Leading the Way in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Ana Picazo - San Francisco Bay Area
May 13, 2014

As parents, we want to raise our children with self confidence and the belief that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up.  Sadly, the struggle to attract young women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields continues. Even though research has shown that as many girls as boys have positive attitudes towards science in elementary school, that interest tends to peter out. By eighth grade, boys are twice as interested in STEM careers as girls are, and this attitude persists throughout high school, college, and even the work force.

If your daughter loves math and science, there's no time like the present to let them know that math and science are cool. And if you have a son, there's no time like the present to let them know that girls can be just as good as boys! You can keep nurturing their interest by finding a role model—a math teacher, an aunt who works at a lab, a friend who writes software, a female hi-tech company CEO they can follow on the news—and finding fun science and math activities, including after-school classes and summer camps.

Fortunately, we live in the hi-tech capital of the world, and Silicon Valley has no shortage of role models or STEM summer programs for kids. Here are some of the best summer camps around the Bay Area that inspire kids—both boys and girls—to lead the way in science technology, engineering, and math.  

Camp Edmo

Camp Edmo's tech-focused camp for PreK through fourth grade features a different theme every week, including arts, science, and animation. The camps use curriculum designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences and the Children's Creativity Museum, two of the most popular science and technology museums in the Bay Area.

iD Tech Camps

It's never too early to learn how to code! At iD Tech Camps, children as young as 6 and 7 learn to create mobile apps and websites, program with C++, program robots, and so much more. iD Tech partners with universities around the Bay Area including Stanford, Santa Clara, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.  

Camp Galileo

At Camp Galileo, kids from Pre-K to fifth grade engage in activities in art, science, and outdoor play, centered around a fun theme that varies weekly. Throughout the week, counselors emphasize creativity, problem-solving, integrity, and team-building.  

Chabot Space & Science Center Camp

Chabot Space & Science Camp offers thirteen hands-on classes for incoming third through seventh graders. No matter what fires your little explorer's rockets—space science, technology, engineering, art, the outdoors, or a little of everything—there's always something new to learn and explore. Curriculum is developed in partnership with Galileo Learning, the same company behind Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest. Full and half day options are available.

Tech Museum of Innovation Summer Camps

San Jose's popular Tech Museum offers part and full day camps that explore a wide range of hi-tech topics. Campers entering grades four through eight can choose to take one or two classes exploring everything from chemistry, Lego robotics, programming, biotechnology, industrial design, and forensic science. Curriculum is developed in partnership with Galileo Learning, the same company behind Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest.    

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