Summer Camps

Summer, Winter, and Spring Vacation STEM Camps


Coming Soon…


With summer fast approaching we are preparing for the best summer camp experience in the Central Valley! Engaging one-week camps with a focus on science, art, engineering, making and ecosystems of rivers and ponds.  Registration open. Go to Calendar and see all the dates available. Languages: English and Spanish

2018 Bots to Biology Camps

Kids will have fun and learn in unique one-week camps with a focus on science, art, engineering, making habitats, and ecosystems of rivers and wetlands. Will involve use of data collection tools and observation tools such as microscopes, bug viewers, hand lens, and digital scopes. Students will document their own work in a field journal just as real scientists and engineers to in the real world. 

Sample Agenda

Monday – Tinkering with circuits; Science Notebooks; Simple Machines; Bots; transfer of energy; Nature Journaling

Tuesday – Walkabout outdoors; Observation of habitats; collection of living and non-living; microscopy (digital and compound); Bug Viewers; Magnifiers; scopes; nature journaling

Wednesday – Pond and water studies; macro-invertebrates collections; bird observations; nature journaling; Habitat studies; drawing birds and animals; Animal bots

Thursday – Nature journaling; habitats; energy transfer in ecosystems; human impact on the environment; Scribble bots; camp shirts

Friday – Nature journaling; air dynamics; things that float in air; flight and aeronautics;

Recommended for grades 1-6 (ages 6-10). Registration – $150/week.  Students bring their own lunch each day.

July 9 – 13, 2018 – REGISTRATION

July 16-20, 2018 – REGISTRATION

July 23-27, 2018 – REGISTRATION

July 30 – August 3, 2018 – REGISTRATION

2018 Coding & Robotics Camps

Computer Science, Coding, and Robotics Camps teach basic computer science principles, coding, programming, logic, and robotics design and the use of a Micro:bits and  Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Engineering, making, and critical thinking will drive student work around several key challenges. Students will also be challenged to design and build a Mars rover from scratch as the concluding project. 

Recommended for grades 5-12 (ages 10-17). Registration – $175/week.  Students bring their own lunch each day.

July 9-13, 2018 – REGISTRATION 

July 16-20, 2018 – REGISTRATION

July 23-27, 2018 – REGISTRATION 

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Summer 2017  

SAM Academy (Science, Art & Music) offered three different 5-day summer camps for kids ages 6-17. Bots to Biology and River and Coastal exploration which included a free trip to Morro Bay, and Santa Cruz to sail aboard the O’Neill Sea Odyssey where kids got to study and explore coastal ecology.

In each camp, studies were designed for the grade level span of each group. Students observed and contrasted coastal ecosystems, observed sea otters, harbor seals, migrating birds, and other amazing creatures. Focused learning modules on coastal ecology and riparian ecology preceded each of the trips and students practiced using the tools and instruments used during the field studies (compass, sensors, probes, cameras). Students also learned about the various landforms and environmental issues that impact both the Central Valley and coastal regions of California.