Science, technology, engineering, and math take center stage April 2 through 10, as National Robotics Week hits the spotlight. Established in 2010, the week brings attention to technology-related fields by introducing kids to the world of robotics. In other words, it’s the perfect time to start exploring some of the robotics camps and classes around Brooklyn!
Mathnasium of Park Slope, 361 5th Avenue (between 5th and 6th Streets)
If your kids are looking for a “crash course in robotic design, construction and programming,” look no further than BK Bots. Geared toward students entering 3rd through 5th grades, the week-long program encourages teamwork and problem solving, and is perfect for both beginning and experienced makers. Summer sessions ($450 per week) begin on July 11. For more information, visit the BK Bots website.
Bricks 4 Kidz
66 6th Avenue (between Dean and Bergen Streets)
Bricks 4 Kidz also offers an afternoon Lego robotics camp the week of July 11. Kids can register for just the afternoon program (1 to 4 pm) or join in for the morning Minecraft offering (9 am to 12 pm). Tuition is $300 for the half day program or $545 for the full day. Note that no food is provided, so kids should bring nut-free snacks and lunch. For more information, visit the Bricks 4 Kidz website.
Brooklyn Robot Foundry
303 3rd Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Streets)
You can’t have a robotics roundup without Brooklyn Robot Foundry. With one-time classes ($65), spring break ($130 per day) and summer camp sessions ($650 per week), kids (grades kindergarten through 7th) have a number of different ways to bring home some wickedly cool robots. For more information about upcoming classes and camps, visit the Brooklyn Robot Foundry website.
Locations in Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bay Ridge, and Sheepshead Bay
With locations across the borough, FasTracKids offers a number of flexible programs for your summer science camp needs. They don’t have a straight up robotics course, but their week of Technology and How Things Work (August 22 – August 26) is a great place to start. The program is geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 10, and extended day options are available. For more information, visit the FasTracKids website.