Lower East Side, STEM Camp!

Education & Coding, Lego Robotics, Engineering for kids and more at MakerState Summer Camp!

MakerState’s STEM Summer Camp offers week long summer camp programs featuring themes in robotics, coding, engineering, rocket science, game design, Minecraft, 3D design and more.

Our Lower East Side STEM Summer Camp Programs are designed to develop kids’ STEM skills as well as communication skills, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Summer Camp is taught by fingerprinted and background-checked Maker Fellows who excel in STEM.

This year MakerState introduces an overarching theme of Sustainability. This provides kids with the opportunity to connect the lessons, community and the wider world through addressing real-world issues, and solving them through STEM education.

Our STEM Summer Camps are offered throughout New York City with locations right here in Lower East Side.

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OUR MISSION:

MakerState’s mission is to help transform K-12 education through student-centered, inquiry-based and experiential learning. Our approach to STEM education allows kids to create and problem solve through the implementation of robotic technology, coding, engineering, rocket science, game design, Minecraft and 3D design and more.

Lower East Side STEM Education – The MakerState Mission:

Science/Tech/Engineering/Arts/Maker Camp with emphasis on Fun! Our STEM Summer Camp in Lower East Side focuses on developing kids’ STEM skills and social skills through team oriented, challenging projects. This year MakerState introduces an overarching theme of Sustainability, with an overarching theme of Sustainability. This provides kids with the opportunity to connect the lessons, community and the wider world through addressing real-world issues, and solving them through STEM education.

Maker State STEM Camp Offers

Maker State offers in-depth, hands-on instruction of STEM focused learning – best part is we make it fun for kids! During summer camp we teach kids coding, lego robotics and engineering.

Do you have a robot or video game enthusiast at home? We would love to meet them!

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STEM & CODING SUMMER CAMP

WHAT A DAY AT CAMP LOOKS LIKE

  • 8:30am-9am: Drop off and creative play

  • 9am Open Makerspace: exploring and creating with littleBits, MaKey MaKey, CircuitScribe, and Snap Circuits

  • 9:30am Circle Meeting: Explore the morning Challenge and the Prototype we’ll build with a special emphasis on how it’s built, the STEM concept/skill we’ll learn, and where we see this in the real world

  • 11:30am Break for lunch and physical play recess that includes games, laser tag, water balloons, and more

  • 1:30pm Circle Meeting and another Challenge and Prototype building session in the afternoon

  • 3pm Circle Debrief: we reflect upon our creativity and collaboration for the day and are awarded our badges (plus healthy snacks)

STEM & CODING SUMMER CAMP

LEARN WHY CAMP IS SO MUCH FUN

  • Day camp for makers ages 6-14

  • At least two hands-on STEM tech-arts projects every day

  • Recess & play every day with laser tag and water balloons

  • T-shirt, lanyard & project badges awarded

  • Skill-building in coding, design, problem-solving, communicating, collaborating, and more

Lots of Outdoor Play!

In between our hands-on projects, we’ll take play breaks in and outside that give us plenty of time for fun, healthy games like Capture the Flag Laser Tag and water balloon relays! Along the way, we’ll earn Challenge Badges for new skills like Computational Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering Design, Teamwork, and ChangeMaking. Fun first, hands-on, creative, skill-building! see you at STEM & Coding Summer Camp!

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Why Register using our Earlybird Special?

1. You’ll Save Money: Our Earlybird Special is the best discount deal we’ve ever given.

2. First come first serve: By registering early you have the opportunity to choose the camp theme your child really wants! If you register later in the year, some of our camps might have filled up.

3. No Stress: We know that planning can be stressful, but now you are all set for Summer Camp at the best possible price!

Every Camp Week Includes:

Hands-On Building

Every camp week features hands-on building projects and science experiments as well as creative projects in 3D printing, Ozobot Robotics Arts, Minecraft Engineering, Laser Tag and Outdoor Play.

Building a Sustainable Future

Every camp week features building projects for imagining, building and sharing a cleaner, greener, more sustainable community. We’re creating sustainable art and crafting engineering and physics projects that are mindful of planet protection and sustainable futures for everyone around the world.

We’re Proud of the Badges We Earn Every Week

Budding engineers earn badges in creativity, problem-solving, communication, socializing, and teamwork skills as they create, build and share new projects every day. Our sticker badges are so much fun to collect!

Deeper Learning at MakerState STEM Camp

THE “CEO OF THE BRAIN”

Our daily projects and practice introduce executive function and self-regulation skills. Executive functioning is the mental process that enables us to plan, focus attention, make decisions, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. These fundamental abilities, often called the “CEO of the Brain”, enable school achievement, positive behaviors and relationships, good health, and later career success. Our approach to Executive Functioning comes from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is how children learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Our young engineers practice these SEL skills within daily project-based learning experiences. Our approach to SEL comes from the pioneering SEL research and standards of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Each Program $695 $545 Theme Description

Week 1
JUNE 29-JULY 3
3D Rocket Design & Hands-On Engineering with Kerbal Space Program

Rocket Science3D PrintingHands-On EngineeringAnimationCircuitryArtInvention
You are the next generation of space explorers and it’s up to us to discover and create new worlds! Let’s suit up and fire those booster rockets to create real rockets that fly and virtual rockets that explore moons and planets. We’ll build spacecraft, fly them, and try to help the little Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of creating sustainable space travel. We’re learning realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics in NASA’s astronaut program. We’ll build a shock absorbing, parachute space lander and test it with an egg! And we’re building color LED countdown circuits and 3D designing and printing our own rocket launch platforms. This week is about exploring and ensuring space is safe and sustainable for all aliens and humans alike!

Week 2
JULY 6-10
Play-based Game Design Animation & Coding with DIY Minecraft & Micro:bit Controllers

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimationArtInventionCodingCircuitry
This camp is all about hands-on creativity! We’ll build sustainable robots, music, and games with our pocket-sized, programmable Micro:bit micro-computers. We’ll create Mondrian-inspired playdough art, spinning animation phenakistoscopes that demonstrate persistence of vision, and re-create those epic artworks in Minecraft. We’ll construct old-school, 8-bit LED games on the Micro:bit like Pong, Snake and Space Invaders and we’ll create Minecraft-style potion sensory water. If you love games and hands-on experiments, this is your camp!

Week 3
JULY 13-17
LEGO Robotics & Hands-on 3D Design with TinkerCAD

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimation3D PrintingRoboticsCodingCircuitryArt
Ever wonder what it’s like to build your own robot from scratch? This is your camp! Each day of camp, you’ll build a bigger and smarter and faster robot that learns to explore and create a more sustainable future. You’ll also 3D design and print your own robot accessories with the 3Doodler pen. And you’ll craft obstacles and for your robot to navigate in TinkerCAD. We’ll also create geometric shapes with hands-on jello blocks and play dough straw engineering and cardboard automata to discover mechanics and physics. And we’ll explore the fundamentals of AI and machine learning as we unleash a world of walking, talking, thinking robots that builder a greener world for all. This is advanced hands-on creativity for advanced fun and learning!

Week 4
JULY 20-24
Worldbuilding with Scratch Coding, Roblox & Micro:bit

Rocket Science3D PrintingHands-On EngineeringAnimationCircuitryArtInvention
City builders and dreamers will reimagine our fair city of New York to build and code a super-fun, sustainable community. We’ll prototype our worlds together in 3D shapes and create interactive stories, games, and animations within the Roblox Studio. We’ll build controllers with the Micro:bit controller that help us navigate the city. We’ll grow and beautify our new world by creating crystals that sprout overnight and salt pendulums that make colorful art on the streets of NYC. If you ever dreamed of creating your own world with art and tech, this is your camp!

Week 5
JULY 27-31
3D Design & Printing with TinkerCAD, 3Doodler & Minecraft

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimationArtInventionCodingElectrical EngineeringCircuitry
Let’s get hands-on to create a green future with 3D printing pens, computer aided design, and the immersive world of Minecraft. We’ll collaborate to solve real-world challenges like planet-friendly farming, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy. We’ll build geometric 3D shapes like triangles, pentagons, and hexagons to test structural integrity and giant sustainable structures like water filtering mountains and windmills in TinkerCAD and import them into Minecraft as works of epic art. If you like to explore, craft stories, and build amazing creations, this is your camp.

Week 6
AUG 3-7
Create Your Own Space Program: Rocket Design in TinkerCAD, Kerbal & 3Doodler

Game DesignAnimationCoding3D PrintingRocket ScienceCircuitryMechanical EngineeringArt
Calling future astronauts and rocketeers! We’re building sustainable spacecraft and space stations for launches, orbits, landings, and even a few malfunctions, explosions, repairs, and rescues. We’ll make balloon towers that mimic graphene geothermal systems and global cooling space tubes and a shock absorbing, parachute space lander and test it with an egg! From 3D printed rocket ship prototypes to hands-on rocket builds to explorations of outer space in the Kerbal Space Program, we’re problem-solving to create a sustainable world and universe. This week of camp is out of this world!

Week 7
AUG 10-14
Hands-on Engineering & Design with LEGO Robotics, Minecraft & MaKey MaKey

Hands-on EngineeringLEGO RoboticsMinecraftMaKey MaKeyInventionArt
Roll up your sleeves engineers! This week it’s all about hands-on building! We’ll explore how engineers at NASA, Apple and Tesla create smart rockets, devices, and cars with lots of hands-on projects in LEGO robotics and MaKey MaKey microcontrollers. And we’ll construct a programmable controller to move around your Minecraft worlds and control your bots! We’re even getting into the fundamentals of AI and machine learning as we make bots that respond to and help improve a greener world. If you like to build, this is your most fun camp ever!

Week 8
AUG 17-21
Space Engineering: Exploring New Worlds in Kerbal, Roblox & Micro:bit

Space EngineeringKerbalRobloxMicro:bitInvention
We’re launching into hands-on rocket design and sustainable space exploration in this introduction to NASA engineering. We’ll build a lemon-powered light and a DIY electromagnet with wire, a nail, and a battery. We’ll automate farms, build green transport systems, and cultivate alternative fuels in the Roblox Studio and control our vehicles, rockets and satellites with the Micro:bit microcontroller. Discover what it means to cultivate and sustain life on otherwise uninhabitable planets and what it takes to claim your seat in the control centers of the future. From clean water to sustainable farming and industry to green space travel, we can build a better world for all.

Week 9
AUG 24-28
Play-based Coding & Game Design with Minecraft & 3D Printing

Hands-On EngineeringGame Design3D PrintingCodingCircuitryInventionMechanical EngineeringArt
How do you create a farm that is kind to animals? How do you make the subway friendly to all riders? How do you power a giant city on solar energy? This is your chance to build, code and playtest games based on your wildest dreams…of a sustainable world. We’ll make balloon towers and leaf rubbings and then 3D design and print prototypes from those shapes. We’ll create a cardboard chair to support the weight of a human as we learn how to design sustainable products and worlds. And we’ll 3D print circuit cubes that draw on the power of Minecraft Redstone. It’s your future so let’s start building it!

Week 10
AUG 31- SEPT 4
LEGO Robotics & Game Design with Roblox & MaKey MaKey

RoboticsCodingGame DesignHands-On EngineeringArtInventionElectrical Engineering
Let’s build robots that walk, roll, lift, talk, play and learn! We’ll start by building a hydraulic powered robotic arm and a DIY electromagnet with wire, a nail, and a battery. We’ll design and code new Roblox Studio worlds where virtual robots can play and explore. And we’ll create our own game controllers from MaKey MaKey microcontrollers so that we can playtest our games and programs. Hands-on building is so much fun. It’s a bot playful learning!
Each Program $695 $545


3D Rocket Design & Hands-On Engineering with Kerbal Space Program

Rocket Science3D PrintingHands-On EngineeringAnimationCircuitryArtInvention
Week 1
JUNE 29-JULY 3


Play-based Game Design Animation & Coding with DIY Minecraft & Micro:bit Controllers

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimationArtInventionCodingCircuitry
Week 2
JULY 6-10


LEGO Robotics & Hands-on 3D Design with TinkerCAD

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimation3D PrintingRoboticsCodingCircuitryArt
Week 3
JULY 13-17


Worldbuilding with Scratch Coding, Roblox & Micro:bit

Rocket Science3D PrintingHands-On EngineeringAnimationCircuitryArtInvention
Week 4
JULY 20-24


3D Design & Printing with TinkerCAD, 3Doodler & Minecraft

Hands-On EngineeringGame DesignAnimationArtInventionCodingElectrical EngineeringCircuitry
Week 5
JULY 27-31


Create Your Own Space Program: Rocket Design in TinkerCAD, Kerbal & 3Doodler

Game DesignAnimationCoding3D PrintingRocket ScienceCircuitryMechanical EngineeringArt
Week 6
AUG 3-7


Hands-on Engineering & Design with LEGO Robotics, Minecraft & MaKey MaKey

Hands-on EngineeringLEGO RoboticsMinecraftMaKey MaKeyInventionArt
Week 7
AUG 10-14


Space Engineering: Exploring New Worlds in Kerbal, Roblox & Micro:bit

Space EngineeringKerbalRobloxMicro:bitInvention
Week 8
AUG 17-21


Play-based Coding & Game Design with Minecraft & 3D Printing

Hands-On EngineeringGame Design3D PrintingCodingCircuitryInventionMechanical EngineeringArt
Week 9
AUG 24-28


LEGO Robotics & Game Design with Roblox & MaKey MaKey

RoboticsCodingGame DesignHands-On EngineeringArtInventionElectrical Engineering
Week 10
AUG 31- SEPT 4

Testimonials:

It’s a great program and I love that my kids want to do it. He wants to do it all summer!

Heather, Upper West Side parent of two STEM Campers

It was the best week of his life. He cried when we picked him up.

Brenda, Mom

“MakerState’s STEAM program was a highlight of our summer camp! Campers reveled in learning new skills and learning either how to play Minecraft or get better at it!”

Stella, Garden Summer Program-Director

“Making the water bottles and Minecraft was the coolest thing at camp!”

As told by a STEM Summer Camp engineer

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the great few days in the camp. My son Oliver absolutely loved it. I am so annoyed I didn’t know about you earlier! We would have def sign up for more weeks. But we’ll be sure to sign up in the future. And special shout to Kourtney who did a fantastic job with Oliver this week.”

Sanida, Parent

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