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140 Balboa Street @ 3rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118


Science Summer Camp 2018

Each year our programs change almost entirely.  We therefore suggest that if you see a program you like, that you sign up for it early as it may not be offered again for another 2-4 years or perhaps never again. 

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This year we will be celebrating 75 years to the publication of Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern. This book revolutionized the study of economics and created a new field of scientific inquiry known as Game Theory. Game Theory is used to analyze real-world situations from traffic patterns to presidential races.

Beautiful Minds
Game Theory: Economics

You are given ten pieces of candies and asked to give some number of them to another kid. The other kid can either accept whatever pieces of candies you give him or reject the deal and neither one of you will get any candy. What do you think the other kid will choose if he thinks you will not give him as many candies as he wants? The answer to this problem and some even more complex ones can be found in the field of economics called Game Theory.

While the 12 Nobel Prize winners in the field did their work using complex math, we will study the subject through games of logic, role play, and strategic thinking that economists in the field debated and solved. From the Game of Chicken to the Prisoner Dilemma to Rock-Paper-Scissors, we will learn about concepts such as Nash equilibrium, irrationality, risk vs. rewards, and more. By analyzing such games, you will be able to think about the choices you have in life in a purely rational way, identify yours and other’s irrational thoughts, and learn to see the not-so-obvious and -intuitive. Put on your analytical thinking hat and come ready to get smarter in a very unconventional way!

Led by Isabelle Cohen. Isabelle is an Economics Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, where she researching effective economics policies in education and microfinance in fighting poverty in Africa and India. Some of the instruments she is using in her research are game theories. She taught economics at the university level. Isabelle has M.P.P and a B.A. from College of William and Mary.

Get it Right on the Money
Personal Financial Literacy

Money. Everybody wants it. Not everyone understands it. The good news is that it’s never too early to start to get to know it. Regardless of how much money you have, money gives you choices. The more you understand how money works, the better the choices you will make in what you want and need now and through the rest of your life. Through many fun hands-on activities, game and projects, we will tie your values and dreams to how money flows, how you can get, spend, and save it. We will learn to be smart consumers and understand how the economy works. By week’s end, you will be in a terrific financial shape!

Led by Tatiana Reyes Hinrichsen. Tatiana is an Economics Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley. Her research is focused on juvenile crime and women pay policies. Tatiana has taught economics at the Univerity and high school level. She is a former member of the National Swim Team of Chile. Tatiana has B.A. and an M.A. in economics analysis from the University of Chile.


Getting hurt is no fun but it is loads of fun to repair the body with surgery. Come learn how injuries to the bones, organs, and skin are repaired. Unfortunately, we will not practice on humans but rather on frogs and pig organs. You will be using real-life surgery techniques such as endoscopy, suturing, drilling and more. We will master suturing techniques, fracture plating, ACL reconstructions, anesthesia, CPR and even removal of cancerous growths. At the end of the week, we will officially open our own Emergency Room and invite parents to watch their future surgeons in action!

Led by Jennifer Hao. Jennifer is a first year medical school student at UCSF. She taught swimming to children and was a camp counselor. She worked extensively with various organization caring for the health of the homeless in Boston and in Santiago, Chile. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University where she was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.


When you step out of your house or arrive in a new city, the first thing you do is lift your head up and look at the buildings and parks. We rarely muse upon our built environment, upon this complex and ubiquitous combination of art and science. How was it constructed and why? In the camp, you will find out the answers to these questions. You will exercise your creativity by imagining, sketching and constructing models of buildings and cities.

You will master your skills of working with different materials such as wood, clay, fabric, paper and many others. On our field trips, you will learn to read the environment you live in. Each week we transform a public space by designing and building a small architectural project such as teen parklet, hanging garden, pop-up dance space, makeshift play structure and more. From ideas to a structure, from small to big scale you will better understand our world.

Led by Anna Misharina, M.A. Anna is an accomplished architect. Her design projects has taken her to Sweden, Russia, and San Francisco. She presented research papers in conferences around the globe as well as conducted many workshops. Anna graduated from the Umea School of Architecture in Sweden with a Masters in Architecture, and a B.S. in Architecture from the Moscow Architectural Institute in Russia.

Magnificent Marine Mammals

Marine mammals are warm blooded like humans but are a lot cooler! Come experience a week filled with land and sea connections to learn about our world’s ocean-dwelling mammals and their diverse habitats. Each day we will visit a different site to meet these fascinating creatures up-close and personal. We will visit the California Academy of Science’s underwater ecosystems, Aquarium of the Bay’s otters, Pier 39’s sea lions, San Francisco Zoo’s rescued marine mammals, and Chrissy Field Center’s beach. Through hands-on activities we will learn the importance of marine mammals to the ecosystem in California and the world, and how we can protect these awesome creatures.


Campers will take public transportation to the different destinations.


Ballistics - The Science of Flying Objects and Explosions

Before man could fly, he made objects fly. We will have a blast, building from scratch a Coca-Cola rocket, a marshmallow catapult, rubber band cannon and more. Older campers will learn to calculate the route of a flying object and the science behind its trajectory. At the end of the week, you will take your ballistic arsenal home to your parents, who will be waiting anxiously to play with them!

LEGO Engineering
Introduction / Grades 2-3 

Get a head start by exploring the foundations of building and programming. We will have “way too much fun” building an amusement park throughout the week, complete with a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and more. Our construction project will teach us basic concepts such as potential and kinetic energy, balance, center of gravity, and ratchet mechanisms. We will work to improve our projects by observing their performance and experimenting with incremental changes.


LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Beginners / Grades 4-6robot

Build motorized zip lines, race cars, robotic animals and more using the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 system. We will learn how to write basic computer software programs using a child-friendly application that will control our robots wirelessly through its sound, touch and light sensors. Our imagination and new skills will create several robots each day.


LEGO Robotics Mindstorm EV3
Advanced / Grades 4-9

Take your Lego Mindstorm LEGO skills to a new level by challenging yourself to build sophisticated robots. You will learn advanced programming and elaborate robot designs. Small groups and personalized instruction will bring out the best in you and being with like-minded kids will get your creative juices going!
Pre-requisite: previous attendance of a Mindstorm Beginners camp or the ability to program a robot to move forward, backwards and turn as well as loops and switches programming.


Metalsmith -

What is your favorite animal? A dog? A wolf? Something else? Whatever this may be, celebrate your favorite animal by dedicating a collection of metalwork made in its image. You will be using¬†sterling silver, copper, and bronze to make wearable jewels such as rings, earrings, bracelets and small sculptures. You will learn to safely use torches, files, hammers, pliers, acids, solder, and polishing machines. At the end of the week, we will put on display our creations and invite the parents to check out our “zoo”.

The Fun and Science of Water

Exclusively for Incoming Grades 1-3

Water is truly remarkable. It is never used up. It is just recycled over and over again, constantly moving between the plants, animals, rivers, and seas on the Earth's surface and the atmosphere up above. For a week, we will immerse ourselves in water, literally and intellectually. We will learn about the chemistry of water, through fun, hands-on experiments; we will build sailboats and learn about the physical forces that enable boats to float. Through the dissection of sharks and salmon, we will see what enables them to swim and how they extract oxygen from water. After learning about water conservation and access to fresh water around the world, we will desalinate water through distillation and will master various methods to purify water from nature. Three times in the week, we will visit Rossi swimming pool to gain a true appreciation of our life-sustaining H2O molecule!


High Tech Imagination
Scratch Programming and Photoshop

Exclusively for Incoming Grades 2-3

Unleash your creativity while learning important fundamental concepts and practices of programming that can be extended into coding in the future. Use your imagination to create characters that dance, play music and play games/music videos with you in it. While having a load of fun, you will learn the best practices of programming.

Your creativity will continue to develop as you create an imaginary scene in Photoshop. You will star in it together with a cool scientist and your awesome family members. You will learn many functions that will enable you later to continue the fun at home. At the end of the week, parents will be invited to see how small fingers create big ideas!


Balboa Our year-round studio on 140 Balboa, San Francisco, CA 94118 /cross street is 3rd Ave.

Raoul Wallenberg High School 40 Vega Street (Behind Geary Street's Target store). Cross street is Anza/O'Farrell.

Temple Emanu-El 2 Lake Street Cross street is Arguello

All locations are 10 minutes driving distance from each other.

****ALL CAMP HOURS 9:00am - 4:00pm ***

(space availability is not updated in real time, only an estimate)

Date Class Grade in Sept 2018 Location
June 11-15 Water 1-3 Wallenberg
LEGO Engineering 2-3 Wallenberg
  Marine Mammals 3-5 Wallenberg
  Financial Literacy 5-6 Wallenberg
Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
June 18-22 High Tech Imagination 2-3 Wallenberg
Architecture 3-4 Wallenberg
  Surgery 5-6 Wallenberg
Marine Mammals 4-6 Wallenberg
  Financial Literacy 6-9 Wallenberg
June 25-29 Water 2-3 Wallenberg
Financial Literacy 3-5 Wallenberg
Architecture 4-6 Wallenberg
Marine Mammals 4-6 Wallenberg
Robotics 4-7 Wallenberg
Surgery 6-9 Wallenberg
July 2-6 Surgery 4-6 Emanuel
  Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
July 9-13 High Tech Imagination 2-3 Wallenberg
Architecture 2-3 Wallenberg
Surgery 4-5 Wallenberg
Ballistics 5-6 Wallenberg
  Marine Mammals 5-7 Wallenberg
Game Theory 6-9 Wallenberg
  Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa
July 16-20 Water 1-3 Wallenberg / 1 spot
Architecture 3-4 Wallenberg
Marine Mammals 3-5 Wallenberg
Financial Literacy 5-7 Wallenberg / 2 spots
  Ballistics 5-8 Wallenberg
  Surgery 6-9 Wallenberg / Waitlist
July 23-27 High Tech Imagination 2-3 Emanuel / 2 spots
Marine Mammals 3-5 Emanuel
Financial Literacy 4-5 Emanuel
Surgery 5-6 Emanuel /Wait List
Architecture 6-9 Emanuel / Wait List
Ballistics 4-7 Emanuel / 2 spaces left
  Metalsmith 6-9 Balboa / 1 space left
July 30-August 3 Water 1-3 Emanuel
  LEGO Engineering 2-3 Emanuel
Marine Mammals 3-5 Emanuel
Ballistics 4-5 Emanuel /Wait List
  Architecture 6-8 Emanuel / 2 spots
Game Theory 6-9 Emanuel /Wait List
Aug 6-10 Architecture 2-4 Emanuel
Marine Mammals 4-6 Emanuel
Ballistics 4-6 Emanuel
  Game Theory 6-9 Emanuel / Waitlist
Metalsmith 6-10 Balboa
Aug 13-17 Marine Mammals 2-4 Emanuel / Waitlist
Architecture 3-5 Emanuel / 1 space left
  Robotics Beginners 4-7 Emanuel / Wait List
Just added Game Theory 6-9 Emanuel
  Ballistics 6-8 Emanuel / 2 spaces left
August 20-24 Architecture 3-5 Balboa

    Fees and Policies:

    ● Early Bird Rate (until March 15) is $490 per week.
    ● Camp Fees after March 15th are $525 per week
    ● Week of July 4th is $425

    An annual insurance/registration fee of $25 is required for each family account.

    Multiple Session Discount - Also applicable to siblings
    - Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    - Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    - Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)

    Refer friends (siblings excluded) who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral. Further details can be found on registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

    Materials fee: Surgery $25, Ballistics $25, Metalsmith $25

    Extended Care:
    - Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
    - Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 6pm.
    - Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $12 per hour ($50/$100 for all 5 days for one/two hours per day).
    - Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
    - Pick up after 6pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
    - Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.

    Any changes (other than cancellation) to previousl confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $40 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

    ● Our Emmanu-EL location is a Jewish synagogue. Being respectful of their tradition and values, parents are kindly requested NOT to include pork or shellfish in any lunch provided to their children.

    Cancellation Policy:

    - Before May 1st: Refund less $250 cancellation fee per session or a credit for the price paid, less $100 cancellation fee per session canceled. Credit is good towards any Celsius and Beyond camp or class (excludes birthday parties) for one year after date of initial registration.

    - After May 1st No refunds will be processed for cancellations after May 1st:
    - More than one month prior to the start date of camper's session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid good for one year after date of initial registration.
    - more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
    - less than 3 weeks and greater than 5 days notice = 20% credit of total price paid.

    Please Note: There are no refunds or reduction in fees for days missed due to illness, absence, vacations, change in family circumstance during camp sessions, suspension or dismissal.

    In lieu of a refund, parents can choose to donate cancelled session fees to a child from the Raphael House Family Homeless Shelter.

    ● Payment Policy:

- We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover). Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration and payment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.