About Us

Who Are We?

Shawn Carlson, Ph.D. : 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. He spent six years writing “The Amateur Scientist” column for […]

Our Teaching Method

Our approach is not focused on content, but rather it is about inspiring young people to love learning about science and motivate them to want to do the hard work necessary to gain authentic competency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM). Pioneered over 100 years ago, by scouts and sports programs, we focus on […]


Everything we teach is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Labs will be 90 minutes long, once a week for 8 weeks totaling 40 weeks of the year. LabRats San Diego is broken up into 2 levels, the basic program and the advanced program. The basic program spans several years of core STEM […]