HSC – Burbank – Grades 2-6

Instructor: James Castellanos


9:00 – 9:55 AM
10:00 – 10:55 AM

HSC – Burbank

438 E. Harvard Road
Burbank, CA 91501

register hereClasses fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact: Jill Wilcox: jill@science2u.com, 562-754-1081


More Detective Investigations

Are you ready for more mysterious capers that need to be investigated? We will put you to work as a forensic scientist, using actual crime lab techniques to help us solve some interesting but silly cases. Completion of Detective Investigations #1 is not necessary for participation in this class. This class is all Hands-On!

  • Wed: September 6, 13, 20, 27

Kids Chemistry

Learn physical and chemical properties of matter through fun experiments then apply this information to discover the identity of unknown substances. Plus, you will learn how to measure and pour using the same equipment that scientists use in labs today!

  • Wed: October 4, 11, 18, 25

Incredible Brain

In this class, we will conduct experiments to learn about the brain, the nervous system, the skin and sight. We will do experiments with your own body (don’t worry, nothing hurts). We’ll even dissect a brain!  Don’t miss out!

  • Wed: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class Nov. 22)

Expanding World of Gases

How do you get an egg stuck in a jar and remove it using only gas pressure? If that’s not enough, you’ll build your own hot air balloon and we will fly them on the last day of class. Don’t miss out on the fun!

  • Wed: December 6, 13, January 10, 17 (no class Dec. 20, 27)

Illuminating Lights /Crazy Colors

This class could get messy but it sure is fun! We’ll explore what color is through mixing various colored liquids and by using colored lenses. You’ll make our own color wheels and spin them to make new colors. You get to experiment and see if you can make the colors you predict by using your color wheel. We’ll use pigments and filters to learn what chromatography is and we’ll even find out if you are colorblind through some really funny experiments! How do you actually see color? How do colors absorb and reflect light? You’ll even make your own pair of 3-D glasses and check out some funny pictures in class, then you can take them home to watch movies or read 3-D books!

  • Wed: January 24, 31, February 7, 14

Wacky Weather

Become a novice meteorologist in just 4 short weeks! You will make your own weather station to take home. We’ll discover how a thermometer actually measures the speed of particles through experimenting with the thermometers you will make in class. Learn the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius through measuring samples in class. How do clouds form? Why do clouds have different names? We’ll make our own clouds and see if clouds form better in clean or dirty air. Discover why weather patterns form, which clouds bring rain, and how tornadoes form. Does warm air rise or fall? What about cold air?  How does that make our weather? What is lightning and how is it formed? We’ll have clouds, rain, dew, wind, tornadoes and lightning right inside our classroom! Bring an umbrella for this one!

  • Wed: February 28, March 7, 14, 21

Fruits and Flowers

This is a great time of the year to discover flowers and fruits! Why do plants have flowers? What exactly is a fruit? What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? How are flowers and fruits related? You’ll answer these questions and others by dissecting a variety of fruits and flowers.

  • Wed: March 28, April 11, 18, 25 (No class Apr. 4-Spring Break)

California Grunion

What are grunion? Have you ever been on a grunion run? By the end of this class you’ll be ready to take a late night field trip to a local beach to watch this phenomenon called a grunion run.  Grunion are strange fish who actually lay their eggs on land instead of in the water like most fish. You’ll learn about the moon and the tides and how they affect these fish. We’ll look at their eggs and finally make some grunion fish prints. Each student will also be given a schedule of Grunion runs for the rest of the year to enjoy with their family.

  • Wed: May 2, 9, 16, 23