Summer Session – Upper East Side

Robot Summers Are The Best!

We’re offering more summer sessions than ever before! Plus, this summer we’ll be offering our most flexible scheduling ever! Your child can come for the day, the week, multiple weeks or just partial days!

Summer sessions will run from June 29th all the way through September 4th! Our full day runs from 9:30am-3pm, with optional early drop-off and extended day available. Our partial day option runs from 9:30a-11:30am, and can be combined with the early drop-off option.

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Choose Your Program, Then Choose Your Dates!

We will be offering 3 different programs this summer. Children in all programs will enjoy choice time, outings to the park and other fun activities together. However, the lessons, projects and time-commitments will be different:

Standard Robot Building

This is our most popular option for children entering K-4th grade. Each day children will learn how to build 2 fun projects*, both of which they will take home for continued fun!

This program is great for experienced Foundry students, as well as first-timers. We will be circling through 10 unique curricula throughout the summer – Days A through J. Students can take as many of these days as they would like, in any order, but we do not recommend repeating any of the days. See project list below for details.

Choose from Full Day (9:30a-3pm) or Partial Day (9:30a-11:30am). Both may be combined with our early drop off option (beginning at 8:40am). We also offer an extended day option until 6pm for our Full Day students.

*Partial Day students will only be building one project per day.

Robot Coding

Children entering Grades 3-7 will build and program interactive robots in this week-long program. Students work in small groups on projects that combine coding with hands-on building, using real electronics (servos, LEDs, sensors). (Since children will be working in groups, they will not be taking home their projects.)

We will be offering two curricula of projects – Week A and Week B.  Students can take one week or both!  No prior coding experience is required.

Due to the complexity and group nature of the Coding program, we only offer this option as a Full Week session. Students will attend daily from 9:30a-3pm and may choose to add on the early drop off (beginning at 8:40am) and/or extended day (until 6pm) options.

Coding Week A: July 20 – July 24
Coding Week B: August 17 – August 21

Robot Inventing

We offer this program for our returning students entering grades 3-5*, who are ready to design and create their own robots! Students can work on something new each day or create a bigger project over several days. We encourage kids to work more independently and use creative problem solving.  

Since each day will be different, Inventors can enroll in as many days as they choose! Inventors is only offered as a Full Day program (9:30a-3pm), to allow enough time to properly work on the projects. This can be combined with the early drop off (beginning at 8:40am) and/or extended day (until 6pm) options.

*Requirements: Students must have completed 1 semester of our after school classes or 2 weeks of our summer sessions within the last 12months.

Cost:

SINGLE DAYS

$150 program fee + $30 materials fee Per FULL DAY
$80 program fee + $15 materials fee Per PARTIAL DAY
BUNDLE ‘EM! Register for five or more Full Days per participant in a single purchase and get a 16% discount!

FULL WEEKS:

$630 weekly program fee + $150 materials fee
IMPORTANT: Please note that for the Robot Building option, you will have to choose all 5 days of the week individually and then you will get the 16% discount, which will equal the weekly fees above.

*Coding program requires full week enrollment

ADD-ONS:

Early Drop-off (8:40a-9:30a): $5/day
Extended day (until 6p): $20/day if booked at registration
Extended day (until 6p): $30/day without advance registration (if space permits)

Robot Building Projects:

Day A: To be announced
Day B: To be announced
Day C: To be announced
Day D: To be announced
Day E: To be announced
Day F: To be announced
Day G: To be announced
Day H: To be announced
Day I: To be announced
Day J: To be announced

Coding Projects:

Below is a video that shows the types of projects we do during the coding session.

Inventing Projects:

Watch this video to see what some of our students say about the Inventors class:

Our Typical Day:

8:40 Early drop-off option begins
9:30 Regular drop-off
9:40 Welcome & Rules
9:50 Snack
10:00 Robot Lesson & Project #1
11:30 Choice time / Partial Day Pickup
12:00 Lunch and Walk to Park
1:00 Robot Lesson & Project #2
2:30 Wrap up and clean up
3:00 Pick-up
3:00-6:00 Extended day option

FAQ’s

  1. When is morning drop-off ? Our doors open at 9:20 am. Class officially starts at 9:30 am.
  2. Will you be offering an early drop-off option? We will be offering early drop-off beginning at 8:40am daily for an additional fee. Pre-registration for early drop-off is required.
  3. When is pick-up? Normal class ends at 3:00. Partial Day ends at 11:30am. Extended day ends at 6:00pm.
  4. Will you be offering an extended day option? We will be offering extended day until 6:00pm daily for an additional fee. You are only guaranteed an extended day spot if you sign up during the registration process.
  5. 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 $20/day. If you decide later that you want to add extended day, then the cost will be $30/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.
  6. 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.
  7. What should my child bring each day? 
    A packed lunch (that does not contain any nuts or peanuts)
    *Partial Day students do not need lunch
    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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. My child has a bike/scooter. Can they store it at the Foundry while they are in the session? Sure!
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. Where do we go outside? Each day we will take the kids to the park after 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Can my child take multiple weeks of the same curriculum? We don’t recommend signing up kids as “standard registrations” for the same curriculum. They can do any day (A – J), in any order. But we don’t recommend repeating any particular day. 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 2019/2020 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!
  18. What is the child to teacher ratio? The ratio is about 6 children to one adult staff member.
  19. 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.
  20. What is your cancellation policy? We do NOT offer refunds once a camp registration has been completed. For further details, please go here.
  21. 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.
  22. Do I pay the full amount up front? Yes. See #20 above for cancellation policy.
  23. 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.