At a Glance: NanoCamp at the Lexington Studio
A one-day essence of Empow Camp for those days when schools are closed but parents have to work
We’ve taken the Empow Camp experience so loved by kids and parents alike, and we’ve … SHRUNK IT into a single one-day camp program!
Each day of NanoCamp, kids create a project from start to finish. Our talented staff work with NanoCampers to develop their video game levels, script short animation films, or build and program interactive robots! Of course, breaks, snacks, and physical activities are part of each day too (Kids bring their own lunch and snacks). All project types and technologies are available each day.
NanoCamp is currently open for kids entering grades 2-8.
Technologies We Teach
2016-2017 NanoCamp Schedule
NanoCamp will be held on the following days during the 2016-2017 school year. Please click on a day below to register for a specific NanoCamp session:
- Oct 3rd – Rosh Hashanah
- Oct 10th – Columbus Day
- Oct 12th – Yom Kippur
- Nov 8th – No school in Lexington (Professional Learning)
- Nov 11th – Veterans Day
- Dec 27th – Winter Break #1
- Dec 28th – Winter Break #2
- Dec 29th – Winter Break #3
- Dec 30th – Winter Break #4
- Jan 16th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Apr 14th – Good Friday
All of these sessions are now open for registration!
A typical day at NanoCamp
8:30am – 9:30am Early drop-off and special activities. Kids play games and get comfortable with friends, staff, and the Studio.
9:30am – 10:00am Camp Introduction. We set up the day and introduce the staff and campers with a fun twist! We also use this time to review our “respect” rules and non-violence policy.
10:00am – 10:30am Snack time and technology demos. We show kids student projects made at Empow to influence their creativity and get them excited to learn a new craft of their choice.
10:30am – 12:00pm Project time. Campers work on projects at their own pace, guided by our expert staff. Kids can choose to work individually with help from staff, or work with friends in a group project. This is where kids build their robots, design video games, and film unique animations!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and outdoor time. Our staff will walk the campers over to Depot Square and have lunch outside (weather permitting).
1:00pm – 3:00pm Project time. Campers continue to work on their projects for final completion.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Choice time. Campers choose to continue discovering new technologies, participate in a physical activity game like a scavenger hunt, or create challenges with a “techie toy” like a tablet-controlled Sphero robot or a learning-based game like Minecraft.
3:30pm – 4:00pm Group activity. Staff will lead campers on a group project where we work as a team to create a piece of art! The team could film a pixelation, build a robotic arm, or learn about moldable plastic!
4:00pm – 5:30pm Extended day. Campers will continue working with our expert staff to finish any last minute changes to their projects, or finish the day off with a fun student & staff activity.
Full-day camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm, with early drop-off at 8:30 (no additional charge); and an extended day until 5:30pm for an additional $20.
Each NanoCamp costs $95, and is offered at only $50 for existing After-School Club members. For more information on becoming an After-School Club member, please visit our After-School Program page.
We are a nut-free program! Please do not pack any food that may contain nuts. Campers are required to pack their own lunch and we recommend that parents pack one or two snacks throughout the day.
Empow’s NanoCamp have kids from in and around the town of Lexington. Our students tend to come from Lexington, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Burlington, Newton, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Lincoln, Bedford, Winchester, Concord, and more.