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Top STEM and Academic Camps on the Peninsula

Published Mar 16, 2020

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.

Integem Holographic AR Design & Programming Summer Camp

Learn to program, design, and innovate with future tech at the #1 tech camp in the world! Their small class sizes offer a competitive student-teacher ratio (8:1) and ensures great attention and development for each student. The curriculums are specifically designed to foster a personalized, intuitive and enjoyable learning experience. The Holographic AR camp is designed to let students learn at their own pace and is suitable for students of all computer skill levels.

Digital Media Academy

Digital Media Academy offers the widest variety of STEM summer courses at Stanford, taught by the best instructors Silicon Valley has to offer. STEM camp topics include coding, robotics, and music production.

Kids & teens can learn photography while exploring the university grounds or program a robot to do laps around the Hoover Tower.

Camp Galileo 

Galileo’s mission is to create a world of fearless innovators. They think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges.  Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade.

TechKnowHow Kids

Looking for a unique summer experience to educationally challenge and excite your child? Their camps are designed so that students learn technology skills through fun, engaging and dynamic projects. 

Each camp offers supportive, teacher-led instruction followed by hands on learning. Campers gain skills and confidence through creating, exploring and problem-solving. 

Mad Science

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

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 

Camp Edmo & Camp EdTech  

Edventure More exists to inspire the playful pursuit of enrichment in the next generation. They provide a place for all kids to nurture their innate curiosity, confidence and kindness through hands-on science, art, technology and outdoor activities. 

Pre-K to 4th graders will enjoy Camp Edmo, and 5th to 8th graders will enjoy Camp EdTech. 


Utilizing LEGO robotics and more, they engage kids in product design, tech challenges, team games, and open-ended creativity. Kids journey through their progressive, project-based curriculum - or as they call it "The Path to Mastery". 

All camps are led by trained mentors with a passion for education, and a deep sense of play and fun.

iD Tech Camps 

Each iD Tech location boasts hand-selected staff, a unique campus experience, and stimulating course curriculum delivered in small clusters of 8 students per instructor. Their summer STEM camps are loaded with brand new, real-world curriculum and professional software from Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, and other industry leaders.

College for Kids 

College for Kids is an award-winning summer program celebrating 23 years of fun learning! This popular academic enrichment camp in a college setting encourages entering 5th to 8th graders to explore new subjects and develop their skills through hands-on classes in computers, creative arts, math, sciences, digital media, sports and language arts.

Stratford School

Camp gatherings set the stage for fun adventures in learning! Themes come to life as junior campers learn, explore, and engage in imaginative camp-style activities; and Stratford’s robust STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program rounds out the summer experience.

Codebreakers Chess

Codebreakers Chess Clubs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing critical thinking perfection to students in the SF Bay Area through the study and enjoyment of chess. 

Codebreakers' Summer Chess Camps are a hot ticket, with newly designed activities to keep your young chess players entertained and informed all Summer long!

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education

Brainvyne - Providers of LEGO® Education rovide teaches principles of engineering, robotics & science by stimulating and nurturing children’s natural interests to learn through play.  They offer enriching and entertaining summer camps for children ages 4 - 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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.

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.

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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