Day Camp: A week long adventure in art, engineering + problem solving

Girls Drilling

We pick the challenge. 
kids design and build the solution.

At Project Ember, we build big. We teach kids how to safely use professional power tools, announce a surprise design challenge, and unleash our imaginations in our design sessions. Then we build it, test it, improve it, play with it, ride on it, and show it off. Though every week is unique, one thing is guaranteed: kids will always be able to get in, climb on or operate creations of their very own design.

Want to know more? Check out our favorite 100% kid-designed project from our first summer - The Car Wash.  You can also read our guiding principles and what we do to create an unforgettable summer experience.  

"I would whole-heartedly recommend this camp for any kiddos, girls or boys, builders or not. It was clear to me all week that the instructors were incredibly thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring about child development, community-building, and safety...My son is doing many camps this summer but he keeps asking if he can just go back to Project Ember." - Susan D.

Bowling Ball Billiards


Synapse School, Menlo Park

When: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Extended care options available from 8:30 and until 5:30
            Session dates are coming soon!
Who: Juniors: Rising 2nd - 3rd Graders
         Middles: Rising 4th - 8th Graders

(Teenagers are encouraged to apply to our overnight camp or to check out our junior collaborator opportunities!)

Project Ember is a safe space for all children, including those who identify along the gender spectrum. We apologize that our current registration software does not provide an option for gender non-conforming youth. Should you have any concerns regarding your child's experience at camp, please give us a call.

Scholarships are available on a first come, first-served basis.  For details on our application process, please read our scholarship page. 

If you'd like to make a contribution to our scholarship fund, you can make a (non tax- deductible) donation through PayPal.

close up of a drill

For maps, schedule overview, and a daily packing list visit our day camp logistics page.