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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 8

Succeed this Summer with STEM

Explore the summer programs for students entering grade 8 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

I.S. 96 Seth Low (Brooklyn)
Art and Design High School (Manhattan)
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Queens)
Curtis High School (Staten island)
M.S. 390 (Bronx)

P.S./M.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (Queens)

Dates: Monday-Thursday from Monday, July 6-Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Times: 8:30am - 2:30pm

Want to spend your summer doing creative and fun STEAM activities and prepare for a successful upcoming school year? 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 work collaboratively designing, prototyping, and building electronically integrated flora and fauna for a planet they create. 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 and all students receive a daily MetroCard for travel to and from their STEM Academy site.

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Manuscripts at the Morgan

Location: Morgan Library & Museum in Midtown East, Manhattan

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

Calling all artists! Unleash your inner chemist during this week-long intensive at The Morgan Library & Museum. Discover the links between art and science as you dive into the natural sciences, geography, and chemistry that created the museum's famous collection of illuminated manuscripts.

Homestead Heroes: Summer Farming Intensive

Location: Queens County Farm Museum in Glen Oaks, Queens

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

Saving Sea Life

Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

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

Scientists and communities are saving our oceans, now let's find out how! Join us this summer to investigate the successful conservation efforts towards saving marine life in our oceans. Through hands-on investigations, debates, research activities, and animal encounters, learn how we can adopt these successes towards other endangered marine species.

Aerospace Academy

Location: NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics

Dates: Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Session A: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Session B: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

Want to join a mission to space? First you will need to train for it! Immerse yourself in flight simulation in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab, learn about aeronautic principles by using our 3-D printing lab, engineer and launch rockets, 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 mission to Mars.

Expedition Staten Island Zoo: Exploring Animal Behavior

Location: Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton, Staten Island

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

Join the Staten Island Zoo this summer to discover the importance of conservation work! Meet animal conservation and zoology professionals and enjoy daily activities like “behind the scenes” tours, special animal presentations, and a trip to Clove Lakes Park. Conduct your very own field research using the resources of the Zoo, including program animals, exhibits, biofacts, and hands-on classroom activities. Your research will culminate in a group presentation given to peers, families, and Zoo staff on the last day of camp.

NY in Focus: Photography and the Art of STEM

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

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

Do you enjoy photography? Are you curious about the historical significance and engineering of parks, bridges, buildings, and neighborhoods around your city? Then NY in Focus 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.

Wildlife Advocates

Location: Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park, Bronx

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

You want to save wildlife, how can you inspire other people to help? Campers will explore the ways scientists encourage and educate people about conservation. Through animal demonstrations, wildlife conservation campaigns, and media and art, your camper will learn how to advocate for wildlife and wild places. Discover the power you have to make a difference!

Wildlife Makers Camp

Location: Queens Zoo in Corona, Queens

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

Do you love to tinker, design, and create? Join us to learn about wildlife and conservation in the Zoo using a variety of resources! Campers will use everyday materials in exciting ways through open-ended exploration and experimentation to find creative solutions to some real-world concerns about the animals in our care.