Summer Camps: Innovate, Experiment, Design, Test and Take!


Spectrum of Science Summer 17 Brochure: Updated 3/22/17

2017 Spectrum of Science Camp Calendar Updated 3/17/17

LOCATIONS (Additional sites are being added)

Tassajara Hills: Danville

Live Oak Elementary: San Ramon

Gail Ranch Middle School: San Ramon

Dublin Elementary, Dublin

Cal State East Bay, Concord

Katie’s World, Stockton

It’s All About the Scrapbook, Dixon

Strobridge, Hayward

Las Positas, Livermore

College for Kids Pleasant Hill: DVC, Pleasant Hill

College for Kids: San Ramon: DVC, San Ramon

Moraga Library STEM Workshops, Moraga (Preschool, Elementary & Middle School)

Wagner Ranch Elementary, Orinda


Orinda Country Club, Orinda (Member Only)

Stockton Golf & Country Club,  Stockton (Members & guests)


REGISTER ON LINE OR call 925-820-2415 and register via phone. Talk with you soon!
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Common Chemistry
  Have any icy day!  Great experiments with ice include answering the question: How does ink attach to aluminum cans? Participate in a drippy drop contest! Poke a hole in my sandwich! Stretch it out! What is slippery & slimy? Separate print from paper! Measure & experiment – prove that chemistry is fun!


Fast PhysicsPHYSICS ELEMENTARY:   FAST PHYSICS & QUIRKY INVENTIONS! Learn interesting science and technology facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. Explore fundamental blocks & build a house of sticks & bricks! Could you build a house of ice?



Expedition ScienceEXPEDITION SCIENCE! ALL THAT MATTERS!   Science is all around, up & down, in & out!  Discover & try!  Are primates venomous? What do a rock & a frog in water have in common? Look closely at the white birds found around our homes.  What happens when science strikes back? Prehistoric pals & pollinators are in this lab! Summer skies belong to the eagles! Check out nighttime creatures!


SPACE SCIENCESPACE SCIENCE:  Find out what it will be like to be in the Earth’s shadow on August 21st, 2017 as the path of totality covers Earth from Oregon to South Carolina! All comets make noises – listen carefully! Space is not empty. Cryptovolcanos have been discovered! What does the magnetic field do for us? Model an ancient amillary! These labs investigate a galaxy of possibilities as humans leave Earth & “travel” beyond the Kuiper belt!


SOSF logo-08-08OCEANS OF THE WORLD!  Voyage with the Vikings as they navigated the seas! Build a model of an astrolabe & try a sunstone!   Find stealthy sharks! Investigate “fissipeds”! How does silt in the seas affect the animals living there? Why are polar bears considered a marine mammal? Sharks are always around – watch out for that ghost!


Grades 4 to 6 & 6 to 8

College for Kids ChemistryCHEMISTRY 101:   CREDIBLE CHEMISTRY! Chemistry is mixing stuff! What is that stuff?  Formulate bedazzled potions! Rustle up sparking lumps & stumps! Test & observe chemical reactions in snacks! What is a titration reaction? Do you like to spit? This activity is for you! ! SOSF Collective Chemistry formulas included! (All chemicals are safe for children to handle – no dry ice!)

CHEMISTRY 102:  CHEMISTRY:  TINKERING WITH CHEMISTRY! Experiment with variations of the same chemicals! Is it plant or animal? Does it move by itself? Yes, this is chemistry! Is it hot or cold? Can we change it?? Look at the Periodic Table – can you make an element? Will your special goo glitter? Can we make a lot of mess with explosions?? Yes, is the answer!! Come and become a curious chemist!! All children will receive the Spectrum of Science Chemistry Lab Workbook via e-mail at the end of the session! 

CHEMISTRY 103: SCRAPPING WITH CHEMISTRY!  Learn techniques to make paper old quickly!  Test a variety of inks while you stamp along! Make a technique tab ring for future reference!  Decoupage on wood rounds!  Be creative – ideas, inspirations and mediums abound! Glitter & glow projects!


LEDPHYSICS 201: PHYSICS LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE!! Remember the scientific method?  Imagine – experiment – design it – make it!   Crumble it, charge it, rip it, snip it, drip it, drop it!  Can you duplicate it? Release your inner scientific imagination! And have fun! Physics works!

PHYSICS 202:  PHYSICS & FUN! Bend the rules & create with curves!   Join in this mish mash of destruct & reconstruct! ! Your imagination, your design, your project! Will it become a robot or a space explorer? Make it move or light up! Observe it, smash it & build a “what’s It”! This is elementary physics in action!

Physics 203: FULL TILT PHYSICS!  Find a different way of looking at “things”! Study sameness of scale from hills to mountains! Know about fractals?  Find order in chaos!  What happens when there is a change in energy? Understand forced resonance?

! What is most dangerous in our universe? Use your Jedi mind powers & engineer a light saber!  Participate in the SOSF “race in space” – did you follow directions? Visualize a worm hole – what is the point of no return? NASA SOHO & missions to Mercury will be explored! Will investigate coronal mass ejections & how these vast explosions affect Earthlings!

SPACE 102: PLANETARY SCIENCE: Study the universe! What is in the solar system? Space probes are extending our knowledge of the outer regions! Where are Goldilocks planets? The red planet has many secrets which are unfolding! Atmospheric science is included!



(Prices start at just $8/hour)

Spectrum of Science programs offer young students the chance to roll up their sleeves & get involved in various areas of science – hands on test & experiment – to have actual experiences early & often! We feature interactive & unique curriculum developed by the Spectrum of Science staff. Future scientists will be engrossed in science activities which are designed with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) basics. We believe that liberal arts including history & art help develop the well rounded student & include these activities in our exceptional program. Children will think, laugh & “play” (“play” = science!) all day!
Factors to consider when selecting a summer program: What do you want:

  • Play camp plus some science
  • Day care plus some science
  • Academic camp – focus on science plus all activities geared towards science – Science is Play!

Register with Spectrum of Science for an exciting SCIENCE camp where the kids have FUN & return wanting more science!

  • All day camp -consider the age of your child
  • Half day camp – morning or afternoon program
  • Day care before & after camp

Spectrum of Science offers both half day & all day programs to meet the needs of your family and the interests of your children. Morning labs do not repeat in the afternoon.

  • A scheduled camp – activities run by the clock
  • A free form camp – activities go with the interest of the children
  • Hands on exploring, participating in group activities & doing individual take home projects with parent vocabulary cards

DI$COUNTS: Click here for current discounts!

What happens if the week of camp I want to register for is full?

If your week of camp is already full, you are able to join the waitlist over the phone. You just pay for the location that you wish.  If a spot opens, then Spectrum of Science will place your child in the spot and alert you via phone and email message.  If you have questions, call us at 925-820-2415.

We won’t be able to attend a full week of camp, what happens if we miss a day?

If your child is sick or a vacation is planned, it is okay to miss a day of camp. Our curriculum is carefully planned to move through similar concepts and similar science all week long.  However, Spectrum of Science cannot prorate the cost of your camp week, but you camper will be able to complete that week’s projects if you alert your teacher or call 925-820-2415.

Are we able to transfer camp sessions?

Camps may be transferred from camp site or camp times, if there is space.  You are also able to transfer camps to other students.  All transfers must be done in writing to

I am no longer able to attend camp, how do I cancel? What is the refund policy?

All cancellations must be done in writing. Please refer to the summer cancellation policy which is different from the school year policy.

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

January to May 15– Receive a refund minus $35 processing fee total if registered directly with Spectrum of Science or $50 if registered through Activity Hero. It does not matter if you cancel more than one week, there is only one processing fee per cancellation.

May 16- June 1– Receive a refund minus a cancellation fee of $100.

June 2– No refunds, but students are able to transfer camp dates and locations

Please Note:

Policy applies to all camp cancellations, regardless of original enrollment date

All refunds will be processed and returned via check from Spectrum of Science

Camp fees are not able to be refund or prorated for any reason including but not limited to illness, vacation, or injury.

How are students arranged in camp?

Students are able to mix with all ages.  Students who come to camp with friends are able to sit with them as long as the rules are being followed.  Students are encouraged to be friendly with all students no matter age.  Spectrum of Science creates an environment where younger students look up to the old students, while the older students offer someone to emulate.

What does a day at Spectrum of Science look like?

Spectrum of Science camps do not run by the clock except for the start and end times.  Students are able to arrive 10 minutes early and participant in science extras in the morning while their parents sign them in.  Breaks are taken roughly half way through the am or pm time. Lunch is from 12:30- 1:00pm daily.  However, when it comes to science, Spectrum of Science does not say “stop”.  If the students are excited and learning, then the lesson will continue.  Once lessons are completed based on what the students are doing, then the next lesson will begin.


CLICK on the on-line registrations links to the right or call 925-820-2415 and register via phone. Talk with you soon!
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Q: Will you guarantee that friends/siblings be enrolled in the same camp? 
A: Yes,  Spectrum of Science will guarantee children will be placed in the same group. As a small nonprofit, we believe in children being placed together!!

Q: Why does the same topic have a different cost at different sites? 
A: The price difference is the fee the different facilities charge Spectrum of Science. Spectrum of Science charges less than $8/hour for outstanding hands on science where every child gets to build, test, experiment with his/her own supplies as well as take home his/her own project plus vocabulary cards!

Q: Can the discount be shared by siblings? 
A: Yes, the discounts are calculated by family and as long as one check or one credit charge is used, the discount is good for all children!!

Q: Are all ages together? How old does my child have to be? 
A:Yes, at most sites children are divided when there are enough students to create more than 1 group. Spectrum of Science teaches using the 1 room school house philosophy where we discuss the topic as a group and then get our hands on it and into it. Extension activities and challenge activities are then introduced to any child who has completed the initial build or test. This way no child is stressed just to get done and no child is bored waiting for others. We stress small groups (average 12 kids) and lots of teacher support. We accept kindergarten – 5th grade. (older students may participate in our Jr. Intern program. All camps will have at least 2 staff. No HUGE camps here!!

Q: What is a custom camp? 
A: A custom camp is where we work with you to create a camp specific to your needs and interest. You select the topic, location, date and time and Spectrum of Science will bring everything to you (and you save the facility fee).

Q. I have a middle schooler, can my child attend Spectrum of Science?
A. YES! Spectrum of Science has 2 programs for middle school students. We have summer camps College for Kids at Diablo Valley College in San Ramon, Cal State East Bay in Concord & Las Positas in Livermore. We also offer a Jr. Internship Leadership Development program at most sites. Interviews are required. Call 925-820-2415 for more information.

For more information, discounts and to register call 925-820-2415, register directly with Spectrum of Science. Master card & Visa accepted via phone or mail in registration accepted!