Design-Make-Play Innovation Camps

A unique experience exploring concepts in science 

Turn your child's days off from school into exciting educational adventures!

Design Make Play Innovation Camps are designed to explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math, build problem-solving and communication skills and inspire innovators. Each camp includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate of completion and a free 6-month student membership.


Weeklong Camps - Summer

Sense-ational Science


July 16 – 20, 2018; 9 am – 3 pm

Explore how our five senses work together to tell us about the world around us. Experiment with hands-on materials that you can touch, smell, taste, hear and see, and discover how some animals sense differently than we do.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member


Grades 1 – 2

July 23 – 27 2018; 9 am – 3 pm

Experiment with the properties of air and air pressure in various hands-on activities to find the answer. Explore how certain animals and plants have adapted to moving in the air by closely examining a bird’s wing and seeds that are dispersed by wind. Design and create gliders, bottle rockets, and helium blimps to take home as you explore how air influences man-made flying contraptions.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member

Ecology Engineers

Grades 3 – 4

July 30 – August 3, 2018; 9 am – 3 pm

Learn about the different types of ecosystems found on our planet as you explore their characteristics and design your own ecosystem. Discover more about our local ecosystem in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and investigate the organisms that have evolved unique adaptations for survival. Design a portable garden and explore green spaces in urban settings while tackling environmental issues such as flooding and heat waves.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member

Special FX

Grades 5 – 6

August 6 – 10, 2018; 9 am – 3 pm

Go behind the scenes to learn the science behind your favorite films. Explore sound effects, transform your appearance with movie magic makeup and create your own digital video using visual effects.

Fee: $400 per participant, $375 per member


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