STEM Middle School

Summer 2023

Thank you everyone who enrolled in one of our summer middle school camps. We hope you had lots of fun!

Enjoy your summer and see you next year!

Classes coming in March 2023.

2022 Middle School Summer Academy

We are delighted to be able to offer the 2022 Middle School Academy in-person at Fallon Middle School.  We have one week and two week enrichment courses throughout most of the summer to students in 6th to 8th Grades.  Our enrichment courses will be open to students from all school districts.

Grades stated in the course descriptions are for the 2022 - 2023 school year.  Please enroll your student accordingly.


Following the Alameda County Press Release on June 2, 2002, masks are now required for indoor settings which include our DPIE Summer school.  Click here for the full press release.

Due to the spike in COVID cases nation-wide this spring, DPIE is strongly recommending that all students who participate in the DPIE Middle and Elementary Summer  Camps on the Fallon Middle School campus wear masks while in the classroom. We realize this may be a bit of an inconvenience for some of you, but the safety of your student and of all students is of primary concern to us.  All DPIE teachers will be wearing masks as well during instructional periods.

DPIE will have hand sanitizer in each classroom for student and staff use during class sessions and protocols will be in place to isolate and contact parents immediately if a student exhibits signs of COVID during class time.  

What if my student has COVID?
If a student tests positive for COVID while at home, please email or call the DPIE Principal, Mr. Josh Holbak at (we will share a phone number prior to the start of the summer program) to let him know .  Mr. Holbak will inform your students teacher of your students’s situation. Because DPIE Middle and Elementary Summer Camps are enrichment courses generally lasting one, two or three weeks, it is unlikely that a student who is diagnosed with COVID will be able to complete class and a DPIE representative will work with parents to determine the best way to move forward.  

If a Student or teacher tests positive for COVID ...
-  Stay home for at least 5 days. (Link to CDC Flyer)
-  Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen* collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
-  If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
-  If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
-  If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
-  Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

*Antigen test preferred.


Instructor:        Mr Matt Wakerling, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  2:00 – 4:00 pm 
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $250    After May 30 - $265

Course Description:
App Creators will expose students to computer science by developing solutions to real-world problems through creating mobile apps, and will explore how computer science can positively impact other disciplines and society.

Students will learn the basics of BLOCK coding using a combination of MIT APP Inventor and mobile devices (Tablets).

At the end of the class, students will have the opportunity to design and create their very own mobile app! This is a HIGHLY collaborative class. The majority of the class is taught in Driver/Navigator partnership, meaning that you will code in pairs and evenly share in coding experience.

Students will need:

  • Graph paper
  • An open mindset
  • Critical thinking and analyzation skills
  • Headphones if you have them
  • Personal mobile device (optional, and used at teacher discretion).
  • The ability to work in teams.

Students will not learn:                                           

  • Advanced coding languages.                      
  • Java, python, C+, etc.

This is a BLOCK based coding class and student will NOT be learning any advanced coding languages like Java, C++, Python, etc

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Instructor:                  Mr Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:              Rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th
Time:                           10:30am - 12 noon
Dates:                          Weeks 3 & 4:   June 27 – July 8  | Monday to Friday
                                       No class on July 4th, 2022
Duration:                    1 hour and 30 minutes
Room:                          Gym
Tuition:                        $245 

Course Description: 
Come try archery!  This sport is a great activity that doesn’t discriminate based size, gender, athletic skills, popularity or academic ability.

In Archery your child will participate in a fun and fast-growing sport, develop strong problem-solving skills, increase focus and determination, learn goal setting, build confidence and discipline and create friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or has Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dreams, this class is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.

In this class students will learn the basic equipment used for archery, practice components for nocking, drawing, aiming and shooting on targets, practice scoring and retrieving arrows. learn basic rules and etiquette of target archery, practice stretching and warming up specifically for archery and be encouraged to continue participation in Archery for its recreational, health, fitness and social benefits. It’s a great way to try out this fun and exciting sport.

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Are You Ready for Broadway?
Synergy Theater’s Summer Theater Presents   “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp!”

Instructor:                 Ms Sid Starr - Director, Kenn Adams Synergy Theater  (Class 1)
                                    Ms Estelle Piper, Kenn Adams Synergy Theater  (Class 2)
Grade Level:              Rising 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                            Class 1 - Noon – 3:00 pm 
                                      Class 2 - 1pm - 4pm  (Room D3)
Dates:                          Weeks 1, 2 & 3:   June 13 – July 1  | Monday to Friday
Duration:                    3 hours
Room:                          MPR
Tuition:                        Early Bird Pricing - $450    After May 30 - $465

Course Description: 
It’s time to be a star! In our three-week Summer Theater Camp, you’ll learn all about acting in a play, form amazing new friendships, and make those memories that last a lifetime as you step into a role in our magical production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp! In this hysterical twist on the original fairy tale, Aladdin rubs a magical lamp and summons his very own genie! Now, he can make all of his dreams come true! Or can he? Find out in this exciting new comedy-adventure that’s a thrill for the cast and audience alike! Open to 5th – 8th graders, there are age-appropriate roles for everybody. So, join the fun and let’s put on a show! 

Better yet, on the last two days of the class, students will perform the play in front of family and friends on the Fallon Middle School stage. Better rsvp for your tickets now!

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Instructor:        Certified Pyxeda AI Instructor
Grade Level:     Rising 7th, 8th &  9th
Time:                   1:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates:                 Week 1:  June 13 – 17  |  Monday to Friday
Duration:           3 hours
Room:                 ONLINE!!
Tuition:               $300

Course Description:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us. Kids today already use AI in digital assistants like Alexa, in movie recommendations and more. Future jobs of all kinds will require these critical skills. In this camp, kids learn what AI how it works and how AI’s learns. They learn about different AI algorithms and how to build, measure and improve them. They build several AI’s of their own including a custom project. Our curriculum is designed by PhD AI experts with many years of real-world experience. We make the concepts easy to understand, fun and engaging for kids.

Students will learn what Artificial Intelligence is, how AI works and will build a custom project to train their own AI. Students will learn to build different types of AI - to detect and predict categories (for example whether a person is Happy/Sad or Child/Adult), to detect and predict values (such as teaching an AI to do Math). They will build AI projects to do each of these and learn the concepts behind them. Students will also do a custom project of their choice to build an AI system to solve a problem. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their project to their parents and peers on the last day of the class.

The core AI concepts they will learn are:

  • Learn to identify different types of algorithms (classification, regression) appropriate for different types of problems and data (text, numbers, categories and images).
  • Train an AI system from raw data and use it to build cool applications.
  • Discover how to improve an AI with better data
  • Learn to measure and tune the performance of different AI algorithms to make them better.
  • Explore how AI algorithms learn patterns and how to tune them.
  • Learn how AI compares to rule engines (can I beat an AI by writing rules?), and when to use and not to use AI
  • Understand the difference between AI and Robotics.

No Pre-requsites

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Instructor:        Mr  Kyle Voeller, Fallon Core Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                   9:30am to 11:30am
                 Session 1 - Weeks 1 & 2:  June 13 – 24  Monday to Friday        
                             Session 2 - Weeks 3 & 4:  June 27 – July 8  Monday to Friday
                             (9 Days, no Class on July 4th)
Duration:           2 hours 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Session 1:   Early Bird Pricing - $299    After May 30 -  $315 
                              Session 2:   Early Bird Pricing - $279    After May 30 - $295

Course Description:
Discover your inner author and creative self through the Aspiring Author Workshop. Are you interested in going deep on what makes a good story? This class will offer students a chance to practice the whole creative writing process from finding inspiration to planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Students will read and analyze examples of compelling fiction in multiple genres, learn and apply techniques to find inspiration for their own stories, develop multiple versions of the plot to test their ideas, workshop character ideas and create characters that are complex, and learn to write descriptive settings that add to the plot. Students will explore their own interests and story ideas towards the goal of writing their own short story with coaching and unique lessons designed to help them hone their skills. 

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Instructor:                  Mr Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade Level:              Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                            8:30 – 11:30am
Dates:                          Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – 24  | Monday to Friday
Duration:                    3 hours
Room:                          TBA
Tuition:                        Early Bird Pricing - $375      After May 30 - $390

Course Description: 
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Jim Parsons teaching at the Middle School Summer 2018

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Instructor:                  Mr Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates/Time:                Session 1:  Week 1 & 2: June 13 – 24 | Monday to Friday  |  11:45am - 2:15pm 
                                        Session 2:  Week 3 & 4:  June 27 – July 8 Monday to Friday |  11:45am - 2:15pm
                                                             (9 classes as no class on July 4th) 
Duration:                    2 hours and 30 minutes
Room:                          TBA
Tuition:                       Session 1:  Early Bird Pricing - $350 (10 days)    After May 30 - $365
                                      Session 2:   Early Bird Pricing - $315   (9 days)      After May 30 -     $330   

Course Description:
This class will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the class, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable device, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

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Instructor:                 Mr Gabe Manalac, Fallon Technology & Language Arts Teacher
Grade Level:               Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                            9am - 11:30am OR  11:45 – 2:15  pm
Dates:                           Week 1 & 2:  June 13 – 24  Monday to Friday 
Duration:                     2 hours and 30 minutes
Room:                           TBA
Tuition:                        Early Bird Pricing - $350      After May 30 - $365

Course Description:
In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and procedure a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design several prototypes that include a balloon powered toy car and a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

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Instructor:        Ms Sara Quintero, Wells Middle School Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  10:00 - 11:30am
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Duration:          1 hour 30 minutes
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:              Early Bird Pricing - $250      After May 30 - $265

Course Description:
Have you always enjoyed the unusual and mysterious? If so, in this summer writing course you will be exploring the "odd" and the "supernatural" while writing your own Horror story! Students will be learning about, reading and listening to several examples of the Horror genre. With the help of these examples, students will brainstorm, outline and draft their own five-part Horror story. Students will also have the opportunity to practice editing and revising their work and at the end of the course will be able to share what they have created.



Day 1: The day will begin with a quick write. Introductions will be made, and we will be doing a writing activity to begin the day. I will review what a Fictional Narrative is. I will be going over the structure and going through several examples of fictional narrative writing. 

Day 2 and 3: These days will begin with a quick write. The genre to be taught today will be Horror and Mystery. I will be going over the difference between the two genres and going through several examples of Horror writing. From there, we will be brainstorming and outlining ideas for your own Horror story. The day will end with outlining your Horror story.

Day 4 and 5: The day will begin with a quick write.  We will continue to draft your Horror stories. After drafting, we will begin the revising and editing process. We will be revising for Show Don’t Tell language. I will also be discussing how Fairy Tales have aspects of the unusual and how you might be able to incorporate aspects of this genre into your Horror story. 

Day 6 The day will begin with a quick write. We will continue to draft and finalize your Horror story. With your story being in the final revising and editing process, today will focus on your story’s dialogue. Your final draft will be due by the end of the day. 

Day 7: The day will begin with a quick write. The last “odd” genre we will look at is Poetry. I will be going over several different types of “different” poems and their structure. From there, we will be brainstorming and outlining ideas for our own poetry. The day will end with us being to write your poetry. 

Day 8: The day will begin with a quick write. We will continue to draft your poetry. We will look today at more examples of poetry and comparing them to the poetry introduced the previous days. We will also be beginning the revising and editing process. We will be revising for word choice.  Your final draft of your poem will be due later this day.

Day 9: This is our last and final day together and will be all about sharing your Horror stories and your poetry with each other! At the end of class, we will be reflecting on what you have learned and where you want to go in the writing process after this summer.

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Instructor:        Mr Matt Wakerling, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     Rishing 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  2:00 – 4:00 pm 
Dates:                 Week 3 & 4:   June 27 – July 8  | Monday to Friday, NO CLASS on 4th July
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $225      After May 30 - $240

Course Description:
In this introductory level video production course, students will learn how to develop and visualize their ideas through all stages of cinema production, from pre-production through finishing and screening. Students will develop skills in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, lighting, and editing. Students will create films in documentary, commercial/public service announcement and narrative modes, exploring genre, auteurship, and modes of collaboration. Although students will learn about a variety of genres of movies, they will be able to choose the genre of film they want to create.

Student Objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Conceive and execute a pre-production plan to successfully film and complete their projects.
  • Define and perform skills necessary for basic cinema production, including cinematography, lighting, screenwriting, directing, and editing.
  • Analyze and critique their own and other students’ work in a meaningful and constructive way.

Materials Needed:

  • Students will need to bring a digital camera, tablet, smart phone or device with video capabilities.

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Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay 
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  1 – 2:30pm
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:  June 13 – 24  | Monday to Friday
Duration:           1 hour and 30 minutes
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $250      After May 30 - $265

Course Description:
Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly! This is an excellent combo camp to develop the skills of leadership, public speaking, critical thinking & financial independence. Kids will learn to present and write effectively in 6 easy steps and gain confidence to make strong arguments and reasonings for thought provoking speech & debate topics.

Learning the concepts of money management will help students better understand the elements of financial literacy, saving, budgeting, banking and entrepreneurship!

It’s a Fun, Effective & Exciting Camp!

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Instructor:        Ms Karen Brown, Junction Avenue Science & Technology Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  9am - 11:30am 
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $350      After May 30 - $365

Course Description:
Have you noticed how your heart rate and breathing rate work together?  Do you wonder how doctors diagnose illnesses or how scientists pinpoint the cause of food poisoning?  During this course, we will explore these ideas and more as we play the role of medical detectives to collect and analyze medical data to study and diagnose diseases.  Through labs and projects, we will measure vital signs, examine the nervous system structure and function, study patterns of genetic diseases and inheritance, and investigate disease outbreaks. We may even code a germ fighting game in MIT app creators!


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Instructor:        Ms Karen Brown, Junction Avenue Science & Technology Teacher
Grade Level:     Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                  12 noon - 2:30pm 
Dates:                 Week 1 & 2:   June 13 – June 24  | Monday to Friday
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $350     After May 30 - $365

Course Description:
Are you a budding Forensic Scientist? There’s a lot of science involved in solving crimes.  In this class students will investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes.  Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, hands-on labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will use the science practices and critical thinking skills to solve these mysteries.

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Instructor:             Jean Wright from Café Art
Grade Level:          6 – 8
Time:                       12:30 – 1:45pm
Dates:                      Week 6 & 7:  July 12 – 23   |  Monday to Friday
Duration:               1 hour 15 minutes
Place:                       Online
Tuition:                    $180 

Course Description:
This class is designed for those students who love ceramic painting. In this class students will learn about design, color and elements of art. They will then paint a fully coordinated place setting of their own which will include a dinner plate, salad plate, snack plate, cereal bowl, tumbler and mug. By the end of the class students will have their own one-of-a-kind place setting to use at home and eat in style.

Student Supplied Materials Needed:  Colored Markers or Crayons or Colored Pencils; paper Towels or rag; bowl for water, workspace for art, pencil and eraser, and of course a computer device with internet to access the Zoom lesson. 

DPIE Supplied Materials:  Planning and Design Workbook, ceramic paint, ceramic pieces, and a paintbrush.

Class Pick-Up/Drop Offs


  • Week 1 & 2:  Sunday, June 6, 11am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot
  • Week 6 & 7:  Sunday, July 11, 11 am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot

Dates for Paint Pickup - To be announced

Dates for Drop-Off of Ceramics to be fired (after class 8-last class) - To be announced

Dates for Pick-Up of Fired Ceramics: - To be announced 

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Instructor:             Jeanne Wright, Café Art
Grade Level:          6– 8
Time:                       10:30am - Noon
Dates:                      Week 6:   July 12 – 16  | Monday to Friday
Duration:                1 hour 30 minutes
Location:                 Online
Tuition:                    $140

Course Description: 
Students will enjoy an introduction to the art of mixed media. They will learn how to up-cycle what we consider “trash” (advertisements, old books, magazines, envelopes, etc.) into beautiful art. Students will be introduced to art concepts such as composition, the rules of 3’s, and weight, while also learning how to craft tools and stamps. Projects include a picture frame, greeting cards, and a canvas board art. 

**Due to the nature of the craft supplies we will be using, it is highly recommended students wear old clothes or an apron and cover their workspace.

Students/Families to provide: coloring pencil, scissors, apron or covering to protect clothes, misc. paper collections (i.e. advertisements, tea bag envelopes, clothing tags, bottle caps, cardboard, any extra focal points or stickers that the student would like to use to personalize the project. printed images should be last pint and not inkjet) 

DPIE/Cafe Art Supplied kit includes: frame, greeting cards, canvas board art, papers, mod lodge, brushes, paint, focal points, stickers, sharpie and a work mat.

NOTE: There will be a material pick-up and drop-off for this class the Sunday before class.

Pick-Up Dates

  • Week 1:    June 6, 11am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot
  • Week 6:   July 11, 11am – Noon,Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot


Drop-Off Dates

  • Week 1:  June 13, 11am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot
  • Week 6:  July 18, 11am – Noon, Cottonwood Creek Parking Lot

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Instructor:        Genius Squared
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Time:                   10:00am - 12:20pm
Dates:                  Week 4:   June 28 – July 2
                              Week 7:   July 19 – July 23
Duration:           2 hours 20 minutes
Tuition:               $199   

Course Description:
What better way is there to learn math and science than to create art with it?  In this course your child will build a working camera and produce analog images. Sunprint paper is a safe medium to explore how photography works as it only requires water to develop. The trade-off is that exposures are 1-2 hours. Through the activity of designing, building and, using the camera, your child will learn about logarithms (called “stops” in photography), the thin lens equation (geometric optics), and UV light (the invisible light that causes a sunburn). Each session will focus on creative problem solving and the answer to the perennial question: “When will I ever use math in real life?” Your child will have to use a box cutter to complete this course. This is a hands-on class. If your child does not participate in all the activities enthusiastically, he or she will not learn. 

Family Supplied Materials: box cutter, cutting board, cardboard (from left over boxes), electrical tape, duct tape, and transparency film compatible with your printer. 

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Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay
Grade Level:     6 – 8
Time:                  1:00 – 4:00pm
Dates:                 Week 6:   July 12 -16  |  Monday to Friday
Duration:           3 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $199

Course Description: 
This debate camp will help students sharpen their Argumentation & Public Speaking skills and prepare them for School Debate Tournaments!

Students will:

  • Learn to make compelling presentations backed by solid evidence
  • Gain a balanced and complete understanding of current and global issues
  • Develop persuasive skills through various debate formats of argumentation & refutation structure
  • Master key lifelong skills: Research, Analysis, Writing, Note taking, and Critical Thinking
  • Become an excellent competitor and Speak to Win (in Debates)

Fun, Adventurous, Exciting sessions!

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Instructor:        Gurus Education East Bay
Grade Level:      5 – 8
Time:                   1:00 – 4:00pm
Dates:                  Week 1:  June 7 – 11  | Monday to Friday
Duration:            3 hours
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $199

Course Descripton:
This is an exciting summer camp! Students will learn the steps and techniques to prepare and present their ideas TED Talk style.  The topics will cover a wide range of issues from different sectors: Technology, Entertainment, Science, Personal Growth & more. The students will learn about some of the young TED Talks speakers, along with their research & presentation styles. They will be mastering the skills of Public Speaking, Leadership and Creative Thinker, and present a TED talk on the last day of the camp! Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals! 

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