Spring Camp Bay Area, CA: March- April 2020

Microplastics Lab Research - Spring Camp

  • Led by Debra Magadini M.A.
  • Grades 6-9
  • Status


The world had the Bronze Age, then the Iron Age, and now we sadly are entering the Plastic Age. In addition to the huge amount of plastic trash that exists in every corner of the world, tiny and microscopic pieces of plastic seep into the soil, the fish and the air, posing a threat to both animal and human health. Where does microplastic come from? Who is it bad for?

After getting seafood from the local grocer, we will dissect and use different chemicals and lab equipment to filter out any microplastic from their bodies. We will stain, and then watch them under a microscope equipped with UV light. After identifying the type of plastics, we will collect data and analyze it. We will put our findings on a poster that parents can see when they come at the end of the week to our open house.

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Microplastics Lab Research
Debra Magadini

Debra MagadiniM.A.

Led byDebra Magadini M.A.

Debra is a die-hard science enthusiast and an ocean conservationist. She has been teaching science in Massachusetts, and this year is on a Sabbatical, but she has taken a break to lead our spring camp.

She teaches science at the Field Research Program at Columbia University and at the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, MA. She is also a NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies) Education Ambassador. Debra is also a certified Advanced Open Water Diver. She collaborates with scientists to collect data on marine life.

Debra holds an M.A. from New York University in science education.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $499 per week.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $549 per week
  • 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 families 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 the registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Covid-19 Update: We plan to hold our camps as planned. If however, Shelter in Place restrictions remain at the time of our camp, or if the CDC recommends canceling activities such as camps, we will provide a full refund.

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

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations for any reason after May 1st, however partial credits are available as follows:
– More than one month cancellation notice prior to the start date of camper’s session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid.
– more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
– less than 3 weeks notice and more than 7 days prior to start of session = 20% credit of total price paid.

Payment Policy

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