Summer 2019


STEM Summer Camp at Poly Ed

All sessions run Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Please CLICK HERE for registration form and tuition.

Robotics with Lego, Arduino, or Raspberry Pi

Can’t get enough robotics?  Do you have experience with technologies like Mindstorms and Scratch, and are you ready for a new challenge?  Perhaps you’re a newcomer who would like to delve deep into the world of thinking machines?  Join us for a week of robotics and programming.  Our younger students will work with the Lego EV3 robotics platform, commonly seen in competitions like the International First Lego Robotics competition.  The EV3’s unique programming language and array of sensors offer the perfect platform for both newcomers and young veterans.  Arduino is a popular, open-source microcontroller and programming language.  Flexible and powerful, Arduino is used all the way up through college and even into professional electronics prototyping.  We’ll learn to control a variety of sensors and actuators that underpin our increasingly-robotic world.  For those students with extensive experience in both Lego and Arduino, we are adding the option for robotics in Raspberry Pi this year.  Raspberry Pi is a modern, single board, Linux computer with tremendous flexibility and power consumption suited to robotics applications.  Additionally, we will design and 3D-print custom robotic parts for our creations.  Join us, and build the future robotic overlords!

Session 1

June 17-21

Session 2

July 15-19

Math and Algorithms in Python and Scratch

Whether you’re new to Scratch, or a Scratch master with a portfolio of games, you’ll want to join us for a week of algorithms and computer science in Scratch!  Scratch is not only a great gateway into the world of programming, but also a powerful prototyping tool.  In this session we will discuss many of the algorithms that run our digital world.  We will also introduce Python, a powerful scripting language that has become ubiquitous in science, engineering, mathematics, finance, and many other fields.  Topics will include RSA encryption, sorting algorithms, sound processing, and algorithmic complexity.  Jump right into the core of computer science!

If mathematics is the music of reason, then engineering is the performance of that music.  In this course, we will focus on the engineering, and the application of math you might already know!  Many people wait until high school or even college before seeing math applied to engineering problems in the real world.  We will jump into important equations in structural engineering, aeronautics, astronomy, and other fields to see just how thoroughly math underpins our modern world.  Let’s solve some math problems posed by the universe itself!

Session 1

July 1-5

Session 2

July 22-26

Hacking and Cracking Code in Python

In this session, we will cover modern hacking fundamentals.  Topics will include SQL injection attacks, RSA encryption, and a discussion of codes going back as far as the enigma machine!  Digital security has been under attack as long as it has existed, creating an intellectual arms race between those making machines safer and those seeking to exploit any weakness.  To create a safe system, first you must learn to break it!  Use your new skills responsibly!

Session 1

June 24-28

Session 2

July 8-12

Session 3

July 29- August 2

Board Game Design – Back By Popular Demand!


Session 1

August 5-9

As always, our enrollment ages/grades are flexible, so if you believe your student belongs in a different age group, please let us know.

Students should bring a NUT-FREE lunch and snack.  Students will have access to a refrigerator to store their lunches.

We are currently building a fantastic schedule of trips in and around NYC that mesh closely with our curriculum.  Details will be finalized closer to the start of camp.  Our destinations will include institutions involved in research and development, in addition to museums that align with our STEM themes.

A typical day’s schedule is as follows:

9:00 am – 11:30 am           Classroom lesson and work time

11:30 am – 12:00 pm        Play a game as a class or in groups

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm        Lunch in Central Park

12:45 pm – 3:15 pm          Field Trip

Our lab classroom includes a 3D printer, many robots, and a huge library of modern board games.  Call us at (646) 692-3573 or email to make an appointment to visit!