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NYC’s Top Rated STEM Summer Camps

NORY STEM summer camp

Our friends at NORY do what all of us parents strive to do, which is help our children “discover their talent and push the limits on what they can achieve.”  We often hear from our Kidz Central Station families how important it is to get their children exposed to and involved in STEM at an early age. We’ve found NORY to be the first step in getting this ball rolling.  

Thanks in great part to its state-of-the-art facilities and inspirational instructors, NORY has been rated NYC’s premiere STEM summer camp.  Budding innovators ages 3-12 create through collaborative project-based learning and design thinking challenges. An equal emphasis is placed on developing social skills (e.g. empathy, inquisitiveness, resilience) to help our kids embrace new ideas, learn from their mistakes, and then continue to create without fear.  These are the skills necessary to succeed in life.


Kidz Tips

  • NORY camps generally run from June 18 – Aug 31. Multi-week discounts are available!
  • 3 locations: Midtown East (E45th St), UWS (W76th St), FiDi (Pine St).
  • Shuttle bus service from/to LIC and UES to the Midtown East location
  • Healthy and organic lunch service provided by Little Green Gourmets
  • Early drop-off (8:15 AM), extended day (4-6 PM) and half-day options
  • Low camper to instructor ratio of 5:1

 

We reviewed four fantastic summer camp options: Soccer & STEM, Swim & STEM, Robots & Science, and Entrepreneurship.  

Robots & Science Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campEach week introduces a new theme, such as Design Thinking & Civil Engineering, Theatre Science, Kitchen Science, Inventor’s Challenge, Rocket Engineering & Space Explorers and many more. In addition to science, other valuable skills emphasized are resiliency, teamwork, and inquisitiveness.  Each day includes a specialty activity from team sports to creative art projects to help develop soft skills relevant to the weekly theme.

Swim & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campThis partnership between NORY and Physique Swimming is one we can’t stop raving about.  Campers swim every morning for a full hour of instructional swim with 15 minutes of fun led by Physique Swimming instructors at a nearby pool.  Campers return for lunch at 12 PM and spend the afternoon with NORY innovating with STEM projects that include Robot Building, Motion & Matter Physics, Blast Chemistry, Builder’s Engineer and more.  

Soccer & STEM Summer Camp

NORY STEM summer campCampers start the day by developing new skills, such as  programming a robot, building circuits, conducting experiments, etc. During the second part of the day, the pros of Super Soccer Stars teach kids the fundamentals of soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment of the game, self-confidence and teamwork.

Entrepreneurship (aka The World’s Coolest Lemonade Stand)

NORY STEM summer camp

In this one week-long session, children will learn to understand others’ needs, develop solutions to a problem, and gain the courage to take risks as they develop their own business. Most importantly, young entrepreneurs will learn that being creative is not only rewarding, but also a whole lot of fun.

Head of the Class Dad, Scott Heifetz

Meet Head of the Class Dad, Scott Heifetz—Founder and Director of Launch Math + Science Centers—and an amazing parent!SH-with-Kids

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Launch Math + Science Centers?
I’m an aerospace engineer by trade, with many years of experience running small businesses. When I was growing up many of my friends did not appreciate math and science. Until they entered college and realized that math was the language of the many fields they wanted to pursue (physical therapy, architecture, etc.) did they realize they made a mistake by choosing not to pursue math and science courses throughout high school. Launch’s mission is to inspire and motivate children to love and learn math and science in the hope that kids will realize that these subjects are the key ingredient to doing “fun stuff” as an adult (like building rockets!). We accomplish this goal by providing engaging math instruction and exciting STEM enrichment classes for kids from toddlers to 8th graders.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
It’s difficult. There is no secret. I am an absolute workaholic but I also try to be the best dad I can be. I have two girls ages 5 and 2. There is nowhere else I’d rather be than with them.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
I’m not sure if this story applies but… Before I got married I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted kids. Indifferent you might say. I also wasn’t sure I had the patience for kids. So what did I go and do? I started a business that requires 100% involvement with kids. I didn’t do it because I loved kids. I did it because I was extremely passionate about inspiring kids to pursue math and science. The bonus that came from the experience of starting the business was that it turns out I love kids and I do have patience for them (more for them than myself).

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
The challenge has been to accept less than perfection in my professional life so as to provide what I want for my kids (in terms of time).

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
That I would enjoy them as much as I do because I might have started earlier!

If you could give other dads one piece of advice what would it be?
Expose your child to as much as you can (in terms of what the world has to offer), and let them decide what they want to do with their lives. Intrinsic motivation is more powerful than anything else.

QUICK Q’s:

What is your favorite children’s book? Iggy Peck Architect
What has been your favorite kids’ class (other than your own!)? Swim class, mainly because it’s a full morning family activity on Sundays.
What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends? Besides swim class, going to the playground.
What is your favorite rainy day escape? A princess movie with my 5 year old.

Learn more about Launch Math + Science Centers and reserve your child’s spot now for their upcoming STEM-focused winter break and summer camps.