM at Work: Careers of STEM 
In this course, young scientists will explore the exciting world of STEM. Students will design products, jewelry and other kinds of fashion. They will also become inventors, interior decorators and architects by creating their own inventions and models. By the end of the course, students will know what it is like to be an astronaut and rocket scientist as well. If you love Science, technology, art, fashion, and engineering, then this is the course for you.

Grades 4-5

Summer 2024 Schedule

Session #1 — June 24 – July 5*     $840
*Please note: no classes Thursday, July 4th or Friday, July 5th

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Marine Biology: Creatures of the Sea
Week 2: Physics: 
Science in Action

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3:00pm
Week 1: Marine Biology: Creatures of the Sea
Week 2: Physics: 
Science in Action

Session #2 — July 8  – July 19    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Biology: 
Investigating the Living World
Week 2: Mission to Mars:
Environmental Science and Engineering

Session #3 — July 22 – August 2    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Marine Biology: Creatures of the Sea
Week 2: Physics: Science in Action

Session #4 — August 5 – August 16    $1050

Morning Session — 9:00 – 11:30am
Week 1: Biology: 
Investigating the Living World
Week 2: Mission to Mars:
Environmental Science and Engineering

Afternoon Session — 12:00 – 3pm
Week 1: Biology: Investigating the Living World
Week 2: Mission to Mars:
Environmental Science and Engineering

Class Descriptions

Biology: Investigating the Living World
This introductory course gives students an excellent knowledge base from which to pursue the many branches of biology. In their study of life and living organisms, students first determine the basic characteristics of living objects and observe them microscopically. Students will also examine the diversity of plant species and will dissect a lily. As they delve deeper, they study our incredibly powerful “engine”, our heart, and learn to identify its parts, understand its functions, and employ a stethoscope and heart rate monitor to interpret how physical activity alters heart rate. Lastly, students come to understand the anatomy of vertebrates through a frog dissection!

Physics: Science in Action
How do planes fly? What makes a great boat or race car? Are the rules on planet Earth the same everywhere in the universe? In this course, students will experiment with forces and pressure, learn how to make water flip upside down without spilling and even blast objects into space. Students build, prod, and explore each lab the fundamental laws that govern how the world works. 

Marine Biology: Creatures of the Sea
Because the ocean covers over 70% of our planet, it is no surprise that the majority of all species on Earth call it home. In this course, students explore the complex world that exists under the sea, learning about marine habitats as well as the plants, animals and protists that inhabit our oceans. Students will be introduced to classification and, by the end of the course, will have explored all the major phylum of the animal kingdom and their defining characteristics. In this course, there are hands-on dissections in every class. Students will have the opportunity to dissect a sea sponge, squid, sea star, crayfish, perch and shark… so sharpen your scalpel and get ready! 

Chemistry: Elements of Magic
In this lab course, students learn about the core concepts of chemistry including light, electricity, and chemical reactions, then conduct experiments using that knowledge. Experiments include discovering how fireworks are made and creating their own sparklers, using the colligative property of freezing point depression to make their own ice cream, learning the properties of gases and why oxygen is needed to start a fire, and experimenting with different types of pressure.  When our students find out that chemistry is an integral part of some of their favorite things – like fireworks, ice cream, and campfires – learning suddenly becomes fun! Allergies: ice cream (half and half, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla flavoring)

Mission to Mars: Environmental Science and Engineering
Blast off to the exciting planet of Mars!  In this fun and challenging hands-on course, students will become space explorers on a quest to colonize Mars. They will experiment with chemical engineering and test the soil and water on Mars. Students will perform exciting STEM lab activities including: architectural engineering, urban planning, hydroponic gardening and weather prediction.  They will learn how to build a Mars lander and rover to help them make their Mission to Mars a success! Allergies: Dairy, soy, wheat consumed (Oreos, pudding,  astronaut ice cream (made in nut facility) 

Summer Camp

Experium Classes can be combined with a half-day of camp. LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP

Extended Programs

AFTERNOON SWIM CAMP

AFTERNOON SWIM CAMP

Does your camper love to swim or need a little extra practice? Tested and grouped into their own skill level, campers will get a full hour in the pool. Swim Camp will provide small group lessons with our experienced instructors as well as free swim in our fully monitored pool.

AFTERNOON ART CAMP

AFTERNOON ART CAMP

Art Camp is a chance for children to express themselves through their own creative abilities. Our trained art instructors will guide and inspire campers through exciting projects in ceramic tile painting, clay modeling, acrylic and watercolor painting, pencil drawing and other mixed media.

EXTENDED CARE

EXTENDED CARE

Extended Care is available everyday! We offer morning extended care starting at 7:30am & afternoon extended care until 6pm.  No need to sign up in advance since you are billed at the end of summer for the hours you used!

Melissa Sandoval

Melissa Sandoval

Director of Summer Programs
310-377-4848 ext. 7051
summer@rhcds.com 

Please reach out with any questions!