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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 8

Programs for Students in Grade 8

All programs take place Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Bronx River Explorers

Location: Rocking the Boat in Hunts Point, Bronx

Do you enjoy nature and learning outside? The Bronx River is an incredible habitat in NYC that supports many bird and fish species. Join Rocking the Boat for a week of hands-on investigations and river exploration. Learn to row wooden Whitehall rowboats (hand-built by other students!), navigate the Bronx River, observe wildlife up close, and begin to understand local environmental issues that impact the river and the animals living in it. No previous boating experience necessary and all swim abilities are welcome. All participants are required to wear life jackets (provided by Rocking the Boat) during all boating and on-water activities.

Spring into Action

Location: Queens Zoo in Corona, Queens

Spend an amazing week at the Queens Zoo learning how to advocate for the environment and put those tactics into action! Learn about WCS scientists who are working to save wildlife and wild places. Using the zoo, technology, and up-close animal encounters as resources, become a citizen scientist and create campaigns to help solve the pressing environmental issues of our time!

STEAM NYC: Exploring Engineering

Location: HYPOTHEkids at West End Labs on the Upper West Side, Manhattan

Step into the fascinating world of engineering! Join HYPOTHEkids for a journey of discovery, innovation, and hands-on learning to be exposed to a variety of engineering fields. Campers will enjoy group projects, engage with inspiring guest lecturers, and explore NYC’s newest biotech hub. Unleash your creativity, experiment with cutting-edge concepts, and put your engineering skills to the test. Together, we'll craft a model of New York City, bringing iconic landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the subway system to life, applying the knowledge gained during your journey.

Urban Ecobuilders

 Location: Staten Island MakerSpace in Stapleton, Staten Island

Help protect NYC's ecosystems this spring break! Invent solutions to environmental problems while exploring the Makerpark's bee hives and butterfly habitats to learn about urban plant and animal ecosystems. Watch our guest beekeepers and urban naturalists care for bees and extract honey and wax from the hives. Build bee and pollinator habitats, birdhouses, and more using woodworking tools, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Make fun household and beauty products from beeswax and plants. (Note that campers will be supervised while using all equipment and will not be handling bees, who are hibernating this time of year.) 

Wearable Sculpture: Intro to Glass Flameworking

Location: UrbanGlass in Downtown Brooklyn

Jewelry and accessories are a decorative language used to communicate across cultures throughout history. Students will create their own wearable glass beads and 3D sculptures by melting and shaping glass rods in the flame of a table torch through the ancient art of flameworking. Using heat, gravity, and a simple set of tools, students will learn how to safely operate the table torch. Working up close with the molten material, students will pinch, poke, stretch, and weld glass into bold, vibrant, and colorful forms of adornment!