Explorit: Summer hands-on science for local preschoolers

By Lisa Justice and Carmen DeLeon

There are few things in their everyday surroundings that preschoolers don’t want to get their hands on. Explorit Science Center’s preschool programs embrace this natural curiosity, allowing preschoolers to try hands-on activities to engage their minds in scientific discovery.

Explorit’s popular Summer Science Camp is a great way for local preschoolers and kindergartners (ages 4 to 5) to get their minds on some hands-on science. The camps will feature five different topics with fun activities adapted to the curious and active minds of budding preschool scientists.

The programs are fun and intuitive, and bring relevant science topics to young children. Summer Science Camp is an excellent opportunity for preschoolers to explore and make sense of the world around them.

Preschoolers with a gift for the messy may enjoy the “Be a Goo-ologist” camp where they can make slime and find out what’s in dirt. “Sporty Science” will allow preschoolers to get their game on while discovering the science of movement.

Preschoolers have a natural curiosity and investigative nature. The “California Safari” camp will put those qualities to use as students explore the plant and animal life of the Golden State.

In “Conserve your Energy,” preschoolers will discover all the different forces that make things work. From electricity to chemistry and more, we’ll experiment with energy.

“A is for Animal” is for all the young zoologists. We’ll investigate habitats, ecosystems and even fossils!

The fee for each three-day session is $72 for Explorit members and $82 for nonmembers. Preschool Summer Science Camps are an affordable and fun way to enrich your child’s early education.

Explorit offers summer camp opportunities for children from age 4 to those entering fifth grade in the fall. For more information and to register online, go to www.explorit.org

Explorit is also seeking volunteers to assist with Summer Science Camp. From helping in the classroom to preparing snacks to forming inspiring, personal connections with campers, our volunteers help make Summer Science Camp a memorable experience.

If you are at least 12 years old and like science or want to find out what it’s all about, you can apply to volunteer with Explorit’s Summer Science Camp at www.explorit.org/support/volunteer. Adults are welcome to volunteer, too.

— Explorit’s exhibition, “Forces of Nature,” is open the first full weekend of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call (530) 756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org.

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