Summer Camps

Learning for the Future

One of Bay Area LEEDS’ goals is to provide summer enrichment opportunities for high school students and teachers. The STEM Series of summer camps offers the opportunity to explore theory and practice in week-long experiences that blend hands-on exploration, problem-solving, field visits to industry workplaces, and presentations by experts, combined with college campus exposure and college credit.

Last summer, more than 90 industry partners participated in the summer work-based learning camp experiences Bay Area LEEDS provides.

In a six-week period, 250 students from 41 different high schools gathered for six unique summer camps, listened to fascinating lectures from industry professionals, participated in high-quality lab work, went on exciting field trips, and met like-minded students from Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Students tell us their camp experience makes a difference:

“The Summer Camp really opened me up to the field of biology. Previously, I was set on becoming a businesswoman. However, after the camp I took more science classes. It really has changed my personal outlook on life. In my second year of UC Berkeley, I am now a declared bioengineering major and not a business major.”

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, in 2020, only one summer camp was developed and implemented virtually, Discover Engineering! We regret very much having to cancel several camps, but the health and safety of students and teachers is a priority. Please check back with us next year for an exciting summer camp experience in 2021!


Students spend the week working in teams to build and program a robot, create a solar panel array, construct a wooden shed, and work with metal. Expert keynote speakers present renewable energy concepts and teach proper designs and tool use in construction trades. Career exploration field visits to businesses introduce engineering innovations in action. The week culminates with the “Battle of the Robots.”

Date: June 8-12, 2020
Location: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily


Students spend the week working in teams conducting authentic laboratory experiments aligned with in-the-field studies, and hearing from keynote speakers. All activities contribute to information used to create a public service announcement to be shared with a panel of industry representatives. Aspects of Environmental Engineering are emphasized throughout.

Date: June 15-19, 2020
Location: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

Note:  The registration fee is $300.00. Fee waivers are available; please indicate your interest on the General Application Packet.


Students spend the week working in teams, exploring through authentic learning and in-the-field research, hearing from expert keynote speakers, and designing a residential solar solution. The culminating experience includes industry-juried student presentations.

Date: July 6-10, 2020
Location: Las Positas College
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily


Students spend the week working in teams conducting authentic laboratory experiments and in-the-field research. Expert keynote speakers share cutting-edge information to help campers develop arguments for a formal debate of ethical issues judged by industry representatives.

Date: July 27-31, 2020
Location: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

Note: The registration fee is $300.00. Fee waivers are available; please indicate your interest on the General Application Packet.


Students spend five nights and six days at Cal State East Bay Hayward Hills Campus with high school teachers (as camp chaperones) in dorms and experience college life. They are immersed in a 5-day rigorous engineering hands-on experience which blends lecture, laboratories and industry field visits and career panels. The week-long project begins with the review of a design brief which culminates in the creation of a bridge and autonomous vehicle which is tested and analyzed, and then results are presented to industry at the conclusion of the program. Students/teachers arrive on campus the Sunday before the Monday-Friday camp to acclimate to dorm living. Bay Area LEEDS works closely with Cal State East Bay Construction Management and Engineering faculty and Project Lead The Way teachers to design, plan and implement the summer residential experience.

A chance for teachers to learn more 

Bay Area LEEDS’ Summer STEM Series offers an excellent opportunity for teachers to increase their knowledge about curriculum integration, the use of project-based learning, incorporating work readiness competencies in learning, and also to expand their understanding of career opportunities available in our region in key industry sectors. It is one of the many high-quality teacher professional development opportunities available in the East Bay.

Student and Parent Testimonials

“In just a short week, I learned so much about biotechnology and developed skills that will help me with my future jobs! Along with lectures, we went on field trips and performed experiments, so we could see the science in action. The Biotechnology camp was one of the most rewarding activities I have ever done.”
— Summer Camp Student

“My boys both came home each day truly excited about meeting new students with similar interests and exploring possible careers with technical professionals. And the field trip to Big Break Regional Park was the best field trip they have ever taken!”
— Summer Camp Parent

Our sponsors make a difference in the lives of high school students each summer!

Contributing Sponsors


California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Contra Costa Building Trades Council (IBEW Local 304, Carpenters Local 152, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 104) 

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Contra Costa Water District

Department of Justice Richmond Crime Lab

East Bay Regional Parks District

Eichleay Engineers


Mt. Diablo Adult Education Surgical Technologist Training

Quick Mount PV

Turner Construction Company

USDA Western Region Research Center

USS Posco Industries

Interested in sponsoring?


April Treece
(925) 672-3759

Questions about registration:

Janice Fujii
Program Administrator
(925) 890-2624