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Learn The Ropes (& Pulleys) At 10 Astounding Camps

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Astounding: the spectrum of summer camps available for Brooklyn kids. Opportunities include getting hands dirty, learning ropes and pulleys, robotics, and chemistry. Of course, some camps still employ the tried and true education method: play-based learning.

Dream. Design. Develop.
Let your children discover the joys of bringing their ideas to life. These camps create a path and offer the tools for creative engineers.

Construction Kids
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Construction Kids
Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave., 718-522-2902, [email protected]
What: ConstructionKids’ Week-Long Summer Camps are known for the dynamic projects
that campers build. ConstructionKids’ teaches safe, appropriate tool usage, along with drawing, painting, and creative play. The program fosters each child’s confidence in their skills at designing, making, repairing, and revising.

Summer Camp for Ages 4 to 6: Great New Themes
ConstructionKids’ mission is to nurture Campers with active and creative minds. By encouraging the imagination and problem-solving skills and showing campers they can learn to make anything they want with the help of some wood, a hammer, and some
nails.

Advanced Summer Camp for Ages 7 to 9: All New Themes
Designed for first-time and experienced campers who are looking to challenge their
engineering, problem-solving, and critical reasoning abilities with complex multi-day
projects. The camp weeks will incorporate traditional ConstructionKids tools with our
new power tool lessons and usage. These camps are great for ConstructionKids camp
alumni who want to take their skills to the next level!
How much: $595/week

Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Where: North Slope, 303 3rd Ave; South Slope, 586 5th Ave, 347-762-6840
What: Beginning and advanced robotic engineers are welcome at the Robot Foundry. Young engineers will explore the components of robotics. Seasoned engineers have specialty opportunities in inventing and programming robots.
How much: $540 + $150 material fee

science camps
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Engineering for Kids
Where: Saint Joseph High School (SJHS), 80 Willoughby St., 347-644-7119, [email protected]
What: Engineering for Kids guides engineers through a project from idea and design to building and implementation. They create their designs with a 3D printer!
How much: $525

STEAM, STEM, and Language Arts
The sciences are all the rage right now, and for good reason, too. Why is the sky blue? Science will tell you. But, want to explain what blue is the sky? You’ll need the language arts. Here are camps to meet all of your needs.

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FTKny.com Summer STE(A)M Adventure
Where: Four Brooklyn locations —
Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights
7612 13th Ave, 718-748-3000, [email protected]
Williamsburg, 60 Broadway, 347-987-4450, [email protected]
Park Slope, 150 4th Avenue, 718-260-8100, [email protected]
Sheepshead Bay, 1605 Voorhies Ave, 718-891-5437 [email protected]
What: Fastrack Kids offers young explorers a fantastic Summer STE(A)M Academy camp that motivates all students to further their education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through 9 different camp themes.
How much: Contact camp locations for prices.

science camps
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Tiny Scientist
Where:1624 8th Ave, 718-832-8400, [email protected]
What: Journey to outer space or to the center of the earth. Tiny scientists will explore that and everything in between.
How much: $500/week

Brainy Academy
Where: 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, 347-450-3123, [email protected]
What: Two half-day sessions are available for students in grades 2–4 to catch up or get ahead in English and math. Class sizes are small: 2 teachers for 12 kids. Additional enrichment activities include Lego building and Russian language.
How much: Contact camp for prices.

Juguemos a Cantar
Where: 357 6th Street, (917) 453-1187 [email protected]
What: Summer Spanish immersion camp is open for 2-8 year olds. Each week young linguists will learn about a Spanish speaking country as well as cultural enrichment like sports and music. Linguists will take regular field trips. While classes will be conducted in Spanish, English speaking campers are welcome.
How much: $220 and up

Summer fun in the sun
All of this math, science, reading, and writing can make a young kid feel like summer slipped through their fingers. These camps have a touch of creative curriculum, alongside ample loads of swimming and play.

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Dodge YMCA
Where: 225 Atlantic Ave, 718-625-3136, [email protected]
What: Dodge YMCA offers 6 different specialty camps where kids will explore everything from sports and swimming to Mad Science and robotics. Dodge YMCA offers age-appropriate learning experiences that foster independence and growth.
How much: $518 and up. Financial aid is available.

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Congregation Beth Elohim
Where: 274 Garfield Place, (718) 768-3814, [email protected]
What: Congregation Beth Elohim has a variety of specialized camps. Here is a small sampling.
Harry Potter: July 31-August 4, Grades 1-3. Has your young wizard been dreaming of Professor Snape’s Potions Class? The wait is over! Young wizards explore the power and magic of chemistry as they create colorful bubbling liquids.
Maker’s Space: August 7-11, Grades 1-3. Campers use the laws of science, not magic, in Maker’s Space. They’ll explore gravity and friction as they build their own tools and toys.
Coding & Gaming: August 7-11, Grades 3-6. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Encourage screen time in coding class where gamers will plan and create their own video games. Campers will also explore cool traditional–aka board–games to round out their gaming perspective.
How Much: $590 for Harry Potter and Maker’s Space, $725 for Coding & Gaming

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LIU Summer Camp
Where: Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, 1 University Plaza, corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues, 718-488-1364, [email protected]
What: LIU offers all kinds of tech opportunities. Young campers delve into graphic design to plan and build their own 3D environment that includes a suspension bridge and skyscrapers. They’ll build their own robot and code their own video game. During breaks, campers have access to LIU’s state-of-the-art athletic spaces.
How much: $550/session for half day, $990/session for full day

Happy camping!

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