Bronxville and Purchase
The Smithsonian Science Education Center reports that by the end of 2018, 2.4 million jobs in STEM will go unfilled throughout the nation. This dearth of bright, emerging STEM thinkers motivated the folks at iD Tech to create enrichment camps aimed at introducing campers (ages 7-18) to quality STEM courses that will ultimately pave the way for college, internships, and their dream careers. Westchester’s future STEM professionals have access to iD Tech’s week-long day camps at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville and Manhattanville College in Purchase. It’s quality STEM enrichment in a fun, collegiate atmosphere.
If your kids dream of reaching the hallowed game-development labs of Nintendo, Mojang, or Sony, send them to SummerTech. The family-operated computer tech camp housed at Purchase College is where tomorrow’s coders and game designers (ages 8-17) can choose from courses in Web development, animation, 3D modeling, and more. “SummerTech offers the most rigorous, effective, and advanced coding and Web-development programs for kids in the world, taught by some of the brightest young minds in the area. It’s the most complete summer camp experience in a technology forum in Westchester,” says camp director Steven Fink.
Long before STEM programming became the rage, husband-and-wife duo Anthony and Sabrina Rich were ahead of the trend. Based on their personal love of technology, science, and hands-on hobbies, they first launched their science-and-technology-focused camp in 2007. Fast-forward to today, Discover Camp has become a STEM leader in the tri-state area, drawing more than 800 campers (ages 5–14) who come for the 110 “hands-on” classes, spanning the gamut, from Rocketry and Aeronautics, to Kitchen Science, Build-Your-Own PC, 3D printing, and a brand-new course this year, Virtual Reality Design Lab.
If you think tech camps are only for those who want to become programmers, think again, says Vivian Tai, owner and director of Computer Adventures, a week-long tech camp for campers between 6 and 16 years. Tai has made it her mission to create a tech camp for the well-rounded student. “This is not just for kids who want to go into computer-science careers, because this technology will be part of almost any job they have as adults,” Tai explains. Campers who love creative writing can flex their writing skills while plotting scripts in the Video Game Design course; musically inclined campers can put their prowess to work in an electronic-music course. Campers choose from more than 30 classes offered every summer, including favorites such as App Development, Animation, and Drone Programming.
How can you foster your kid’s healthy obsession with technology without promoting their unhealthy screen-time habit? That’s the mission at MacInspires Summer Camp, where the campers (ages 7-14) are encouraged to create technology instead of just using it. According to Travis Sluss, camp owner/director, “Other than pure coding, campers are not just looking at a screen. They are moving around our five activity zones.” These include the Tinker Studios (where campers are encouraged to deconstruct and reconstruct electronics), Audio & Video Zone, Robotics Tables, and the Micro Controller Zone (where campers animate objects using equal parts coding and wiring).