STEM Matters NYC, a NYC Department of Education (DOE) program, will offer exciting and educational STEM programs for students in kindergarten-grade 12 during spring break. The programs will run during the break, which this year is Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22. All programs run from 9am-3pm and take place on site at various cultural institutions around the city.
The programs aren’t just about learning—they’re about having fun, too! Kids will have a great time discovering, investigating, designing and creating with friends and peers all week long.
Whether your child is interested in animal science, marine biology, mechanics or other subjects, there’s something for every kid throughout the week. STEM Matters NYC also offers camps for students in kindergarten through grade 8, as well as internship and water conservation leadership programs for high-school students that round out a fun and enriching spring break experience!
Importance of a STEM Education
STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This type of education engages students in asking questions and solving problems related to the world around them, according to the DOE’s website.
“Using the engineering-design process, students identify problems, design possible solutions, and test and evaluate those solutions,” the site reads. “This process, combined with the study of math and science, helps students to find connections that make science, math, and technology relevant to their lives.”
How to Apply to STEM Matters NYC
STEM Matters NYC programs are free, but parents must apply first in order for their child to be accepted. An application can be accessed online. If selected, the student must attend all days of the program.
Students receive MetroCards for transportation if needed. (NOTE: Busing is not provided.)
The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
For more information about STEM education or STEM Matters NYC, visit the DOE’s website at schools.nyc.gov.