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


2018 Summer Camp Calendar

2018 Dynamic STEM Summer Camps

GRADES 1st – 5th 

SPACE COLONY AND ROBOTS!!  By “Kid Request” Spectrum of Science has designed this totally new & different camp! Check into our outpost in space – Build a space compass & learn to orient yourself in space where no one has gone before! Go on a solar scavenger hunt & make a visual diary of life on the sub station! Design a suitable space suit for the SOS astronaut! Observe those bubble head aliens! Build a rolling droid! Have an out of this world experience in this Space Zone!!

SCIENCE SCATTER! Make science a reality! Chemistry & Physics combined!  Find fascinating magnetism & map magnetic field lines – special magnetic kit!! Is what you see what you get? Light it up & test with a probe. How does chemistry effect the light? Images galore! Split it! Reverse it!  What can air accomplish? Wing it! Matter, matter & more matter – what does it matter? Is it slippery or slimy or sticky? Shake it up with an earthquake simulator model & investigate tantalizing twists!! Don’t forget to roll with the physics of friction! Lots of excitement & exuberance in these dynamic science filled labs!

WING IT! FLING IT! Build a custom model plane and learn its controls! Make them work! Put together a flight tool tube kit! Free a Frisbee! Flap & check out other flying “things”! Join the flight challenge!  Can you design, build and test a model that will fly? Good luck & happy landings!

SCIENCE ON THE PROWL – LETS SEA FOR YOURSELF! Curiosity reigns! Let’s explore our natural world from the very small to the very tall! Check out creature characteristics: wrappers & coverings, habitats & adaptations plus wings, horns, claws, tails & more! Spectrum of Science Foundation’s National Geographic certified divers have had a great time in working with marine educational centers to develop these labs & bring marine & aquatic science  to students on land!! Become a marine engineer as you test to float a boat and use an aqua scopes!! Find strange creatures – special features!

GRADES 4th – 8th

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? Electrons, neutrons & protons will be explored & transferred.  Will your special goo glitter? Can we make a lot of mess with explosions?? Yes, is the answer!! Come and become a curious chemist!!

FULL TILT PHYSICS! 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! This is physics in action!  Find a different way of looking at “things”! Study sameness of scale from hills to mountains! Know about fractals?  Find order in chaos!  Launch it, fling it, chuck it – history in action!

PLANETARY SCIENCE!  What is most dangerous in our universe? 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! Where are Goldilocks planets? Extraterrestrial planets? Dwarf planets? Planetoids? Where have aliens been found?

OCEANIC EXPEDITION! Push boundaries of exploration on Earth – join in the ultimate marine expedition & discover motion in the ocean! The Spectrum of Science certified National Geographic divers bring this awesome environment to you! As an underwater naturalist, observe the sea floor, become a deep sea detective, study those master predators & underwater meanies! This is dynamic, outrageous, amazing & endless science for those who are curious to explore the deep! Become a marine engineer as you test to float a boat! Find strange creatures – special features! Dissect a real shark! Sea for yourself!

VROOM!! VROOM!! BLAST OFF! THE SPEED & ENERGY OF RACING & THE SCIENCE OF ROCKETRY!  Rockets & Racing combine with skill & knowledge! Here is the technology of America’s fastest sport – learn & explore the thrills & spills of racing! Check out & compare the confetti burst from a 2 stage rocket! Design & alter a race car to determine factors affecting performance! Build & test a parallel rocket! Additionally, each scientist will fabricate from scratch his/her own very unique racer & test it on the Spectrum of Science speedway!!

ENERGY GALORE!  Explore process of energy development! Engineer a way to light up your project! Add some pizzazz – work with LED’s, wire, battery – your constructions techniques are endless! And take it all home!! FAR FLUNG SCIENCE OUTDONE!: Can the fidget spinner save us? Study microreceptors! Caribou are being affected by urban encroachment! Bats spiral on the air currents! The Seed Bank is flooding! Let’s think! Global issues are examined & solutions proposed! Will this tiny animal with a backbone survive?

SCRAPOLOGY!  Unleash your inner spirit of curiosity & explore using dyes, inks, stamps & more to create fantastic chemistry with an artistic twist! Learn techniques to make paper old quickly!  Test a variety of inks while you stamp along! Be creative – ideas, inspirations and mediums abound in these glitter & glow projects!!  Make a technique tab ring for future reference! Science is everywhere & this is a great unique lab to a summer of science!!

MICRO DRONE CAMP! Hands-on learning, innovation & adventure! How does the Magnus Effect & Bernoulli’s Principle modify your flight patterns? What is a 6-axis gyroscope & how will it affect your drone’s stability? Drone flight control, aerobatics, racing challenges & flight engineering will be investigated. Be sure to register early, includes your very own micro drone to take home! Students will learn basic development & history, what is the FAA & the rules to fly

SPARKLING SCIENCE FOR GIRLS! Looking your best may be as much a science as it is an art! Learn the chemistry behind your favorite spa & hair products. Follow your nose on a fragrant journey through the science, history and art behind creating your own aromatic bath goodies, shimmering lips glosses and sweet-smelling sachets with your new science’riffic knowledge. Experience the beautiful side of biology and chemistry with this unique collection of experiments! Learn to create chemical concoctions and how to utilize oils, gels and lotions to make scents you can wear. Discover women in science, who are they ~ Rosalind Franklin, Dian Fossey & Barbara McClintock? Please call 925.820.2415 if you have questions about ingredients and allergies. Each participant will make and take home a chemistry collection of perfumes, bath fizzes, sachets, recipes & more!







(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 Ohlone College 4 Kids, Fremont & Newark &  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!