STEM

Science, technology, engineering and math classes, camps and related destinations. Also see: “Camps,” and “Tutoring and Academics.” For STEM-related activities, see: “Attractions,” “Museums,” and “Zoos.” For Makerspaces, see “Arts and Crafts.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Academic Enrichment Camp

The 2017 sessions: June 19 – July 14 and July 17 – August 11, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $49; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 10-12), $29; Job Shadow (ages 13-17), $39; Seals and Sea Lions, Sea Otter/Penguin Encounter (ages 10+), and Shark Encounter (ages 13+), $109 per person. Whale watching and family sleepovers are also offered.

Bionerds

Bionerds offers fun and hands-on biology workshops for kids (grades K-8) throughout Orange County. They have after school, in-class, summer and party programs.

Blue Submarine

The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes.

Build It Workspace

Build It Workspace offers classes, camps, tutoring, and parties in STEM and the Arts, including 3D Printing & Scanning, Laser & Electronic Cutting, Vacuum Forming, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Graphic Design, Programming & Game Design, Robotics and more!

Camp Invention

This summer, launch your child’s imagination at Camp Invention. Kids (kindergarten – grade 6) experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box!

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area.

Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles

Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles are filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas, including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more.

Fountain Valley Summer Enrichment Academy

The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is offering Fountain Valley and neighboring cities high-quality, STEAM-based learning opportunities for students (K-8).

Galileo Camps

Take an innovation-filled journey into America’s National Parks. Embrace your inner toy “maker.” Race a custom-built go-kart. Cook up a signature dish. Debut an original movie. Design and print 3-D models. Electrify a canvas. All this and more, at Camp Galileo.

iD Tech Programs

Discover a passion for technology at the world’s #1 summer STEM program! Students ages 6-18 will code apps, develop video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, design for virtual reality, print 3D models, and more.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Various science projects and contests, plus web activities and resources for kids.

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Moving Mindz

Moving Mindz specializes in making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive in fun and engaging ways that expand the mind of the learner!

Nature Kids! Discovery Camp at El Dorado Nature Center

Preschool and youth camps and classes.

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

Campers can explore the local tidepools, kayak around Dana Point Harbor, search for whales off the coast, or set sail for adventure on their tall ship, Spirit of Dana Point.

Odyssey of the Mind

Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems.

Robotics

Kids use robot kits and programming to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Also see Digital Revolution in this section.

Shared Science

Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains.

Southern California Rocketry Clubs

A list of rocketry clubs in Southern California.

Sylvan Learning Centers

Sylvan’s innovative STEM programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their awesome classes like Robotics with LEGO, Coding or Game Design and even Engineering with LEGO.

T.E.A.M. Science Summer Camp

Six-day learning adventure for students grades K-12 featuring hands-on math, science and technology activities led by industry professionals. July 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.

The Brain Hub

The Brain Hub is a learning center where they feed and exercise the brain through monthly brain stimulating workshops for children featuring educational games, puzzles, brain teasers, and STEM activities that aim to exercise the brain.

Young Scientists Camp at CSULB

Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories.

Youth Science Center

Summer science program (grades K-8) runs June 5 – July 7.