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 to design their camp curricula and operate their summer camps. For a slightly different spin on the Galileo experience, check out our flourishing collaboration.

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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.

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SCIENCE


Animal M.D. (New in 2016)
Work with real animals as you learn the tricks of the veterinary trade. Read X-rays, identify common illnesses, practice suturing techniques and examine live specimens. Use your vet science skills to make meals and habitats designed for your favorite furry, feathery or scaly friends.

[NOTE: Animals in this class are primarily low-allergen. If you have any questions about your child’s animal allergies or aversions, please call customer service at 800-854-3684 before signing up.]

Biotech* (Updated for 2016)
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Explore the limitless future and complex ethics of biotechnology in medicine, agriculture and industry in this full-day class. Design model devices such as electrophoresis chambers and blood centrifuges as you tackle hands-on projects in wearable technology, genome editing and bioengineering.

Chem Lab Creations (Updated for 2016)
Unleash your inner mad scientist. Set up base in The Tech Chem Lab as you experiment with chemical compounds and surreal scientific reactions to grow your own crystals, make working lava lamps and engineer powerful pop rockets.  

CSI: The Tech (Updated for 2016)
Get inside the mind of a crime scene investigator as you use lab equipment and cyber forensics 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.

Junior M.D.
Advance 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.

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 like pizza and cookies.

[NOTE: Ingredients used in this class contain allergens. If your child has any food allergies, we need to know in advance. Please call customer service at 800-854-3684 before signing up.]

Molecular Gastronomy
Solid beverages, jelly fruit, powdered sauces—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.

[NOTE: Ingredients used in this class contain allergens. If your child has any food allergies, we need to know in advance. Please call customer service at 800-854-3684 before signing up.]

 

Technology


3-D Game Design*
Grades 4 – 6 only
Get coding in 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 exciting, original platforming game within a 3-D world.

3-D Game Design Masters*+
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Level up your 3-D coding skills by harnessing the latest version of Unreal Engine in this full-day design experience. Add and manipulate moving platforms, switches, terrains, lighting and sound effects, then prototype, playtest and share a thrilling 3-D action adventure of your own creation.

Code Fundamentals* (Updated for 2016)
Learn the basics of programming from the ground up. Unravel the mysteries of variables, loops and conditional statements to design your own interactive games and graphics within Scratch. Apply your newfound knowledge with an introduction to Java.

Code Masters:*+ Python or Javascript (Updated for 2016)
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 such as data structures, algorithms and run time complexity as you write code to solve real-world problems. Classes available in Python and Javascript, offered separately.

Mobile App Startup* (Updated for 2016)
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Find out what it takes to become a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur in this full-day class. Form your own startup team, program in Java within Android Studio, beta test on a Nexus device and pitch to our venture capitalists as you learn the start-to-finish process of building an app for social benefit.

Mobile Game Design*
Discover what makes games fun as you design and code 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 smartphone or tablet.

Virtual Reality*
Plug into a reality of your own design. Build a virtual reality viewer from tools and scraps you can find in your garage, then use an experimental VR toolkit and Unity 3D to design your own immersive, interactive worlds on a mobile device.

 

Engineering and Tinkering

Arduino-Bots*
Get wired into the maker movement with Arduino C++. Program motors and ultrasonic sensors, wire breadboards and master electronic prototyping. Learn the ins and outs of artificial intelligence as you code a microcontroller to power your own self-driving, maze-solving robot.

Circuits and Electronics
Dive into the electrifying world of circuitry. Learn the fundamentals of electrical engineering, decipher schematic diagrams and build working circuits. Harness your creativity as you dismantle computer parts and prototype new electronic devices. (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. Work with a team of fellow engineers to design, 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 disassemble and repurpose 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 maneuver through obstacles, compete in a mini Olympics competition 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 technology, next-level hardware and in-depth challenges, you will create robots that can tackle any situation, from obstacle courses to battle challenges.

 

Arts & Design

3-D Animation*
Full-day class
Bring your wildest imaginary characters, environments and special effects to life in this full-day class. Using state-of-the-art, industry standard animation software Maya 3D from Autodesk, create 3-D rendered models to star in your own films, video games or graphic designs.

3-D Printing and Digital Design* (New in 2016)
Grades 6 – 8 only, Full-day class
Take your designs to another dimension with cutting-edge 3-D printing technology. Learn the strategies of industrial engineers as you plan your design, model your ideas in Tinkercad and use the in-class printer to produce innovative 3-D creations.

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—plot, direction, digital camera usage, editing and more—come to life on the big screen.

Digital Filmmaking Masters*+
Grades 6 – 8 only, full-day class
Delve deeper into the art of moviemaking with your production team in this full-day class. Spend more time turning your concept into a script, making a shot-by-shot storyboard, experimenting with green screens and advanced equipment and editing your cinematic masterpiece using Adobe Premiere Pro.

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 settings. Then use Adobe Lightroom to edit your best images.

 

* These classes require an additional $50 equipment fee.

+We strongly recommend campers take the beginning version at Summer Camps @ The Tech or have previous experience with the subject area before registering for our full-day Masters classes.

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