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Summer Science Camp: June 18 – July 27, 2018

Summer Science Camp at The Academy

June 18th – July 27th, 2018

Grades: Pre-K through Eighth Grade

The Academy’s Science Summer Camp features integrated, hands-on, experiential themes based on science professions with real-world applications. Camps will cover a variety of topics including biology, chemistry, coding, engineering, and mathematics through fun, interactive labs. Camps are one-week, full-day programs with a separate topic for morning and afternoon lab.

Spaces are limited to 10 campers per camp so sign up here soon!

  • Morning session 9AM-12PM
  • Afternoon session 1PM-4PM
  • Extra Care available from 8AM-9AM early drop-off and 4PM-6PM extended pickup

One-week full day camps with morning and afternoon topics. Camps will run 6/18-7/27 with no camps the week of July 4th. 

Early Drop-off: 8-9AM

Camp Starts: 9AM

First topic: 9AM-12PM with a short break in between

Supervised Lunch and Recess: 12-1PM

Second Topic: 1-4PM with a short break in between

Pick-Up: 4PM

Late Pick-Up: 4-6PM

A full refund, less a cancellation fee of $25 per camp per camper will be issued if your cancellation request is made at least 4 weeks before the first day of camp.  No refunds will be issued after that time.

Course Descriptions

Level 1: Pre-K-1st Grade

Summer Science Camp in BerkeleyHuman Anatomists – A hands-on study of the human body that helps young students better understand what’s happening on the inside.  Students construct a life-sized model to display the different organ systems and build anatomical models.

Synthetic Chemists – An exploration of chemistry through messy activities that help develop basic lab skills and an appreciation for the beauty of science through the products they create.  Experiments focus on simple chemical reactions that introduce young students to atoms, molecules, and the concept of matter.  

Architects – Campers will go through the design and implementation process of creating structures in this two-part morning and afternoon project-based class.  This session will take students through building challenges to strengthen their problem solving, critical thinking, and creative building skills.

Archeologists – A look into the past to study the Earth’s first creatures where students learn about adaptations, evolution, and paleontology.  

Entomologists – This camp focuses on the anatomy of an insect, their growth process, and how their unique body parts help them survive in their environment.  Students will collect specimens, test their adaptations, and explore insect homes.  

Classical Physicists – In this classical mechanics camp, students will investigate the forces at work behind Newton’s law of physics and how they apply to simple machines.

Mathematical Artists – Students will discover the important role math plays in creating works of art through the use of patterns, shapes, pi, and the Fibonacci series.  This camp is taught by our amazing Kindergarten teacher and is recommended for all incoming Kindergarten students.


Level 2: 2nd-4th GradeAdvanced Academics

Civil Engineers – Filled with building challenges, students test the forces at work behind different types of structures with a focus on bridges.  

Chemists Students will explore the wonderful world of color and light by extracting pigments out of common everyday objects, using chemistry to separate colors to reveal their complex composition, and studying the visible light spectrum.

Computer ScientistsThis course is an introduction to computer science using the programming language Scratch, developed by MIT. Starting with the basics of using Scratch, the course will stretch your mind and challenge you. You will learn how to create amazing games, animated images, and songs in just minutes with a simple “drag and drop” interface.

Chemical Food Engineers– Welcome to The Academy test kitchen!  This class takes you on an exploration of how chemical reactants affect the product in a delicious chemical reaction.  Students will implement the scientific method as they test and perfect tasty recipes.

Microbiologists – Students will study organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye and learn basic microbiology techniques such as collecting samples, making slides, and culturing their own bacterial colonies.  

Botanists – By studying plants all the way down to a cellular level, students will discover their specialized structures and test how they grow and are affected by environmental stimuli.  

Anatomists – Students will perform experiments to test major organ systems in their own bodies and also dissect sample organs such as the brain and heart to learn more about their structure and function.

Geophysicists – From gravity to Earth’s magnetic field, students will study the physical properties and properties of Earth.  


Level 3 5th-8th

Computer ScienceThe course teaches the foundational concepts of programming using drag and drop blocks rather than a programming language such as JavaScript or Python. Blocks are an easier way to get started and many top Universities today begin their classes with block-based programming. Code.org and Scratch will both be utilized in the course.

Engineers – Students will build, create, and invent to solve design challenges.

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