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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 8

Aquarium Directors

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

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

Running an aquarium is a lot of work – are you up for it? Through hands-on activities and behind the scenes experiences, you will learn all about the different people who come together to make the New York Aquarium run. This wide-ranging camp will cover animal care and health, water quality, and engineering. Come join the staff for a week and be a part of the NY Aquarium team!

Discovery Camp

Location: Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY

Dates: Monday-Friday from Monday, August 5-Friday, August 16, 2019

Do you want to create STEM projects, tackle team challenges, and build inventions to improve people’s lives? For two weeks this summer at the Staten Island Museum, explore our extensive biology, geology, and environmental science collection and enjoy hands-on workshops with our community partners, including the Billion Oyster Project, NYC Compost Project, and Freshkills Park. Whether you are investigating oyster beds, designing a weather station, building a composting worm bin, or harnessing the sun to cook on a solar oven or power a robot, each day of this two-week program will challenge you and spark your imagination!

Jr. Conservation Scientists!

Location: Bronx Zoo (WCS), Bronx, NY

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

Our planet's biodiversity is in jeopardy but fear not... scientists are working hard to protect it!  Through fun and exciting visits from animal guests, exhibit visits, hands-on, inquiry-based activities and more, your camper will learn what different Wildlife Conservation Society scientists are doing to conserve wildlife.  Campers will then use what they've learned to help, including educating Bronx Zoo visitors at a special Conservation Station about ways we can all help save wildlife!

Ocean Champions

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

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

Care about the ocean? So do we! Find out what the Wildlife Conservation Society and New Yorkers are doing to take care of our oceans around the world from Indonesia to Brooklyn. Campers will talk to experts, meet local animal ambassadors up close, and explore the aquarium exhibits and Coney Island Beach to create our own campaigns and projects to inspire positive change!

STEM Stars

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, NY

Dates: Monday-Friday from Monday, July 15-Friday, July 26, 2019

Spend two weeks this summer on an out of this world adventure at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! STEM STARS (Student Astronomers Reaching for Space) campers will study new discoveries in astronomy and engineering, and explore the future of space travel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Campers will participate in creative design-centered projects to better understand current space technology and what future technology is in development. Campers will work with miniature robots, build prototype “space capsules” and “heat shields” out of recyclable materials, and create art influenced by the objects that make up our universe. Campers will also explore the Museum’s exhibits including the Space Shuttle Pavilion, and participate in programs using the Museum’s planetarium, 3D printers, solar telescope, and resources from NASA.

Urban Forest Exploration

Location: Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

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

Help us conserve our wondrous woodland! Spend a week at Wave Hill immersed in nature, conducting fieldwork. Campers will discover the ecological importance of urban woodlands and the wildlife that call them home, then apply what they learn to assist us in ongoing ecological restoration projects. 

Conservation Scientists

Location: Queens Zoo (WCS), Queens, NY

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

Campers have an amazing opportunity during this week-long camp to think critically about climate change and how this may affect animals. They will learn about Wildlife Conservation Society scientists working to save wildlife and wild places. Using the zoo and up-close animal encounters as a resource, campers will simulate, build, incorporate technology, and have fun while conquering pressing issues of our time!

I Spy NYC: The Science of Photography

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

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 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 NYC! 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.

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.

Queens Farm STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum, Queens, NY

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

Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Are you ready to design your own homestead? Join us at the Queens County Farm Museum 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! 

Young Maker Electricity and Magnetism Camp

Location: MakerSpace NYC Futureworks Makerspace, Brooklyn, NY

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

Come tinker with us at MakerSpace NYC Futureworks! Learn about electronics, magnetism, and other concepts in physics all week long. Learn to handle hand tools, power drills and drivers, and soldering irons, under close supervision by experienced makers in order to create projects like light up cards, magnetic spinning toys, motors, and more. On the final day of camp, families are invited to join us to see projects up close.