STEAM Camps: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Gr. 1-3

2017 Summer Camps – Grades 1-3

Registrations are for ENTERING 1st-3rd graders.

Register for more than one camp (at the same time) and receive our multi-session discount ($10 off per camp). Our multi-sibling discount is $10. Automatically applied at registration.

 

Camps for this age group are conveniently located at:

  • Vieja Valley School Gr. K-8
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5:00pm
    Address: Vieja Valley, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

1st graders can attend camps for the Gr. K-1 or  Gr. 1-3 group. After care options differ by camp. Campers must bring water, snack, and lunch. We are NUT-FREE. Please do not bring peanut butter sandwiches or other nut types for the health and safety of all our campers.

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Choose from 19 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Movie Making, Programming & Game Design!

To See Dates, and Availability, Click on the REGISTER Button at the Top of the Page!

June 12-16 June 19-23 June 26-30 July 3-7 July 10-14 July 17-21 July 24-28 July 31-Aug 4 August 7-11 August 14-18
Gr.1-3      Location:  Vieja Valley School
Art
Animals Wild Side  GPC GPC
Art Potpourri GPC GPC
Pirate Adventures  GPC  VV GPC
Star Wars Galactic GPC VV
Culinary Arts/Food Science
Mini-Chef VV GPC GPC Foothill GPC
Game Design
Beginning Minecraft Adventures GPC GPC GPC
Minecraft Supreme GPC  GPC GPC  GPC
Video Game Maker AES GPC
Movie Making
Stop Motion Explosion GPC GPC
Pokemon Stop Motion GPC VV GPC  GPC
 Programming
Intro to Programming GPC GPC GPC
Programming Dash/Dot  GPC  GPC
Programming w/Alice  AES
Robotics & Engineering
Young Robot Builder GPC VV GPC
Space Engineer GPC GPC GPC
Jr. Robotics Engineer GPC GPC GPC
Science
Young Physician GPC  GPC GPC
Young Scientist  GPC  GPC
Can You Dig It? GPC VV GPC
Galaxy Quest  GPC GPC

STEAM Camps:

Art

Art Potpourri – Gr.1-4
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture! No theme, just great fun creating wonderful pieces of artwork while using a mixture of artist quality materials including clay, watercolor, paint, soft pastels, oil pastels, Art Stix, illustration markers, AquaStics, and more!  Try your hand at Zentangle patterns, printmaking, sewing, and collage to create mixed media and 3D designs. As students work in these different media components, they will culminate in self-discovery and creation of original art projects with a distinctive flair!

*NEW Pirate Adventures –Gr. 1-6
Cost $310/5 day camp  

Ahoy Matey! So, ye Lads and Lassies want t’ be like a pirate aye? Well then…sign ‘er up quick! We will spend the week training our young sprogs in the way of piracy, painting, drawing, carving, map making, sculpting clay, and learning pirate lingo. Each day pirates follow complex treasure hunts and find long lost treasure chests. Through the course of the week young pirates can be found playing pirate games, singing sea shanties or telling tales of the high sea. Shiver me timbers…we have an exciting week! Our counselors shed their landlubber stories and don “Captain Names” during the week. Come get yer swagger on an’ share some o’ yer favorite piratical ramblin’s with yer mates!

Animals on the Wild Side – Grades 1-3
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Expect this camp to be a roaring good time! Our outrageous art activities include whacky birds, creepy crawlers, a super hero panda, a mouse that paints, a horse that flies, jungle dwellers, fiery dragons, dinosaurs, and funky art creatures that are bound to please our creative minded campers. Walk…on the wild side as we draw, paint, sew, and sculpt with clay using artist quality media throughout the week!

Star Wars Galactic! Gr. 2-6
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Join us for a Star Wars adventure! Let your imagination run wild as you create a model of BB-8, sculpt a wise Yoda, design an R2-D2 tote bag, and build a light saber. Team up to play our Star Wars Trivia Game, Zentangle the legendary Darth Vader, create your own space creatures, make alien slime, construct a Death Star, and even join the Rebellion effort with new Rogue One projects such as painting AT-ACT combat walkers and drawing K-2SO the galactic empire security droid. Come dressed as your favorite character on the last day of camp! So many projects and so much fun in only 1 week!

Culinary Arts – Food Science

Mini-Chef – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $340/5 day camp

This camp is for young kids who love to help in the kitchen. Our Mini-chefs will try different foods, eat what they prepare, and learn some basics of cooking! With a focus on yummy, nutritious foods, campers will prepare healthy snacks and entrees, prep foods, use stovetop and griddle, create finger-foods, bake, blend smoothies, and make low sugar desserts. We will explore the science behind cooking, learn safety skills, mix, measure, shake, follow a recipe, and enjoy the taste of our own creations! At the end of class, take your recipes home with you for future cooking!

Movie Making

Pokémon & Stop Motion – Grades 2-5
Cost $310/5 day camp

Welcome Trainers! Do you love the world of Pokémon and animation? Learn to draw, paint, sew, and create your favorite Pokémon characters, sculpt them to life from clay, and make your own Pokémon film. Create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning, middle, and end. Explore narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, climax, environments and conclusion. Stop motion animation using ZU3D software is an incredibly fun, hands-on way to make amazing films, using clay and armature-based figures, Pokémon mini-characters and other everyday materials. We provide campers with storyboard techniques, script writing, set design ideas, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits. This camp is the perfect mixture of art & technology for aspiring artist and movie makers. For extra fun, we encourage you to bring your own Pokémon cards and battle with other trainers at break or lunch times. Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!

Stop Motion Explosion Gr. 1-4
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Stop motion animation is an incredibly fun, hands-on way to make amazing films, using a variety of materials and objects such as clay, LEGO figures and other everyday materials. In this camp young filmmakers will learn the science of film and animation. Stop motion animation was first used in early films such as King Kong and the silent pictures especially when it came to special effects. We provide campers with storyboard techniques, script writing, set design ideas, character development, film angles, lighting, special effects, and methods to add titles and rolling credits. Campers will also learn how to use armature-based figures and are encouraged to bring their own mini props from home. If you are living with the next Steven Spielberg, your little director won’t want to miss this camp!

Programming

Programming with Scratch – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $295/5 day camp

Campers will be using a software program from MIT called Scratch. The program was designed for children, and teaches them the basics of programing as they create animated stories, video games, and interactive artwork. Using colorful programming blocks, campers drag and “snap” together the blocks to make a character (sprite) walk, speak, play music, or interact with other sprites. Since computer programming is considered the new literacy, young people now have an opportunity to put together multimedia programs without any previous programming knowledge. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Programming with Dash & Dot – Gr. 1-4
Cost: $305/5 day camp

Experience a whole different way of programming robots using “Dash & Dot”. These adorable bots will dance, talk, move through an obstacle course, learn sequences, and more as they follow the programs that you create for them. Using 5 different apps, games with animation and stories, in-app puzzles, and Scratch Jr., campers learn block based coding and tackle a series of fun, real world challenges that develop their ability to solve problems and understand how programming works. Each day includes non-screen based activities such as building and constructing models, learning about circuitry, and creating one’s own drawing bot. Programming is thought to be the next language that all campers need to learn and we make it fun!

 

Robotics & Engineering

Jr. Robotics Creator – Gr 1-3
Cost $305/5 day camp

Entry-level robotics and programming. Campers learn robotics using LEGO® Education WeDo™ components and easy to use software. Our young creators build snapping alligators, race cars, talking birds, and spinning robots, attach sensors and motors, and then program their creations with the WeDo visual drag-and-drop programming software. Counselors guide and encourage exploration and trial and error field-testing through 12 robot models. Instead of simply “snapping bricks together,” campers are encouraged to think critically about how their robot design can be changed and to understand more complicated engineering techniques such as gear use, pulleys, and inclined planes. When ready, campers move to advanced building and programming projects that include: a Ferris wheel, Carousel, and X-wing Fighter. Join us on Parent Day to discover what campers have created!

*NEW Jr. Robotics Creator II – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $305/5-day camp. 

Entry-level robotics and programming.  Due to popular demand, we have added a 2nd Jr. Robotics Creator camp, but with a twist! Using new LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0™ components, campers kick up their engineering skills to the next level as they apply concepts learned in Jr. Robot Creator to create solutions to real-world concerns. After a brief introduction to sensors, new software and programming tools via Milo the Science Robot, your young Creator will build robots to clean oceans, improve recycling, prevent flooding, perform rescue operations, explore space and more. They will investigate, design, and build prototypes, program and test them, and collaborate with other campers throughout the week. A combination of guided and open projects allows campers to learn and practice new concepts and use their creativity to explore solutions. It is recommended, but not required for campers to attend Jr. Robot Creator I prior to participating in this camp.

Space Engineer – Gr 1-3
Cost: $305/5 day camp

Using LEGO® bricks, campers will design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets. Campers will utilize a variety of LEGO® bricks including motors, gears, lights, and sensors. Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars, and planets as well as the scientific topics of force, friction, simple machines, and gravity. Campers will join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Projects include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects. Campers will build and launch two Estes Rockets as they learn about the physics of Space Travel. This is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

Young Robot Builder – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $340/5-day camp

This camp is an introduction into the world of robotics.   Campers are introduced to six simple machines and how they are incorporated into more complex machines. From there, they will learn about circuits and power sources as they build our radio-controlled “Mars-like” RC Rover and perform up to 23 experiments and activities!  Campers will also have fun constructing, observing, and experimenting with our Super Solar Recycler Robots which include a Walking Robot, Bottle Yacht, Street Roller, Flying Bird, Drummer and CD-Racer!  This camp is packed with engineering concepts, fun and excitement! Campers will take home the robots they build for hours of fun after the camp week has finished!

Science

*NEW Jr. Meteorologist – Grades 1-3
Cost $310/5 day camp  

Campers will become meteorologists for the week and discover why our weather changes! Jr. Meteorologists will measure and record rainfall, create a water cycle wheel, build a weather station, learn about the Greenhouse Effect, create a terrarium, design their own tornadoes, create “snow” during the summer and more! Before you know it, your Jr. Meteorologist will be on the 6 o’clock news doing the weather!

Campers will end the week demonstrating the three states of matter by making and eating ice cream! Other projects campers will take home include: a wind vane, anemometer, and a very cool rain stick.

Cosmos  – Grades 1-4
Cost $310/5 day camp

Do you have a rocket scientist in your family? Join us as we race across the Milky Way with twenty hands-on projects and a virtual planetarium game to explore the universe. Experiment with screaming balloon rockets, build a sun dial, construct a telescope and launch an airburst rocket! Using computer simulation, discover how planets look, how solar systems are balanced and easily disturbed, try out different planet sizes and examine the effects of gravity. What happens if you make two galaxies collide or if your asteroid crashes into Earth? Model our solar system and create a glow in the dark Saturn, use solar glasses and design a UV bracelet! Campers learn about astronomy: stars, planets, galaxies, and astrophysics: how all these heavenly bodies work. Combining technology and fun activities, your child will be talking about this camp for a long time!

Young Marine Biologist – Gr. 1-4
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Dive into our hands-on ocean adventure as we explore the many facets of marine biology and oceanography! Discover the cleverness of an octopus, study the lovable manatee, learn to eat like a whale, build a submarine, make ‘fish prints’, and examine tiny life under the microscope. On this special voyage, we will make maps and discover the secrets of early sea travelers (pirates) and treasures of the sea!  We will learn which marine life live in the five biomes of the ocean, how animals migrate, and the role of sea turtles in maintaining the health of the ocean. As we journey on, we will race a squid, learn about waves and tides, clean an oil spill, and inspect gyres (huge amounts of plastic waste) in the open sea. Before we return to land, we will discover how otters eat clams, why penguins wear those little tuxedos, and the endless uses of seaweed! Don’t miss this great adventure!

Can You Dig it? – Gr. 1-4
Cost $310/5 day camp

Have you ever dreamed of discovering a dinosaur bone or fossils in rock? Or perhaps you’d like to be the one to unearth a human artifact of a lost civilization. If so, you would make a good paleontologist or archaeologist. Come dig in the dirt with us and learn the difference! Go on our archaeological dig, open a Geode, find dinosaur bones and fossils, pan for gems & minerals, make sand painted medallions, learn about mummies and Egyptian pyramids, sort and classify arrowheads, shells, and animal tracks. Lots to take home and lots to talk about as you learn the secrets that our earth holds.  

Young Physician – Gr 1-3
Cost: $310/5-day camp

Make NO bones about it; this camp is for the aspiring “Future Physician”. If your child enjoys checking out the cool gadgets and models in the Pediatrician’s office, sign them up!  Campers will learn how their bodies are a furnace, a filter, AND a fancy computer! They will discover their body has miles of blood vessels, hundreds of muscles, and many thousands of hairs; and they will perform hands-on experiments as they learn about their brains, blood, and bones, check heart rates and listen to their lungs with their very own stethoscope. Campers will extract DNA and learn about genetics, test for germs, and build a variety of creative models to take home.  Your young physician will really have a pulse on the human body with this camp.

*NEW Grossology! Grades 1-3
Cost $310/5 day camp  

Campers will discover loads of horribly fantastic experiments! Projects focus on blood, bones, and body bits! This is science with the squishy bits left in it! Tons of chemistry and biology for the aspiring doctor or scientist. Learn why we have earwax, spit, sweat, and gas! Projects Include: Bulging Bag of Brains, Simulated Mucus, Baby Diaper Dissection, Eyeball Acrobatics, Bird Barf and we are only getting started! Our young Grossologists will indulge in many other icky experiments. This is our most disgusting (and fun) camp ever!

Young Scientist Gr. 1-3
Cost: $310/5 day camp

Does your child enjoy doing hands-on experiments and learning how things work? Then Young Scientist is for you!  Designed to meet the needs of children ages 6-8, this camp covers a broad range of fun and exciting science topics such as: Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Lab Process Skills. Sample Projects include a Grow–Beast Experiment, Wacky Window Paint, Super Bouncing Balls, Cosmic Rocket, Wurmz and Dirt, Diving Submarines and more! All activities meet or exceed the National Science Standards. Fun and excitement is fostered by great lessons and active involvement.

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