Local nonprofit after-school science program now accepting spring session enrollment


LabRats San Diego, a nonprofit after-school education company, is now accepting enrollment for its eight-week spring session at three North County locations – Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Solana Beach.

Local youth ages 11-14 will have a unique opportunity to participate in a series of interactive science education labs which include competitive, team-based experiments to implement, enhance and enrich their emerging knowledge of science. Pacific Ridge School, located in Carlsbad, will host LabRats Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., starting March 6 through May 8 (excluding spring break). The spring session is titled “Electricity, Magnetism, Light and Power.” Labs are open to both Pacific Ridge students and students from other schools.

The Boys & Girls Club of Encinitas, Griset Branch will host LabRats Wednesdays, 3:30- 5 p.m. March 7 through May 9 (excluding spring break). The Boys & Girls Club of Solana Beach, Harper Branch will host on Thursdays, at 3:30 – 5 p.m. on March 8 – May 10. The spring session is titled “Energy and Pressure from a Molecular level.” Students from the entire North County community are welcomed. Scholarships and tuition assistance programs are available at all locations.

According to Ryan Merrill, Educational Director for LabRats, their educational approach is built on creating fun, interactive and engaging experiences to develop strong character, self-confidence, passion and strength in knowledge. Each eight-week session features a different curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).“All young people should be prepared to employ critical thinking so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow,” said Merrill.

The LabRats education team holds advanced degrees in STEM fields such as in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics from esteemed universities such as UC Davis, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of San Diego, UC Berkeley and University of Colorado.

To register students for the science lab, visit SanDiegoLabRats.org or call 760-450-4717.