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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 5

Full STEAM Ahead This Summer!

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 Adventures

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

Dates: Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022 or Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022

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, 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.

Heritage Farm Heyday

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

Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022

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.

Myths and Legends of the Animal Kingdom

Location: Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022

How did the turtle get its shell? How did the snake lose its legs? Campers will explore animal themes in mythology, and discover the natural phenomena behind legends and folklore. Through investigation of scientific principles and up-close encounters with animals in the zoo, campers will uncover the amazing biology behind the natural adaptations that may have inspired these enduring stories!

STEM Stewards

Location: Queens Zoo in Corona, Queens

Dates: Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022

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? Spend a week at the Queens Zoo learning how we can be stewards to our local and global environments and gain a better understanding of our ambassador animals!

Aquarium Designers

Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022

Ever wonder what goes into creating a new aquarium exhibit? Learn about the amazing work that artists, animal experts, architects, construction workers, engineers, and more do to make an aquarium exhibit come to life. Then, we’ll design, test, and build our own aquarium exhibits!

Intrepid Innovators

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Far West Side, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022

Attention future engineers and designers! Join the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum for a week of innovation, immersed in the engineering design process, aircraft and spacecraft design, and robotics. Investigate museum exhibits like the Mercury and Gemini space capsule replicas, the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise, and the Russian Soyuz capsule. Explore the Museum’s NASA resources, exhibits, and 3D printers all aboard a world famous retired aircraft carrier!

Nature Adventurers

Location: Wave Hill in Riverdale, Bronx

Dates: Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Ready to dig into nature? From trees and pollinators to soil and decomposers, campers will spend the week exploring the Wave Hill gardens and woodlands, investigating who lives there. Through hands-on, immersive activities, campers will develop their knowledge about urban ecology and why green spaces are so important.

Wonderful World of Water

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022 or Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022

What makes NYC's pizza and bagels taste so special? Water! Did you know that our water supply comes from up to 125 miles away and moves over a billion gallons a day? Make a splash and dive into exploring where our drinking water comes from, and learn how to protect our local water. See microorganisms using microscopes, interact with our augmented reality sandbox and other model watersheds, and play interactive games! During the week, campers will also take a field trip to Queens Botanical Garden, get a free book, and create a public service announcement to teach others how to conserve NYC's delicious water!