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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 5

Ecology Explorers

Location: Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Want to know what makes a forest? Come learn at Wave Hill! From trees and pollinators to soil and decomposers, campers will spend the week exploring our woodlands and investigating who lives there. Through hands-on, immersive activities, campers will develop their knowledge about urban forests and why they are so important!

Intrepid Innovators

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, NY

Attention future engineers and designers! Join the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum for a week of innovation as campers become deeply immersed in the study of the engineering design process, aircraft and spacecraft design, and robotics. Throughout the week, campers will explore museum exhibits to learn how aircraft function influences design and vice versa, explore various design elements of aircraft and how they met the challenges of the roles they were designed for, and plan and design a 3D model of an aircraft that is meant to achieve a specific task using Tinkercad.

Jr. Animal Caregivers

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Get ready to experience an exciting week interacting with and observing the animals at GESC! Campers will learn about animals’ habitats both at GESC and in the wild while discovering animals' needs and routines as junior animal caregivers. Campers will learn how to feed and handle the animals as well as build enrichment toys for the animals' stimulation and exercise.

NYC Aerospace Camp

Location: New York City Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY

Do you want to go on a mission to space? First you will need to train for it! Explore flight simulators in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab, construct and launch rockets, and build Mars rovers with EV3 LEGO robots. During this action-packed week, campers will simulate astronaut training and learn about the history of space exploration to prepare for their ultimate mission: a simulated space adventure.

Ocean Wonders: Exhibit Design

Location: New York Aquarium, Brooklyn, NY

Ever wonder what goes into creating a new Aquarium exhibit? We’ll use Ocean Wonders: Sharks as a case study to learn all about Aquarium exhibit design. This incredible exhibit features immersive, underwater habitats full of sharks, rays, and thousands of fish that campers will explore throughout their week. Then, we’ll design, test, and build our own Aquarium exhibits!

Feathers and Fur and Scales, Oh My!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Some animals have fur, some have scales, and some have feathers! Join GESC for a week of camp exploring six different classes of animals: reptiles, mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, and fish. Get up close and personal interacting with our animal residents while learning about their different characteristics and adaptations. Each day will be filled with crafts, hands-on activities, animal encounters, and inquiry-based explorations.

I Spy New York: The Science of Photography

Location: Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan, NY

Curious about the historical significance and engineering of parks, bridges, buildings, and neighborhoods around your city? Explore history, science, and the art of photography through I Spy New York! Campers will enhance their literacy and research skills using the museum's technology and pick up photography skills using a digital camera. Possible field trips include Central Park and The Javits Center Green Roof.

Jr. Scientist Camp

Location: Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, NY

Ready for some amazing spring break science? Come and join a team of researchers in investigating the zoo like never before. Campers will investigate insect populations in the park, compete in bioengineering challenges, and design and conduct their own experiments with up-close inspiration from our wild animal ambassadors.

Queens Farm Spring STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum, Queens, NY

Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Are you ready to design your own homestead? Join us at the Queens Farm to find out! Learn about food systems, crop diversity, season extension, and sustainable practices happening at the farm. Each day, campers will do actual work in the growing fields and explore a different aspect of farming: crops, animals, compost, cooking (and tasting) a meal in our historic farmhouse. The program culminates with a special family day where each camper can showcase their personal farm project!