STEAM Discovery Center Enrichment Courses
The LabRats STEAM Discovery Center is designed as a place for students to learn, create, tinker, discover, and explore! We offer hour long STEAM Enrichment courses taught by real scientists Tuesday through Friday, and a super fun family STEAM day on Saturdays where students can participate in labs with their parents.
Our center is also home to our Makers Lab, where students can create and invent new things in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fashion. We give students access to a state-of-the-art equipment like the Glowforge Laser cutter, which empowers students to design and create anything they can imagine with online Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. The Makers Lab is the perfect place for students to execute their own experiments they can’t try at home with the help of our resident scientists! Students can also complete a number of pre-generated experiments we call Independent Makers Projects. These Makers projects consist of a guided inquiry, introducing them to topics like engineering, chemistry, and technology by designing and building different structures, investigating properties of matter, exploring Mindstorm robotics kits' coding capabilities, and much more- and it doesn’t stop there!
We also offer daily Academic Coaching in math and science from local high school interns. Our Student Leaders are juniors and seniors preforming at the top of their classes in school and who have extensive experience in afterschool STEAM activities. They are versed in Common Core and the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) so they can give your student the one on one help they need to become proficient in their academics. Stop by for a tour or visit us online for more information about all we have to offer at our “come and go” style facility.
Our team is headed up by actual scientists so your kids are learning from professionals who have worked in the field and conducted their own scientific research. Each Enrichment Course lasts 5 weeks and is set up so your child attends a 1-hour session on the same day each week from 4pm - 5pm on weekdays and/or 10am - 11am on Saturdays. For example, you might enroll your child in the Forensic Crime Labs Course which takes place every Thursday from 4-5pm.
When Enrichment Courses are in session, kids can come and go as they please during the following timeframes:
- Tuesdays - Fridays: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
- Saturdays: 10:00am - 1:00pm*
*On Saturdays, adult family members can join kids at LabRats for FREE!
In addition to participating in the 1-hour Enrichment Course, kids can spend the rest of a session at the STEAM Discovery Center using the MakerLab or leveraging our Academic Coaches to:
- Explore their own interests
- Work on independent projects
- Play STEAM-oriented games
- Get help with homework, test prep & science projects
- Socialize with other kids & have FUN!
The STEAM Discovery Center is located at 1221 Encinitas Blvd and is open
Tuesdays-Fridays 3pm - 6pm & Saturdays 10am - 1pm
Semesters run 5 weeks long and are reoccurring through the year.