Summer STEM Camps Return to Boston’s Back Bay
Empow Studios returns to Back Bay with a new curriculum for summer camps in 2018
Educating students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is considered essential to boost possibilities and prepare them for a changing world. Getting students interested early on in these subjects by making these endeavors fun is the goal of Empow Studios.
The staff at Empow Studios, based in Lexington, is thrilled to be returning to Boston’s Back Bay for a series of summer camps. The week-long summer tech camps will focus on subjects ranging from robotics, 3D printing and coding to stop-motion animation, video production and audio engineering.
“Our previous two years in Back Bay have been a great experience, and last year we filled up most of the camps,” says Empow Outreach Director Dave Gutierrez.
“We also have a big presence throughout Boston and the Boston Public Schools during the school year: We run a number of workshops with the Boston Public Library branches, we are a part of the BPS 5th Quarter of Learning Program, and also teach at the Kingsley Montessori School, Torit Montessori School, German International School of Boston, British International School of Boston, and more. We also are an official partner of BPS and Boston After School and Beyond. We’re excited to bring new project curriculum to our Boston camps this summer.”
Empow Studios Summer Camp – Boston’s Back Bay
Location: Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
Dates: Weeks starting 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16
Details: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20/day additional charge.
Cost: Half Day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk
A History of Camp Success
Empow Studios has created educational opportunities in a variety of communities through its camps, classes, and workshops. “Empow Studios has been running summer tech camps since 2013 and we continue to increase numbers in our existing town,” says Gutierrez, who credits the success of the program with good instruction and a fun atmosphere. “Campers learn, they make friends and they get outside to play games. Our goal is to offer traditional camp elements, while emphasizing creativity through technology in a positive, collaborative atmosphere.”
Campers are guided by Empow instructors, who have degrees in computer science, engineering, education, design, film, and music, and are working to challenge students with a brand new curriculum launched in 2017. “The new curriculum remains true to Empow’s constructivist and project-based philosophy, while also providing instructional prompts and supports to guide campers towards levels of mastery in their areas of interest,” says Empow’s Curriculum Editor Bernardo Feliciano, EdD. “Our tracks give kids a pathway to earn achievement badges while the quests and projects they encounter along the way create opportunities for discovery and invention.”
Two categories of camps are scheduled:
Tech & Design Camp: Features robotics, 2D & 3D video game design, animation, Scratch programming, coding, 3D modeling & printing, audio engineering, digital music, and video production. Empow teaches the basics, and campers use their imagination to make their projects come alive. Open to campers entering grades 2 through 8.
Minecraft Camp: Empow focuses on various educational aspects of Minecraft. Campers learn modding, electrical engineering (via redstone circuits), architecture, game design, and world creation. Campers even create very simple computers inside Minecraft. Open to campers entering grades 2 through 8.