Summer Camps @ The Tech
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One of the Bay Area’s most prominent technology institutions wanted to create a summer camp to ignite young innovators. So they called us.

We work closely with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to design their curricula and operate their summer camps. For a slightly different spin on the Galileo experience, check out our flourishing collaboration:


Summer Camps @ The Tech

Entering 4th to 8th grades

Summer Camps @ The Tech Museum of Innovation offer both part- and full-day weeklong classes exploring everything from engineering and programming to medicine and cooking. Design your day just the way you like it—one class or two classes, extended care in the morning or afternoon, lunch—our accommodating schedule and wide range of classes make the possibilities (almost) endless (for entering 4th to 8th graders).

Learn more about our classes below or visit the Summer Camps @ The Tech web site or sign-up today.

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Science

Chem Lab Creations

(New for 2015)
Unleash your secret mad scientist and inner artist. Head to the lab to experiment with chemical compounds and solutions as you transform scientific reactions into surreal, strange, and beautiful creations.

CSI: The Tech

(formerly Forensic Science)
Get inside the mind of a crime scene investigator as you use lab equipment to analyze samples and track traces of evidence. You have a week to case the crime scene, uncover clues, and use your powers of deduction to solve a twisty mystery at The Tech.

Kitchen Chemistry

Whip up a batch of delectable reactions as you explore the chemistry of cooking and baking. Learn how ingredients interact, balance formulas, and discover the culinary composition of your favorite foods and sweets.
[Allergy warning: Please contact customer service before enrolling if your child has food allergies.]

Junior M.D.

Take your first steps toward a career in medicine as you make your rounds at The Tech Med School. Learn the basics of anatomy and physiology, take on real-life case studies, make practical diagnoses, dive into dissections, and graduate with flying colors.

M.D. Masters: Biotech*+

(New for 2015)
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Learn how physicians use biotechnology to quantify bodily systems and combat injury and illness in this full-day class. Explore the limitless future of medicine as you tackle hands-on projects in wearables, genome-editing, and bio-engineering.

Molecular Gastronomy

(New for 2015)
Solid beverages, jelly fruit, veggie bubbles — it’s time to play with your food. Use the principles and tools of chemistry, physics, and biology to alter the properties of food and present them in weird and wacky ways.
[Allergy warning: Please contact customer service before enrolling if your child has food allergies.]

 

Technology

3-D Game Design*

(formerly 3-D Game Builder)
Grades 4 – 6 only

Jump into 3-D game design using the visual programming tool Kodu to design and mold terrain, set camera angles, adjust lighting, populate objects, and program behaviors. Combine these skills to create an original platforming, racing, or storytelling game within a 3-D world.

3-D Game Design Masters*+

(formerly 3-D Game Design)
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class

Level up your 3-D game design using the latest version of Unreal Engine in this intensive, full-day class. Manipulate a 3-D workspace, script events and triggers, then assemble your assets to create a thrilling 3-D action adventure.

Computer Programming*

Learn the basics of programming from the ground up. Use Scratch and Code.org to unravel the mysteries of variables, loops, and conditional statements, then design your own interactive games and graphics.

Computer Programming Masters*+

Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Take your programming skills to the next level with this full-day coding experience. Learn universal coding concepts within Java programming environments, such as data structures, algorithms, and run-time complexity as you write code to solve real-world problems.

DIY Virtual Reality*

(New for 2015)
Plug into a reality of your own design. Build a Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer from tools and scraps you can find in your garage, then use an experimental VR toolkit to design your own immersive, interactive worlds on a mobile device.

Mobile App Creation*

Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Find out what it takes to become a registered developer and design apps for Android mobile devices in this full-day class. Use Corona SDK and the Lua programming language as you learn the top-to-bottom process of making a practical app for real-world use .

Mobile Game Design*

Discover what makes a game fun as you design your own gaming app that takes advantage of touchscreens, gyroscopes, and other exclusive features of mobile devices. Walk away from camp with a custom game you can play on your own smartphones and tablets.

 

Engineering and Tinkering

Arduino-Bots*

(New for 2015)
Get wired into the maker movement with Arduino boards. Explore electronic prototyping as you learn to program microcontrollers that power gadgets and devices, such as small self-driving vehicles or artificial intelligence robots.

Circuits and Electronics*

Get inside your gadgets by learning the circuit theory that makes them work. Start with snap-together circuits and batteries, then move on to conductive materials, motors, and lights to create an original product you can use at home. (Also offered: Circuits and Electronics: Girls Only)

Coasters and Contraptions

Launch yourself into the thrilling world of physics as you uncover the twists and tricks behind roller coasters and Rube Goldberg machines. Use structural engineering to innovate, tinker, and set off a complex chain reaction of chaos and fun.

Inventor’s Workshop

Let your imagination take the lead in the ultimate design challenge. Dream up and design your ideas, then work with a team to combine creative materials and repurposed devices to prototype ingenious new inventions.

Lego Robotics*

Command your own Lego-powered robot. Use Technic pieces for building and Mindstorm EV3 software for programming as you teach it to retrieve objects and battle other bots. (Also offered: Lego Robotics: Girls Only)

Lego Robotics Masters*+

Full-day class
This full-day class is the ultimate in Lego Robotics. With more advanced hardware and in-depth challenges, you’ll create robots that can tackle any authentic scenario, from household chores to FBI missions.

 

Arts and Design

3-D Animation*

(New for 2015)
Full-day class
Bring your wildest imaginary characters, environments, and special effects to life in this full-day class. Using state-of-the-art animation software Blender and Autodesk®'s Maya 3D, create 3-D rendered models to star in your own films, video games, or graphic designs.

Design Hackers

(formerly Industrial Redesign)
Innovate clever solutions for tricky problems at the intersection of form and function. Learn the basics of industrial design and structural engineering, then get building in our design studio as you research everyday products and optimize them for better use.

Digital Filmmaking*

Turn your Hollywood vision into reality as you and your production team use iMovie to make all the pieces of your movie masterpiece — script, direction, lighting, sound, editing, green screen, special effects, and more — come to life on the big screen.

Digital Filmmaking Masters*+

(New for 2015)
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Delve deeper into the art of making movies with a full-day expansion of our Digital Filmmaking class. Spend more time turning your concept into a script, making a shot-by-shot storyboard, experimenting with green screens and cameras, and editing your cinematic masterpiece using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Digital Photography*

Harness the aesthetic and storytelling power of photography as you step behind the lens of a digital SLR camera. Capture works of art while fine-tuning your composition, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, then use Adobe Lightroom CC to edit your best images.

Wearable Techstyles*

(formerly Wearable Tech)
Synthesize form and function to fashion futuristic gear. Innovate tech-embedded clothing as you glue, pin, iron, and sew electroluminescent wire, soft circuits, and other electronic elements to create interactive, light-up ensembles.

 

* These classes require an additional $50 lab fee.

+ Masters classes are for campers who have some previous experience in the subject area. While it’s not required for campers to have taken the beginning version at Summer Camps @ The Tech, it is recommended.

Learn more on the Summer Camps at The Tech web site or sign-up today.

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