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

2020 Summer STEAM Camps – Grades 1-3

 

CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS January 1, 2020!

Our Early Bird Discount will run from January 1st- January 26th, 2020 and includes $25 off EACH camp. Discount ends January 26th, 2020. There is an additional $10 off for multi-session (2 or more) and $10 off for multi-person when registering at the same time. 

CLICK on the REGISTER button at the top of the website to enroll your camper!

 

Registrations are for ENTERING 1st-3rd graders.

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Camp Locations: Vieja Valley School, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara.

Hours of Camp: 9:00am-3:30pm. Before Care 8am & After Care 3:30-5:00. No aftercare on Fridays. Before care $20p/wk (4 days) and $32 aftercare per week (4 days).

1st Graders can attend camps for the Gr. K-1 or Gr. 1-3 group. After care options differ by camp.

Note: Please do not enroll your child for a camp that requires a higher grade level than your child is entering. We try very hard to keep our camps and campers matched at the appropriate social maturity level, reading skill ability, and curriculum content. However, if your child is older and wants to take a camp listed in the next younger category, that is fine.

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Choose from 27 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Movie Making, Programming & Game Design!

To Check Availability, Click on REGISTER Button at Top of Page!

Weeks June 15-19 June 22-26 June 29-July 2 July 6-10 July 13-17 July 20-24 July 27-31 July 29- Aug-2 Aug 3-7
Gr.1-3      Location:  Vieja Valley School(VV)    Star * next to camp name indicate they are new this year.
Creative Works
Pirates Adventures
Animals on the Wild Side
*Great Masters of the World
*Art Potpourri II
Star Wars Galactic
Spectacular Superheroes
Enchanted Creatures
*Mini-Masters
Sew For Fun
*Stop Motion Movie Making
Culinary Arts/Food Science
Mini-Chef
Coding, Game Design, Programming
Programming with Dash/Dot
*Coding & Game Design
Video Game Maker
Beginning Minecraft Adventures
Jr. Minecraft Modding
Engineering & Robotics
Space Engineer
Jr. Robot Creator
*Jr. Robot Maker
*Young Robot Builder
Science
Secret Agent
Sea Adventures
Grossology
Young Scientist
Can You Dig It?
*Cosmic Adventures
*Jr. Meteorologist
Young Physician

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.

Creative Works (Art, Sewing, Movie Making)

Enchanted Creatures Camp – Gr. K-1
Cost: $270 /5day camp 
(9:00am-2:00pm)

Welcome boys and girls to our fantasy world of enchanting creatures like a Niffler, Elves, Fairies, Hobgoblin, Dragon, Narwal & Merpeople, Sea Serpents, Gnomes, Pixies, Will-o-wisp, and Unicorn! Projects include creating magical wands and good luck potions, sculpting clay creatures and creature houses; making goblin slime, painting, drawing, and dressing up as fantastic beasts. We will read stories, make masks, and use a variety of mixed media to create a magical world! LOTS of artsy fun, reading, and make-believe!

*NEW Mini-Masters – Gr. K-1
Cost: $270 /5day camp. (9:00am-2:00pm)

Discover our fun and playful art camp with whimsical animals, people and nature, still life, simple landscapes, and 3-D projects. Campers gain self-confidence as they learn to draw, paint, sculpt, and collage while using artist quality media! 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! Art Explorers guides young children in the transition from random scribbling to intentional drawing and helps them see how lines and shapes fit together to create recognizable forms.

Pirate Adventures Art Camp – Gr. 1-3
Cost $345/5 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 Art Camp- Gr. 1-3
Cost $345/5 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! Art Camp- Gr. 1-4
Cost: $345/5 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!

Spectacular Superheroes! Art Camp- Gr. 1-4
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Do you love superheroes and comic books? Do you imagine what it’s like to be in an Ironman suit, flying through Metropolis like Superman, or using the Lasso of Truth like Wonder Women? With this camp, we combine all of your favorite heroes (and villains!) into a week full of drawing, painting, sculpting, and more! Make a diorama of the Bat Cave, construct a glove with claws like Wolverine, paint a mask to keep your identity a secret, create magic weaponry, and even learn how to pencil and ink like professional comic book artists! Whether you’re an amazing avenger or an uncanny mutant, this camp is sure to be a lot of fun.

Great Masters of the World! – Gr. 2-5 
Cost: $345/5 day camp          

Design, draw, build, paint, construct, engineer and sculpt as you explore the great artists, designers and architects of the world while creating your own distinctive flair! Travel throughout time as you experiment with thick paints like Van Gogh, go wild with clay a la Pablo Picasso, design 3D Nevelson sculptures, experience first-hand the challenge of doing Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, discover the playful art of Matisse, and create the amazing works of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe. Learn design engineering skills to build architect Julia Morgan’s Hearst castle and imaginative fairground rides, construct a prototype flying machine like Leonardo da Vinci, create 3D abstract architectural designs, and fashion rescue bots via Robin Murphy. This camp offers hands-on projects while combining art, architecture and engineering!

Sew For Fun!Gr. 2-4
Cost: $365 5/day camp (includes $25 lab fee)

Campers will learn to translate an idea to a design on paper, sew by hand and on a machine under carefully managed sewing machine time. They will learn basic pattern making skills, safety skills and how to create patterns for their designs.  Once patterns are made campers will construct their designs using hand-sewing techniques and simple sewing machine stitches (straight and zig-zag). At the end of the week they will create a custom project from start to finish.  Examples of projects include: plush toy, tote bag, house shoes, apron, play cape and mask, pillowcase, and more! Sewing machines, fabric, and all sewing tools are provided. Students will take home their own personal sewing kit. Maximum of 10 students per camp.

*NEW Stop Motion Movie Making – Gr. 2-6
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Stop motion animation is an incredibly fun, hands-on way for kids to make amazing films and is a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move. The process of creating an animation includes research, script writing, voice acting, storyboarding, model making and painting. It gives children the opportunity to use their skills to be part of the storytelling process. Campers use a variety of materials and objects for their models such as clay, LEGO, Playmobile, and Minecraft figures and other everyday characters and materials

In this camp young filmmakers will learn the science of film and animation. Using ZU3D software and webcams, 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 learn to create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc and exploring narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, and environments. They 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 Stephen Spielberg, your young director won’t want to miss this camp!

A flash drive will be provided to take your movie home!

Art Potpourri II- Gr.3-6
Cost: $345/5 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!

Culinary Arts – Food Science

Mini-Chef – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $370/5 day camp (includes $25 lab fee)

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 and kitchen safety! With a focus on yummy, nutritious foods, campers will prepare healthy snacks and dishes, bake, cook, make finger-foods, blend smoothies, and discover low sugar desserts. We will explore the science behind cooking, test out experiments, learn how to set a table and clean-up, mix, measure, shake, and enjoy the taste of our own creations! On the last day of camp, our Mini-chefs take home their recipe cards for future cooking and invite parents to come eat goodies prepared just for them! 

Coding, Game Design & Programming

Programming with Dash & Dot – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Experience a whole different way of programming using “Dash & Dot” robots. 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 4 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-screenbased activities such as building and constructing models and learning about circuitry. Programming sequences, loops, conditions, variables, and events are all important Computer Science concepts that kids need to learn and we make it fun!

*NEW Code and Design Games- Gr. 1-3
Cost: $335/5 day camp

Campers discover 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. As campers create with Scratch and Codespark, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. They learn computer science sequences, loops, conditions, variable, and functions.

Video Game Maker with Multimedia Fusion – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $335 /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: $345 /5 day camp; $276 /4 day camp

Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test. If you are a beginner or have played before, this camp is for you and can be taken repeatedly! 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 in class use. Just come and learn the basics, as well as techniques and strategies of this great game!

If Campers wish to use their own Minecraft account, they must bring their login credentials with them. To purchase your own Minecraft™ account use this link:minecraft.net/store  Purchase a JAVA edition for desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95).

Jr. Minecraft Modding – Gr. 2-5
Cost $345/5 day
camp

This camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end of modding projects .
Required
: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in programming.
Did you know that MinecraftTM was built using JavaTM code? In this camp, campers will build their own Minecraft servers in Java.  If your camper aspires to be the greatest Minecraft warrior of all time, this camp is for them.  While building a variety of “games within the game” using a code editor that supports both drag-and-drop and text based programming in a single environment, campers will learn valuable real world programming skills.  This camp is a brilliant way for kids to explore their creativity through real computing and have a blast sharing their mods with their friends in and out of camp! When this camp is taken repeatedly, kids are challenged to progress from drag-and-drop to text based programming, gradually stripping away the graphical support in phases to reveal and use the raw code underneath, using a trial-and-error approach.

NO Minecraft or Modding accounts are needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for in class use. 

HOWEVER, campers may use their own Minecraft account if they bring their login credentials with them. Otherwise we will provide Minecraft and Modding accounts for in-class use. To purchase your own Minecraft™ account use this link: minecraft.net/store  Purchase a JAVA edition for desktop version of Minecraft™ ($26.95.

Engineering, Robotics & Technology

Jr. Robot Creator – Gr. 1-3
Cost $335/5 day camp

Entry-level robotics and programming. Using LEGO® WeDo™, our young creators build snapping alligators, race cars, talking birds, spinning robots with Lego bricks, and program their creations with visual drag-and-drop software. They create fun Pokémon or animal-themed computer games and develop stories with backgrounds, characters and interaction, while learning coding fundamentals such as loops and variables. Throughout the week, campers make creatures that move, discover how to use sensors and motors, and when ready, create more advanced building and programming projects, such as a Ferris wheel, Carousel, or X-wing Fighter. 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. Join us on Parent Day to discover what campers have created!
You can take Jr. Robot Creator and Jr. Robot Maker in any order…different projects and programs!

*NEW Jr. Robot Maker – Gr 1-3
Cost $335/5 day camp  

Entry-level robotics and programming. Using LEGO® WeDo2™, our young creators build Milo the rover, a spy robot, musical instrument, glowing snail, dancing robot, moving satellite and a grabbing object tool with Lego bricks, and program their creations with visual drag-and-drop software. They create fun animal-themed computer games and develop stories with backgrounds, characters and interaction, while learning coding fundamentals such as loops and variables. Throughout the week, campers make robots that move, discover how to use sensors and motors, and when ready, create more advanced building and programming projects, such as a hazard alarm, Spyrograph, racing car or launcher, design a device for drop and rescue, and challenge other bots to a Sumo wrestle! Campers are encouraged to think critically about how their robot design can be changed and projects motivate students to collaborate, build, problem-solve and explore all while deepening their STEAM learning. Join us on Parent Day to discover what campers have created! You can take Jr. Robot Creator and Jr. Robot Maker in any order…different projects and programs!

Space Engineer – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $335/5 day camp

Campers will learn about aerospace engineering in a hands-on, real-world context. They will join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS), explore the work NASA scientists and engineers do, and learn about the Earth, Moon, stars and planets. With Lego WeDo bricks and the engineering design process, campers build robots and rovers used in outer space, as they learn about propulsion, friction, force, and gravity, and the Mars rover Curiosity which landed on Mars in 2012. Throughout the week, they will engineer simple machines and build and launch two Estes Rockets while discovering the physics of Space Travel. Make way for the final frontier… this is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

Projects include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects.

*NEW Young Robot Builder – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $365/5-day camp (includes $40 lab fee )

Do you know how robots actually work?  In this camp, you will discover the mechanics of how robotic machines work and move. Using snap circuit technology, build your own remote controlled “Mars -like” RC Rover which can perform up to 23 activities and explore the world with you! Learn the physics behind conductivity and circuitry and the principles that allow robots to function with Makey Makey. Design complete electrical circuits with unexpected items – like playdough, bananas, or liquids and explore the science behind this phenomenon! Using K’NEX Exploring Machines, create simple machines and discover how they are incorporated into more complex machines. Wrap up the week by designing your own Roll-A-Robot project! This camp is packed with engineering concepts, fun and excitement! Campers take home the Mars RC Rover and Roll-a-Robot project created in camp.

Science

Sea Adventures – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Arrrrrrrg! Welcome Me Hearties! Dive into our hands-on ocean adventure as we explore the many facets of marine biology! Sea Adventures will explore the crystal blue oceans studying the structure of our oceans, marine life, and environmental issues. In addition to our oceanography experiments and activities, no sea adventure would be complete without some pirate escapades in search of gold, gems, and of course, some buried treasure or learning the skill of orienteering with a compass as your guide.

Sample Projects:
The Ocean Zone Discovery Model, Map Making, Knot Tying, Ocean Wave Bottle, Shark Tooth Necklace, Urchin Wind Chime, Shark Survey and Orienteering just to name a few. An exciting week with lots of make and take projects!

Grossology! – Gr. 1-3
Cost $345/5 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!

*NEW Cosmic Adventures  – Gr. 1-4
Cost $345/5 day camp

Do you have a young astronomer 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 constellation Geoboard, construct a telescope, learn about white holes and black holes, 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, build a sun dial and design a UV bracelet! Campers learn about astronomy: stars, planets, galaxies, and about astrophysics: how all these heavenly bodies work. We will even introduce you to apps for stargazing on an iPad or phone! Combining technology and fun activities, your child will be talking about this camp for a long time!

Can You Dig it? – Gr. 1-3
Cost $345/5 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 or examine paintings on the walls of caves. 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, create a cave painting, learn about mummies, Egyptian pyramids and the ancient Anasazi’s, 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.

*NEW Jr. Meteorologist – Gr. 1-3
Cost $345/5 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, Jr. Meteorologist will be on the 6 o’clock news doing the weather! In addition: Campers will end the week demonstrating the three states of matter by making and eating some delicious ice cream. Throughout the week they will take home projects that include: sun prints, UV beads, a wind vane, anemometer, and a very cool rain stick! 

Young Physician – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345/5-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.

Young Scientist – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345
/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.

Secret Agent– Gr. 2-5   
Cost: $345/5 day camp

Everybody loves a good mystery. Mysteries can take us out of ourselves and lead us to explore the far reaches of our imagination. But mysteries don’t just happen in books or movies, “Who Dunnit” investigations happen in real life as well. Our young detectives will collect evidence and facts to find the culprit of a devious plot.Through hands-on projects, we will learn about forensic science and how detectives and forensic scientists use science and critical thinking to do their job. We will search for clues, collect and analyze evidence, draw reasonable conclusions and leave no stone unturned! In no time at all, you will be thinking like a detective.

Sample Projects include: spy decoder and missions, maze obstacle course, footprints, invisible ink, DNA, special agent badges and disguises, fingerprinting, and lots more!

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