Power Up

Grades: 1-2, 3-4

All Programs

You have the power! Literally. In this week, campers discover where our world’s energy comes from, experiment with potential and kinetic energy, and transform that energy into usable electricity by building their own circuits, turbines, electromagnets, solar cars, and more!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Courage. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

DAY/TIME: 1st-2nd sample schedule
Early Care
8:00-9:00AM

Need to get to work early? We understand. By 8 am our staff is already hard at work helping our campers make new friends, doing arts & crafts projects and playing games.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Morning Rally
9:00-9:30AM

Although we have a strict “No Nuts” food policy, we have also have a strict “Go Nuts” rally policy. You never know what surprises await when staff and kids take the stage for songs, skits, dress up days, and ridiculous contests.

Game Time
9:30-10:30AM

Game Time is all about playing games and having some good ‘ol run-around time. During Game Time, campers will participate in organized recreation activities designed to promote teamwork, collaboration and fun physical activity.

Snack
10:30-10:50AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Enrichment 1
10:50-11:50AM

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Lunch
11:50AM-12:25PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Enrichment 2
12:30-1:30PM

During enrichment stations, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers are introduced to the weekly subject and concepts, learn new skills and facts, and design, create and build daily and weekly projects.

Team Time
1:35-2:35PM

In Team Time, we focus on team building and community. We get to know our teammates names, meet our Kimochis’ friends, create group names and cheers, and play the EDMO Vibe™ Game. We also take time to strengthen our SEL skills and focus on the EDMO RECIPE of Responsibility, Empathy, Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving and Emotion Management. Every day is different and we may do this through literature, various methods of meditation, group activities and/or positive vibes. Team time is where the words on our shirts come to fruition and we work on being curious, courageous and kind HUMANS. 

Closing Rally
2:40-3:00PM

Our Afternoon rally ends the day in an upbeat way. This gives staff  a chance to wrap up the day, make announcements for the days to follow and give SNAPS!

Pick-Up
3:00-3:15PM

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

Meet the Writer

Ryan Kochevar
Ryan Kochevar

Ryan is thrilled to be the EDMO Science/Maker and PRO Park Curriculum Writer! Before joining EDMO full-time as an Education Coordinator, Ryan was a third and fourth grade teacher in Albany, CA. Ryan holds a multi-subject, California Teacher’s Credential. Ryan also has formal experience in the solar industry, renewable energy and environmental science. He’s excited to bring this first-hand knowledge to his summer programs! Ryan is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. Ryan is also a Renaissance man with a DIY-spirit and passion for tinkering and making his own machines. During the summer, you can find Ryan in Alameda as the Camp Director. When not working with EDMO, Ryan is spending time with his wife, Nellie, and his son, Jackson.

Program Partner

Ryan Kochevar
The California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences mission is to explore, explain and protect the natural world. This mission extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

Extend the Learning

In PM Extended Day (3:00-6:00PM): Campers will continue their exploration of energy and electricity. Campers will also look at geothermal energy through an Earth Science lens.

“Thank you for making my daughter's first and only summer camp experience so amazing. She's so happy to go to camp every day and never wants to go home. She enjoys coming home and singing, sharing and showing us everything she is learning. Thank you all so very much for this wonderful opportunity and providing us the opportunity to introduce my daughter to all these new scientific concepts. ”
– 3rd Grade, SF-Bernal/Portola Parent