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.

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.

Learn more about our classes below or explore the class schedule. 

SCIENCE


Animal Investigators* (New in 2018)
Kick-start a wild adventure in zoology as you explore the secret lives of your favorite animals. Use the tools and tricks of wildlife biologists, such as animal classification and keen observation, to discover how creatures' bodies and behaviors help them survive in the wilderness.

[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.]

Animal M.D.*
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 study the literal ins and outs of 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.]

Chem Lab Creations
Unleash your inner mad scientist as you experiment with chemical compounds and surreal scientific reactions. Harness concepts like chromatography and colloidal suspension to grow crystals, engineer lava lamps and launch rockets.

CSI: The Tech 
Get inside the mind of a crime scene investigator as you use lab equipment and cyber forensics to analyze samples and follow 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 to help you 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 chemical formulas and discover the culinary composition of delicious everyday 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 unpredictable and enticing 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 Video Game Design*
Full-day class
Revamped for 2018 - Design, play and share your own virtual 3-D games using the visual programming tool Kodu. Mold terrain, set camera angles, adjust lighting, populate objects and program behaviors as you create an exciting, original platforming game within a 3-D world.

Augmented Reality* (New in 2018)
Full-day class
Give everyday reality an imaginative boost in the ultimate 21st-century design class. Use smart devices and the latest AR software to create digital characters and imagery that integrate with real-world elements. Hone your skills as you design your own unique, interactive AR game or experience.

Code Fundamentals
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. Put your newfound knowledge to the test with an introduction to Java.

Code Masters:*+ Python or Javascript
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.

iOS App Development with Swift*
Find out what it takes to become a registered developer as you design an app for Apple mobile devices. Learn the basics of Xcode and the programming language Swift, then collaborate with your team to create a ready to go iOS app. (Also offered: iOS App Development with Swift - Girls Only)

Virtual Reality*
Plug into an immersive reality of your own design. Uncover the possibilities of Google Cardboard as you build a virtual reality viewer, then use an experimental VR toolkit and Unity 3D to design your own enveloping, interactive worlds on a mobile device.

 

Engineering and Tinkering


Arduino-Bots*
Engineer your way 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. (Also offered: Arduino-Bots - Girls Only)

Biotech: Active Accessories*
Get wired into the world of fitness technology. Explore how tech interacts with health and the human body, combining the principles of anatomy, physiology and coding to create your own wearable fitness tracking device.

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 your 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, disassemble devices and repurpose the pieces to prototype ingenious new inventions.

Lego Robotics*
Revamped for 2018 - Create and command your own Lego-powered robot. Use Technic pieces for building and Mindstorm EV3 software for programming as you teach your robot to maneuver through obstacles, compete in a mini Olympics Games and battle other bots.

 

Arts and Design


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

Hollywood Producer: Movie Magic*
Bring your Hollywood vision to life on the big screen. Work with your production team, using digital cameras and iMovie to transform the elements of your movie masterpiece—plot, direction, editing and more—into a blockbuster hit in a genre of your choosing.

Photography Studio*
Revamped for 2018 - Step up your selfie game and master the art of taking like-worthy photos. Get behind (and in front of) the lens of a digital SLR camera, honing your artistic eye and fine-tuning technical elements like aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. Edit your best images with Adobe Lightroom to make them an Insta-success.

 

* These classes require an additional $50 equipment fee. Masters and full-day classes already include equipment fees in their pricing.

+ 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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