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ESSK Junior

Long Island’s Premier Science Camp For Grades 1-5

ESSK Areas Of Exploration

For Grades 1-5

Each two-week ESSK session is theme-based and explores all scientific areas of study. 

Extreme STEAM Science Kids at Park Shore is a one-of-a-kind educational summer science program designed for children completing first through fifth grades, geared to stimulate their curiosity in science. Extreme STEAM Science Kids has developed a curriculum centered around STEAM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, THE ARTS, and MATHEMATICS) and takes place in our NEW State-of-the-Art STEAM Science Center. This program is student-centered, inquiry-based, and hands-on. Students are challenged through innovative and thought-provoking laboratory inquiries to develop hypotheses, test and analyze data, and draw pertinent scientific conclusions. These activities are designed to develop a child’s critical thinking, creative design skills, and confidence in tackling new understandings of their universe. The programs at Extreme STEAM Science Kids are universal in scope and sequence, truly integrating the basic sciences with the latest in technology and engineering. Students will have a core focus on Robotics, Engineering, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science & Coding.

Robotics

Extreme STEAM Science Kids offers a sequential approach to the study of robots. Starting with Code and Go and Dash, then progressing to  SnappyXO. Students will learn Mechanical Systems (motors and servos), Electrical Systems (Power supplies, circuits), Introduction to Programming (Driving, Mapping), Introduction to Sensors (Ultrasonic, Sound, Light, Touch), Advanced Programming (Logic Statements, Variables).

Designing and Building a Robot

  • Programming your Robot
  • Using Sensors
  • Challenges: The Maze, Relay Races, Basketball, Soccer

Computer Science

Computer Programming, or Coding, has been identified as an essential skill for 21st-century living.  According to Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Literacy Advocate of CodeAcademy – the founders of the Hour of Code-  “Code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world.”  At Extreme STEAM Science Kids, we introduce students to coding both in our Robotics laboratory, as well as our coding room.  

Students will learn to develop an understanding of coding through the creation of:

  • Digital Games and Stories
  • Digital and Stop-Motion Animation
  • Programming using Scratch, from M.I.T’s Media Lab
  • Digital Blogs and Websites

MINECRAFT!

“…Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.” Minecraft can also be used to teach different STEM subjects as well as art and poetry.

Engineering

Engineering Topics Include:

  • Introduction to the Engineering and the Design Process
  • Styrofoam Car Design
  • Roller Coasters
  • Bridge Design

Extreme STEAM Science Kids will learn about the Design Process and how to use it when finding solutions to problems that are given to them. They will be presented with real-life scenarios and learn how to use various materials when creating their unique solution to these problems.  Our ESSK science campers will develop their 21st Century Skills of Critical Thinking, Collaborative Teamwork, Creativity, and Adaptability, so vital for their future success.  Students will brainstorm, design, build, test, and evaluate their designs in a variety of projects as diverse as:

  • Bridge Design
  • Roller Coasters
  • Boat Building
  • Rockets
  • Car Design
  • Gardening
  • The Environment
  • Hydroponics
  • And Much More

Life, Physical & Earth Science

Science Topics Include:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Topics in Biology: DNA, Ecosystems, Anatomy
  • Topics in Chemistry: Chemical Reactions
  • Topics in Earth Science: Weather, Geology, Hydroponics
  • Topics in Physics: Motion, Forces

Whether it’s Earth and Space, Physics, Chemistry, or Life Sciences, students at Extreme STEAM Science Kids are actively engaged in the Scientific Method, approaching each new topic in Science as an opportunity to hypothesize and test their understandings in the way Science was meant to be practiced. Students will conduct experiments such as:

  • Dissections
  • DNA Extraction
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Geology
  • Meteorology

Mathematics

The study of Mathematics is not simply memorizing rote problem-solving. Mathematics at Extreme STEAM Science Kids opens the doors to a world of Math as making meaning and revealing patterns in our universe. Students will be engaged in challenging activities involving:

  • Patterns and Sequencing
  • Fractals
  • Geometry
  • Logic
  • Graphical Representations
  • Symmetry

Artistic Design

Campers will explore the close connections between science and art.  They will develop innovative thinking and problem-solving skills. Campers will be able to analyze and approach artwork from multiple perspectives.  They will collaborate and learn from friends.  Art allows campers to imagine, investigate, create, and reflect. Looking closely at works of art, they will be encouraged to notice details, ask questions, and create meaning. Young artists will have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of media throughout the summer, creating open-ended projects that will develop their imaginations. Art projects will also directly relate to the Extreme STEAM curriculum and will meet NY State Learning Standards for the Arts. Campers will also visit the Heckscher Museum galleries which will be a perfect introduction to the Museum experience. The instructor will guide students to make observations, find evidence to support their opinions, and develop visual literacy.

Our program in Art enhances our student’s abilities in:

  • Design
  • Balance
  • Positive and Negative Space
  • Aesthetic Values
  • Art Appreciation

The Cave

At Extreme STEAM Science Kids headquarters, on the beautiful campus of Park Shore Country Day Camp and Pre-school, we’re privileged to have access to “The Cave” – A State-of-the-Art Marine and Reptile Science Lab featuring an 8 ft saltwater touch tank, two 180 gallon tanks for a variety of salt and freshwater fish, geckos, blue-tongued skinks, bearded dragons, corn snakes, and so much more.  Students at our summer and after-school classes spend time in the Cave as an active marine and reptile laboratory.  The Cave is designed to feel like a dark grotto, filled with fish and fauna, exciting students’ curiosity about the natural world.

Field Trips

Our ESSK campers visit a variety of amazing scientific venues across Long Island such as:

  • Hecscher Museum
  • Vanderbilt Museum
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • And more!

Inspiring the next generation of thinkers and makers

  • Focused on STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics)
  • Designed to develop a child’s critical thinking, creative design skills, adaptability, problem-solving, and confidence
  • Activities at Extreme STEAM Science Kids encourage curiosity, creative thinking, and insight into the Laws of Nature
  • Focus on Robotics, Engineering, Life, Physical & Earth Science, and Coding
  • Afternoon regular camp sessions are available for children completing grades 1-5
  • State-of-the-Art STEAM Science Center featuring: Internet Access, Wifi, Marine Touch Tank, Aquariums with Fish and Reptiles, and High-End Interactive Experiments
  • Access to Park Shore’s 15-acre campus
  • Science-based Field Trips

The ESSK Science Center

  • Robotics Lab
  • Computer Lab
  • Engineering Lab
  • Artistic Design Studio
  • The Cave featuring Marine Touch Tanks. Aquariums with Fish & Reptiles
  • High-End Interactive Experiments
  • Robotics, Programming, Engineering, Life, Physical & Earth Science and Coding
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450 Deer Park Road

Dix Hills, NY 11746

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S-S: 11am - 2pm (February - June)

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