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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.


1 Class Session (1.5 hours)
  • Students will use their existing knowledge of Earth’s Layers to determine the percentage of iron on the surface of Earth. Students will go on a short Rock Walk around Pali to collect a cup of dirt. Using a magnet and dirt collected from around Pali, students will complete an iron extraction with the help of the instructor. Students will also use tectonic plate blocks, Pangea Puzzle, and swirl bottles to help them conclude there is more iron in the deeper layers of the Earth.


1 Class Session (1.5 hours)
  • Students learn about systems 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 dissection step-by-step and explain the importance of why we dissect in science.


2 Class Sessions (3 hours)
  • The sky is the limit, but not quite the finish line. In this course our young rocket scientists will do the traditional rocket launch. Their engineering skills will then be further tested by applying aerodynamic principles to the ground level. They will build Lego cars to test the drag in wind tunnels and use the data collected to improve their designs.

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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.


1 Class Session (1.5 hours)
  • Our junior engineers design and build a Dynamo generator from the ground up and discuss how to harness natural resources to power this machine. Students will also construct a windmill and see how much energy it produces and make modifications to increase its energy output. This class focuses around reducing human impact as it pertains to energy consumption.


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, study handwriting samples, and analyze video footage. After viewing all of the evidence in their bag, the junior detectives employ deductive reasoning to rule out suspects and reach a verdict.


Seasonal Class
1 Class Session (1.5 hours)
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