Top STEM and Academic Camps in San Francisco

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Published Apr 19, 2016

Ar you looking for a fun and educational experience for your child this summer? If so, these are some great choices:

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Top STEM and Academic Camps in San Francisco


For those of you who don’t know, STEM is a popular acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Opportunities in the STEM fields are on the rise, meaning it has never been a better time to learn how to create and innovate!

If you want your kids to get a competitive edge learning code, game design, robotics and many other awesome activities check out our list of the Top STEM & Academic Camp providers below.



Galileo Innovation Camps

Galileo summer camp are crazy fun and profoundly enriching at the same time! That's why innovation is at the core of all their activities. Choose from over 12 immersive majors for campers entering 5th - 8th grades and 4 whimsical themes for campers Pre K - 5th grades.

Extended care is available as well as an optional healthy lunch program.





Bay Area Mad Science

Mad Science camps are the perfect blend of entertainment and education, combining hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles.

Camps are available in full or half-day formats, for kids ages 5-12. Various camp themes are offered to accommodate different age levels and interests.




Stratford School

Stratford School offers an innovative, customizable summer experience, featuring both their original summer day camps as well as an enriched summer STEAM program. Campers in preschool through fifth grade learn, explore, and engage in camp-style activities in the original, enriched Camp Socrates summer day camps, while Summer Enrichment classes are available for Middle School students, including test prep for the High School Entrance Exam and advanced academic classes.




Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum is committed to providing educational experiences that honor Walt Disney’s legacy and spark creativity and innovation in students, teaching professionals, and their families.

Summer camp sessions include Intro to Animation, Digital 2D Animation, and Concept Art and Storyboarding.





Fei Tian Academy of the Arts

Fei Tian Academy of the Arts California is an arts high school offering a unique educational option that places equal emphasis on academic knowledge, advanced artistic skills, and character development. Summer camp at Fei Tian is the perfect place for young people to nurture a passion for the arts and culture. Students will be challenged to learn new skills while developing aesthetic sophistication in a healthy and supportive environment.




TechKnowHow®

Half and Full day Summer Camps are offered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Classes include building projects with LEGO® gears and motors, Robotics with MINDSTORMS® EV3® & NXT® components, Computer Game Design, iPad® Movie Making, Programming/Coding, and a Technology Camp for girls. Classes feature high-interest, age-appropriate projects in a fun and supportive atmosphere.




iD Tech

iD Tech, offers hands-on, high-energy summer computer programs for kids and teens. Co-ed options include iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech Academies for teens ages 13-18, and iD Tech Mini for ages 6-9, as well as the Alexa Café, an all-girls program for ages 10-15. Choose from courses in game design, web design, coding, programming in Java and C++, Minecraft modding, filmmaking, robotics, photography, and more.




Camp Edmo

Now learning has your child’s fingerprints all over it. CAMP EDMO fills each day with hands-on discovery, giving kids the skills and methods to own their learning potential. These camps prepare tomorrow’s movers, shakers and amazinators to take on the world!

Programs include JR (Pre-K), EDMO (K-1), EDMO (grades 2-4), and PRO (grades 5-8).




JCCSF

Among the plethora of other programs, the JCC's STEM camps include digital photography and blogging camps for teens and pre-teens; and Design & Build, Chess, Silly Science, Kids camps for grades 1-2.

Extended care is available as well for your scheduling convenience.






Camp Crusader

In this course, students have the time of their lives learning computer programming basics by modding their Minecraft game. Not only will they be learning how to improve their game, they will also be picking up valuable skills that will assist them throughout their schooling and careers.






Techsplosion

Techsplosion's most popular programs include CraftCamp, a Minecraft summer camp; Robot Academy, a LEGO robotics summer camp; Mission Control, a near-space photography summer camp, and Pixel Players, a video game design summer camp.




Sky Kids International Camp

Designed with the “whole child” in mind, Sky Kids is an international program that promotes learning by doing and cultural exchange. Summer camps are offered for children entering Grades K-8. The approach is simple and unique--bring together children from different cultures and countries and immerse them in 4 areas of learning: Innovation, Creativity, Fitness, and Nature.





Mission & Excelsior Science Workshops

Camp activities will include creative making and tinkering in the wood and clay shop, and exploring our exhibits, experiments, bones, rocks and fossils. Making slime, dissecting, and building marshmallow structures may be included!

Two 2-week sessions are offered at Mission and Excelsior sites.




Did you find any STEM camps or classes that your kids will love? We hope so.If not, don’t sweat it!

ChatterBlock has a huge, kid-friendly, comprehensive list of all the best local camps and classes. Check out our “Camps & Classes” tab on our homepage for more details.




Written by Jan Cleaver

Yes, I know Jan Cleaver is almost "June Cleaver" from Leave it to Beaver!  My parents had a good sense of humor.

I was a freelance writer years ago, and excited to do some editing for ChatterBlock.

The subject matter is ideal for me as a stay-at-home mom, who loves planning activities for my kids and their playmates.

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