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

  • GPC (Goleta Presbyterian Church)  Gr. K-8
    Hours of Camp:
    9:00am-3:45pm  Before care: 8am. After Care: Until 5:00pm
    Address: Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6869 Shirrel Way , Goleta, C

  • Foothill School Gr. 1-6
    Hours of Camp:
    Address: 711 Ribera, 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!

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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: GPC (Goleta Presbyterian Church) and Vieja Valley School
Animals Wild Side  GPC GPC
Art Potpourri GPC GPC
Famous Faces/Places  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
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
Young Physician GPC  GPC GPC
Young Scientist  GPC  GPC
Can You Dig It? GPC VV GPC
Galaxy Quest  GPC GPC

Integrated STEAM Camps:

Location: Monroe Elementary School               Grades 1-6        Date: July 17-21 Hours: 9:00-3:00 Cost: $285 per week   Get inspired, expand creativity, enhance problem solving, and explore new concepts at Terrific Scientific STEAM Camps. Our hands-on, minds-on camps featuring science, technology, engineering, art, & math are not to be missed! Located at Monroe Elementary School, our camps are designed for students entering Grades 1-6. Campers will rotate through 4 integrated components daily designed by age level. Throughout the week, campers build engineering structures and machines, learn to code and program robots, explore digital games, discover famous artists and famous places, and experiment with many fields of science, including cooking! Students can register for all 3 sessions if desired. With professional instructors and specialists in their field combined with design thinking curriculum, our camps ignite a passion for learning in our campers. Projects are different for EACH week of camp. Register for one week or all 3.  Sibling and multi-week discount available. Bring lunch and water.  

Full-Day STEAM Camps:


Art Potpourri – Gr.1-6 Cost: $305/5 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 Animals on the Wild Side – Grades 1-6 Cost: $305/5 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: $305/5 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!

*NEW Famous Faces, Famous Places – Grades 1-6 Cost $305/5 day camp

Grab your passport and explore your way through the world of ART that spans the globe! From the Eiffel Tower, to deserts, igloos, the Colosseum, windmills, and famous cities, travel throughout time and location, as well as, create artwork in the style of famous artists like Rivera, Höch, Kandinsky, Dali, Klimt, Monet, Warhol, and Delaunay! Using clay, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels, scratchboard, illustration markers, and soft pastels, we will draw, paint, sculpt, photomontage and construct 2D and 3D masterpieces. Inspired by work from France, Germany, North American, Mexico, Holland, India, Japan, and Italy, campers create exciting projects that bring together art and architecture from around the world.

Culinary Arts & Food Science

*NEW 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!

Game Design

Video Game Maker with Multimedia Fusion- Gr. 2-5 Cost: $299/5 day camp

This is the camp to take for those that want their creativity to run wild and create a video game that others want to play. Terrific Scientific uses Fusion 2.5 from Clickteam to teach campers how to build two-dimensional video games. This software provides an easy-to-use game-authoring environment that allows campers to create many types of computer games, screen savers, and other applications. Campers will get started with a Space Shooter Game where they learn how to create moving backgrounds, add scores and lives, design instructions and titles, create waves of enemies, and transition screens. Later in the week, campers will learn how to create Maze and Platform Games.

Beginning Minecraft Adventures– Gr. 1-3 Cost: $299/5 day camp

No experience needed! Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test. Let’s pretend you’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do? What we teach you might just save your life! Learn how to find resources; make a shelter; craft tools, armor, and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. Campers also create their own adventure map as design, production, and test playing guide them. Campers learn how to work as a team as they take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect. There are two modes of the game. The scenario above describes the survival mode. There is also a creative mode where there are no monsters and you will be able to fly around and have unlimited resources to build amazing creations and buildings. What kind of adventure you choose will be up to you! NO Minecraft account is needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for use. Just come and learn the basics, as well as advanced techniques and new strategies of this great game!

Movie Making

*NEW Pokémon & Stop Motion – Grades 2-5 Cost $305/5 day camp

Do you love the world of Pokemon and animation? Learn to draw, paint, and create your favorite Pokémon characters, sculpt them to life from clay, and make your own Pokemon 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, Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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: $305/5 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!


Intro to Programming – Gr. 1-3 Cost: $299/5 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.

*NEW Programming with Dash & Dot – Gr. 1-4 Cost: $325/5 day camp

Our NEWEST addition of Robots! Meet “Dash and Dot” and experience a whole different way of programming robots. Using games with animation and stories, kids learn to program these bots with light, sound, sensors, and movement, understand the basics of coding, and are introduced to the world of computer science fundamentals. Programming is thought to be the next language that all campers need to learn and we make it fun!

Robotics & Engineering

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

Entry-level robotics and programming. Campers learn robotics using LEGO® Education WeDo™. 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. 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. Campers will also complete a small LEGO® project that they will be able to take home.

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: $355/5-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!


*NEW Galaxy Quest  – Grades 2-5 Cost $325/5 day camp

Join us as we race across the Milky Way and observe our amazing universe. With twenty hands-on projects and Universe Sandbox’s virtual planetarium game on your computer, this is a camp unlike any other! Combining technology and fun activities your child will be talking about this for a long time!

  • Kids learn about astronomy: stars, planets, galaxies
  • Kids learn about astrophysics: how all these heavenly bodies work

Sample projects: Experiment with screaming balloon rockets! Build a sun dial and construct a telescope! Model our solar system and create a glow in the dark Saturn! Launch an airburst rocket! Make and use a star finder! Use solar glasses and design a UV bracelet, and …so much more! Using computer simulation: discover how planets look and the beauty of our universe, learn 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? So much to explore and discover!

Marine Science – Gr. 2-5 Cost: $305/5 day camp

When you picture a marine biologist, what comes to mind? Do you think about studying sharks, turtles, plants and algae, or habitats, ocean health, and sea travel? Dive into our hands-on ocean adventure as we explore these many facets of marine biology and oceanography! Learn which marine life live in the five biomes of the ocean and how animals migrate. Discover the cleverness of an octopus, race a squid, learn to eat like a whale, build your own submarine, and examine tiny life under the microscope. Learn about early sea travelers and treasures of the sea. Explore why penguins wear those little tuxedos, how otters eat clams, and discover the endless uses of seaweed! Create waves, explore tsunamis, clean an oil spill and learn about gyres of plastic in the open sea, all while learning the importance of the ocean to our world.

Can You Dig it? – Gr. 1-3 Cost $305/5 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 I – Gr 1-3 Cost: $305/5-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 Future Physician will really have a pulse on the human body with this camp.

Young Scientist Gr. 1-3 Cost: $305/5 day camp

Cost: $245/5-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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