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.
- 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.
Each 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.
This 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.
Campers 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)
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.