Level 3 – Grades 5 & 6

5th and 6th graders are forging into areas of independent knowledge, creating definitions and structures of the world around them. They are ready to challenge assumptions and are eager to find their own proof of timeless truths.

Suggested Prerequisites – Our courses are designed with the following assumptions of student knowledge: 

  • Follow multi-step written procedures
  • Record information in tables, and starting to produce their own labeled tables for data
  • Write and compare fractions and decimals
  • Multiply multi-digit numbers, and divide single-digit numbers into multi-digit numbers

Course descriptions for each camp offering can be found below; then visit your camp location page to see camp schedules.

 

Locations

  • PALO ALTO

  • BERKELEY

  • FOSTER CITY

  • SAN RAMON

 


Science

Math

Count 'Em Up!
Combinatorics is the study of counting – but not like any counting you've done before! Using probability and set theory, this course will consider how to enumerate combinations and permutations to answer the age old question of "how many ways can I do this?"

Chemical Reactions
An in-depth study of the reactivity of elements. Students will discover properties of different elements, how they behave, and how they interact with different chemicals. This hands-on, exploration course gives students the freedom to make their own observations, conduct their own experiments, and analyze the data that they collect.

Wash, Rinse, Recursion
Beginning with famous examples like the Fibonacci Sequence and the Sierpinski Triangle, this course will examine the idea of recursion and how self-similar repetition can create beautiful and dynamic mathematical results. Students will focus on using equations and graphs to analyze number sequences and patterns.

The Mystery of Electricity
Learn the basics of charges, currents, batteries, and circuits. Students perform experiments to get a better understanding of how electricity works. The course has units on magnetism with real life applications of the concepts and demonstrates how electricity and magnetism are related. 

Dissection Connection
Explore the structure and function of the major organ systems in the body. Students perform experiments to see how each organ system performs the necessary functions of life, such as digestion and respiration. There will be dissections of an earthworm and frog for students to identify organs and examine how these organ systems interact, benefiting the organism as a whole.

A Slice of Pi
Pi is one of the most important numbers ever conceptualized by mathematicians. Focusing on pi, and other irrational numbers, students will discover where these numbers come from, how to find them, and where these numbers can be found in the world around us.