Program Description


Approach

DESIGN + PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Students will choose a design challenge after being presented with sustainability topics. The projects will require hands-on experimentation as they conceptualize, design, and fabricate their solutions. Sample projects include: building renewable energy appliances, designing water filtration systems, making light-up wearables for biking, constructing a sub-irrigation urban farm and more.

FUNCTIONAL, SUSTAINABLE, FUN!

Students will explore their surroundings with their peers to investigate issues they care about while simultaneously thinking about positively impacting their community. Children will have access to a variety of materials (water testing kits, microcontrollers and electronic components, craft supplies, et. al.) to manifest their ideas. The program’s standard operating model will enable reuse of materials and minimize waste.


Program Details

AGES

  • The program is coed and open to students 5 to 13 years old
  • Students will work in groups with age-based cohorts
    (i.e., ages 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13)

SCHEDULE

  • The program runs weekly starting on Monday, July 10 for four weeks until August 4
  • Classes are held every weekday starting at 9am and ending at 4pm
  • Students spend the day working on their projects with breaks for lunch and snacks.
    • A typical day’s schedule is as follows:
      9:00 – 11:45 Morning session: Students plan their day and begin to work on projects in groups (with a morning snack break)
      11:45 –1:15 Break for lunch, camp wide activities or guest speaker, and recess
      1:45 – 5:00 Afternoon session: Students resume work on their projects (with an afternoon snack break)
  • Early drop off / late pick up is available

pricing

  • Students enroll for one week at a time and the price per week is $550
  • We are offering a $50 discount for registrations received by March 31
  • A $100 deposit is required at sign up and the balance will be collected one month before the program starts
  • Lunch is not included in the price but is available for purchase at The Commons Cafe

Location

  • The program is being held at The Brooklyn Commons (388 Atlantic Avenue), an art and events venue with classrooms and a rooftop garden.
    The space is located in Boerum Hill, walking distance of nearby neighborhoods (i.e., Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens etc.)
  • Students have access to the rooftop garden for breaks and to conduct experiments

Day to Day

Day 1
Students begin the week mastering core concepts, such as the engineering design process, and uncover sustainability topics
Day 2-3
Students then pick a theme and begin working in groups to conceptualize, design, and fabricate solutions
Day 4
Students report their progress to their peers and incorporate feedback into their solutions
Day 5
On Friday, students present their projects to their parents and peers