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Alameda Education Foundation
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P.O. Box 1363, Alameda 94501
Tel. 510.337.7189

AEF Summer Camp – A 5-Star Review

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

My name is Amy and I took the circus arts camp from AEF. The circus arts camp was my favorite camp, and I have done a lot of camps. I mastered the stilts, floor, plate spinning, low bar, Diabolo, and more in my week of camp. We got a 20-minute break to go outside. We even got to try out a unicycle!

The instructors were very kind and energetic. There were a few kids who were challenging but the instructors were able to help them learn things, which they showed at the end of the camp show. Everybody learned at least two things in the camp, which was great. The instructors did a very good job and it was very fun. This camp was awesome and I give it a five star rating.

Enriching Lives, One at a Time


The sheer volume of AEF’s Enrichment program is impressive enough – 400 after school classes and 70 summer camps serving upwards of 3,000 students per year. But it’s the impact it makes on the individual students that means the most.

Take Caitlin*. A second grader, Caitlin signed up for one of AEF’s “Beginning Violin” classes. She had missed almost the full prior year of school following three weeks in the hospital and was finding it hard to adjust to being back at school. Her parents thought signing her up for a music class would be a good idea, and what a good idea it was! There was something about this class that turned Caitlin’s passion back on for learning. Her violin teacher Donna Eyestone provides a caring, student-focused environment welcoming for all students. By the end of the 10 week program Caitlin was shining! Her mom said the violin class has “turned Caitlin’s life around.”

Then there’s Isaiah*. Last summer Isaiah took AEF’s “Solar Power” enrichment camp. He became so interested in solar power, that he continued learning about it, became passionate about it and even spoke before both the Public Utilities Board and Alameda Unified School Board advocating for the use of solar power. All at 12 years old!

Lauren* was so nervous about running in her first cross country meet (AEF runs a fall cross country program for middle schoolers, the Alameda Asteroids), that she asked her mom if she could quit right after the meet. Instead, Lauren finished her race and asked her mom if they could host a barbeque at their house for the team. And she’s still running!


You never know when a child will become inspired. Giving students the opportunity to take part in interesting and unique programs can make an impact that will last a lifetime. To check out AEF’s 2016 summer camps, please click here.

*Names have been changed for privacy.

Students Power Up Robots for Competition


Wood Middle School teacher and Alameda Robotics Center instructor Nga Nguyen coaches students from Wood and Lum Elementary School as they prepare for the inaugural Alameda Robotics competition to be held on Saturday, May 7th.

The Alameda Robotics Center is holding its inaugural Alameda Robotics Center tournament on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Wood Middle School Makerspace, located at 420 Grand St.

About 50 students from Wood Middle, Lum Elementary, Ruby Bridges Elementary, Nea, and Encinal Jr. High School will be participating in the competition in which teams compete to see whose robots can complete a series of tasks for the most points.  The day will also showcase a “Coopertition” feature where students from the different Alameda schools will work together to tackle specific tournament challenges.  According to Alameda Robotics teacher and coach Nga Nguyen, successful teams at the competition will use collaboration and teamwork, identify relevant sources of information from a range of resources, practice effective communication skills and understand the scientific method of formulation and testing hypotheses.  “Plus, it’s fun,” added Nguyen.

The Alameda Robotics Program is based out of the Makerspace at Wood Middle School.  It is coached by Nguyen and Mercedes Thorne, who participated on the high school robotics team when it was housed at ASTI (Alameda Science and Technology Institute, an AUSD high school whose campus is on the College of Alameda). The goal of the Robotics Program is to provide opportunities for Alameda public school students from kindergarten through 8th grade to learn about and get engaged in everything building a robot has to offer:  teamwork, engagement, differentiation, self-directed learning, hands-on learning and real life connections.  Teams are school based but practice in the Makerspace before competitions.  Associated with the Alameda Robotics Center is the Island City Robotics program in which high school students participate in regional competitions.

Saturday’s competition begins at 10:00 am, with the second round at 11:00 AM, the third at noon and the award ceremony at 1:00 pm.  The competition is free to the public.

The Alameda Robotics Program and teams are partially sponsored by funds from “Power Up For Learning,” a joint program of the Alameda Education Foundation and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) where AMP customers support technology education through donations added onto their power bill.  To sign up for Power Up For Learning, please visit the AEF website

In conjunction with the Alameda and Island City Robotics programs, AEF is running summer robotics and maker camps for students in grades 6th – 8th at Wood Middle School.  For younger students, AEF is offering kinderbots, marinebots and gamebots out of Haight Elementary School.  Full summer camp information may be here