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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 5

Succeed this Summer with STEM

Explore the summer programs for students entering grade 5 in September. 

  • 1-week camps take place Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.
  • 5-week STEM Academy takes place Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm each day.

STEM Academy

Norma Adams Clemons Academy (Brooklyn) 
P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas (Manhattan) 
P.S. 182 Samantha Smith (Queens)
P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey (Staten island)
Fairmont Neighborhood School (Bronx)
P.S./M.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (Queens)

Dates: Monday-Thursday from Monday, July 6-Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Want to spend your summer doing creative and fun STEAM activities? Tap into your teamwork skills as you work on design challenges and engage in hands-on learning to solve real-world problems. During the 5-week STEM Academy, students will develop innovative, creative, problem-solving skills using Camp Invention, littleBits, Engineering is Elementary, Dash and Dot coding. Students will also use Minecraft, participate in PE and NaliniKids, and take part in at least two field trips to local cultural institutions. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Some students will be eligible for busing, while all others will receive a daily MetroCard for travel to and from their STEM Academy site.

Design Lab: Health Edition!

Location: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on the Upper East Side, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, August 10-Friday, August 14, 2020

From the medicine in your bathroom cabinet to the equipment at your doctor’s office, health affects everyone: your neighbors, your classmates, and even you! Join Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to discover how designers tackle the real-world challenges in healthcare. Led by experts in the field, students will engage in hands-on activities that foster critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration. By using design thinking—brainstorming, empathy building, and prototyping— students will design products and services to build a healthier world!


Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020

Grab your magnifying glass and detective hat! Become an on-the-scene investigator as we solve ocean mysteries. What creatures leave clues in the sand? What happens when sea otters suddenly vanish? And where in the world is that wanted whale? Help us crack the case through beach exploration, experiments, and more!

Guardians of the Garden

Location: Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, Queens

Dates: Monday, August 3-Friday, August 7, 2020

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.

I Spy NY Through the Camera

Location: Museum of the City of New York on the Upper East Side, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020 

Do you enjoy photography? Are you curious about the historical significance and engineering of parks, bridges, buildings, and neighborhoods around your city? Then I Spy NY Through the Camera is the perfect program for you! Explore history and science through the lens of a camera. 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 Brooklyn Grange.

Maker Camp: Life in Motion

Location: MakerSpace NYC in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6 -Friday, July 10, 2020

Come tinker with us at MakerSpace NYC Futureworks Makerspace! Learn about the mechanics of motion in your world. Gain skills with hand tools, power drills and drivers, and soldering irons, under close supervision by experienced makers in order to create projects like chain reaction machines, large trebuchets, automata, and steam engines. On the final day of camp, families are invited to join us to see projects up close.

Queens Farm Summer STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum in Glen Oaks, Queens

Dates: Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24, 2020 

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!

Aerospace Adventures

Location: NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics

Dates: Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Session A: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020
  • Session B: Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24, 2020

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.

Discovery Camp

Location: Staten Island Museum in Randall Manor, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, August 10-Friday, August 14, 2020

Join the Staten Island Museum for a week-long investigation of our extensive biology, geology, and environmental science collection. Explore the natural world around us while hiking local trails, studying pond life, and investigating animal tracks with our partners from Freshkills Park. Think like an engineer to design and construct mazes and machines. Channel your creative energy everyday into hands-on projects and challenges centered on fun and engaging STEM activities that will spark your imagination!

Feathers and Fur and Scales, Oh my!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24, 2020

Some animals have fur, some have scales, and some have feathers. Join us 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.

Intrepid Innovators

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

Dates: Monday, August 3-Friday, August 7, 2020

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.

Junior Animal Caregivers

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020

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 their stimulation and exercise.

Myths, Legends, and Science of the Animal Kingdom

Location: Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24, 2020

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.

Woodland Adventures

Location: Wave Hill in Riverdale, Bronx

Dates: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020

Calling all future scientists! Spend a week at Wave Hill learning about the urban woodlands of the Bronx and the wildlife that relies on them. Campers will investigate the parts of a forest, from trees and pollinators to soil and decomposers. Through hands-on, immersive activities, campers will develop their knowledge about urban forests and why they are so important!

Wild Wetlands

Location: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Park, Bronx 

Dates: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

Spend a week as a plant scientist at the The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx! Summer is an amazing time to be outdoors digging into science at the Garden. Investigate wild wetlands by taking water samples from our pond and the Bronx River. Experiments, hands-on activities, and fun science games and crafts round out each day.