Upper West 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 Upper West 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 Upper West Side.
STEM Camp – Upper West Side
Upper West Side Makerspace
233 W. 77th St. Suite 1,
New York, NY 10024
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.
Upper West Side STEM Education – The MakerState Mission:
Science/Tech/Engineering/Arts/Maker Camp with emphasis on Fun! Our STEM Summer Camp in Upper West Side focuses on developing kids’ STEM skills and social skills through team oriented, challenging projects. 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.
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)
3:30pm: Open Makerspace
4pm: Camp Day Ends
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!
Every Camp Week Includes:
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 $745||Theme||Description|
Week 1 – JUNE 29-JULY 3
|Play-based Coding & Game Design with Minecraft & 3D Printing
||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 2 – JULY 6-10
|LEGO Robotics & Game Design with Roblox & MaKey MaKey
||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!|
Week 3 – JULY 13-17
|3D Rocket Design & Hands-On Engineering with Kerbal Space Program
||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 4 – JULY 20-24
|Play-based Game Design Animation & Coding with DIY Minecraft & Micro:bit Controllers
||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 5 – JULY 27-31
|LEGO Robotics & Hands-on 3D Design with TinkerCAD
||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 6 – AUG 3-7
|Worldbuilding with Scratch Coding, Roblox & Micro:bit
||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 7 – AUG 10-14
|3D Design & Printing with TinkerCAD, 3Doodler & Minecraft
||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 8 – AUG 17-21
|Create Your Own Space Program: Rocket Design in TinkerCAD, Kerbal & 3Doodler
||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 9 – AUG 24-28
|Hands-on Engineering & Design with LEGO Robotics, Minecraft & MaKey MaKey
||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 10 – AUG 31-SEPT 4
|Space Engineering: Exploring New Worlds in Kerbal, Roblox & Micro:bit
||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.|
Play-based Coding & Game Design with Minecraft & 3D Printing
LEGO Robotics & Game Design with Roblox & MaKey MaKey
3D Rocket Design & Hands-On Engineering with Kerbal Space Program
Play-based Game Design Animation & Coding with DIY Minecraft & Micro:bit Controllers
LEGO Robotics & Hands-on 3D Design with TinkerCAD
Worldbuilding with Scratch Coding, Roblox & Micro:bit
3D Design & Printing with TinkerCAD, 3Doodler & Minecraft
Create Your Own Space Program: Rocket Design in TinkerCAD, Kerbal & 3Doodler
Hands-on Engineering & Design with LEGO Robotics, Minecraft & MaKey MaKey
Space Engineering: Exploring New Worlds in Kerbal, Roblox & Micro:bit
It’s a great program and I love that my kids want to do it. He wants to do it all summer!
It was the best week of his life. He cried when we picked him up.
“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!”
“Making the water bottles and Minecraft was the coolest thing at camp!”
“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.”