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Summer STEM Camps Return to Brookline

Empow Studios returns to Brookline 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 Brookline 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.

“We’ve had a number of families ask us to run more programs in Brookline, so this year we made it a priority to expand offerings to the community,”  says Empow Outreach Director Dave Gutierrez. “We are now running February Vacation and April Vacation camps to go along with four weeks of summer camp. During the school year, we teach at the Brookline Library branches, and run after school classes at Devotion, Heath, Baker, Lawrence, Pierce, Driscoll, and Runkle. We’re excited to bring new project curriculum to our Brookline camps this summer.”

Empow Studios Summer Camp – Brookline

Heath ElementaryLocation: Heath School, 100 Eliot St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Dates: Weeks starting 7/23, 7/30, 8/3/ 8/10, 8/11
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.

For more information about all of Empow Studios’ locations and programs, including classes, clubs and outreach efforts, visit: or find us on Facebook.

Kristin spent more than a dozen years producing television news and documentaries and now writes for various Boston area publications on topics ranging from medicine and science to general news and education. She is also the mother of two young girls who are extremely active in STEAM events.

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