Summer Camps

Science Camp

Due to construction on the Burke's campus, this program will not take place in Summer 2018. Look for it to return in 2019!

Basic Information

Week 1: Outbreak! 
July 24-28, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Camper cost: $475
What is a pandemic? What is an epidemic? How do diseases spread? Viruses, how do they work? Campers will explore the science of infection and how an outbreak can turn into a pandemic.

Each day, there will be a 20-minute break before lunch (at 10 a.m.) and a 15-minute break right after lunch. Lunch will be “bring your own” bag lunch at 12 p.m.

Camp is available to rising fifth through ninth graders 
Maximum camp size: 24
Minimum camp size: 15

If we do not reach our 15-camper minimum by July 10, we will cancel camp and refund all registered participants.
 
Week 2: Hacking Life: Decoding DNA to use it to solve problems 
July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Camper cost: $475
Biology is generally thought of as the study of living things and their interactions. But what if scientists had the power to actually alter living things in order to have them do new things? Campers will have the opportunities to explore concepts of bioengineering and synthetic biology to see how cells can be used to produce new effects.

Each day, there will be a 20-minute break before lunch (at 10 a.m.) and a 15-minute break right after lunch. Lunch will be “bring your own” bag lunch at 12 p.m.

Camp is available to rising fifth through ninth graders 
Maximum camp size: 24
Minimum camp size: 15

If we do not reach our 15-camper minimum by July 10, we will cancel camp and refund all registered participants.

About the Program

Your daughter will experience hands-on investigation and discovery for girls in Burke’s state-of-the-art science labs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.
In order to receive a full refund on any summer class or camp, cancellations must be received no later than seven days before the class or camp starts.

About the Instructors

Dr. Tone Rawlings has been a long time self-proclaimed nerd, lover of, and student of science. She has had a wide variety of scientific opportunities and has been a part of field and laboratory research ranging from Wildlife Biology and Ecology to Microbiology and Biotechnology. As an African-American woman with a Ph.D in Marine Microbial Ecology and as a graduate of an all-girls, private high school (The Madeira School), she understands the lack of diversity in the field; the ethos of the pursuit of learning, creativity, excellence, and self-esteem building of young women; and the importance of a person of color as teacher, mentor, and role model. 

She loves discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics, the multiverse, science-fiction, the arts, the "neo" renaissance, engineering & design, technology & DIY/makers revolution, and the environment.

Michelle Reyes is currently an associate teacher in the first grade. Before coming to Burke's, she worked as a Research Assistant in a Cellular/Molecular Biology Lab at Cal State Northridge where she earned a BE in Liberal Arts and Biology. She has also been involved with various educational outreach and leadership programs over the past ten years. Passionate about science education, Michelle is working towards earning a Single Subject Credential with the hopes of becoming a middle-school science teacher. She's a mad scientist who is passionate about nurturing student's interest in the sciences and showing them that scientists have the most fun! 
Financial assistance is available for students receiving tuition assistance at Burke's. Please contact Ron Bannerman for more information.
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