Welcome to GSA!
We are taking GSA 2017 to the “Tech Extreme” this summer. We are taking a deep dive into all things technology by bringing in Code Fu while infusing our own curriculum and enrichment classes. We are also keeping some of the traditional camp programming that the children love but we will connect it back to the world of technology. This summer GSA will be at two locations, Cleveland Elementary in the Excelsior and Dianne Feinstein Elementary in the Sunset.
Code Fu is a school day and after school enrichment and consulting program designed by teachers and software engineers to provide students in K – 8th with the option to learn Computer Science in the safety and comfort of their schools. We are excited to be working with them this summer.
Our amazing site coordinators and teachers will be leading the way with daily enrichment activities that include art, STEAM, sports, outdoor activities, and language and culture. Children will be able to chose an activity from one of these morning enrichment blocks. They will have a second opportunity to choose a daily activity in the afternoon during Studio choice time. Our Studio choices include: Art Studio, Builder’s Studio, Animation Studio, Outdoor Studio and Teacher’s Choice. Our leadership staff have been hard at work making awesome classes for your students. Whether you have a junior artist, athlete, or scientist, your students will be able to pick a fun class for the day that fits their interests.
Program Themes and Schedule
Weeks 1 & 2 – Engineering
K – 2nd: Students will be introduced to loops, functions, variables and more by creating games with the award winning, coding language, ‘Scratch Jr’.
Week 1 Field Trip: Chabot Space Center
Week 2 Field Trip: Exploratorium
Weeks 3 & 4: Robotics
3rd – 5th: Students will be coding the robots, ‘Dot & Dash’ to turn, speak, launch, and more! They will be creating an obstacle course as well as a hot potato game.
Week 3 Field Trip: Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos
Week 4 Field Trip: Game Truck
Weeks 5 & 6: Animation
K – 2nd: Students will be using ‘ABCya- animate’ to create animations and gain a better understanding of frames, timing, and how our brains perceive animations.
3rd – 5th: Students will be creating front end video games with ‘Bloxels’ and learning to animate the different elements in the game. They will also learn about how and why most animators work for Video Game companies.
Week 5: Trip: San Leandro Aquatic Center
Week 6: Field Trip: Movie Trip: Despicable Me 3
***Program closed on 7/4/17 in observance of July 4th
Week 7 Culmination
All Grades: Students will be reflecting on everything they’ve learned during the past 7 – weeks and how to apply these skills to every day life. The final Dojos will centered around stations which will allow students to choose their favorite tool of Coding & Computer Science.
Week 7 Field Trip: Game Trucks
*** Field trips are tentative and will be confirmed
In 2017 we have expanded our camp to be at two locations.
Location #1: Cleveland Elementary School is located in the sunny Excelsior neighborhood. The school yard offers two play structures, basketball courts, tether ball, a soccer field and mini track. The address is 455 Athens Street, San Francisco, CA 94112.
Location #2: Dianne Feinstein Elementary is located in the Parkside neighborhood. The school yards offers a play structure, basketball court, large grassy field and is walking distance to Parkside Square and Sava Pool. The address is 2550 25th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116
Program Dates and Times
Both camp sites will start on June 5th and go through July 21st. Sessions are weekly. The camp day will start at 9 AM and go to 4 PM with extended care available in the morning and afternoon for an additional cost. Please note that on Week 5 we will be observing Independence day on Tuesday, July 4th. We have prorated that week accordingly.
A Day at GSA (Daily Schedule)
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM: Morning Extended Care
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM: Camp Kick Off, morning announcements, kids choice activities
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM: Enrichment Block One – Enrichment Classes taught by the best of the best, our own Site Coordinators! Our leadership staff have been hard at work making awesome classes for your students. Whether you have a junior artist, athlete, or scientist, your students will be able to pick a fun class for the day that fits their interests.
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Lunch/Recreation
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM: Open Studios – Learn about Stop Motion Animation in our Animation Studio. Create figures made of clay, play doh, and legos, build an awesome set for them, and finally, animate them in your own movies! Teachers will help guide your students every step of the way.
Unleash your inner artist in our Art Studio. Inside you’ll find everything you need to create a beautiful piece of art. You’ll work with our instructors and create: Soap Sculptures, Monster Mobiles, Pipe Cleaner Action Figures, Treasure Boxes, Murals and much more!
Do you love building blocks and legos? Are you an architect or engineer in training? Check out our Builder’s Studio. This science sanctuary has everything you need for a building project. Our instructors will help you build: Cardboard Forts, Marble Rollercoasters, Gumdrop Domes, Spaghetti Towers, Cardboard Gliders just to name a few!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Academic Block – Finally, each day will end with Academic Block. Your student will stay with their grade, and enjoy an activity custom made for their age group and learning level. They’ll enjoy fun activities like: Storytelling Theater Games, Science Fiction Alien Art, Make Your Own Madlibs, Fruit Dissection & Fruit Salsa, Garden Science Bug Hunt, Egg Drop Challenge and many others!
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Afternoon Extended Care
Even in the world of technology people need to take a break and be physically active. Every afternoon, campers will have the opportunity to participate in our planned recreation activities.
As with every summer, campers will have the opportunity to spend some time poolside. Open recreation swim is still being determined at this time. Space is limited for recreation swimming. GLO must adhere to the regulations set by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The minimum height for swimmer is 48″. For more information regarding this policy, please visit: Rec and Park Aquatics and Pools. If you would like your child to participate in swimming please make sure to select the swimming box on the registration form.
You can download our registration form: GSA 2017 Registration Form or register online through Activity Hero at the bottom of this page. Make sure that you are registering for the correct location. When you register through Activity Hero there is a $25 registration fee for each week.
If you have any questions regarding GSA Tech Extreme please contact Margarita Spataro at email@example.com or 415-753-1113 ext. 205. Applications for the first week of camp are due by Monday, May 22, 2017.
The weekly cost is $300 for the exception of Week 5 which is $240.
Extended AM Care from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM is $50
Extended PM Care from 4:00 to 6:00 PM is $50.
Registration Fee: $25
Sibling discount: Those enrolling siblings will qualify for a 5% discount per child per week.
Limited scholarships will be available for those who qualify. Those interested will need to fill out a Fee Subsidy Application and will later be notified. We require that you be a San Francisco resident with demonstrated financial need to qualify for the scholarships. Please inquire with GLO Administrative Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.