In 2018 STEMteachersNYC launched several internship and camp programs directed at middle and high school students, to bring together local and international students around STEM topics, design challenges, and a focus on understanding how educational nonprofits function. Each summer we welcome a group of campers to Teachers College and partner schools, for four weeks of introductory science, technology, math, and engineering skills and challenges. Interns contribute directly to the running of professional development programs offered in the summer, producing both essential workshop and marketing tools, as well as a strategic plan for their own future organization. Both camp and internship experiences include participation in concurrent teacher workshops.

2019 Internship experiences included a four-week Summer Institute study of educational organizations, and a Thanksgiving intensive non-profit organizational study/Student Project Incubator.

STEM Camp 2020 – Microbiology, Coding, Biotechnology, Maker Skills!

STEMteachersNYC STEM Camp 2020 will offer 8-10 middle school students the opportunity to engage in and learn skills relevant to multiple STEM subjects, from microbiology to Makerspace skills, supported by expert educators in each field. Camp programming will take place at Columbia University’s departments of Engineering and Physics, as well as at Teachers College and nearby Trinity School. Each week will be guided by student interest, STEM skill acquisition, and grand challenges of engineering, and is guided by the principals of participant driven project and problem based learning. The fourth and final week of camp will bring together skills and projects developed in the first three weeks, and culminate in an integrated capstone and presentation.

Goals:

  • + Students will develop skills across a broad range of STEM subjects.
  • + Students will be able to apply these new skills to real-world design challenges.
  • + Students will be able to integrate STEM knowledge and skills into a group focused solution to an issue important to them. 

Each camp week will follow a similar structure, beginning with skill building, eliciting student interests and building bridges to local and global issues, and eventually wrapping up with a project and/or engineering design challenge with real-world application. The relationship between STEM fields and skills will be emphasized, and students will have the options to build one project over all four weeks.

To apply, please submit two recommendations and a one-page letter of interest that includes responses to each of the following questions, to yi@stemteachersnyc.org. Deadline to apply is Jan 31, 2020.

  1. 1. What interest(s) do you have in STEM subjects and/or the role STEM can play in specific issues important to you?
  2. 2. What experience do you have with any of the topics of this year’s camp – microbiology, coding, biotechnology or makerspace work?
  3. 3. What big questions or issues would you like to focus on for your STEM camp projects? 
  4. 4. With whom would you share what you create?

Please contact us if you are interested in fewer than four weeks, or have questions about tuition and payment plans.

For additional information, please contact the head of Camp and Internship Programs, Yi Li at yi@stemteachersnyc.org.