Summers can be quite a challenge for homeless families. When school is out and there is no home to welcome you, and there is no money, what choices do families have for activities to do with their children during the long summer vacation? Helping these unfortunate families is the primary goal of an innovative and unique program sponsored and organized by California State University in Long Beach. For two weeks during the summer homeless kids or kids in crisis have a haven from their difficult lives at science camp. During camp these kids explore the world around them and learn about animals, rockets, aerodynamics, and lots of other wonders which make up their world.
Not only are the kids learning about science, they have, at least for a short while, found a safe place and a secure environment; a great help for their emotional lives in addition to the great boost they are getting in their intellectual lives. With exposure to the concepts and ideas of scientific inquiry the children, with otherwise difficult and in some cases hopeless lives, can dream their own dreams about growing up to become scientists. Instead of fearing their world, in science camp they learn to engage their world and develop a respect and love for their world which would otherwise be quite a difficult task, given their special, challenging circumstances.