Educational — Summer Camp 2018

Architecture, City Planning and Economics with LEGO
Design and build according to plans and specifications, build a city with infrastructure, learn zoning mechanics, trade inventions, and exchange money and learn economics. 
Ages 8-10. Mon.-Fri., Jun. 25-29, 9am-2:30pm. $260/week. The Architectural Foundation of S.B., 229 E. Victoria St. Call (408) 210-5174.

Architecture Engineering 101
Design and build a mini structure with concrete and wood and learn the basics of structural and civil engineering. Decorate the interior with elegant material and real lights, and decorate the landscape with a pool and play structure.
Ages 11-18. Mon.-Fri., July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3, 9am-2:30pm. $275/week. The Architectural Foundation of S.B., 229 E. Victoria St. Call (408) 210-5174.

Beach Explorers
A week of outdoor fun at Arroyo Burro Beach. Campers will explore their natural surroundings, go tide pooling, learn about native plants, hike to the Douglas Preserve, play games, and create art with natural materials. Perfect for campers who love to play outside and enjoy nature! Snacks and a T-shirt are included.
Ages 5-12. Mon.-Fri., Aug. 6-10, 9am-3pm. $260; $240/sibling. Watershed Resource Ctr., Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. Call 884-0459 x16 or email

California Learning Center Camps/Programs
California Learning Center has several camps and programs dedicated to academics, college prep, and enrichment. Take part in its signature Math Madness camp for entering 4th-7th graders, Creative Writing & Illustrating camp for 4th-7th graders, Writer’s Block Workshop for 6th-8th graders, PSAT and SAT prep courses, college essay days, college application workshop, private college counseling, academic advising, and one-on-one tutoring.
Ages 6-20. Mon.-Fri., June 25-Aug. 17. Times and prices vary. California Learning Ctr., 3324 State St., Ste. L. Call 563-1579 or email

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 an understanding of the design cycle.
Ages 6-14. Mon.-Fri., June 11-15, 18-22, and 25-29. $175/half-day week; $325/full-day week. Multi-week and sibling discounts available. Hollister Elementary School, 4950 Anita Ln. Call 245-0288.

Cate Summer Institute
Spend a week devoted to academics, leadership, and the outdoors. Your days will be full of excitement: experiential education, making friends from around the world, experiencing the ropes course, and sleeping in dorms overlooking the Pacific.
Grades 7-8. Sun.-Sat., June 17-23 and 24-30. $1,850/week. Cate School, 1960 Cate Mesa Rd., Carpinteria. Call 684-4127 x134.

Destination Science
The fun science day camp for curious kids! Our top-notch, enthusiastic educators and leaders make STEM learning an adventure! All-new week-long programs include Science Makers & Inventors Camp, Amusement Park Science Camp, Transforming Robots Camp, and Rovers Rocketing to Space Camp! Enroll by April 31 and save!
Ages 5-11. Mon.-Fri.; June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, and July 16-20; 9am-3pm. $329/week. Foothill Elementary School, 711 Ribera Dr. Call (888) 909-2822.

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 18-July 26, 8am-1:20pm. $295/five-unit course; $545/10-unit course. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. Call 284-9125.

iD Tech Camps
Learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, and more! This summer, your child can make friends as they master new tech skills and join a community of 350,000 alumni.
Ages 7-17. June 25-Aug. 3. Weekly, day, and overnight programs. $899-$1,828. UCSB. Call (844) 788-1858.

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: Air, Water, Ground, campers will discover how humans build machines to fly like birds and float like whales and then engineer their own and test them out in the natural world. In Session 2: Machines, campers will investigate machines in our world and take them apart to see what’s inside. Snacks and a T-shirt are included.
Ages 5-12. Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm. Session 1: July 9-13. Session 2: July 16-20. $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 Academy
This camp includes individual sessions designed to help students increase math skills. Offered are an assessment, one-on-one tutoring sessions twice a week, and an online program. Scheduling is flexible.
Elementary, junior high, and high school students. Mon.-Thu., June 18-Aug. 9, 2:30-6pm. $530/16 sessions. Gateway Educational Services Learning Ctr., 4850-C Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 895-1153 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 20 years of experience.
Grades 3-9. Mon.-Fri., June 18-Aug. 17. Morning and afternoon sessions available. $190-$420/week. Discounts available through Apr. 30 and May 31. Goleta. Call 680-9950.

One World Explore Summer Day Camp
Children will spend quality time discovering world cultures by enjoying games, crafts, songs, and eye-popping facts from highlighted countries each week. Campers will learn about the customs, greetings, famous places, history, food, and culture of the continent. Each camp will include a STEM project that teaches children how an iconic structure (like the Eiffel Tower) or machine (like a windmill) from a highlighted country works. Campers will receive a passport to collect stamps and “buy” prizes at the end of the week.
Mon.-Fri. Asia: July 23-27; Africa: July 30-Aug. 3; Europe: Aug. 6-10. Ages 6-8: 9-11:30am; ages 9-12: 12:30-3pm. $145/week. Call 364-4328 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 9-13, 9am-1pm. $225 (lunch included). El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 965-0093.

Robot City
Calling all engineers! Come help build Robot City—the city of the future! Design architecture, build it from your plans,and add power to make it come alive. Create 3D-printed add-ons, and then fill the city with real robots that move and interact using your code. Experienced mentors will help and teach you along the way.
Ages 9—12. Mon.-Fri., Half day: 8 am – 12 pm, June 25-29, $250 (includes take-home tech kit), Providence Lower Campus, 3723 Modoc Road. Call 563-4770.

SBHS Computer Science Academy Creative Computing Camps
Week 1: Art & Design is the perfect introduction to programming, where you will learn to design digital art through code and to design images and animations. Week 2: Basic Web Design is the perfect introduction to web design, HTML, and CSS, where you will learn to create web pages from scratch.
Grades 6-8. Mon.-Fri., 9am-noon. Week 1: June 11-15. Week 2: June 18-22. $150/week. S.B. High School, Rm. 25, 701 E. 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 may build electrical circuits, prepare food from scratch, and explore engineering challenges! Specially designed learning experiences will be taught by awesome, credentialed teachers!
Grades 1-6. Mon.-Fri., June 18-22 and 25-29, 8:30am-2:30pm. $260/week. Peabody Charter School, 3018 Calle Noguera. Call 455-9152 or email

Social Justice Leadership Academy
This camp will give students grades 5-8 the opportunity to develop leadership skills that focus on social justice issues and community advocacy. Students will be mentored through the process of selecting a community project for action and change. The curriculum for the program is called What Matters Most and has been used for the past three years with local high school students. 
Grades 5-8. Mon.-Fri., July 9-13 and 16-20, 8:30am-2pm. $179/week. Gateway Educational Services Learning Ctr., 4850-C Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 895-1153 or email

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., June 25-29 and July 30-Aug. 3, 8:30am-2pm. $179/week. Gateway Educational Services Learning Ctr., 4850-C Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 895-1153 or email

Summer Literacy Experience
This literacy camp 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 9-Aug. 2, 9am-noon. $400/four weeks. McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic, UCSB. Call 893-7905 or email Scientific Summer Day Camps 2018
Inspire passion for the world of STEAM: science, engineering, robotics, art, and technology! More than 40 different, hands-on, minds-on day camps in biology, chemistry, cooking, archaeology, visual arts, digital games, robotics, programming, engineering, 3D printing, forensics, technology, medicine, astronomy, and oceanography will spark the imagination and interest of kids. There will be weekly themes, take-home projects, exceptional teaching staff, and discovery-based learning. Science was never this much fun!
June 11-Aug. 10, Grades K-1: Mon.-Fri., 9am-2pm. Grades 1-6: Mon.-Fri., 9am-3:30pm. Grades 6-9: Mon.-Fri., 9am-3:30pm. $245-$360/week. Multi-week and sibling discount; pre- and post-care available. Vieja Valley Elementary School, 434 Nogal Dr., and Art Explorers Studio, 5370 Hollister Ave., Ste. 2.

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 Creative Writing: Grades 3-9. Mon.-Fri., July 9-20, 9am-12:30pm. UCSB Creative Writing in Digital Spaces: Grades 7-9. Mon.-Fri., July 9-20, 9am-12:30pm. Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Creative Writing: Grades 4-9. Mon.-Fri., July 16-27, 9am-12:30pm. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, 5315 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria. $325 by Apr. 30; $350 by May 30; $375 after May 30. Call 893-5899 or email


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