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The best academic summer camps for kids

If "no school" elicits tears, these academic summer camps for kids are just the ticket! Who doesn't love learning, anyway?

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American Museum of Natural History camp

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American Museum of Natural History camp

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Brooklyn Cutural Adventures Program

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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Camp

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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Camp

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Brooklyn Robot Foundry

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Camp Intrepid

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Camp Intrepid

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Camp Intrepid

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Carmelo the Science Fellow at Cosmic Cove

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Carmelo the Science Fellow at Cosmic Cove

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Curious Jane

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History Weeks

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History Weeks

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i2 Camp

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Launch Math & Science Center

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Launch Math & Science Centers

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Marymount Science and Technology Camp

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McBurney Science Camp

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NYC is My Backyard

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NYC is My Backyard

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NYC Summer Space Camp

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NYC Summer Space Camp

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RoboFun

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School may be out for summer, but the city is full of academic summer camps for kids! NYC has plenty of excellent stuff on offer, ranging from academic summer programs that cater to kids with an interest in math and science or those who love learning new languages and even building robots!

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Nomatter what academic camp you choose, you'll love what you find. Some even take place at famous institutions like the American Museum of Natural History, the Intrepid and other wonderful children's museums

Best academic camps for kids

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program

This award-winning day camp works with beloved Brooklyn institutions like the Prospect Park Zoo, Audubon Center & Lefferts Historic House and the Brooklyn Public Library (among others!) to bring unforgettable experiences to NYC's kids. Campers explore the "cultural campus" of New York as a group (by age), taking part in tours, games, challenges and adventures. For older kids ages 13–17, check out BCAPteen, which offers camp activities age-appropriate for teens. Ages 7–12.

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ConstructionKids Camps

Equipped with real, working tools— hammers, nails, wrenches and drills—children gain the confidence, skills and problem-solving abilities that come from building a finished project from scratch. Each week the campers build a different masterpiece. Young attendees (ages 4 to 6) might choose
a session in which they
customize and decorate go-karts with a buddy and put together a completely functional skateboard. Advanced builders (ages 7 to 9) can heighten their precision skills by making a personalized erector set unlike any you’d buy in a store, learn the science of acoustics by building working instruments, or treasure the experience of making a highly detailed pirate ship complete with barrels, ropes and cannons. Ages 4–6, 7–9. 

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Brooklyn

Curious Jane Camp

Here, girls get to dabble in science, engineering, toy-making, sewing and design! The brainchild of a mom, industrial designer and all-girls educator, this camp (for rising kindergartners, first to second, and third to sixth graders) explores weekly themes such as the graphic novel, spy science, and DIY gadgets and gears. Ages 5 to 12.

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MoMath Summer Camp

At America’s only museum dedicated to math, not only are numbers cool, they’re also fun. Using the critically acclaimed hands-xon exhibit, campers explore concepts like geometry, prime numbers, probability and rudimentary multiplication, in ways they never would have considered before. MoMath staffers create activities appropriate to the children’s grade level and present applications for the mathematics unlike any that kids come across in the classroom. When school is back in session and a peer asks the time- honored question, “When will I ever use algebra in the real world?” your kiddo will be ready with an answer. Ages 6–14.

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Chelsea

i2 Camp

Brainiacs love the hands-on activities at this STEM-focused camp! They'll try out cool courses developed with MIT, Raspberry Pi, and the United States Naval Academy to learn about time and space, robotics and electronics and the human body. Sign up before 3/15/17 to save 100! Ages 9–13.

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New York Hall of Science Robotics Camp

The future is now at the New York Hall of Science, where young budding engineers can learn how to design, construct and program their very own robots. Over the course of a week, campers use their logic, problem-solving skills and perhaps a bit of trial and error to grasp the basics of customizing motors and sensors to make a robot move, make noise and even react to its surroundings and other robots. The five-day camp ends with a showcase, during which the children put their whirring, moving machines to the test while proving their programming skills in a series of exciting robotics challenges. Who knows? Your kiddo could have a future career working for Google! Ages 8–11.

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Queens

iD Tech Camps

You’ll be seriously jealous of your tech-savvy kids after one of iD Tech’s crash courses in the latest computer skills and software. iD Tech's programs are held at over 100 campuses across the nation (including Columbia and NYU) and run anywhere from one to two-weeks (full day, half days (for kids ages 6–9) and overnight stays are available). iD Tech also offers a small student-to-instructor ratio, which means your kiddos get plenty of attention in subjects like Minecraft modding, Java and C++, photography and robotics. Buckle up for an epic summer! Ages 6–17.

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Morningside Heights

Marymount STEAM Camp

Kids with a passion for science work in Marymount’s state-of-the-art labs exploring subjects like robotics, chemistry, video game design, animation and engineering. A professional teaching staff leads youngsters in hands-on experiments, research and field studies. Trips to local science museums will supplement what campers learn in class. Grades 2–6.

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Upper East Side

Kidventures NYC

Designed and run by early-education pros, this camp takes the concept of staycationing to the next level. Younger school-age campers might climb the stairs of the Empire State Building one day and visit the adorable sea lions at the Central Park Zoo the next, then sing songs, hear stories and create art projects inspired by their adventures. Ages 5–8.  

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Dazzling Discoveries STEM Summer Camp

From robotics and software design to microscopes and meteorology, curious kids get a taste of several exciting STEM fields in this educational camp. Each week brings a fresh, hands-on lesson designed to teach children new skills and excite their imaginations. They’ll program walking robotic creatures using 3-D printers and investigate wild weather and water ecosystems, build miniature cities and perform scientific magic tricks using chemistry and electronic components and craft supplies. Ages 5–12.

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RoboFun Camp

During the morning session, campers dive into robotics, building their own creations with sensors, motors and LEGO's WeDo software. This program is open to children entering grades 1 and 2, and there's another session for those entering grades 3 and 4. Ages 5 to 12.

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McBurney Robotics Camp

Design robots of all kinds and build/program them using LEGO software! Kids will get to dabble in science, technology, engineering and math, but that's not the only thing they'll get to enjoy. McBurney also offers fun traditional camp activities like swimming and making cool crafts. Ages 6–8.

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West Village

Brooklyn Robot Foundry Camps

You don’t have to be an advanced engineer to build a robot—here, kids create bots that walk, dance and even swim at this interactive camp. Kids will assemble robots of all kinds and test their creations in all kinds of cool environments, plus there are even a few girls-only camps in case hanging with the boys isn't their thing! Brooklyn Robot Foundry offers summer camps in Tribeca, North Slope, South Slope and even on the Upper East Side, so there's something for everyone. All ages.    

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Gowanus

Carmelo the Science Fellow Camp

Science teacher Carmelo Piazza (known to giggly kids as "Carmelo the Marshmallow") leads campers in indoor and outdoor experiments, encouraging them to ask questions and work in groups with their peers. In one session children make air cannons that propel marshmallows across the room; in another they’ll contruct a rocket-power car that moves when you blow on it. They’ll also bend light and make rainbows, fashion individualized aquariums and build 30-foot towers without using any ladders. Camp runs July 7–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Extended-day options are available. One-week session $455. Ages 5 to 11.

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Carroll Gardens

CAMP/pixel

For a full day of screen time parents can feel good about,
check out the state-of-the-art technology camps offered at
Pixel Academy. With various locations and tools for exploring the new frontiers of computers
and programming, children can get hands-on experience working with 3-D printers, developing
and creating video games, and Volume, a cutting-edge virtual- reality experience that requires no goggles or headset. Campers new to programming might be drawn to the Minecraft coding class, which teaches students how to modify the game just like the YouTube stars.
 Ages 7–14.  P.S...Got older ones? Teens ages 15 and up can apply to be a conselor in training and spend their summer learning future job skills while having an awesome time working with kids.

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Financial District

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Thomas W
Thomas W

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