Top STEM and Academic Camps on the Peninsula

Published Apr 27, 2016

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

Top STEM and Academic Camps on the Peninsula

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.

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.

Environmental Volunteers 

Environmental Volunteers offers the "Explore!" Summer Day Camp, and Girls in Science Camp at the EcoCenter, in the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands. At "Explore!", kids will enjoy hands-on science activities, and choose among different activities, including crafts, games, and sports; while at the popular Girls in Science camp, every day is a new adventure with hiking, exploring, creating, making new friends, playing games, and having fun.

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.

Quantum Camp

QC offers compelling, concept-based math and science camps for elementary and middle schoolers. Each camp focuses on a pair of fundamental ideas in math and science that have inspired great thinkers throughout history.

The QC experience extends outside the classroom with campers participating in spirited camp traditions and non-academic activities in these week-long camps.

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.

Communication Academy

CA provides hands-on, fun-filled public speaking, debate classes and language arts enrichment classes to K-12 students and adults using innovative curricula by incorporating the best practices from college communication classes and professional presentation training, carefully adapted for younger students. Low class sizes and professional instructors are key to success.

Youth Startup

Kids will enjoy Youth Startup's unique summer camp experience where thinking outside of the box is celebrated, where failure is a learning experience, where everyone is gifted in some way, and where all you need to succeed is your will and continuously honing your skill.

Camps are offered in Entrepreneurship and Coding.


Wizbots Summer Robotics Labs are a great way for girls and boys ages 7-14 to try out robotics, programming, and design for the first time, or to build on skills already developed. Wizbots uniquely combines LEGO® robotics and Java programming with a vast array of projects, materials and choices to engage campers in product design, tech challenges, team games, and open-ended creativity.

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, film making, robotics, photography, and more.


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.

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).

TechSmart Academy

TechSmart offers summer coding camps for children of all ages. Instructors use a fun, engaging curriculum and unique methodology that appeals to children and makes them yearn for learning. This makes for a great experience for your child.

Camps are offered at various locations.


At Kidizens’ upcoming Summer Camps, children (grades K-3 and 3-6) learn all about the civics and economics of managing and governing a city! Enroll for one or two weeks of intensive, action-packed sessions, where children partner up to create and run their own small civilization from TONS of LEGO.

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.

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