The ‘smartest’ summer camps across the country

Girls with microscope
If only school was as cool as these summer camps!
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If you’re worried about your child’s brain turning to mush during the summer, don’t. These five camps have a strong emphasis on learning, without feeling like summer school.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry
303 Third Ave, 347-762-6840

Kids ages 5-12 will be introduced to the basics of mechanical engineering. They’ll build robot vehicles that they can take home as a memento, and can also participate in the building of a 14-foot high Godzilla robot. Participants will also be introduced to programming, which will show them how to build robots with sensors and moving parts.

DNA Learning Center
Various Locations in New York, 516-367-5170
Students in grades 6-12 will learn the ins-and-outs of biology and DNA research at this camp. Fun and engaging activities involving DNA extraction, genetic engineering, cloning, forensics and more are offered.

i2 Camp
Various Locations, 646-650-2900
Kids ages 10-13 will take part in fun yet educational activities such as building remote-controlled vehicles, analyzing their own DNA and looking for forensic evidence at a simulated crime scene. Experts in the fields of astronomy, forensics and more make guest speaking appearances, and there is the occasional field trip to a museum or science center as well.

iD Tech
Various Locations, 888-709-8324
The program takes place at over 80 prestigious universities such as Princeton, Yale and Harvard. Students are immersed in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum, and are given the opportunity to design games, apps and websites. The technology is top-of-the-line material and student-to-teacher ratio is only 8:1. iD Tech tailors programs for kids from ages 7-17.

Various Locations, 800-285-3276
SuperCamp offers a bevy of benefits for your child, even after the summer ends. They’ve partnered with SAGE Tuition Rewards to offer participants up to $2,500 in college tuition credit, based on how much you spend on summer camp fees. The credit is redeemable at over 300 colleges across the country. Not many camps can offer this perk. Furthermore, SuperCamp also meets elective requirements at many high schools, meaning your child will have one less class to worry about during the school year.


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