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, and presentations by experts, combined with college credit.

In 2019, 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.”

Due to COVID-19, in 2021, most of our summer camps will be held virtually. The Robotics Summer Camp will be held face-to-face, with limited registration available.


Date: June 7-11, 2021
Location: Virtual
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Students are immersed in a 5-day rigorous engineering hands-on experience which blends lecture, laboratories, and career panels. The week-long project begins with the review of a design brief which culminates in the creation of an autonomous vehicle which is tested and analyzed, and then results are presented to industry at the conclusion of the program. 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 experience.

Date: June 21-25, 2021
Location: Virtual
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Students spend the week working in teams as a part of a fictitious expedition to Mars. Throughout the week, students build and program unique robots to collect Martian minerals needed on Earth for the production of batteries. Industry evaluates team success while providing career exploration opportunities introducing engineering innovations in action. Students develop work readiness competencies, learn about jobs in the regional economy and have fun doing it!

Date: June 28-July 2, 2021
Location: Virtual
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

ROBOTICS SUMMER CAMP (Limited registration, college credit)

Learn about the science and technology involved in robotic systems. Working together, students will design and build circuits and kinematic structures that sense and interact with their environment.

Date: July 19-30, 2021
Location: Diablo Valley College
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

BIOTECHNOLOGY CAMP (college credit)

Students spend the week working in teams conducting authentic laboratory experiments. 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 26-30, 2021
Location: Virtual
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: August 2-6, 2021
Location: Virtual
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

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

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

Find more DVC Summer Camp opportunities here.