Educational — Summer Camp 2017

Architecture Engineering 101
Learn architecture, electrical circuits, mechanics, inventions, and economics using Legos. Children will also use real building material and create a mini structure applying structural design with truss, concrete, and seismic tie-down. Make your project an educational conversation masterpiece.
Mon.-Fri. Architecture, City Planning, Inventions, and Economics with Lego: Ages 7-11. Jul 10-14, 9:30am-2:30pm. $255. Interior and Furniture Design Build: Ages 9-15. Aug. 7-11, 10:30am-noon. $120. Level 1 Architecture Engineering: Ages 9-15. Aug. 7-11, 1-4:30pm. $245. Level 2 Architectural Renovation, Electrical, and Landscape Design: Ages 9-15. Aug. 7-11, 8:30am-noon. $235. The Architectural Foundation of S.B., 229 E. Victoria St. Call (408) 210-5174.

Avenues Educational Camp
Get a head start on your academics for the coming year, or improve your writing and math skills at this camp taught by credentialed college professors. For upcoming seniors, get a kick start on your college essays, college applications, or your ACT/PSAT/SAT tests. Scheduling is flexible, and private tutoring sessions are also available for all ages.
Ages 8-18. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 4, 9am-noon. $60/day, $250/week. Avenues College and Career Advisement, 3463 State St. Ste. 222. Call (818) 359-0859.

California Learning Center Camps/Programs
Winner of The Independent’s Best Of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll for tutoring, the California Learning Center has several camps and programs dedicated to academics, college prep, and getting ahead. Take part in its signature Math Madness camp for 3rd-6th graders, a new Writer’s Block workshop for 6th-8th graders, PSAT/SAT prep courses, college essay days, a college application workshop, individual college counseling, and one-on-one tutoring.
Ages 8-18. Mon.-Fri., June 26-Aug. 18. Times and prices vary. California Learning Ctr., 3324 State St., Ste. L. Call 563-1579.

Camp Cosmos-Asteroid Day
In a one-day camp of science activities exploring our solar system, celebrate International Asteroid Day. Come for a day of hands-on activities and demos exploring space!
Ages 8-12. Wed. and Thu., June 14 and 15, 9am-3:30pm. $75/day. Las Cumbres Observatory, 6740 Cortona Dr., Ste. 102. Call 880-1625.

Camp GObotics
Using Lego Mindstorms NXT and EV3 systems, students learn and apply engineering, math, coding, and teamwork skills to create unique automated and remote-controlled robotic vehicles, sumo robots, battle robots, or a functioning mini-amusement park. Students get the excitement of head-to-head competition while developing understanding of the design cycle.
Ages 6-14. Mon.-Fri., June 26-30 and July 17-21, 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm, $175/half-day week, $325/full-day week. Multi-week and sibling discounts available. Hollister Elementary School, 4950 Anita Ln. Call 245-0288.

Destination Science
These fun science day camps are designed to excite kids about science and to build great life skills in campers. Weekly themes combine science and engineering with unique projects, outdoor games, problem solving, and many great take-homes. Top-notch, enthusiastic educators and leaders make STEM learning an adventure! Camps include Robotic Mystery Camp; Journey into Space & Movie Making Camp; Crazy Contraption, Demolition & Fort Building Camp; and Coaster Science & Mad Chemistry Camp.
Ages 5-11. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 4, 9am-3pm, $349/week. Multi-week and sibling discounts available. Pre-and post-care available. Foothill Elementary School, 711 Ribera Dr., and UCSB Rec Ctr., 516 Ocean Rd. Call (888) 909-2822.

Dubin Learning Center
Celebrating 38 years of summer sessions, this Santa Barbara leader in education has helped thousands of students, ranging from the underachiever to the gifted, to reach their potential. We provide Educational therapy for students with Learning Differences, Processing Challenges, ADD, Dyslexia; tutoring; and test prep. for SAT, SSAT, ISEE. Individual sessions are scheduled according to needs.
Kindergarten through College; 112 West Cota Street Santa Barbara; July 10th to start of semester; Fees: $75-$90/hr. (individual instruction) (805)962.7122

Dunn Summer Academy & Junior Academy
Dunn School's beautiful campus comes alive during the summer with a unique Summer Academy program. Tracks include Learning Strategies and English as a Second Language. Students will learn together in their major areas of study but join together for fun electives and off-campus excursions in the afternoons and weekends.
Grade 8-10. July 15-Aug. 11. $7,000-$8,000. 2555 W. Hwy. 154, Los Olivos. Call 686-0615.

French Language and Cultural Exposure Camp
Learn to speak French using the perfect mix of intellectual learning and physical activity. After School Languages presents this fun-filled camp where your little ones will be introduced to the French language and culture through dance, games, songs, and arts.
Ages 5-11. Mon.-Fri. June 12-16, July 10-14, and July 31-Aug. 4: noon-3pm; June 19-23, July 17-21, and Aug. 7-11: 9am-noon. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $230; full-day: $395. Toddler classes for ages 2-4 also available. Call 699-6705 or email

Get Ahead Program (GAP) Summer School
Students entering grades 9-12 can earn 5-10 units of high school credit in class or online during the summer, acquiring the flexibility to take more advanced classes or more electives in the next school year. Most courses meet “A-G” requirements. Students can also take courses for noncredit.
Ages 12-18. Mon.-Thu., June 12-July 20, 8am-1:20pm. $345/5-unit course, $645/10-unit course. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. Call 284-9125.

iD Tech Camps
Learn to code, game, and create at the world’s number one summer technology camp! Students will code apps, develop video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, design for virtual reality, print 3D models, and more. Join 275,000+ alumni and learn from top instructors!
Ages 7-17. June 26-Aug. 4. Weekly, day, and overnight programs. $899-$1,718. UCSB. Call (888) 709-8324.

Invent. Make. Play!
Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Field trips to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, will inspire campers’ imagination and innovation. In Session 1, campers explore how humans build machines to help them fly like birds and float like whales and then design and engineer creations to test out in the natural world. In Session 2, campers take apart machines to see what’s inside and build their own out of repurposed materials. Sign up for one or both sessions. Snacks and a T-shirt are included.
Ages 5-12. Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm. Session 1: July 17-21. Session 2: July 24-28. $260, $240/sibling. Extended care available. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St.; Watershed Resource Ctr., Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr.; and MOXI, 125 State St. Call 884-0459 x16 or email

Math Camp at S.B. Family School
This is a fun, hands-on exploration of creative mathematics for kids who enjoy math. Weekly themes include Magic, Art, Codes, Sports, Games, Money, and Infinity. The camp is run by a math team coach and math circle leader with more than 15 years of experience.
Grades 3-9. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18. Morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions available. $210-$390/week. Goleta. Call 680-9950.

Math Intensive
This camp includes individual sessions designed to help students increase math skills. Offered are an assessment, 1:1 tutoring sessions twice a week, and an online program. Scheduling is flexible.
Elementary, junior high, and high school students. Mon.-Thu., June 19-Aug. 17, 2:30-6pm. $509/16 sessions. Gateway Educational Services Learning Ctr., 4850-C Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 895-1153 or email

Presidio Archaeology Camp
Discover Santa Barbara history this summer by excavating the fort that founded our city in 1782. Campers will learn basic excavation techniques and artifact processing methods from archaeologists and will have the opportunity to excavate portions of the Spanish fort and the early 20th-century home of our Japanese community.
Ages 11-15. Mon.-Fri., July 10-14, 9am-1pm. $225. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 965-2004.

SBHS Computer Science Academy Creative Computing Camps
Week 1 — Art & Design: Learn to design digital art and to create web pages. Perfect introduction to programming and web design. Week 2 — Robotics & Applications: Learn to program basic computer applications, games and robotics.
Grades 6-8. Week 1: Mon.-Fri., June 12-16; Week 2: June 19-23; 9am-12pm. $150/week. SBHS, Room 25, 701 East Anapamu St. Email

S.B. STEM Camp at Peabody Charter School
Have fun discovering concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, coding, and engineering through exciting, hands-on activities. Children will launch rockets, build structures and dissect sea life! Specially designed learning experiences will be taught by awesome, credentialed teachers!
Grades 1-6. Mon.-Fri., June 19-23 and 26-30, 8:30am-2:30pm. $255/week. Peabody Charter School, 3018 Calle Noguera. Call 455-9152 or email

South Coast Montessori Summer Program
Start your child in this program, and experience the Montessori method with a summer twist. Gardening and nature play, crafting, water play, outdoor games, and activities are among the many fun adventures to be had on a lovely campus.
Ages 3 months old to 5 years old. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18, 8:30am-2:45pm. $365/week. South Coast Montessori, 7421 Mirano Dr., Goleta. Call 845-6555.

STEM Camp for Girls
Participate in fun hands-on projects, increase math skills, and learn computer coding, engineering, and environmental science. Ages 10-13. Mon.-Fri., July 10-14 and 17-21, 8:30am-2pm. $199. Gateway Educational Services Learning Ctr., 4850-C Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 895-1153.

Summer Literacy Experience
Come use your imagination! This literacy camp at UCSB offers an innovative environment for kids to develop literacy skills while also engaging in hands-on creation and exploration. Over four weeks, students work in small groups on a variety of collaborative reading, writing, and discussion-based activities.
Grades 1-7. Mon.-Thu., July 5-27, 9am-noon. $400/four weeks. McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic, UCSB. Call 893-7905 or email

Terrific Scientific Camps
Spark the excitement of kids for science, engineering, and technology with 30+ different fun, hands-on, minds-on camps in chemistry, biology, digital games, robotics, programming, engineering, 3D printing, forensics, cooking, technology, medicine, astronomy, oceanography, and archaeology. Science was never this much fun!
Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18. Ages 6-15: 9am-3:45pm. $300+/week. Ages 5-6: 9am-2pm. $255/week. Extended-care available. Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6067 Shirrell Wy., Goleta; Art Explorers Studio, 5370 Hollister Ave., Ste. 2; Vieja Valley School, 434 Nogal Dr.; and La Patera School, 555 N. La Patera Ln., Goleta. Call 570-1988.

Young Writers Camp (YWC)
Fun activities, guest authors, and walking field trips inspire creative writing in half-day classes that nurture imagination and maximize learning. Groups of 20-25 students are led by a team of two credentialed teachers to engage in writing groups, public speaking, and a variety of writing genres.
UCSB Playwriting Workshop: Grades 7-12. Mon.-Thu., July 10-27, 1-4pm. UCSB Digital Writing: Grades 7-9. Mon.-Fri., July 10-21, 9am-12:30pm and 1-4:30pm. UCSB YWC: Grades 3-9. Mon.-Fri., June 19-30, 9am-12:30pm and 1-4:30pm; and July 10-21, 9am-12:30pm. $275 by Apr. 30; $295 by May 30. Jonata Middle School YWC, 301 Second St., Buellton. Call 893-5899 or email

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