SD LabRats
Empowering youth to make a better world through science and technology.


 Our Curriculum

Our approach is based on “Scientists teaching Science” and creating fun and engaging experiences to develop strong character, self-confidence, passion and strength in knowledge. The primary goal is to provide an empowering and enriching STEAM education to help youth find their passion and achieve their personal best.


Our Enrichment Courses Explore Topics Such As…

• Atoms in Motion • Energy and Pressure • Light and Signals • Powering Your World • Fueling Mammals • Life of Plants...and much more!

Each weekly interactive lab provides students an opportunity to engage in hands-on experiments which provide simple demonstrations of advanced concepts. For example, students will learn how to build a spectroscope, an electrolysis unit and how to test their lung capacity. Students will also learn about microbiology and various ecological systems.

Our Camps…

Are the perfect way to keep your child learning and active during their break! Each camp features daily labs and activities designed to stimulate interest in science while providing a solid background in the fundamentals.

• Science Adventures – A sampling of various fields science has to offer, such as atoms, molecules, plants, and electricity.

• Rocketry Exploration – Discover the basics of the field that brought us to the moon!

• The Science of Life – Explore every field of daily life, from biology to ecology and sport science.


Dr. Shawn Carlson: Dr. Carlson received Bachelor Degrees in both Physics and Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1981, a Masters Degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from UCLA in 1983 and 1989 respectively. Dr. Carlson is a nationally known science writer and the creative mind behind LabRats. He is passionate to share his experience and teach youth the incredible world of science that is all around us.

J. Ryan Merrill: Ryan received a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015, and a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from University of California Santa Barbara in 2013. Ryan spent 2 years teaching general chemistry class and labs at UC Boulder, and over 6 years of tutoring STEM related classes. He grew up in Encinitas and attended LCCHS, loves the local community and wants to give back and share his love for science.


Curriculum Development

Our 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.