Important Details for Robotics And Beyond Summer STEM & Design Camps
LOCATION: Our Summer STEM & Design Camps are held in the New Milford High School library on Rt. 7 at the south end of New Milford (Find on map). All campers, full day and Junior, share the library space, with our Junior campers located in a quiet spot with plenty of open space.
For our full day campers, the high school library contains several small enclosed classrooms which are perfect for conducting our specialized classes throughout the day. Other topics, such as Intro to Robotics, are conducted in special designated areas of the open space in the library.
Our STEM and Design Academy for advanced students will be held near the New Milford town center in a location to-be-determined.
IMPORTANT E-MAIL REQUIREMENT! You must add firstname.lastname@example.org to your approved email contacts list. If this is not done you may miss important information and lose your registration for the camp.
DISCOUNTS: We offer 10% sibling discounts and multiple week discounts. For multiple weeks, the discount is applied automatically in the shopping cart. A sibling discount will be credited to your account.
DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit is required at registration for each week of camp ($100 for STEM & Design Camp or Academy/$50 for Junior camps). Please remember that your deposit is due at the time of registration. PayPal accepts credit and debit cards even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Please check our Summer STEM Camp overview page for final payment date.
CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: Cancellations after the balance has been paid will be considered individually. Partial or full refund of the balance only may be offered but this will be based on our ability to fill the vacancy from our wait list.
FINANCIAL AID: We encourage you to ask about tuition assistance if you need it. Our tuition charge is one half to one third the cost of most camps around the country that target high-level engineering and science but this cost is still beyond the reach of some families. We work hard to ensure that no student is prevented from attending due to cost. We obtain support from area companies and organizations, and split this funding among those who request help. Our tuition assistance for camp can help cover costs for one week of camp only. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more details.
Many towns have organizations that provide help with camp costs, such as Rotary and Lions Clubs, PTO, library and others. For New Milford residents only, one organization is MVP-SOS at www.mvpsos.org. Inquire at your town’s social services or youth agency about the new “United Way ALICE Enrichment Fund“. We strongly suggest that you submit requests for camp tuition help to these organizations. Students with special learning needs and gifted designations often are eligible for camp tuition help through their schools.
INSTRUCTORS: Our instructors are current high school and college students, and adult professionals, with very deep experience in their topics and as instructors. All Junior camp sessions are led by adult instructors.
AGE MIX OF CAMPERS: The average age of campers in the full day camps is 10-14. Often, students aged 8-10 are in classes with others aged 12-14 or 15. We find that this blend of ages works very well since the ability level of all students in a given topic is similar and the interest of all is high. Students who find that a group is too advanced are usually able to get 1:1 help at their level or allowed to change to another topic. Class groups are very small and the ratio of instructor to student usually 1:2 or 1:3.
In our Junior camps, the age range can be 5-8 years old, with the average age being 7. While this can be a big difference in age, each camper works at their own pace and can choose their own activity during “free play” time. Each Junior camp session is small (10 max for regular Junior STEM camp; 8 max for Junior Coding camp), so the ratio of instructor/counselor to student is 1:2.
EARLY DROPOFF/LATE PICKUP: Early dropoff/late pickup can be arranged at an additional charge of $10/hr. Extended hours are 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (8 am dropoff may be possible upon request). Campers are picked up at New Milford High School until 3:30 and then at 20 Bank St. in New Milford after 3:30 unless by prior agreement.
LUNCH/SNACK: Full day campers need to bring a lunch. Junior campers may bring a snack. We do not have access to a refrigerator!
T-SHIRT SIZES: We offer Youth size Medium only, and Adult sizes S, M, L, XL. For Junior campers, the Youth M should fit (or be slightly large on) most children but if it won’t fit yours, please order an Adult S.
LAPTOP: OPTIONAL – Full day campers who want to load class software for use at home may bring their own laptop. Campers must bring passwords if needed to add or remove software on own laptop. We provide computers for all our classes.
CONTACT: Please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information.
Not sure if Robotics And Beyond summer camp is right for your child? Read “Factors in Choosing a Summer Camp” written by our director Paul Chayka.