3D Design & Print

Excited by the possibilities of 3D printing and 3D art? This is the camp for you!

In this program, campers explore complementary ways to design in three dimensions. They use a kid-friendly version of professional computer-aided design software, sculpt virtual clay, and draw professional-quality architectural drawings. Campers then print and bring home their own 3D printed objects! This is a super fun camp that brings together the best in STEM and art!

  • Grades 5-8 (Fall 2023)
  • Level Beginner – Intermediate
  • Schedule Week-long camp, 9am-4pm daily
  • Prerequisites None
  • Price Starting at $719

This camp is great for kids who

  • Are super curious about 3D printing
  • Love making art
  • Dream of becoming an inventor or board game designer and want to learn to create rapid prototypes
  • Are curious about becoming an architect

Come Have Fun and Learn To

  • Combine 3D models to create increasingly complicated shapes, including thinking with holes using Tinkercad
  • Print your 3D designs using Cura
  • Fluidly sculpt 3D models by manipulating the geometric mesh that defines them with Sculpt GL
  • Design buildings for both form and function, including massive public buildings using Sweet Home 3D
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The Best STEM Camp for Your Child

  • Voted a #1 Best STEM Program eight years running by thousands of local parents like you, and trusted by more than 100 education partners including elite private schools and large diverse public schools to run STEM programs for their students
  • More convenient, safe, kid-appropriate locations Make new friends with kids who share your child’s passion for STEM and live near you
  • Fun learning that builds lifelong passion
  • Year-round, local, STEM programs in MA
  • Flexible refunds and changes to adapt to your evolving schedule
  • Exceptional Empow-trained staff are passionate about STEM and adept at building mentor relationships
  • Personalized learning in each small class

Uncompromising Quality Without Extravagant Prices

We all want the best for our kids. Empow’s year-round programs, partnerships with more than 100 educational institutions, and a tight focus on elementary and middle schoolers, allow us to provide you with the highest quality STEM summer camp without the extravagant prices charges by many summer-only STEM camps.

  • Year-round instructional staff offer exceptional quality without costly high turnover typical at summer-only STEM camps
  • More than 100 education partners in New England mean we earn our exceptional local reputation without exorbitant national marketing (and we pass those saving on to you)
  • Private schools and our own year-round studios offer more convenient, safer, and more kid-friendly camp locations (that cost us and you less)
  • Local owners on a mission to provide exceptional quality STEM education

“We found EMPOW to be the best learning and fun for our little one, at agreeable prices for the value they provide”
—Tara, Lexington Summer Camp Parent, 2022

Answers to Common Questions about this Camp

  • How is this camp different from other Empow digital art & design camps?

    All of Empow’s camps use the same types of technologies that professional artists and designers use. Many kids find that they enjoy learning to use them all. There is no “right” place to start and we encourage you to explore them all until you find the one that most ignites your passion!

  • How does this camp fit into my child’s education and development?

    Making art is the only way to get better at making art, but making 3D art can also develop your child’s spatial thinking skills, which have been scientifically proven to predict higher grades in STEM courses. 3D printing is also a surprisingly versatile skill. Even novice printers often quickly begin solving real-world problems by quickly making new objects that exactly fit their needs. Want to celebrate a friend? Make them a personalized trophy! Something keeps falling over on your desk? Make a customized stand! If your creation isn’t perfect, you can adjust and print again in just a few hours.

  • What camp will this prepare my child to take next?

  • What is an Empow STEM camp day like?

    Most days have four periods focused intently on student learning and project creation. Whether they’re coding, designing video games, or sculpting in virtual 3D clay, we believe creativity is essential and is built into the DNA of our program design. We foster collaboration because it’s an essential learning skill and because it increases STEM learning and because making friends with kids with shared STEM interests builds lifelong learning and because it is an awesome part of camp! Outside activities, lunch and breaks provide the balanced no-screen time campers need to thrive and come home composed for the evening. At week’s end, our rock star campers show off their ambitious projects to family and friends.

  • How is Empow STEM camp different from other similar programs?

    Empow’s STEM camps are uniquely able to meet the needs of children and young teens and their families.

    • Better Instructors for Children & Young Teens. Our instructors are exceptional at working with this age cohort, nurturing their budding passion for STEM, providing compelling tech-savvy role models, developing the social and emotional skills essential for kids and STEM-learning, and making camp fun! Like some programs, many of our instructors are recruited from top colleges, pass rigorous background checks, and are trained extensively. Unlike many programs, because we offer year-round STEM programs, many of our instructors work with us year-round, making them exceptionally capable.
    • Exclusively focused on the unique needs of Children & Young Teens. Elementary and middle school students should not be stressing about preparing for college applications or padding their resumes; camps with that focus are clearly designed for older students. Neither should they just be playing video games all day, as many so-called STEM camps have kids do. Rather, Empow camps meet age-appropriate learning and developmental goals: Exposure to STEM in a fun and supportive environment; Foundations for lifelong STEM learning which begin with making campers excited to keep learning more; Self-esteem and self-confidence from by overcoming obstacles, completing ambitious projects, and presenting them to family and peers; Friendships with like-minded local students that embrace their interests and personality; Social and emotional development which has been proven to advance STEM learning at this age in particular; Opportunity to accelerate into high-school level curriculum once they find STEM topics that ignite their passion; and Fun because great things happen when kids love to learn.
    • More Convenient, Safer, More Kid-Friendly Locations. Empow offers more camps, in more locations, to make life easier for busy parents. Whether at elite private schools like Milton and Winsor, or at our own year-round studios, our camps run on safe, kid-oriented campuses.
    • Year-round Local Programs. If your child finds their passion with STEM, Empow is there as your partner to continue the learning. Unlike STEM camps that are here only a few weeks each summer, we offer programs year-round with local in-person Afterschool Classes, Private Lessons, and camps during school vacation and holidays.
    • Lower prices. The best does not have to cost the most. Empow has won more awards for excellence, and is trusted by more local education partners, and still saves you 30% or more compared to some of the big national, summer-only STEM camps.

Rave Reviews From Parents Like You …

My son has a learning disability and often balks at new experiences, but he literally ran into camp every morning, and was bright eyed and proud of his accomplishments at the end of each day! Your team was outstanding at understanding and adjusting to his learning differences.

Your team was outstanding at understanding and adjusting to his learning differences
–Jayne in Newton

I had two boys at your camp. One focused on robotics and the other on music. They both had great fun and learned too!

They both had great fun and learned too!
–Parent in Belmont

My son does a various summer camps and this one is always his favorite! He was really happy with his project and was able to learn new programs. Eric is a fantastic camp director: he is really patient, understanding and has a genuine interest in connecting with and supporting the kids. Thanks!

Eric is a fantastic camp director
–Maureen in Concord

My son, James, attended four camps this summer - a general one, two sports camps, and your STEM camp. Yours was his favorite! His second morning he announced that he'd been wishing all night for it to hurry up and be time to go back to your camp. Thank you so much for feeding my budding scientist's creativity!

Thank you so much for feeding my budding scientist’s creativity!
–Lucy

My child had a phenomenal experience! He RAN intro camp everyday and did not stop talking about it for the entire night upon his return home. We were so pleased to find a program where the instructors were fun, engaging and supportive, and where each child was able to work at his own level and to really be challenged. I can't believe how much got accomplished in one week!

My child had a phenomenal experience!
–Donna in Belmont

My son LOVED your camp. He was almost speechless the first day he came home -- he finally just breathed, "It was AWESOME." He was very excited by the choice of projects and really proud of the one he completed.

My son LOVED your camp
–Parent in Arlington

Our son had a blast at Empow's week-long Minecraft camp, where he learned new and more advanced ways of playing the game, including command blocks, redstone circuits, and more. We're sending him back this summer!

We’re sending him back this summer!
–Daniel in Brookline

We Are Delighted to Announce That Empow Studios Has Been Chosen as a Family Favorite for the Seventh Consecutive Year!

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Digital Art & Design Path Path:3D Design & Print

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