College for Kids Science Classes Offer Fun Learning Opportunities

Study light waves, aeronautics, electricity and more!

JANUARY 18, 2013 -- Has your child ever asked how planes fly?  Or how the universe began?  Or what a black hole is?

Kids are inquisitive and love to learn new things.  Indulge their curiosity in fun, new learning experiences through Community Education science classes for ages 8-15.  The classes meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room M-201 on the Santa Maria campus and include:

Light and Waves – Find answers to questions about the universe and learn other astronomy terms.  Students look at visible light spectrums and wave frequencies (Doppler Effect) through hands-on demonstrations.  Other items such as supernova explosions, black holes, comets, asteroids, clusters, and quasars will also be examined.  All students will conduct an experiment with a spectroscope kit that accurately measures the frequency of light. The class meets Jan. 26 (ages 8-11) and Feb 2 (ages 12–15). The fee is $30.

Aeronautics – Young students learn the basics of aerodynamics and airplane components as they construct balsa wood model and rubber band airplanes in class.  Afterward, students put their skills to the test and fly their planes while adjusting aileron, rudder, and elevator tabs.  The class meets Feb. 9 (ages 8–11) and Feb. 23 (ages 12–15).  The fee is $30.

Electricity, Magnetism, Motion – Students learn about basic electricity and magnetism and how to use multi-meters to measure electricity.  Students will also build and race a simple motor-and-gear vehicle.  The class meets March 9 (ages 8–11) and March 16 (ages 12–15).  The fee is $30.

Register online at  Click the Class Search option to find course numbers and more information. Select the Community Service/Fee-Based option in the Class Type area.  Students may also receive registration assistance in person at Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus.  (Some materials fees apply.)

Print copies of the spring 2013 Spectrum schedule of Community Education classes are available at all campus locations and online.

For more information, call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3209.

- AHC -

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Last Modified Jun 30, 2017