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STEM Matters NYC Programs: 2-Week Courses

Blown Away: Glassblowing

Location: UrbanGlass in Downtown Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, August 8-Friday, August 19, 2022
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. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with furnace glass, including studio safety, proper tool use, and how to work collaboratively to create finished pieces. Students will practice basic skills, gain confidence in the studio, and work in teams to craft more complex, inventive, colorful forms.

Teen Makers: 3D Industrial Design & Manufacturing

Location: Futureworks MakerSpace in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 18-Friday, July 29, 2022
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm

What will you MAKE this summer? MakerSpace NYC is looking for students excited about industrial design, fabrication, and advanced manufacturing! Spend two weeks in our 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 our router, milling machine, and waterjet cutter. Makers will design and create a project from start to finish using CAD software, 3D printers, and laser cutters, and will 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.

Bright Matter: Neon Bending

Location: UrbanGlass in Downtown Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 11, 2022-Friday, July 22, 2022
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, students will investigate the technical and aesthetic aspects of this unique art form. Working with various torches to weld and bend glass tubes, each student will spend time planning, creating, and lighting their very own glowing sign.

The Art of Stone Carving

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

Dates: Monday, July 11-Friday, July 22, 2022
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.


Bronx River Explorers

Location: Rocking the Boat in Hunts Point, Bronx

Dates: Monday, July 11-Friday, July 22, 2022
Times: 10:00am-4:00pm

Have you ever wanted to get out on the Bronx River? Have you wondered what organisms make their home there and how they survive? Join Rocking the Boat for two weeks of hands-on investigations and river exploration. Learn to row wooden Whitehall rowboats (hand-built by Rocking the Boat students!), navigate the Bronx River, and observe wildlife up close. Analyze water quality data and begin to understand local environmental issues that impact the river and the plants and animals living in it. No previous boating experience necessary and, with everyone wearing life jackets for safety, all swim abilities are welcome.

Urban Farm Stewardship Lab

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

Dates: Monday, August 1-Friday, August 5, 2022 
Times: 10:00am-3:

Calling all aspiring farmers! Do you love being outside and want to learn how to grow food and monitor the health of 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 food relief organizations. Gain hands-on experience and investigate plant propagation, food justice, seed saving, and medicinal plants. Join us for two weeks outside in the sun (or rain) to plant, maintain, and harvest our vegetable and forest farms! (Note this program only runs for one week.)