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At a Glance: NanoCamp at the Studios

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

Game Design

Robotics

Animation

Icon-Video Game Design

Programming

3D Modeling

Audio Production

Programming at Empow 3D Modeling at Empow Audio & Music Production at Empow

2018-2019 Newton & Lexington NanoCamp Schedule

September 10th – Rosh Hashanah

September 19th – Yom Kippur

October 8th – Columbus Day

November 6th – Professional Learning Day (Lexington Only)

November 12th – Veterans Day observed

December 26-28th – Winter Break Nanocamps

January 21st – MLK Jr. Day Nanocamp

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 to a local park 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.

Times

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.

Cost

Each NanoCamp costs $95, and is offered at only $50 for existing STEM After School Club members. For more information on becoming an STEM After School Club member, please visit our After School Program page.

Policies

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.

2018-2019 NANOCAMP SCHEDULE

Empow’s Lexington Studio has kids from in and around the Town of Lexington. We serve the communities of Acton, Arlington, Andover, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Jamaica Plain, Lincoln, Maynard, Newton, Reading, Salem, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, Woburn, and more.

Empow’s Newton Studio has kids from in and around the City of Newton. We serve the communities of Arlington, Auburndale, Belmont, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Hopkinton, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Mansfield, Middleboro, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, North Attleboro, Norwood, Roslindale, Sharon, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Wellesley Hills, West Newton, West Roxbury, Weston, Westwood, and more.

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