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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Entering Grade 3

Shine this summer with STEM!

Explore the one-week camps for students entering grade 3 in September. Unless noted below, these camps take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Billion Oyster Explorers

Location:  Billion Oyster Project on Governor's Island, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, 2024

Explore Governors Island and its waterfront through hands-on, scientific investigations, harbor-inspired art projects, and water-based activities. Meet lots of organisms from the local ecosystem, learn to identify oysters and other local animals, enjoy time by the water, and learn about maritime careers in New York City. Caregivers are invited to join the group on Friday for a unique “shellebration!"

Guardians of the Garden

Location:  Queens Botanical Garden​ in Flushing, Queens

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Our city is overflowing with curious natural wonders for you to explore at Queens Botanical Garden! Become a guardian of the garden nature superheroes. Investigate what's blooming and buzzing this season and enjoy art projects and games all inspired by the garden's collections and landscapes.


Science in the Summer

Location: Staten Island Museum in Randall Manor, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Challenge your creativity and spark your imagination at the Staten Island Museum! Channel your creative energy into hands-on, minds-on STEM projects, inventions, and design challenges. Think like inventors and engineers using the design process 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.

Coral Reef Connections

Location: New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Embark on an underwater adventure to explore the rainforests of the sea – coral reefs! Explore the wonders of the ocean through a week of excitement, discovery, and hands-on learning as you dive into the vibrant world of coral reefs.

Nature Adventurers

Location: Wave Hill in Riverdale, Bronx

Dates: Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16, 2024

Spend a week at Wave Hill for a nature play experience to develop a sense of curiosity and connection to the natural world. Practice your observation skills, explore nature, and build personal relationships to plants, animals, and the environment.

Wonderful World of Water

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12, 2024

Did you know that NYC’s water supply comes from up to 125 miles away and moves over a billion gallons a day, in addition to being part of what makes New York City pizza and bagels taste so special? Spend a week making a splash and dive into where our drinking water comes from and how to protect our local water. Investigate microorganisms using microscopes, interact with an augmented reality sandbox, build model watersheds, and play interactive games. This camp includes a field trip to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Visitor Center at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.