S.T.E.A.M. Camps

Due to Covid-19. we are unable to offer S.T.E.A.M. Camps in 2020. Check back in 2021!

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Make new discoveries while enjoying positive, and confidence boosting activities. You’re guaranteed to learn something new and exciting at either our half-day or full day programs.

ROBOTICS

Entering grades K-5
Build your own remote control car, animal bot or electric guitar using the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT Robotics Construction Set. Campers build and program their robots using motors and external inputs such as touch, sound and light sensors. Then meet challenges such as following lines, processing sound or navigating a maze.

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NEW! ROLLER COASTER ENGINEERING

Entering grades K-5
Explore the thrill of building your own amusement park! Learn basic concepts of engineering and physics as you design and build a safe roller coaster and theme park rides. Identify machines and use the following concepts: momentum, force, gravity, friction, motion, gears, and pulleys.

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3D VIDEO GAME MAKER

Entering grades 3-5
Campers are introduced to the basics of game development. Our software uses a visual programming language designed to be accessible to children and made specifically for creating games. Campers develop and program a wide range of inventive and visually interesting games to play in a 3-D world. Campers will design and create their own single-player and multi-player games.

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NEW! ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Entering grades 3-5
You are the architect and designer! Create the blueprint of your dream house or skyscraper, then design it in 3D online, before building and decorating it. You will engineering skills to add some electricity in your creation.

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NEW! STAR WARS STEM

Entering grades K-5
Campers will be introduced to Jedi engineering to build a droid and pieces of the Star Wars galaxy, use coding to help a droid pick up scrap metal on Tatooine, get a chance to race droid robots, and engage in science experiments to create Star Wars landscapes.

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NEW! 3D DESIGN/3D PRINTING

Entering grades K-5
Create 3D designs using 3D modeling software. SketchUp lets campers push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. They then can stretch, copy, rotate, and paint these forms to create their own customized structures such as buildings or forms of transportation. Campers use basic shapes such as building blocks to piece together and form all sort of designs. Campers also are exposed to 3D printing technology through use of our 3D printer.

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NEW! CHESS

Entering grades 1-6
Chess is a game that takes about an hour to learn and a lifetime to master! Campers will learn the rules, the value and movement of the pieces, and the strategies and object of the game-checkmate! Progressively advanced topics will kick off each day, and then let the games begin. The lead instructor is a chess teacher, coach and life candidate master who will review games as they are played and offer strategy suggestions. Puzzles, a fun way to improve problem solving skills, will also be a part of the camp day.

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FASHION DESIGN

Entering grades 4-7
Show your style! Learn the ins and outs of garment structure in this hands-on camp where you create and wear your own designs.  Develop the sewing skills you need to continue producing on your own.

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YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Age 4-Entering grade 5
Fun discoveries and hands-on learning are in store as we mix Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math into this creative and exploratory camp. Kids work both individually and as teams to tackle complex challenges employing elements of science, engineering and design. Campers gain a better understanding of how basic scientific properties affect the world around us.

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DANCE ACADEMY

Entering grades K-4
Led by Westfield Area YMCA Dance Academy instructors, this camp is designed for dancers of all levels to have the opportunity to be creative and embrace the art of dance in a fun and nurturing environment. All ages learn technique in a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Camp concludes with a studio performance to showcase each dancer’s own choreographic creations, artistry, and technique!

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HANDS ON ART

Age 4-Entering grade 5
Prepare to engage your imagination and natural creativity! Our inspired artists work with a variety of materials such as paint, clay, sand, pastels and natural materials from the surrounding environment to create and develop fun projects, acquire new skills and express personal style. This is the camp where creativity thrives!

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MYSTERIES OF MAGIC

Entering grades 2-4
Go “behind the scenes” to learn how some of your favorite magic tricks come to life and master your own bag of tricks with a professional magician. Before you know it, you’ll be entertaining your family and friends! Each young magician gets a set of magic tricks and props to keep.

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DRAMA

Entering grades 3-7
This summer’s production is Mary Poppins Jr.! kids explore all aspects of drama and theatre from role playing and makeup to stage presence, improvisation, comedy, music and more. Camp includes recreational swim. The session culminates with a performance that all will want to see.

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STAGE PRODUCTION

Entering grades 3-7
Learn about all the “behind the scenes” work that goes into a theatrical production from lighting and sound to set design and backstage coordination. Campers will get their hands dirty using those skills to facilitate this summer’s Drama Camp production of Mary Poppins Jr.

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SKILL SHARPENERS

Entering grades 3-5
This camp provides the academic support your child needs to kick-off the school year and the physical activity time needed for healthy brain and body balance. NJ state-licensed teachers guide three 30-45 minute lessons in Math, Reading and Writing, the subject areas prone to “summer learning loss.” We round out our half day with indoor/outdoor physical activity time, snack time, brain teasers and games. Campers also participate in recreational swim twice a week.

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CSI STEM

Entering grades K-5

You are the detective! Use your problem solving skills and explore forensic science to solve a mystery through hands-on science experiments to analyze fingerprints; chromatography macro and microscopic fiber analysis for DNA and other clues; and chemistry and toxicology to identify unknown substances and liquids. Campers will also engineer and test their own lie detector.

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NEW! PYTHON CODING

Entering grades K-5

Campers learn the basics of coding at their own pace as they are introduced to the Python language (widely used for coding). Campers will learn to calculate, create functions and programs for animations, design or games.

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NEW! CREATE + PRODUCE + PERFORM DANCE

Entering grades 5-8

Incorporate all aspects of creating and presenting the art form of dance! Young artists will have the power and the responsibility to produce their vision under the direction of Dance Academy teachers. Campers will get their inspiration from an existing dance masterpiece to invent their own version based on personal experiences, dance aspirations and artistic flair. They will also make decisions such as how to photograph the dance and what costumes or promotion will be needed.

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