Summer Sessions at Brooklyn Robot Foundry are back with fun, all-new projects and building challenges! Our programs will engage your child with engineering concepts and hands-on building while having a total blast!
Summer at a Glance: Upper East Side
Full Week Session Dates (with Single Day Options available)
|July 9-13- Amazing Robots Week||Standard & Inventor Options|
|July 16-20- Inspiring Robots Week||Standard & Coding Options|
|July 23-27- Amazing Robots Week||Standard & Inventor Options|
|July 30-Aug 3– Inspiring Robots Week * GIRLS ONLY *||Standard & Inventor Options|
|Aug 6-10- Amazing Robots Week||Standard & Inventor Options|
|Aug 13-17- Inspiring Robots Week||Standard & Inventors Options|
|Aug 20-24- Amazing Robots Week||Standard & Coding Options|
|Aug 27-31- Inspiring Robots Week||Standard & Inventor Options|
Full week sessions run Mon-Fri from 9am-3pm, with optional extended day until 6pm.
We are also now offering single full day sessions Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm. You can sign up for as many or few days as you like! This option is only available for Standard Registration; Robot Coders must sign up for the entire week.
During each full day session, Standard Builders will create and take home 2 projects per day. During the full week sessions, Standard Builders will create and take home 7-8 projects each week with two full curricula from which to choose! (Amazing Robots Week & Inspiring Robots Week, alternating throughout July and August.*)
Limited spaces are available for our Robot Inventors and Robot Coders class in select sessions, for kids in 3rd grade and above looking for more exploration into robot building. Robot Coders is only available for the full week session.
See descriptions below for project details.
Cost for each 1-day session is $200 program fee + $30 material fee.
Cost for each 1-week session is $816 program fee + $150 material fee
Extended day available for $30/day at registration or $40 day of class
Choose Your Curriculum:
Amazing Robots (Standard k-4 builders)
Inspiring Robots (Standard k-4 builders)
Robot Coders (3rd grade through 7th grades)
Robot Inventors (3rd grade through 5th grades with prerequisite)
Girl’s Week (k-5, Girls only!)
*For Standard Builders, we do not recommend repeating a curriculum more than once as the projects will be the same.
Our Typical Class Schedule:
8:40-9:00 Drop off
9:15 Welcome & Rules
10:00 Robot Lesson & Project #1
11:30 Choice time
12:00 Lunch and Walk to Park
1:00 Robot Lesson & Project #2
2:30 Wrap up and clean up
3:00-6:00 Extended day option
This session is perfect for K-4th graders. We will be making 8 unique and new robot projects during the week-long session. This session is great for experienced Foundry students, as well as first-time Foundry kiddos. In July and August we alternate between this curriculum and the Inspiring Robots curriculum.
Robots will light up, move, probably dance and even float on the water. The projects are always innovative and a blast to build!
We do not recommend that students take the Amazing Robots Week more than once in a summer, as the projects will be repeats.
Here’s what we’ll be building:
This session is also perfect for K-4th graders. We will be making 7 unique and new robot projects. And they will be different than the robots we do in the Amazing Robots Week, as we alternate between the two curricula. We always include robots that light up, move, spin and at least one that can go in the water!
We do not recommend that students take the Inspiring Robots Week more than once in a summer as the projects will be repeats.
Kids will learn the fundamentals of coding with the awesome Hummingbird robotics kit, which was designed at Carnegie Melon’s CREATE lab. Our projects combine coding with hands-on building using real electronics (servos, LEDs, motors, sensors). The kids will work in small groups to create fun and challenging projects!
The kids will be working in small groups and therefore will NOT be taking home any of their projects. Please make sure your child understands this in advance so they aren’t disappointed.
Coders Prerequisite: This class is for students in or entering grades 3rd – 7th. No prior coding experience is required.
Below is a video that shows the types of projects we do during the coding session.
Inventors Projects: We offer 5 spots to children who are frequent attenders to our programs. Students will design and build their own projects during the session. We encourage kids to work more independently and use creative problem solving.
Inventors Prerequisite: The student must have either attended 2 weeks of summer in 2017/18 or 1 semester of after school in the 2017/2018 school year. They also must be entering at least 3rd grade. There will be NO exceptions made to this prerequisite. Sorry! If you enroll and your child does not qualify, we will unenroll the student.
There is no limit to how many weeks you can register your child as an Inventor, since they will not be following the general building curriculum.
Watch this video to see what some of our Inventors students say about the class:
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry wants to encourage girls to explore the wonders of engineering! This year we will be offering a Girls Week in all locations. The projects are the same as we do in the co-ed but with female students only.
- When is morning drop-off ? Our doors open at 8:40 am. Class officially starts at 9:00 am.
- When is pick-up? Normal class ends at 3:00. Extended day ends at 6:00 (when offered).
- Will you be offering an extended day option? We will be offering extended day until 6:00pm most weeks. You are only guaranteed an extended day spot if you sign up during registration.
- How does sign-up and payment work for extended day? You will be given an option to sign up for extended day when you register. If you pay for extended during registration, the cost is $30/day. If you decide later that you want to add extended day, then the cost will be $40/day. Spots in extended day can only be guaranteed if you sign up during registration. After that point, the spots are first come, first serve.
- What will the kids be doing during extended day? Extended day is pretty relaxed and more like choice time at school. The kids will NOT be doing additional electronic projects but can further embellish their robots. We may also take them outside for a bit.
- I want my child to be able to build an additional robot in the extended day. Can they do that? Yes, we will be offering One Time Classes from 4:00-5:30 on select weekdays. You can find the precise schedule by clicking on the link above. If you want your child to stay after the normal session is over to do the next class and build another robot, they can. All you have to do is register them for that class on our website. If you do that, then your child can stay right on through until 6:00. You do NOT have to pay any additional money that day for Extended Day.
- What should my child bring each day?
- A packed lunch (that does not contain any nuts or peanuts)
- At least one snack & 2-3 snacks if the child will be staying for extended day (that does not contain any nuts or peanuts)
- A water bottle
- Rain gear & sunscreen if applicable (we will go outside every day)
- A reusable tote to bring their robots home each day
- Will food/lunch/snacks be provided? No, we do not provide food. Please send your child with a packed lunch and snacks that do not contain any nuts or peanuts of any kind. If your child will be staying for extended day, please provide them with 1-2 extra snacks
- Some summer sessions that my children attend require medical forms from our doctor. Does your summer session require this form? No, we do not need that form. We just need you to fill out all information during the registration process which includes general medical questions about your child.
- My child has a bike/scooter. Can they store it at the Foundry while they are in the session? Sure!
- Will my child take the robots home? Yes! One of the criteria we use when designing our activities is selecting materials and projects that kids can continue to work on and tinker with after the program is over. The only time where they will not bring something home is if they sign up for the Robot Coders spots on the select weeks. The Robot Coders will be building group projects and will not bring anything home.
- Will there be outside time each day? We will spend some time outside every day. Please send your child with appropriate clothing (raincoats, sunblock, etc).
- Where do we go outside? Each day we will take the kids to a local park for lunch. We will also be taking the kids on a few field trips to test out their robots and for a scavenger hunt. All field trips are within easy walking distance of the store.
- What ages do you accept into the sessions? Each week has a different age range but we accommodate kids as young as entering Kindergarten and as old as entering 7th grade.
- My child has never built robots before, is that okay? Sure, no problem at all! They don’t have to have any experience, we will teach them all they need to know.
- My child took your summer session last year. Will there be new material this year? We use the first day as an introduction and skill refresher but all of the projects are brand new! If your child has attended our programs a ton and they are at least entering 3rd grade, you might want to consider signing them up for the Robot Inventor spots.
- Can my child take multiple weeks of the same curriculum? We don’t recommend signing up kids as “standard registrations” for the same curriculum. But if think your child would/does love our programs, consider signing them up for the Robot Inventor spots. They must be at least entering 3rd grade and have done either a semester of afterschool with us in 2017/2018 or have completed two weeks this summer. But if they meet those criteria, feel free to sign them up for as many weeks as a Robot Inventor as you want!
- What is the child to teacher ratio? The ratio is about 6 children to one adult staff member.
- Who are we?
We started Brooklyn Robot Foundry to inspire and motivate kids by teaching them about the fun of building. We love the idea of learning and coming together through making things. We believe in the DIT—do it together— mentality and the importance of building a community around this common goal. We have backgrounds in mechanical engineering, software, education, music and fine art. We strive to make an environment that is educational, community based and most of all fun.
- What is your cancellation policy? We do NOT offer refunds once a camp registration has been completed. For further details, please go here.
- Did my registration go through okay? If you completed the registration process, the last thing you will see is a confirmation screen. You will also receive an email confirming your order. If you didn’t get to a screen where you entered your email address and credit card information, then you didn’t complete the registration.
- Do I pay the full amount up front? Yes. See #20 above for cancellation policy.
What is your cell phone policy? We are teaching kids to build robots with their hands and to interact with each other. That’s pretty much the mission of the business. We definitely prefer a cell-phone free environment. However, from time to time, there are instances where a child would benefit from an exception to this rule (e.g. it might be beneficial for kids with special needs or certain behavioral patterns). If this is something your child requires, please talk with the lead teacher or send us an email before the session so we can work out the exception.