Summer Sessions – North Slope

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: Gowanus / North Slope

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Quick Overview

  • 1st-4th graders for all weekscolorful robots on table
  • Addition of 4th-7th graders for Programmers Weeks
  • July and August- Full Week Sessions from 9:00-3:00
  • Extended day option until 6:00
  • July and August have 2 curriculum that alternate (Robot Discovery and Robot Explorer)
  • Week of July 24th-28th is Girls Only!
  • 5 Robot Inventor spots available most weeks
  • 5 Robot Programmer spots available select weeks-
    • Programming Curriculum 1: July 10th-14th
    • Programming Curriculum 2: July 24th-28th (Girls Only) & August 14th-18th
  • July & August Pricing
    • $540 program fee + $150 material fee
  • Single Full-Day Sessions July 5th-7th, and Sept. 5th & 6th

This location is located at 303 3rd Avenue in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Registration

All registration must occur online. If you already have an account, please use your account information to register your child. If you do not yet have an account, you can create one during the registration process.

Please make sure you complete the entire form during registration. One of the last screens of the registration process will be where you enter your email address. If you haven’t reached that screen, you aren’t quite done. The very last screen will be a confirmation screen. 

North Slope - July & August Summer Sessions- Register Now!

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Choose the best program for your child:

What are the different registration options?

Most children will enroll under general registration. When you enroll under this option your child will build and take home the 8 awesome projects. We will also offer a limited number of  Robot Inventor each week. These were created to broaden our offerings for more mature students. It also allows different age siblings to be enrolled in the same week.


What is a Robot Inventor?

RobotInventorA Robot Inventor is a child who has attended a bunch of our sessions and now really wants to make their own creation. There is no limit to how many weeks you can register your Robot Inventor for this summer.

Inventors Projects- We are offering five special edition, limited spots to children who are frequent attenders to our programs. Those five students will be able to create and build whatever they want during the session. This option is limited to five kids only.

Inventors Prerequisite: The student must have either attended 2 weeks of summer in 2017 or 1 semester of afterschool in the 2016/2017 school year. They also must be entering at least 2nd 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.

*Beginning in Fall 2017 the minimum age will be 3rd grade for all new inventors.


What is a Robot Programmer?

UF_ROBOTFOUNDRY_016_smallWe are offering a fun new option to allow kids to learn how to program using the awesome Hummingbird robotics kit which was designed at Carnegie Melon’s CREATE lab. This is a really great option because it combines hands-on building and art with real electronics (servos, LEDs, motors, sensors) with programming. The kids will work in small groups and create robots that interact with the other robots and environment.

Programmer Projects- We also are offering five special edition, limited spots to children who want to learn to program. 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.

Programmer Restrictions: Your child must be at least entering 4th grade. We cap the age at kids entering 7th grade. No programming experience is required.


What is Girls Week?

GIRLSPICAt the Robot Foundry we love girls and love exposing girls to the wonders of engineering!  This year we will be offering the Girls Week in all locations. The projects are the same as we do in the co-ed but the students will all be girls.

 

Robot Discovery

We will be building 8 different robots throughout the week-long session that move in all sorts of fun and exciting ways!

  • $540 program fee + $150 material fee
  • Offered 5 different weeks
    • July 5th-7th- 3 day week
    • July 17th-21st
    • July 31st-Aug 4th
    • Aug 14th-18th *
    • Aug 28th-Sept 1st
  • Extended Day till 6:00
  • Extended day is $20/day extra if done during registration or $30/day if done later.
  • 1st-4th graders for most weeks. 1st-7th graders for * weeks above
  • K’s will be accepted if they have already completed a year of full-day preK.
  • Register

* 5 Robot Programmer spots available. All other weeks have 5 Robot Inventor spots available.

Robot Explorers

Make 8 robots! Make fun! Do something different this summer!

  • $540 program fee + $150 material fee
  • Offered 4 different weeks
    • July 10th-14th *
    • July 24th-28th * Girls Only!
    • Aug 7th-11th
    • Aug 21st-25th
  • Extended Day till 6:00
  • Extended day is $20/day extra if done during registration or $30/day if done later.
  • 1st-4th graders for most weeks. 1st-7th graders for * weeks above
  • K’s will be accepted if they have already completed a year of full-day preK.
  • Register

* 5 Robot Programming spots available. All other weeks have 5 Robot Inventors spots available.

 

Age of Students:.

Most of our programs are for students entering first through fourth grade. We can make an exception for students entering kindergarten IF they have completed a year of full day pre-K.

Robot Programmer spots are only for kids entering fourth through seventh grade.

All Robot Inventor spots are open to kids who have completed at least two 2017 summer weeks with us or have done a full semester of afterschool in the 2016/2017 school year.

Price:

  • July & August Pricing
    • $540 program fee + $150 material fee

FAQS:

  1. When is morning drop-off ? Our doors open at 8:40 am. Class officially starts at 9:00 am.
  2. When is pick-up? Normal class ends at 3:00. Extended day ends at 6:00 (when offered).
  3. Will you be offering an extended day option? We will be offering extended day till 6:00 starting in July.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  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 Programming spots on the select weeks. The Robot Programmers 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 JJ Bryne 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.
  14. What ages do you accept into the sessions? Each week has a different age range but we accommodate kids as young as entering 1st grade and as old as entering 7th grade.
  15. What does a typical day look like? 
    • 8:40-9:00 Drop off
    • 9:00 Discovery & exploration
    • 9:30 Robot/structure building activity #1
    • 10:30 Snack
    • 11:00 Choice time
    • 12:00 Visit to park to eat lunch
    • 1:00 Robot/structure building activity #2
    • 2:30 Wrap up and clean up
    • 3:00 Pick-up and the start of extended day
    • 3:00-6:00 Extended day option
  16. 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.
  17. 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 2nd grade, you might want to consider signing them up for the Robot Inventor spots.
  18. Can my child take multiple weeks of the same curriculum? We don’t recommend signing up kids as “general 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 2nd grade and have done either a week of afterschool with us in 2016/2017 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!
  19. What is the child to teacher ratio? The ratio is about 6 children to one adult staff member.
  20. 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.
  21. What is your cancellation policy? We do NOT offer refunds once a camp registration has been completed. For further details, please go here.
  22. 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.
  23. Do I pay the full amount up front? Yes. See #21 above for cancellation policy.
  24. 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.