Teens Gr. 6-8: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
2020 Teen Summer STEAM Camps
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 6th-8th graders.
Camp Location: Vieja Valley School, 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara.
Hours of Camp: 9:00am-3:30pm. Before Care 8:00am & After Care 3:30-5:00pm. No aftercare on Fridays. Before care $20p/wk (4 days) and $32 aftercare per week (4 days).
Note: Camps on this page are for teens entering 6th-8th grade. Our TEEN CAMPS allow young people the opportunity to have their own age group community and advanced camp programming.
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.
Choose From 28 Different Camps in Art, Engineering, Science, Robotics, Culinary Arts, Sewing, Technology, Programming & Movie Making:
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. 6-8: Vieja Valley (VV) Star * next to camp name indicate they are new this year.
|2D Art & Design|
|3D Art & Design|
|*Creating Stories & Comics|
|All Things (Harry Potter) Magical|
|*Couturier: Artist or Engineer?|
|Manga Maker Comics|
|Culinary Arts/Food Science|
|Teen Chefs Cook|
|Programming & Gaming|
|*Prog. w/ Python & Java|
|*My Girl Codes|
|RPG Game Maker|
|Sr. Minecraft Modding|
|Engineering & Technology|
|Masters Engineering & Tech|
|*Imagine the Future|
|ULTIMATE Escape Room I|
|ULTIMATE Escape Room II|
|Advanced Emergency Vet|
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, Design, Sewing, Comics, Entrepreneurship)
3D Art & Design – Gr. 6-8
Cost: $345 5/day camp
Do you like to think outside the box? This camp is a young designers dream come true! With an emphasis on the creative process and design thinking, campers will learn about form, structure, the elements of design and three-dimensional concepts as they construct their own 3D original products. Not only do campers immerse in art, but they learn about art careers and product design. Stretch your imagination and join us in this creative workshop environment!
- Develop your concept and sketch your design
- Explore sculptural forms with recycled or repurposed materials, clay, wire, metal and other building materials
- Imagine and define a product line for a company of your choice
- Learn basic skills and creative aspects of hand-building with clay
- Create with fibers and 3D soft construction
- Re-envision the use of found objects and create something new for future use
- Discover how design affects all products
2D Art & Design – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345 5/day camp
Want something unique? You won’t find this art camp anywhere else! No experience required other than creative energy, love of art, and a willingness to stretch your imagination. Campers will try out abstract figure drawing, water-color layering, plein air and expressionist painting, graffiti street art, printmaking with jelly plates, multi-media collage, and more. Explore your own personal expression through design thinking, learn brush and other tool techniques, and work with different media such as graphite, ink, charcoal, conte’, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Discover the power of color and how color works together, create collage using different materials and form, and experiment by combining different mediums and approaches to create your own unique art.
*NEW Couturier: Artist or Engineer? – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $365 5/day camp (includes $30 lab fee)
BOTH…sewing is design thinking at its finest! Our young couturiers will learn to translate an idea to a design on paper, sew by hand and on a machine as they convert 2D ideas to 3D projects. As they draft patterns, construct with different fabrics and leather, and learn sewing techniques, campers will also increase their math, spatial cognition, and engineering skills. Using hand-sewing techniques and various sewing machine stitches, campers create custom projects throughout the week: beanie, tunic, costume, house shoes, Chef’s Apron, tote bag, oven mitt, zipper bag, pillow with applique and more! Sewing machines, fabric, and all sewing tools are provided. Our young couturiers will take home their fashion creations and their sewing kit! Maximum of 10 students per camp.
*NEW Creating Stories Through Comics – 2 week camp! Gr. 6-8
Cost: $695 10/day camp
Love story telling, writing, and computers? Then creating your own comics is perfect for you! This extended camp program will teach you to use the comic book software, Clip Studio Paint Pro, and to create your own unique stories and situations in digital format. This software works for those just learning to draw as well as for those who consider themselves artists. Throughout the 2 weeks, you will create stories full of action and suspense by building a story arc with a beginning, middle, and end, and explore narrative elements, such as point of view, character expressions, and environments. With Clip Studio Paint Pro, you learn to use illustration tools, character and location templates including 3D models that you can pose and then draw over, as well as, create page layouts, characters and scenes from the inbuilt library with minimal drawing. Even beginners can jump right in and create their story! But if preferred, you may choose to use the large range of drawing tools which give a lot of creative control to produce character and background exactly the way you have visualized them. It even allows you to create your own brushes if you want a different stroke from the provided ones or import your own art work. The script tools in this program allow you to insert word balloons and choose various fonts to match your story. At the end of two weeks, you will have a tale to show and tell!
Manga Maker Comics – Gr. 5-8
Cost $345 5/day camp8
Make your own high-quality comics and manga using ComiPo manga software! Campers can easily create their own unique stories and situations using the library of 3D character models! Throughout the week, you will also learn real world Manga drawing techniques and look at examples of Japanese manga. 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, and environments. Once you have learned the basics, you will have the opportunity to expand your creativity level and teamwork skills by developing a group comic series. With over 100 unique body poses and facial expressions to choose from, along with many background images, items, sound effects, word balloons… you have everything needed to make a visually impressive and professional looking comic come to life. You will learn about:
- Developing a story line
- Drawing manga characters
- Posing 3D character models and camera angles
- Creating Background Images
- Using Comic Marks and Sound Effects
- Customizing Your 3D Character
- Working as a team to develop ideas and create a group comic to address world issues such as environment, social justice, etc.
EXTREME Art! – Gr. 6-8
Cost: $345 5/day camp
Take art to a new level! Whether you are an accomplished young artist or someone who thinks they can’t do any art, we promise you are in for a hands-on 3D fun experience with wood burning, tie-dyeing, drawing, printmaking, weaving, sewing, and clay sculpting that is truly EXTREME! Use charcoal to draw on aqua-board creating unique mixed media designs. Learn to use a special pyrography (wood burning) tool to “draw” designs, patterns and texture into wood and dried gourds. The ancient Greeks called it “writing with fire”. After the design is burned in, shading and coloring can be added. Discover the art of printmaking, how to carve linoleum blocks into stamps, create a masterpiece using natural items, and a collagraph abstract print. Dye fibers using natural indigo and tie-die a t-shirt to the EXTREME! Design and sew your own creature and sculpt 3D projects with clay. Create faux vase using a heat embossing tool and weave your own tapestry with card or hand looms from simple to complex. So much to experience…too little time!
All Things (Harry Potter) Magical & Mystical – Gr. 6-8
Cost: $345 5/day camp
The legend lives on and we will celebrate Harry’s birthday this week! Let your imagination run wild, from hippogriffs, dragons, house elves, basilisk, and owls, to sorting hats, dementors, potions, spells…and all things magical, come join us for the time of your life! Search for Horcruxes throughout the week, team up for our Harry Potter Trivia Game, and design a broom. Paint Hogwarts castle, sculpt Dobby or Kreacher house elf, draw mythical creatures, make a Marauder’s map, brew up Butter Beer, create your own wand and Death Eater’s mask, Patronus, chocolate frogs, and lots, lots more! Bring your favorite HP book(s) to camp to freshen up on spells, characters, and discuss analogies to the muggle world today. So much magic to do in only one week!
REQUIREMENT: READ THE BOOKS!!
Culinary Arts & Food Science
Teen Chefs Cook! – Gr. 6-9 (1 time only) July 4thweek
Cost: $320 ($275/4 day camp + $45 lab fee)
Put on your Chef’s apron and work collaboratively in small teams to create entrées, soups, vegetable dishes, and low sugar desserts of your choosing from scratch using local organic ingredients. Teams will research recipes, plan what they will cook, prepare a shopping list, determine food costs, cook their recipes, and learn to “plate” food for beautiful effects. Teams learn cooking safety, organization techniques, and clean-up skills. To add to the fun, foods produced from each team will be rated with a check-list for taste, healthy ingredients, cost and presentation. Everyone gets to vote! Take home leftovers to show off your skills and all the recipes to try out more at home. On the last day of camp, parents come to eat goodies prepared just for them!
Foodie Camp – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $390 ($345/5 day camp plus $45 Lab Fee)
Are you a food lover, someone who is interested in food adventures, making dishes from scratch and using organic ingredients from local farms? Then prepare for the unusual, Foodie Camp is the perfect experience for any kid who loves to eat, wants to try different foods, and discover essential cooking techniques! Our “foodie” recipes teach aspiring young chefs to follow a recipe, cook, bake, sauté, stir-fry, make baguettes, soufflés, crepes, and decadent desserts, create a classic French roux for many uses, and discover vegetables they did not know they liked! For extra fun, campers will learn the art of pickling and preserving, what to do with lots of lemons, the intricacies of how “chocolate” is made, and how to “churn” butter. Using local organic ingredients, we will make healthy entrees, vegetable & salad dishes, and lower sugar desserts from scratch. Throughout the week, campers will sip freshly made ginger root tea as they discover the art of cooking, learn kitchen safety and clean-up skills. Campers take home their recipe cards. On the last day of camp, parents come to eat goodies prepared just for them! Older and younger students are placed in respective age groups.
Bakers Delight – Gr. 4-8
Cost: $380/5 day camp ($345/5 day camp plus $35 Lab Fee)
The best smell is bread, the best savor is salt, the best ingredients are fresh! What better way to celebrate summer than to bake wonderful goodies from scratch using fresh ingredients! From traditional dinner rolls to protein packed savory cottage cheese dill bread, whole wheat cinnamon rolls, and sweet potato biscuits, your child will learn the simplicity of making fresh bread. Add to that, savory empanadas and quiche muffins, fruit scones, turnovers, popovers, and cupcakes. Next we discover how to create basic white and yellow cake, make flaky pie crusts, and last but not least decadent fudge brownies! Is there more, you say? Oh yes, we will sip fresh ginger root tea as we finish the week off baking summertime fruit cobbler! Throughout the week, campers discover the art of baking and learn kitchen safety and clean-up skills. Your child will go home with their recipes planning to be the next great baker! On the last day of camp, parents come to eat goodies prepared just for them! Older and younger students are placed in respective age groups.
Engineering, Robotics & Technology
Mechatronics – Gr. 6-8
Cost: $345/5 day camp
Using Lego Mindstorms EV3, design, create, build, tinker, test, and refine a variety of robots, machines and engineering projects. Campers build and program robots designed to perform endless challenges such as a Self-Driving Car, Sound Machine, Spirograph, Catapult, SumoBots, and other challenges. Learn the basics of design and engineering concepts while constructing mazes, soccer games, and other fun projects. Campers will also construct and take home the Super Solar Recycler Tin Can Robot. Throughout the week, they progress through a set of challenges and projects that fully integrate science, technology, engineering, and programming, while prompting creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork. They learn to program and code sequences, loops, parallelism, events, conditionals, operators, data, all important concepts in computer science. So much creative, analytical, and mind-bending fun!
*NEW Robot, Gadget, & Gizmo Builder – Gr. 4-7
Cost: $365 (includes $30.00 lab fee)
In this camp, boys and girls will learn the concepts of robot and mechanical design technology through robot building and assembly, soldering circuits, and constructing gadgets and gizmos. The skills learned such as crafting, wiring, mechanical assembly, soldering, and problem solving will allow campers to go on to more sophisticated robot creation.
- Construct the loveable 893, an infrared sensor detecting, obstacle exploring robot and learn the mechanics of how it moves. KIKO.893 has two pre-programmed modes (Follow-me and Explore) and scans its surroundings by using AI (artificial intelligence), I/R (infrared sensor), and six legs which allow it to turn 360 degrees and seamlessly complete obstacles. It loyally follows any object that approaches it and won’t stop until switched back into explore mode! Kiko.893 goes home with each camper as their BFF! On Friday, campers will display and present their robots at Family Open House.
- Create wearables with fashion soft circuits and wire welding
- Learn to solder the LED Robot Blinker
- Design independent electronic projects with Cubelets and “lil Bits
Both Kiko.893 and wearables go home with campers!
Scibot (Humanoid Robotics) – Gr. 6-8
Cost $415 5/day camp ($345 + $70 lab fee)
Campers will work with the biomorphic robot Robosapien. Robosapien™ is a sophisticated fusion of technology and personality. Loaded with attitude and intelligence, Robosapien is the first robot based on the science of applied biomorphic robotics. With a full range of dynamic motion, interactive sensors and a unique personality, Robosapien is more than a mechanical companion — he’s a multi-functional, thinking, feeling robot with attitude! Campers will learn programming and hacking basics and even turn their Robosapien into a Ninja Bot! Campers will also build from scratch our Vibrobot soldering project and construct a bot using a toothbrush. While not required, you may consider taking Camp Robot Mechanic prior to this camp. Each camper will take home his or her own exciting Robosapien Humanoid.
Masters of Engineering & Technology – Gr. 6-8
Cost $335 5/day camp
All in one camp…learn about aerospace, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering! Campers will design, experiment and problem solve with computer software and hands-on projects, as they are immersed in the following programs:
- Kerbal Space Program – learn a digital simulation game demonstrating the science and technology concepts of space flight (aerospace and software engineering)
- Estes Rocketry – build and launch the Astroid Hunter rocket (aerospace engineering)
- West Point Bridge Builder – design and create an actual software and balsawood bridge and test design (civil and mechanical engineering).
- littleBits – use modular electronics that snap together to build an energy meter, satellite dish, Mars Rover and LED Throwie (electrical engineering)
- Solder a Space Vaporizer Sound Machine
Game Design & Programming
Cost $345/ 5 day camp
*NEW My Girl Codes – Gr. 5-8
Cost $345 5/day camp
*NEW Meet Cue: Applied Robotics – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345 5/day camp
RPG Game Maker – Gr. 6-8
Cost: $335/5 day camp
Our RPG Maker camp shows campers how to create their very own epic role-playing game in the classic 2D game style like Zelda, Pokemon, Final Fanasy, and Dragon Quest! Create your fantasy adventure with playable zones and maps, develop characters with interactions and dialogue to fill your world, create allies and implement enemy encounters…all to achieve your ultimate quest! RPG Maker focuses on developing a story and creative worlds instead of mechanics and game physics, so that campers jump into creating their adventure immediately. Campers learn what RPG is, the history of RPG, all the basics, the character, and all aspects of the game. Make your role-playing games come to life! We use RPG Maker VXAce which features:
- A drag-drop interface
- Library of characters
- Tile-based environments
- Enhanced map editor
- Built-in character generator with custom sprites and faces
- Custom items and weapons
- Full inventory of weapons and armor
Once you have finished your world you can export your game to a portable EXE file that can be played on any Windows system. You can share it with your friends, your family, or even the Internet.
Sr. Minecraft Modding – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345 5/day camp
This camp can be taken repeatedly! Kids NEVER reach the end of modding projects. Requirement: Experienced with Minecraft and interested in coding. Programming is power! Get a head start in life by developing invaluable coding skills with Minecraft. Our camp will teach you to use JavaTM code to control your own MinecraftTM server, build mods and design your own ‘games within the game’. This camp provides a foundation in fundamental concepts like algorithms, data types, variables and loops. Coders become digital creators with real world skills that are transferable to the next phase of their programming development. They will learn to apply raw code using a trial and error approach with graphical support when needed, an approach which is central to STEM subjects. The unique code editor allows campers to learn at their own pace while participating in a group setting. Campers can share their mods with their friends in and out of camp! When this camp is taken multiple times, campers pick up where they left off and are challenged to write more complex code and build more mods.
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.
*NEW ROBLOX Game Design and Modding – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345 5/day camp
Become a coding Ninja! Learn to make your own Roblox games first using drag and drop programming. Then learn to write real Lua code to create more advanced games and 3D worlds. Publish, share and play online with friends and the world on any platform from console to mobile. Coding for curious minds!
NO ROBLOX or Modding accounts are needed for THIS CAMP as we have licenses ready for in class use.
*NEW Imagine the Future! Gr.6-8
Cost $345/5day camp
Would you like to design a vertical farm, prevent run-off pollution from entering our waterways, and discover how plastics can be made from plants? Then join us for a fun, hands-on-learning experience in agricultural, environmentaland chemical engineering while solving a variety of real-world cases! This camp will explore problems like food scarcity related to population growth, how rivers, lakes, and oceans become polluted when rainwater can’t soak through pavement in cities, and the millions of tons of non-biodegradable plastics that are in our landfills and ocean. As an agricultural engineering team, campers build a model vertical farm as a potential solution to current food production limitations. Vertical farms are still a new concept with only a few prototype examples worldwide, so campers get the chance to imagine what the future could bring. Then as environmental engineers, campers redesign a model city and experiment with different technologies that can control polluted stormwater runoff and help clean our rivers, lakes and oceans. And finally, we use chemical engineering skills to develop bioplastics—plastics made from plant-based materials—as a potential solution to current plastic problems. This camp teaches an inquiry-based design process and guides students through problem solving as they work through open-ended problems creatively!
*NEW Bio-Medical Engineer – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345/5 day camp
Would you like to design a prosthetic limb, fight the next virus pandemic or learn how helmets keep our brains from turning to mashed Jello? Then join us for a fun, hands-on-learning experience in biology, medicine and engineering while solving a variety of medical cases. As an engineering medical team, campers prepare for the outbreak of a highly contagious disease and plan their pandemic response by creating an antiviral to stop the unknown virus. Then as biomechanical engineers, campers discover how a prosthetic or artificial limb works as they design a model leg for an elephant, beak for an eagle and a prosthetic device for a fish. And finally, they create a helmet design for a crash-test dummy and discover how it works to protect the brain when skating, biking, boarding or playing ball. This camp teaches an inquiry-based design process and guides students through problem solving as they work through open-ended problems creatively!
ULTIMATE Escape Room I & II – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345/5 day camp
Can’t get enough of mysteries, twists and turns, problems to solve, and Who Dunnits, then join us for the ULTIMATE Escape Room camp! These unique games are a thrilling way to encourage critical thinking and collaboration! Campers must use their team spirit, creativity, and powers of deduction to crack codes, solve puzzles, collect objects, and earn their freedom bit by bit. Modeled after the increasingly popular “Escape Rooms” around the country, in which players join forces to solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to escape from a locked room.
Advanced CSI Investigator – Gr. 6-8
Cost $345/5 day camp
This camp is guaranteed to enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills! Elementary, My Dear Watson! Just like Sherlock Holmes, our forensic CSI campers will delve into and attempt to solve a real crime case dating back to 1842! They will gather and analyze evidence for a number of fictitious crime scenes, use luminal and UV light to detect the presence of blood when the crime scene has been “cleaned”, complete a blood splatter analysis, take crime scene photographs, and complete a drug and poison analysis. To add to the intrigue, CSI campers play out the role of investigators, witnesses and suspects as they work together to solve this crime. Using composite picture software, they recreate their own face or others and learn how Americans Most Wanted uses software to generate faces of suspects and victims. Discover how CSI’s use their entomology skills to determine time of death and how crime scene search patterns are used.
Campers MUST bring an inexpensive digital camera to camp.
Advanced Emergency Vet Tech – Gr. 5-8
Cost $345/5 day camp
In this camp, your young Veterinarian will delve further into animal diseases and emergency conditions, perform a mammal heart dissection, investigate animal dentistry and skin conditions, learn how to give an injection to an orange, recognize stress and pain in animals, and perform a rat dissection and neutering procedure.
Campers will practice suturing on a suture glove, examine abnormal blood slides under a microscope, discover what causes a horse to “founder” or an animal to “bloat”, learn about parasites, and understand the types of broken bones and how to set them. This camp takes Veterinary Medicine to the next level!
Crazy for Chemistry – Gr. 6-8Th
Cost $345/5 day camp
Campers spend the week conducting more than 25 fascinating and fun chemistry experiments. Emphasis is on safety, chemistry history, proper use of chemistry lab equipment, and an introductory understanding of chemical symbols and reactions. This camp is a great way to prepare for high school and even college chemistry. Experiments include: metal flame tests, paper chromatography races, fluorescent polymer slime production, litmus indicator solutions, electricity in a test tube, a boat that runs on soap, and many more!