STEM Summer Camps 2022

STEM Summer Camps

RETURNING TO OUR CLASSROOM AT 2350 BROADWAY APT 215A

Please click here for registration form and tuition and return completed form to andrew@poly-ed.com.


Video Game Design

June 13-June 17

This year’s video game week will focus on the Unity Game Engine and design in 3D! Unity is a professional-grade engine used to make real games that the students may already play. Expect to play a number of illustrative games as well!


Math and Algorithms in Scratch and Python

June 20-24

We focus on computers as what they truly are – tools for
computation. Topics have included search algorithms, prime-finding algorithms, and the generation of fractals. Student will use Scratch or Python depending on their level, with advanced students often using Scratch as a prototyping tool.


Hacking and Cracking

June 27-July 1

Hacking returns! Past topics have included SMTP headers, SQL injection, RSA encryption and cryptography. We have also hacked games and had an extensive discussion of memory structure and addressing. The two weeks of hacking camp will have different curricula for students registering for both weeks.  We promise that this week is white hat only!


BattleBots Robotics

July 5-8

All students will build and test their own real fighting robot (with metal parts!).  Strict safety procedures will be followed and a battle will take place in a fully-enclosed ring erected in the classroom.  A totally new endeavor for our camp!


Weather Balloon Telemetry – aka Leaving the Ground Behind

Session 1: July 11-15

Session 2: July 25-29

Returning for a second and third time! We will spend the week designing and programming a payload for a weather balloon, equipped with GPS, altimeter, camera, comms, etc. We will then venture out, launch the payload, and attempt a recovery with tracking. A substantial challenge for a young engineer!  By popular demand, Weather Balloon Telemetry week will be held twice this summer.  Both weeks are suitable for new students and students who have undertaken this project previously.  The continuity is helping the Poly Ed space program grow over time.  This year drones and possibly rockets will be added to our equipment.


Web Design

July 18-22

This week students will create their own websites with free hosting using HTML and Javascript, among other technologies. Our lessons will initially focus on the structure of a basic website, and branch out into user interaction with a dynamic site. This year we will also focus on databases, online shopping carts, and security.


AI and Learning Algorithms in Python

August 1-5

Students will discuss and implement learning algorithms, teaching an AI how to perform such tasks as walking, solving a maze, or recognize an image.


Board Game Design

August 8-12

This is our analog week, in which every student designs their own board game. We will also learn 2-3 new, modern board games per day. In the past students have designed and 3D printed or laser cut game components. We will also have interviews with noted designers about their philosophy of game design.


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 (as travel permits at the time).

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