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

2018 Summer STEAM Camps – Grades 1-3

Registrations are for ENTERING 1st-3rd graders.

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Camp Locations:

  • Vieja Valley School, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara.
  • Art Explorers Studio, 5370 Hollister Ave, Ste. 2, Santa Barbara (Patterson exit off 101)

Hours of Camp: 9:00am-3:30. Before & after care available. No aftercare on Fridays.

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

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.

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Choose from 24 Different Camps Below in Science, Art, Engineering, Robotics, Movie Making, Programming & Game Design!

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June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 2-6 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug3 August 6-10
Gr.1-3      Locations:  Vieja Valley School(VV) and Art Explorers Studio (AES)
Animals Wild Side VV
Spectacular Superheroes  VV VV
Art Potpourri VV  VV
Pirates of Caribbean  VV VV
Star Wars Galactic  VV  VV
Sew For Fun  AES  AES
Culinary Arts/Food Science
Mini-Chef VV VV VV
Game Design
Beginning Minecraft Adventures VV  VV VV
Minecraft Supreme VV VV VV  VV
Video Game Maker VV  VV
Movie Making
Stop Motion Explosion  VV VV
Pokemon Stop Motion  VV VV VV
Programming with Scratch VV VV
Programming with Dash/Dot VV VV
Engineering & Robotics
Young Robot Mechanic VV  VV
Space Engineer VV VV
Jr. Robot Creator I  VV
Jr. Robot Creator II VV VV
Young Physician VV  VV
Jr. Meteorologist VV  VV
Grossology  VV VV
Young Scientist VV  VV
Can You Dig It?  VV VV
Experience the Cosmo VV  VV

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.


Art Potpourri – Gr.1-6
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 Spectacular Superheroes – Gr. 3-6
Cost $310/5 day camp

It’s a bird! it’s a plane! It’s an artist?! Do you have a love of 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 art 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.

*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 – Gr. 1-6
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!

Sew For Fun!Gr. 3-6
Cost: $340 5/day camp

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 8 students per camp.

Culinary Arts – Food Science

Mini-Chef – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345/5 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

Beginning Minecraft Adventures – Gr. 2-4
Cost: $305 /5 day camp; $244 /4 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 techniques and strategies of this great game!

Minecraft Supreme – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $305 /5 day camp; $244 /4 day camp

This camp is for both the novice and experienced camper who have been playing Minecraft.
Minecraft™ has taken the world by storm with its block-building, digital game design that allows players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive. With no set rules, you can build anything you can possibly imagine. During this week’s adventure, campers will learn different modes of playing. They will use cool mods as they escape monsters, build amazing structures, create maps, mine the world under their feet, climb the tallest mountains, and utilize robotic “turtles” to manipulate the vast world around them. They will learn real coding techniques to program their turtles to accomplish tasks while working as a team with other campers to unleash their creativity! Campers take on the real-world jobs of programmer, game designer, artist, and architect.

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!

Video Game Maker with Multimedia Fusion – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $305 /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.

Jr. Minecraft Modding – Gr. 3-6
Cost $310/5 day

This camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end of modding projects .
: 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.

Engineering & Robotics

Jr. Robot Creator I – Gr. 1-3
Cost $310/5 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. For added fun, campers build and take home their choice of a Lego Brickheadz construction character from Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Justice League, or Batman! Join us on Parent Day to discover what campers have created!

*NEW Jr. Robot Creator II – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $310/5-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 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. For added fun, campers build and take home their choice of a Lego Brickheadz construction character from Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Justice League, or Batman!

Space Engineer – Gr. 1-4
Cost: $315/5 day camp

Using LEGO® bricks, campers will design and build structures and space vehicles for living on far away planets. Space Engineer includes instruction on the Earth, Moon, stars, and planets as well as the scientific topics of force, friction, simple machines, and gravity. Projects include: a rotating satellite, space buggy, a stunning spaceship, terrestrial homes that can withstand alien atmospheres and a host of other exciting projects. To navigate the planets, campers will build their own robot, Captain Roam-E-O who loves to explore and is an all-terrain solar vehicle, equipped with 6-wheel mechanical suspension and 4-wheel drive system. Campers will join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to learn about propulsion, friction and more. Campers will build and launch two Estes Rockets as they learn about the physics of Space Travel. CAPTAIN ROAM-E-O with its planetary gear transmission system and adjustable robotic arms gets to go home with each camper for lots more fun. This is a camp your child won’t want to miss!

Young Robot Mechanic – Gr. 1-3
Cost: $345/5-day camp

Do you know how robots actually work?  In this camp, you will learn the mechanics of how robotic machines work and move. Campers are introduced to six simple machines and how they are incorporated into more complex machines. They learn about circuits and power sources as they build our radio-controlled “Mars-like” RC Rover robot and perform up to 23 experiments and activities!  Campers will have fun constructing, observing, and experimenting with our Super Solar Recycler Robot which includes a Walking Robot, Bottle Yacht, Street Roller, Flying Bird, Drummer and CD-Racer!  This camp is packed with engineering concepts, robot technology, fun and excitement! Campers take home the 2 robot machines they build for hours of fun at the end of camp.

Movie Making

Stop Motion Explosion – Gr. 1-3
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!

Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!

Pokémon & Stop Motion – Gr. 2-6
Cost $310/5 day camp

Welcome Trainers! Do you love the world of Pokémon and animation? Learn to draw, paint, and create your favorite Pokémon characters, sculpt them to life from clay, and even sew an adorable plushie! During the week, you will also make your own Pokémon film, combining art & technology for aspiring artists and movie makers. 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. For extra fun, we encourage you to bring your own Pokémon cards and battle with other trainers at break or lunch times. This camp is up to date to include the latest Pokémon from the Alola region. With new projects, new characters, and new fun in store, this camp is perfect for all Pokémon masters!

Requirements: Bring 4g flash drive to camp to take your movie home!


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!

Programming with Scratch – Gr. 3-6
Cost: $305/5 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 Jr. Meteorologist – Gr. 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.

*NEW Grossology! – Gr. 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!

Experience the Cosmos  – Gr. 2-5
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. 2-5
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.

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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