Imagine and Create Your STEAM Story

Take an incredible journey filled with innovative STEAM activities and fun adventures.

Which part of the journey will you join?

STEAM Dream Camp

Join us for learning adventures! Our STEAM Dream Camp welcomes campers in grades K –8* to experience the joy of learning through hands-on STEAM activities.

We take campers on a journey with four weeks of STEAM activities. Each week follows a different theme, so campers get to choose one or more weeks depending on their interests and schedules. As inventors-in-training, campers use their imagination, creativity, and engineering to prototype, build, and solve real-world problems.

With an emphasis on collaborative learning, campers work together to build things that fly, soar, float, and grow. They assemble tools that stimulate observation, drawing, storytelling, and data collection skills for discoveries.

 

*Allowed student grades to STEAM Dream Camp are site-dependent

What's unique about our STEAM Dream Camp?

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Credentialed Educators

Led by credentialed teachers and staff counselors versed in teaching STEAM activities with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1

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Kits and Curriculum Designed for Camp

Hands-on learning kits and activities emphasizing observation, creativity, experimentation, and problem solving

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Show & Tell Your Own STEAM Stories

Creative activities that invite students to integrate stories with learning experiences, crafting stories they will treasure

Campers engage in storytelling, STEAM hands-on exploration, and design challenges each week. There will also be a designated time for outdoor activities and breaks. The following schedule is not a set activity schedule and is subject to change:

Found in Space

Found in Space is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as inventors-in-training to tackle problems they are likely to face in space, like falling into gravity, exploring mysterious stars, and finding how big our solar system is as they design the ultimate intergalactic space station!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Build rockets

Design challenge: Landing pads & targets

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build devices that defy forces

Design challenge: Build devices that defy forces

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build light separator

Design challenge: Design your space helmet

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Build solar system roundabout.

Design challenge: Sun measurer

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Building flying objects for your next journey

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Autonomous Rover

Autonomous Rover is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as engineers-in-training to develop and test the best design for an autonomous rover that can travel over rough terrain using multiple sources of power to race in a collaboratively designed obstacle course/race track. Campers will design their cars and race to the finish line!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Car on a roll

Design challenge: Ramp it up!

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Floating in air

Design challenge: Bumpy terrain investigation

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Power up your car

Design challenge: Ways to speed up your car

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Car circuits

Design challenge: Electrify your car

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Building cars for your next journey

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Life Force

Life Force is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as biologists-in-training as they observe and investigate the biodiversity of Planet Earth and its interaction with the environment to develop the ideal habitat for specific organisms.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Orientation

STEAM Kit: Dying seed to new life

Design challenge: How things are held together

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Counting the Richness of Life

Design challenge: Casting seeds to the wind

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Capturing bugs

Design challenge: Nesting like a bird

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Bee a pollinator

Design challenge: Design your own pollinating plant

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Amazing animal senses

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Watery World

Watery World is a week-long journey for campers to imagine themselves as hydrologists-in-training as they investigate aspects of water such as cohesion, adhesion, surface tension, capillary action, and buoyancy to develop the best aquarium ever!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Introduction to storytelling

STEAM Kit: Be compact as water

Design challenge: Inspired by water

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Water walk watch

Design challenge: Delivering drinking water

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: Wired on the water

Design challenge: Water strider

Student project

Story + Mission

STEAM Kit: What floats your boat?

Design challenge: Paddle Boat Engineering

Student project

Show and tell your story

STEAM Kit: Thinking Like a Real Survivor

Imagine your next adventure in storytelling

Journey at a Glance

Adventurers

Orchard School Campus: Students in Fall '22 grades K–8
Sacred Heart School: Students in Fall '22 grades 3–5

Locations

Orchard School District
921 Fox Ln, San Jose, CA 95131

Sacred Heart School
13718 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Times

Orchard School Campus (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM), M-F
Sacred Heart School (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM), M-F

Dates*

Orchard School Campus: June 20 - 24th, 2022
Orchard School Campus: June 27 - July 1st, 2022
No session: July 4 - July 8th, 2022
Orchard School Campus: July 11 - July 15th, 2022
Orchard School Campus: July 18 - 22nd, 2022

Sacred Heart School: July 18 - 22nd, 2022
Sacred Heart School: July 25 - 29th, 2022

Tuition**

$449 per week, limited financial aid is available

*Each week will introduce a different theme so campers can enroll in week(s) that work with their schedule

** Orchard School District Students: Tuition is covered by the district
Sacred Heart School Students: $449 per week
Space is limited and registration is prioritized by Orchard Unified School District and Sacred Heart School;
we cannot guarantee registration to all students and will make every effort to accommodate students as space allows.


 

 

FAQs

Where is the camp located?

If you signed up for our camp at the Orchard School Campus, the camp will be at 921 Fox Ln, San Jose, CA 95131. Camp classrooms are in Building B and D. 

If you signed up for camp at the Sacred Heart Campus, the camp will be at 13718 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070. 

What does my camper need to bring to camp?
  • Masks 
  • Backpack (to bring kits and activities home)
  • Filled water bottle with campers name on it
  • Sunblock 

*Campers cannot participate unless we have their signed RAFT Summer Camp Documents in our record.

When and where are the camp drop-off and pick-up?

Drop- off time is from 8:00 - 8:50 am every day in Building B. Please park your car in the school parking lot or on Fox Ln and you will see our camp signs and staff to guide you. You must sign your child(ren) into camp every morning.

Pick-up is from 3:00 - 4:00 pm every day outside Building D. We’ll have a RAFT staff at the check-out table to bring out your child(ren) from their classrooms. You must sign your child(ren) out every afternoon. Please arrive no later than 3:50 pm to allow time for sign-out.

In case of an emergency causing a late pickup,  please notify our office by calling (408) 320-7086.  Note,  late pickups will be charged ($1 late fee per minute).*

*Please see Camp Pick-Up and Drop-Off Policy in the camp handbook for details.

What should my camper expect for the daily schedule at camp?

Morning

8:00 - 8:50 Drop-off 

8:50 - 9:00 TRANSITION

9:00 - 9:45 Maker Mind Activity

9:45 - 10:00 SNACK

10:00 - 11:00 STEAM Build

11:00 - 11:10 BREAK

11:10 - 12:00 STEAM Build / Design Challenge

Afternoon

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 1:50 STEAM Build / Design Challenge

1:50 - 2:00 BREAK

2:00 - 2:50 Student Project

2:50 - 3:00 BREAK

3:00 - 4:00 Pick up

Will my camper need to pack masks?

Yes. Campers are required to wear masks. Please note the CDC recommendations for use and care of masks.

Do you require anyone authorized to check out camper(s) to show a photo ID?

Yes, anyone authorized to pick up your child must bring their photo IDs and be listed in the signed Camper Information Form.

What are the emergency procedures while my camper is at camp?

Your camper’s safety is important to us. Our staff manual and training include emergency procedures for both expected and unexpected situations to keep your camper(s) safe. 

In the event that campers can no longer participate in activities due to unexpected circumstances, the camp director will contact parents/legal guardians directly. 

Please do note that in the event of a camp-wide emergency, we’ll leave our phone line open to contact emergency services. We would ask parents to check for updates on our camp webpage and social media. We’ll do our best to keep you informed. 

Is COVID-19 Vaccine required for my camper to attend camp?

We encourage eligible campers to be vaccinated for their safety and the safety of other campers. 

Will my camper be required to bring lunch and snacks?

For students at the Orchard campus, lunch will be provided at no cost. 

If your child(ren) is bringing their own snacks and lunch, please make sure all food is nut-free. To ensure the safety of our campers and staff with allergies, our camp is nut-free.  We ask that campers and their parents/guardians please respect this policy and only bring lunches and snacks that are nut-free. 

Do you offer financial aid?

There is limited financial aid available for students who require significant financial assistance to attend STEAM Dream Camp. Aid is granted based on need. Please email summerprogram@raft.net for the financial aid application. The deadline to submit a financial aid application is May 13th, 2022. 

Do you offer your summer camp in other locations?

We are planning to offer our summer camp at other sites. We will make the announcement with more details in the near future.

What is the cancelation policy?

If you need to cancel your registration, your request must be in writing to summerprogram@raft.net before dates noted below to be considered for refunds. 

     Cancellations made:                         Will receive

     On or prior to May 13, 2022                90% refund 

     On or prior to June 3, 2022                 50% refund

     After June 3, 2022                              No credit or refund

If RAFT cancels:

  • If we cancel due to state, county, or school health orders or mandate, you will receive a 90% refund to the original payment method and a 10% credit that can be used through August 31, 2024.
  • If we cancel for any other reason, you can choose between a 100% refund to the original payment method, or a 100% credit that can be used through August 31, 2024.
  • If we cancel in the middle of a weekly session due to state, county, or school health orders or mandates, you will receive a prorated credit based on the number of days cancelled in that week that can be used through August 31, 2024.

Contact Us

We're happy to answer any questions related to STEAM Dream Camp:

Student Programs
summerprogram@raft.net

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