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Top STEM and Academic Camps in South Bay

Published Feb 5, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Are 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 in South Bay

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.


Through innovative hands-on projects, you will enjoy the intricacies of Holographic AR programming, computer animation, learn fascinating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts, understand the art and science of user-centric design, practice public speaking and communication skills. What’s more fun than dreaming up stories, making friends, and exploring the magic of Holographic AR at your own pace with Silicon Valley’s very best engineers and designers?

Harker School

Full and half-day programs are available in a wide range of afternoon activities. Whether you're interested in learning a new skill, hands-on enrichment activities or swimming, The Harker School is sure to have the perfect option!

Programs are available for all ages from preschool to grade 12.

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.

West Valley Summer College 4 Kids

This summer College for Kids celebrates its 28th year of learning and fun. This program provides offerings for students of all ages.

Among the plethora of camps offered are Engieering for Kids (grades 1-5), College for Kids and Water Camp (grades 6-9), and College Prep Camp (grades 10-12).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reading and Spelling Solutions

Founder, Susan C. Rosenthal, M.A inED2/AET, has developed a multi-faceted, scientifically-based method for successfully helping students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and dyslexia. Her programs are customized to help each individual student develop basic academic skills that will enable them to compete with their peers in private school and public school general education classrooms.


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.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

CDM's Summer of Service (SOS) program is an innovative community service program for youth entering Grades 7–10. Campers will make a difference in the community while making new friends. Participants will meet at CDM daily before traveling to service sites in our community.

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.

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.

Pasitos School

Pasitos Bilingual Spanish Immersion School offers a variety of summer camps for preschoolers and school-aged kids.  Preschool activities include organised and free play time, and a set educational curriculum. Themed school-aged camps are taught in Spanish and feature robotics and other STEAM projects.

Apostles Lutheran Church

Apostles Camp Eagles (ACE) is a summer day camp program that provides children the opportunities to grow in their knowledge of Jesus as their Savior and also gives campers educational and recreational outlets in a fun, safe, and structured environment.


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.

East Valley Christian School

Summer Enrichment Program for students entering grades 1st-8th are designed to prepare them for the next grade level. Preparation for incoming school year include programs in Language Arts, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Daily creative writing, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and games are incorporated to make learning fun.

Star Kids Academy

Star Kids Academy takes students on an adventure of learning and fun by offering a 8 week program that covers a range of topics, including; Robotics & Programming, Space Pilot Flight Simulation, and more.

Camps are open to those in grades K-7, and prior knowledge of each weeks topic is not required to enroll.

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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