Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NYC DOE Middle & High School Spring Break Camps

Middle School 


Marine Career Exploration Camp at the New York Aquarium

Open to students in Grades 6, 7, and 8
Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29, 2016
Camp begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM every day
Middle-school students interested in learning about careers in marine biology, animal care, and jobs at living 
institutions like the New York Aquarium should join us at Marine Career Exploration Camp. During Spring Break, 
campers will engage in science activities related to daily career themes, and meet with professionals who help
run and operate the Aquarium. This week-long exploration culminates in a special session where campers will 
present their work to families and friends.
Click here for more information and to apply.

High School


DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab

Open to students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who have successfully completed Living Environment
Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29, 2016
Camp begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM Monday-Thursday; 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday
Interested in molecular genetics and modern biotechnology? Wish you had more time in the lab at school? 
Want to learn more about DNA? Apply now to attend DNA Science Camp at the Harlem DNA Lab during
Spring Break! DNA Science Camp provides extensive lab experience with the basic techniques of recombinant
DNA, including DNA restriction and ligation, bacterial transformation, and plasmid isolation. Campers will
perform the entire lab sequence from the popular DNA Science text and will receive their own copy of the
text to keep. Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who successfully completed Living Environment are eligible
to apply.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Screen Time Social: A day of maker activities and talks on raising kids in the digital age Feb. 28

Screen Time Social
Sunday, Feb. 28, 11a-3p
Museum of Jewish Heritage
$15 + adults, kids free

The sight of a kid glued to an iPad or buried in their phone is so common that it’s easy to forget that childhood and adolescence didn’t always involve a device. The fact is, keeping tabs on your child's media habits and keeping up with the latest in tech has become an essential part of modern parenting.

Screen Time Social, a family-friendly event on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, will help parents figure out the best approach to screen time, and bring them up to speed on the brightest tech toys and games.

From 11am to 3pm, we’ll have maker and media literacy workshops for preschoolers through teens hosted by the Beam CenterBK BotsLaunch Math and Science CentersThe Lamp and 3D Roundhouse, plus smart toys to play with from Geek Forest. It’ll be a ton more fun than a winter weekend stuck inside, and offer hands-on time with STEM activities like Lego Mindstorms and Minecraft.

In between battling bots and learning how to 3D print a toy, Brooklyn Based Kids has curated expert talks that children are welcome to attend. Schedule highlights include:
  • A short presentation and Q&A with Kristelle Lavallee from the Center on Media and Child Health on how screen time affects early childhood development
  • Expert advice from Jessica Millstone, Director of Engagement for the educational technology company BrainPOP, on finding the best educational apps for your child
  • A discussion with Tali Orad, founder of Screen, about how her new tool can help families strike a healthy balance with their electronic devices
  • A panel on how teens are spending their time online, with speakers including Nancy Jo Sales, author of the forthcoming book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers 
Join in for a great day of talks and activities that will help your family make the most of the digital age.

Admission for adults starts at $15 in advance and children 18 and under are free. Purchase tickets here, and learn more about the schedule and the excellent prizes we're raffling away. (Then RSVP on Facebook for an extra raffle entry!)

Workshop Lotteries from Superhero Supply Store! (826NYC)

Park Slope Workshops
Does your student have a flair for the dramatic? In our One Act Plays workshop, students will learn the basics of writing a play, craft their own, and then perform it live!Sign up today for this workshop to take place on four Thursdays,
 April 7, 14, 21 & May 5 (skip April 28) from 6-8pm. For students ages 10-13.

High schoolers can sign up now for The Power of Words: Writing as a Tool for Societal Change workshop to learn how writing can effect social change. This workshop will take place on four Sundays, April 10 & 17, May 1 & 8 (skip April 24) from 12-2pm. For students ages 14-18.
On Wednesday, February 24th from 6-8pm, 10-13 year olds can join us for a special one-time littleBits Monsters workshop. They'll create their own monsters and learn technical writing while they're at it! Sign up today.
Workshop lotteries will be drawn on February 19th. Students must be able to attend all workshop dates in order to participate.