Programs

The Secret Laboratory: Sci-Fi & Circuitry

826NYC Write Away Workshops
Students collaborate on a circuitry project using Little Bits during the summer Sci-Fi & Circuitry workshop.

The Secret Laboratory: Sci-Fi & Circuitry

Seeking kid geniuses to invent the technology of the future – and the stories that go with it! From tales of high-tech robots running amok to a brand-new device that will keep your room clean forever and keep your siblings on the other side of the door, let’s explore your most life-saving or world-shaking ideas!

We’ll write science fiction stories that envision new worlds and new possibilities, where kids like you are the mad scientists, inventors, and tech geniuses – or evil masterminds, if that’s the way the secret lab of your dreams swings.  We’ll also take on the basics of circuitry and prototyping using Little Bits, and make models of all the newfangled doodads and futuristic thingamabobs that star in our stories.

By the end of the week, the students will have an out-of-this-world sci-fi story and the prototype of a world-changing device to go with it. We’ll end the session with a special story-themed Shark Tank where students will show off their inventions to admiring investors (AKA friends and family).

About 826NYC Day Camp

In 826NYC’s day camp, we bring the joy and excitement of storytelling off the page.  Each week, we pair a fun writing theme with hands-on art and learning activities, matching performances with playwriting, comics with heroic tales, and science fiction with circuit-building.

This day camp will include a daily trip to JJ Byrne Playground for kickball, climbing, and other outdoor shenanigans. Camp hours are 9:00-3:00, Monday-Friday.

Questions? Email programs@826nyc.org or call 718-499-9884.

Who Can Participate

This day camp is for students who will be entering grades 4-6 in September 2024.

Don’t worry! 826NYC’s classes for grades 1-12 will return in September 2024.

What to Bring

Please ensure your child brings the following items to camp each day:

  • A refillable water bottle
  • Lunch and a healthy snack
  • Sunscreen and any other items your child needs to comfortably spend time outdoors

826NYC will provide notebooks, pens, art supplies, and all other materials needed for participation in camp activities.

Cost

826NYC is committed to keeping our programs available to the young writers who need our support most.

  • Full price: $600 per week, with a $100 discount if you sign up for multiple weeks
  • Partial scholarship: $300 per week
  • Full scholarship: Free, with a $25 deposit that won’t be charged if your child attends.

We invite families to select the the fee option that works best for them. No additional scholarship application is required.

The Secret Laboratory: Sci-Fi & Circuitry

Camp dates: July 15-19

When:

Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location:
In-person at 826NYC
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