School might not be in session, but learning doesn't have to stop. These science camps for kids keep minds active and provide unforgettable experiences for little ones. If you really want to make summer 2018 memorable for your children, check out our list of fantastic science camps in NYC and the surrounding area. Prepare for a fun, scientific season!
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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 four weeks. 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 7-19.
Encourage your kids' creative sides with this unique innovators' camp, where children of all ages can dabble in robot-building, structural engineering, chemistry and physics to their heart's desire. All campers enjoy lunch (included) from Little Green Gourmets. While NORY Robots & Science offers a full day of robotics fun, active kiddos may also love NORY Soccer & STEM or Swim & STEM, which split time equally between robotics and a sport. Ages 3–12.
With several unique offerings from the Intrepid Museum this summer, kids are sure to find a program they'll love! Many of the programs, including Spy Science (which focuses in on the concept of cracking codes like Sherlock Holmes) also offer camps at various age levels. Ages 5–13.
At this camp, children can learn the design skills needed to create anything—from a soaring tower to a magical shop befitting the Potterverse. Middle and high school campers can take a stab at using digital 3-D renderings and other tools used by professionals to envision small projects. Teenagers who are serious about their ambition can also work on preparing a portfolio. Ages 8–18.
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.
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.
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.
Nurture your little scientist with STEAM projects and trips to some of the city’s museums, including the New York Hall of Science and Liberty Science Center, the Museum of Natural History, and the Bronx Zoo. They’ll also explore the Yonker’s Science Barge and catch a viewing of the movie Rio in 4D. Daily hands-on experiments at Marymount’s Fabrication lab will have their minds churning as they problem solve and tackle a variety of challenges. Projects include robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting, animations, game design and programming. Ages 3.5–14.
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.