Skip to main content

STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 5

Ancient Oceans

Location: New York Aquarium (WCS), Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, August 12-Friday, August 16, 2019

Join us for a paleontology adventure as we travel back in time to explore our ancient oceans. We’ll see how our oceans expanded and investigate ancient life in the seas. Through hands-on investigations, live animal encounters, and exhibit visits, we’ll explore extinct prehistoric ocean giants as well as amazing aquatic animals that are still alive today!

Eco Adventures

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

Explore the natural world around us! Young ecologists will encounter the many animals and plants at the Genovesi Environmental Study Center and explore the backyard and garden while keeping a naturalist journal of their discoveries. Campers will participate in exciting hands-on activities to investigate different ecosystems including creating leaf art and homemade binoculars, gardening, and dissecting an owl pellet. After this exciting week, campers will truly be stewards of the environment!

I Spy New York: The Science of Photography

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

Dates: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019

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.

STEM Stewards

Location: Queens Zoo (WCS), Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019

Our world is constantly changing and just like animals, we play an important role in ecosystem health. How can we as humans help our animal friends? This week we will learn how we can be stewards to our local and global environments and gain a better understanding of our ambassador animals!

Jr. Animal Caregivers

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019

Get ready to experience an exciting week interacting with and observing the animals at Genovesi Environmental Study Center (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 their stimulation and exercise.

NYC Aerospace Camp

Location: NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Manhattan, NY

Dates: Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Program A: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Program B: Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Program C: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Program D: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019
Want to join a mission to space? First you will need to train for it! Explore flight simulators in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab, launch rockets you constructed, 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.

Animal Adaptations: Survival of the Fittest

Location: Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, NY

Dates: Monday, August 5-Friday, August 9, 2019

What’s the difference between poison and venom? How does mimicry work exactly? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the Staten Island Zoo this spring! Campers will explore the adaptations of predators and prey, environmental adaptations, and the adaptations of extreme animals through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Using the resources of the Zoo’s program animals, exhibits, biofacts, and hands-on classroom activities, campers will be able to identify and give examples of physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help animals survive.

Guardians of the Garden

Location: Queens Botanical Garden, Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019

Our city is overflowing with curious natural wonders for you to explore at Queens Botanical Garden! Join our Guardians of the Garden camp and become one of nature’s superheroes. Investigate what's blooming and buzzing this season and enjoy art projects and games, all inspired by our collections and landscapes.

Queens Farm Summer STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum, Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

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! 

Weapons of the Wild

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 15-Friday, Jul 19, 2019

What’s the difference between poison and venom? How does mimicry work exactly? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the Staten Island Zoo this spring! Campers will explore the adaptations of predators and prey, environmental adaptations, and the adaptations of extreme animals through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Using the resources of the Zoo’s program animals, exhibits, biofacts, and hands-on classroom activities, campers will be able to identify and give examples of physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help animals survive.

Young Maker Gravity Camp

Locations: MakerSpace NYC Futureworks Makerspace, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

Defy gravity with us at MakerSpace NYC Futureworks Makerspace! Young makers will learn about the physics of buoyancy, density, and other concepts. Then, using hand tools, power drills, and drivers safely with close supervision by experienced makers, campers will create fun projects like hoverboards. On the final day of camp, families are invited to join us to see projects up close.