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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Other High School Programs

Entering Grades 10 Through 12 in September?

Check out these five additional programs being offered this summer for students entering grades 10-12 in September.

Blown Away: Introduction to Glassblowing

Location: UrbanGlass in Downtown Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, August 7-Friday, August 18, 2023
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

Molten glass is like honey; it drips, stretches, and expands in unique and unexpected ways. Glassblowing is the ancient artform of manipulating molten glass to create functional and sculptural objects. Learn the fundamentals of working with furnace glass, including studio safety, proper tool use, and how to work collaboratively to create finished pieces. Practice basic skills, gain confidence in the studio, and work in teams to craft more complex, inventive, colorful forms. Participants receive a daily MetroCard for travel to/from UrbanGlass.

The Art of Stone Carving

Location: Pellettieri Stone Carvers' Academy in Port Morris, Bronx

Dates: Monday, July 10-Friday, July 21, 2023
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

This summer, put down your phone, pick up a chisel, and learn the art of stone carving! From university libraries to churches and high-end homes, stone carvers are busy restoring buildings and sculpting new designs. How would it feel to learn their craft and transform a piece of rock into a complex sculpture? Find out during this two week program for beginners! You will take home impressive carvings but more importantly, you’ll gain a sense of pride as you tackle difficult challenges to develop these ancient and in-demand skills. Participants receive a daily MetroCard for travel to/from the Stone Carvers' Academy.

Bright Matter: Introduction to Neon Bending

Location: UrbanGlass in Downtown Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 10-Friday, July 21, 2023
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

Did you know all neon signs are handmade from glass tubing? Illuminate the summer with a neon masterpiece of your own design! Beginning with an exploration of how noble gases interact with electrical currents to produce light, investigate the technical and aesthetic aspects of this unique art form. Working with various torches to weld and bend glass tubes, spend time planning, creating, and lighting your very own glowing sign. Participants receive a daily MetroCard for travel to/from UrbanGlass.

Urban Farm Stewardship Lab

Location: The Battery Conservancy, in the Financial District, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, August 7-Friday, August 11, 2023 
Times: 10:00am-3:

Calling all aspiring farmers! Do you love being outside and want to learn how to grow food and manage healthy ecosystems? The Battery Urban Farm, located at The Battery, a historic waterfront park in the heart of downtown Manhattan, grows food for donation to local hunger relief organizations and maintains habitats for our local wildlife. Gain hands-on experience and investigate plant propagation, food justice, seed saving, and medicinal plants. Join us for one week outside in the sun (or rain) to plant, maintain, and harvest our vegetable and forest farms. Participants receive a daily MetroCard for travel to/from the Farm. 

Teen Makers: 3D Industrial Design & Manufacturing

Location: Futureworks MakerSpace in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 24-Friday, August 4, 2023
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

What will you MAKE this summer? Are you excited about industrial design, fabrication, and advanced manufacturing! Spend two weeks in MakerSpace NYC's 15,000 sq ft state-of-the-art space where you'll learn about design, use advanced manufacturing tools, and observe other CNC machines in action including their router, milling machine, and waterjet cutter. Design and create a project from start to finish using CAD software, 3D printers, and laser cutters, and visit advanced manufacturing facilities in the Brooklyn Army Terminal to see how this technology is used to make everything from sunglasses, to biotech artwork, to chocolate! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to build a portfolio, learn about internships, career paths in industrial design and advanced manufacturing, and receive a free six-month student membership to Makerspace NYC. Participants also receive a daily MetroCard for travel to/from the Brooklyn Army Terminal for this program.