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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Entering Grade 5

Shine this summer with STEM!

Explore the one-week camps for students entering grade 5 in September. Unless noted below, these camps take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Aerospace Academy

Location: NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Choose one session:

  • Session A: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2023 or
  • Session B: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2023 or
  • Session C: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023

Do you want to be an astronaut? Come join us for a week of astronaut training! Explore flight simulators in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab, construct and launch rockets, design in our 3D printing lab, and build and program 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.

Green Gardener

Location: Greenhouse Education Center, Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, Hamilton Heights, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2023

Get hands-on in the garden with the Horticultural Society of New York! Harvest veggies and cook them into amazing meals at the Greenhouse Education Center at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park. Learn how to harvest plants, incorporate the herbs and veggies you've grown into a plant-based garden feast, and plan a food celebration based on many cultures to honor your knowledge and hard work!

Heritage Farm Heyday

Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Randall Manor, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023

Looking for a unique, hands-on farming experience? Check out Snug Harbor's Heritage Farm! Get inspired by exploring nature, daily walk-and-talks, and art-making to deepen your powers of observation and develop a respect for all living things. By week's end, you'll know where your food comes from and learn easy recipes to make at home.

Wild Adventurers

Location: Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park, Bronx

Dates: Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2023

Spend a week as a Wild Adventurer! Learn about local and zoo wildlife through exploration, art, games, animal encounters, and field research. Participate in full-day outdoor investigations and adventures as you become a young naturalist and develop a new appreciation for wildlife and the natural world that surrounds the Zoo!

Feathers and Fur and Scales, Oh my!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Some animals have fur, some have scales, and some have feathers! Spend a week exploring six different classes of animals: reptiles, mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, and fish. Get up close and personal interacting with the Environmental Study Center's 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.

Guardians of the Garden

Location:  Queens Botanical Garden​ in Flushing, Queens

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023

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

Sea Specialties

Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2023

Have you ever seen a shark walk on land? Or an octopus disappear? Join the NY Aquarium to investigate our ocean’s unique animals and their habitats. Through hands-on projects, animal encounters, and exhibit exploration, learn how marine animals use their extreme adaptations to survive in the ocean, past and present!

Wonderful World of Water

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023

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.

World Zoofari

Location: Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Travel around the world without leaving Brooklyn! Learn about different places in the world by getting up close with animals, exploring the Zoo's exhibits, and doing a variety of activities that will make the world feel just a bit more connected.