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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 3

Programs for Students in Grade 3

All programs take place Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Motion and Illusion Maker Camp

Location: Futureworks MakerSpace in the Brooklyn Army Terminal

Explore the world of optical illusions through hands-on projects that use motion, sound, speed, light, magnetism, electricity, and art! Learn how to safely use hand tools, small electronics, magnets, and laser cutters to work on projects such as spinning wheels, automata toys, and zoetropes, with the ultimate goal of creating a Hall of Illusions to present to family and friends at the end of the week. During the week you will also meet guest makers who specialize in puppeteering, animatronics, woodworking, and creating immersive theatrical environments.

Plant Champions

Location: New York Botanical Garden in Bronx Park, Bronx

Be a plant champion at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)! Put on your conservation cape and spend the week exploring the amazing plants living and growing indoors in our Conservatory as well as outdoors throughout NYBG's 250 acres, including the forest and waterways. Find out why birds, bees and other critters have found the ideal habitat at NYBG. Investigate the important service that composting provides for plants in nature and our city. Begin your own collection of plants to keep at home or grow in your neighborhood. Discover why we stand up for plants...and you can too!

Spring into Science

Location: Staten Island Museum in Randall Manor, Staten Island

Spring into Science with the Staten Island Museum! Channel your creative energy into hands-on, minds-on STEM projects, inventions, and design challenges. Think like inventors and engineers to identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, build prototypes, test, evaluate, and redesign. Explore themes of biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental resilience to build, invent, and experiment while engaging in team building activities and games that challenge your creativity and spark your imagination.

Spring STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum in Glen Oaks, Queens

Welcome future farmers to the Queens County Farm Museum! Do you know what it takes to be a farmer? Come learn about food systems, seasonality and season extension, sustainable practices, how livestock are part of a farm, and much more. Each day, you will do real farm work, explore a different aspect of farming, and use your imagination to reimagine Queens Farm as if it were your own homestead!


Location: Intrepid Museum on the Far West Side, Manhattan

Interested in space travel and exploration? Spend a week at the Intrepid Museum learning all about space travel! Analyze the challenges engineers faced as they designed early spacecraft, investigate the advances in current space technology, and discover what's being tested for the future of space travel. Explore the Museum's NASA resources and explore how NASA supports the International Space Station astronauts. Campers will create their own “spacecraft” out of recyclable materials, design heat shields to protect a chocolate astronaut, and 3D print lunar habitats.