Summer Camps in Northern California: June-Aug. 2020

The Mighty Engine that Could – V8 Piston Model building

  • Led by Jon Summers B.A.
  • Grades 4-5

Good to Know

  • $499 instead of $549

    Early Bird Rate $499 per week
    instead of $549 per week (until March 31)

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm

    All camps hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm

  • 10 min driving

    All locations are 10
    minutes driving distance from each

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Car's V8 Piston Model building

You can stare under the hood of a car until you’re blue in the face, and it’s still not going to be clear how the engine can propel the car to fly down the highway. The piston is the “heart” of the engine and the part that transfers energy to moving parts. And like the heart, it is located deep inside, away from view. It is the brainchild of numerous inventors who wanted to change how the world moves. We will build a working model of a V8 engine from wood, metal, and plastic. We will learn about compression, spark, fuel, and why each matters. At the end of the week, you will take your model home as a reminder of the moment when car engines were no longer a mystery to you!

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The Mighty Engine that Could – V8 Piston Model building
Jon Summers

Jon SummersB.A.

Led byJon Summers B.A.

Jon is a historian of automobiles who speaks about cars with passion and knowledge. He writes for numerous car publications including Street Muscle, Power and Performance, Gooding and National Geographic.

Jon is a teaching assistant at Stanford University, where he teaches about the past, present and future of the automobile. He is also a car purchasing consultant.

Jon earned his B.A. in Roman History from the University of Leeds in England.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $499 per week.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $549 per week
  • An annual insurance/registration fee of $25 is required for each family account.


  • Multiple Session Discount – Also applicable to siblings
    • Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    • Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    • Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)
  • Refer families who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral. Further details can be found on the registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

Extended Care

  • Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
  • Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 6pm.
  • Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $12 per hour ($50/$100 for all 5 days for one/two hours per day).
  • Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
  • Pick up after 6pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
  • Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.

Cancellation Policy

Covid-19 Update: We plan to hold our camps as planned. If however, Shelter in Place restrictions remain at the time of our camp, or if the CDC recommends canceling activities such as camps, we will provide a full refund.

-Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $40 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations for any reason after May 1st, however partial credits are available as follows:
– More than one month cancellation notice prior to the start date of camper’s session, a credit for 50% of the total price paid.
– more than 3 weeks notice = 30% credit of total price paid.
– less than 3 weeks notice and more than 7 days prior to start of session = 20% credit of total price paid.

Payment Policy

We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover).Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration andpayment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.