Science Camp

Pali Institute takes pride in providing hands-on field-based activities that bring classroom science to life. With a fun and educational science camp feel in a natural California mountain environment, we introduce students to numerous scientific disciplines through rocket launching, squid dissection, weather experiments and crime scene investigation! Students will leave with the enthusiasm and knowledge required to take their study of science to the next level.

Freshwater Biology

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

An old favorite returns with our recently renovated pond and improved equipment! Students get their fill of experiential science methods - testing the chemical composition of our pond water and assessing its health by ponding for various macro and micro invertebrates. Students then apply their observations and knowledge to the real world and gain an understanding of the importance of water conservation.

Under Pressure

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students gain basic meteorological skills through hands-on activities, exploring various factors and forces that act upon our Earth to create changing weather patterns. They learn the specifics of seven different weather tools, including the use of barometers to record atmospheric pressure and anemometers to determine wind speed. Data collected from various experiments enable our young meteorologists to make a scientific forecast.

CSI: Pali

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students explore the field of forensics and its importance in criminal justice by forming an investigative unit and working together to solve a mystery. They compare fingerprint patterns, learn about blood types and study handwriting samples. After collecting all of the evidence, they analyze it and employ deductive reasoning to rule out suspects.

Kraken Squid Open

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students learn about adaptation as they dissect a squid, locate appendages, examine organs and gain an understanding of the squid's physiological design. Pali instructors guide students through the process of dissection and teach them the importance of cephalopods to the ecosystem.

The Energy Dilemma

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students learn about the energy issues facing the 21st century, differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and find ways to reduce their energy consumption. After designing and building model wind turbine blades, students test how much electrical voltage is generated. This experience provides a great understanding of our current energy resources.


2 Class Sessions (3 hours)

How are rocks formed and classified? Students find out as they learn about the geology of Southern California, different layers of the earth, plate tectonics and the causes of earthquakes. They are taught basic engineering principles by designing their own model structures and testing them against an earthquake simulator. Students gain an understanding of geological principles and the ever-shifting landscape under the surface.


2 Class Sessions (3 hours)

Students examine the science of flight as it applies to airplanes and rockets. In a practical application of their studies, students utilize the scientific methods they've learned to design, build and launch rockets. Using basic triangulation, they determine the altitude of their rocket launches - up to heights of 100 feet! Students leave with an understanding of the basic principals of aerodynamics and aeronautics.

It's Not Easy Being Green!

Seasonal Class
1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students experience the science of herpetology up close by and viewing animal artifacts and by meeting reptiles and amphibians face to face. Instructors help students differentiate between reptile and amphibian adaptations, explaining how they thrive in nearly every ecosystem on earth.