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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education Camp features MacInspires’ unique and original experiences that turn inspiration into life changing talents.

Future Stars’ partnership with MacInspires combines to create the ultimate S.T.E.A.M. Camp experience utilizing technology to develop and create works of art while learning new skills.

  STEAM Education Programs  
Coding & Game Design Stop Motion & Film Advanced Coding & Game Design
Circuit Adventures 3D Design & Printing Robotics
Junior Builders Junior Scientists Design & Engineering
Arch with Minecraft Minecraft Challenge Science Rocks
Advanced STEAM Programs
Woodshop Rube Goldberg Machine Build Your Own PC
Wearable & Fashion Tech Arduino & Raspberry Pi Inventing Indoor Drone Racing

 

STEAM Education

Ages: 7-16
Dates:  Jun 15 - Aug 14
9 Weekly Sessions 
Time: 9:00-4:00
Extended Hours Available

 

TYPICAL DAY

9am Daily Orientation

9:15 am STEAM Session 1

10:45 am STEAM Session 2

11:50 am Lunch/Field Play

12:50 pm Recreational Swim period

1:45 pm STEAM Session 3

3:30 pm Daily Review

4pm Departure

Typical Day activities, sports & times are subject to change

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3D Design and Printing
  • Coding
  • Game Design
  • Animation
  • Circuit Adventures
  • Programming
  • Minecraft
  • Robotics

FACILITIES

  • Air conditioned classrooms
  • Smart boards & Computers
  • fields for outdoor play & recreation
  • Gaga pits
  • basketball courts
  • tennis courts
  • Indoor pool for daily swim
  • outdoor water slide.

Coding & Game Design with Scratch
Learn how to create old-school and new-school 2D Video Games in this fun and educational week! After being shown how to create a few simple games, each camper then creates an original. Using code and loops to create games requires one to think outside the box to accomplish the game’s intent giving us a glimpse into how complicated commercial games are to develop.

Stop Motion Animation & Filmmaking
Experience the amazing world of Stop Motion Animation and Real Action Filmmaking! Stop motion is an interesting art and labor of love - By creating a scene and moving objects and characters slightly between each photo, one combines the photos to make moving images, a movie! Using Lego, puppets, and basically anything else, campers will create original stories told through stop motion. Campers will also learn how television and movie production works through real action filmmaking. It takes a team to create a film and campers will experience first hand the steps and teamwork required to make a parody commercial, music video, news broadcast and short film.

Advanced Coding & Game Design with Scratch
So you're a Scratch Coding Pro? This week campers with Scratch experienced are challenged to create advanced and complex games with guidance from counselors. This takes problem solving skills and creativity to a new level by introducing advanced Scratch concepts like gravity, 3d structures, broadcasting and cloning. Wih a better understanding of these skills and more campers are capable of making amazing games they can play with friends and family!

Architecture with Minecraft
Minecraft is a world many kids are familiar with, but most kids aren't used to seeing their Minecraft Worlds come to life in our world! In this exciting week campers experience 3D Design and Printing through Minecraft. Campers are challenged to create buildings, vehicles, even minipulate the landscape - all with the end goal of 3D Printing! 3D Prints take hours to complete so the first prints will be available within the same week with the remainders available for pickup at camp the following week.

Circuit Adventures
Circuits are closed loops through which electrons, also known as electricity, travels. Circuits are used in devices all around us, from light switches to toasters to computers, and even cars! In this week campers are guided through the specific elements of circuits while developing an understanding of key electricity concepts, such as voltage, resistors, batteries and more. Create your own paper circuit art and robot and watch your creation come to life with electricity! Campers use a variety of tools and equipment this week including littleBits, copper tape, LEDs, motors and more!

3D Design & Printing with TinkerCAD
Experience a still-emerging technology, 3D Printing! It all starts with a design to print, we learn how to use a Computer Aided Design program called TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is the little sibling to AutoCAD, a program used by professional engineers and architects. Start by creating a house, a future home to lunar dwellings. Then work to master 3D design skills by creating a product, toy or model and much more! Exploring their creativity students produce anything from recreations of their favorite droid to a stand for their tablet, whatever their minds can come up with! Each student will receive one print for each day. 3D Prints take hours to complete so the first prints will be available within the same week with the remainders available for pickup at camp the following week.

Minecraft Challenge
Campers learn how to create a specific type of helper in Minecraft to assist them with accomplishing a series of challenges! This helper can be sent off on a task, returning items to you and more… Through Game-based learning campers problem solve, learn patience and the core foundation of computer programming – Logic. Logic circuits are used to perform all the internal operations of a computer. This is not your average Minecraft, campers will have fun exploring new aspects of Minecraft while learning computer logic and more.

Robotics with Cubelets, Dash & Dot and Mbots
The most unique, knowledgeable and fun dive into robots! Campers learn to control Cubelets, Ozobot and Dash & Dot Robotics through various sensors, components and coding. No prior coding experience necessary. Cubelets are robot blocks that make it fast and easy to make your own robot! There’s no wrong way to build with Cubelets, so it is remarkably easy to transform these blocks into brilliant robots! Ozobots are amazingly small and smart robots able to be coded through colored lines! Dash & Dot respond to voice, navigates objects, dances, and sings! For campers with robotics experience, we'll be using the more advanced, complicated features found in the mBot Robots! Mbot is a robot one must build and code to run successfully. Able to be coded with block based programming as well as Java and Python, this robot gives campers experience with languages common in schools, colleges and in the working world! Counselors will provide fun and clever challenges the campers will overcome with their robot friends!

Junior Builders
Junior Builders challenges campers to build models of bridges, planes, boats and more! Campers learn about building materials, such as cardboard, Legos, up-cycling materials and how to creatively construct their projects using design based thinking. How much weight can your boat hold before sinking? How tall can your building grow? Inspire, learn and create with this hands-on STEAM week!

Design & Engineering
Campers explore how design and engineering are all around us, everything that is human made is designed and engineered… How does one go about designing products, buildings, vehicles and more? When does engineering become important, and what role does it play? Campers will use various methods to explore and answer these questions, including 3d design and printing, model building, structural testing and more! Campers love our “shake table” that re-creates earthquakes to study how changes in engineering can make the building stay put!

Junior Scientists
Junior Scientists sparks the interest of campers through fun and educational experiments! Ranging from balloon rockets to making lightning, campers learn about surface tension, matter, exothermic reactions, acids, bases, catalysts and more!

Science Rocks
Campers complete a series of experiments including charging light bulbs and “magically” lifting ice cubes – fostering excitement, curiosity and interest in science and chemistry.


Advanced STEAM Education Camps (Ages 13-16) *additional material fees apply*

Woodshop (Additional $149)
Campers will learn shop safety, tool training, and will build both small and large projects in this action-packed week of tinkering. Campers experience cutting wood, using power drills, small lathes and more. All projects are take home and this week includes a $99 kid's power tool set!

Rube Goldberg Machine (Additional $49)
Rube Goldberg was a cartoonish most known for his whacky, complex machine drawings. The machines accomplished a very simple task through very complicated, often amusing, means. This week campers will design, build, test and complete their own Rube Goldberg Machines! We will have a room full of materials to accomplish our unique machines, everything from arts and crafts, to recyclables, electronics, marbles and much more! Campers take home their amazing inventions!

Build Your Own PC (Additional $499, $699, or $999)
See how Personal Computers work first hand by constructing your own! Campers are guided through building a computer from scratch, a mother board, case, hard drive, ram and other components! After it's built we have to upload the proper operating system and drivers to make it work.

Choose from three options: $499 Workstation, $699 Gaming Computer, $999 Pro Gaming Computer

Wearable & Fashion Technology (Additional $49)
Technology, programming, and sustainable design meet your wardrobe in this highly anticipated week! Utilizes 3d printing, bioplastics, microcontrollers, programming and more to custom-produce wearable art and apparel. Technology is often shaping the future of fashion and these techniques and tech are pushing boundaries in this field and many others such as health and wellbeing.

Arduino & Raspberry Pi Inventing (Additional $89)
Arduino and Raspberry Pis are Microcontrollers, small inexpensive computers ($25-$35) one can use to build almost any electronic invention! They sense and control more of the physical world than your normal desktop computer. For example, they can be programmed to recognize the sound of a knock at the front door and then unlatch the lock. Arduino and Raspberry Pi can also be used to develop interactive objects, like a light that turns on and off in response to a hand being waved in front of a sensor making it the perfect tool make your tech projects come to life! These small computers require proper coding and wiring to work. Campers receive their own Arduino kit, code and build their creations to take home, complete with an Arduino Uno, Arduino case, LEDS, servo, toy motor, sensors and more!

Indoor FPV Drone Racing (Additional $399)
Drones are becoming more and more popular, it's even become a sport! This week campers learn how quadcopter drones work, how to fly and repair them. These drones are special indoor racing drones capable of broadcasting video to a headset. FPV stands for first person view, that means campers will have a view from the copter as it flies! Each camper receives a drone, remote and headset to take home after the week's use.

 

FACILITIES

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a brand-new lighted turf baseball complex, new lighted turf football/soccer field, NCAA regulation softball field, and several full-size soccer fields. Additionally, there are acres of training fields expertly maintained. ---- 14 deco tennis courts (6 lighted), 3 full indoor and 3 outdoor basketball courts.

The indoor facilities utilized include the swimming pool, diving well with 3 meter and 1-meter boards, aerobics studios, locker rooms, analysis rooms, 3 Air Conditioned gymnasiums, racquetball/squash courts, and more! 

In addition to the grounds, we utilize program specific training equipment for each program (i.e., trampolines with harnesses, batting cages and pitching machines, sport specific target training, radar gun, video, and much more).

LEADERSHIP

Jordan Snider 
Director of Operations and Director for Purchase College since 1993
Jordan has also seen the camps from the perspective of being a camper when growing up. He graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Psychology, and also has an MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. Jordan’s college tennis team won an NCAA National Tennis Championship during his tenure and was always top 4 in the nation.
Currently Jordan is Head Tennis Coach at Purchase College where he was named 2019 Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Additionally, he is President of Briarcliff Youth Soccer Club and coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball. Jordan met his wife Julie at Future Stars many years ago. Now their children, Emily and Eli, join Jordan at camp each summer soaking up all that the camp has to offer. 

Kirsten Shaughnessy
Assistant Director
Kirsten joined Future Stars in Summer 2015, after graduating from Manhattanville College with a BA in Communications and Computer Science.
Kirsten was a member of the Manhattanville Women’s Ice Hockey and Lacrosse teams and has a wide array of sports knowledge. She brings experience coaching all levels of hockey around Westchester and Greenwich and is the NYSAHA East Regional Head Goalie Coach and Head Evaluator. When Kirsten isn't on the ice, she also lends a hand coaching youth tennis for local recreation departments. Kirsten enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, Olive and Ginny, playing soccer and learning ASL on the weekends!

James Oates
Assistant Director
James played collegiate soccer at Rutgers University before moving back to England and graduating from York St. John University with a degree in Sports Studies and Psychology. Shortly thereafter he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Durham University and became a qualified Physical Education teacher. James worked for 7 years as Head of Physical Education at Durham Sports College & Sixth Form Centre before moving to New York with his wife Erica.
James is currently a Physical Education teacher at the Hewitt School in NY and coach’s soccer for Eastern FC. He has had a significant impact on character development and youth leadership at Future Stars.
Group Leaders
Group Leaders, typically post graduate educators, are responsible for supervision, instruction and implementation of everyday activities on and off the field, court, classroom, etc.

Head Counselors 
Head Counselors, usually post graduate or collegiate student athletes, assist the Group Leader in making sure campers are engaged, following curriculum and program directives, interacting, interrelating, and having a great summer experience enjoying personal growth!

General Counselors 
General Counselors, normally college age former campers, work under the supervision of the Group Leaders. They assist in direction, supervision and organization of everyday activities.

Leaders in Training 
Our Youth Leadership Program is designed to teach and provide the appropriate skills to develop our oldest campers into future counselors. Youth Leaders will be working under the supervision of their program director as well as the Group Leaders. Assisting in everyday activities and learning the importance of camper safety and development. At no time will campers be alone with a Leader in Training.

Behind the Scenes

Camp Administration
The Camp Office is your place for all camper questions, weekly changes, program changes, billing questions, payments, arrival & departure nuances. Kirsten, Rachael & Reema have developed a dynamic team over the last three years and have become the command center for all camp operations

Health Office
A registered EMT or Athletic Trainer is on-site at all times. Camper medications should be labeled and given to the Health Office Director where they will them pack a program specific med bag for each program.

Pool Staff
The Pool Staff is composed of swim coaches, certified lifeguards and water safety instructors monitoring campers during their recreational swim and training campers during instructional and work out sessions.

FAQ

How long is the camp day? Do you have early drop off or extended day options? 

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. We do offer early drop off starting at 8 am and extended day going till 5:30 pm for an additional fee. We do have a full week of camp on the July 4th week!

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

7:1

How do I make changes to my campers’ schedule?

Changes can be made by calling the camp office, 914-273-8500.

How are campers grouped?

All campers are grouped based on age. After the Monday morning assessment, campers will be moved around based on skill level, so they are in a comfortable social environment as well as skilled.

DIRECTIONS

SUNY Purchase is a sprawling 500 acre campus in the heart of Westchester County with state of the art facilities. Just minutes from the Greenwich border and 23 miles from Manhattan the campus is easily accessible from all major highways.

Address to this location is:
735 Anderson Hill Road. Purchase NY 10577



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Lunch

Lunch takes part in our SUNY Purchase Cafeteria. Our lunch menu offers a variety of hot and cold options in a buffet style atmosphere. Campers are able to choose from hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, pasta, steamed vegetables, a salad bar, dessert bar, sandwich bar and much more! Campers will be monitored by counselors to ensure they are hitting all key food groups to refuel for the rest of their day!

If you choose to not purchase lunch and pack your own, each program will collect lunch boxes in the morning and refrigerate them throughout the day. We do recommend that you pack lunches in an insulated lunch box and clearly label inside and out.

Transportation

We do offer door to door transportation to Westchester, Greenwich and most of Manhattan. Buses are all air-conditioned and labeled with Future Stars insignia. Drivers are certified from the bus company and a camp counselor will be monitoring campers at all times.

Typical pick up/drop off times vary depending on your spot on the route. We will call the week before with your bus times, as the times change weekly. For campers that are spending an extended time on the bus, we do the best we can to reverse the route and make it fair to all and still efficient (in some cases this is not a possibility).

Local Transportation:
Pick up times vary between 8:15 am and 8:45 am
Drop off times vary between 4:15 pm and 5:00 pm

NYC Transportation:
Pick up times vary between 7:30 am and 8:00 am (all buses should leave city by 8:00 am)
Drop off times vary between 4:45 pm and 5:30 pm

Swim

The SUNY Purchase College Pool is an indoor pool, fully staffed with certified lifeguards. Campers have the option of recreational swim for 45 minutes to an hour a day.

Campers will be given a Deep-Water Test overseen by a Water Safety Instructor. This test is done every Monday and Wednesday of camp, campers don’t need to take it more than once unless they wish to try and move up a level.

Bands are given to each camper to signify where they are able to go in the pool. Campers are monitored by lifeguards as well as counselors actively in the water.

Dates & Rates

Summer 2020 programs will run from June 15th to August 21st. Flexible weekly scheduling is available. Each camp week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Pricing is time sensitive as outlined below.

 
2020 Rates

     All Camp Programs    
(except where noted)

 $695 / wk

  Tennis Camp, STEAM Camps  

 $795 / wk

  Adventure Camp

 $895 / wk

    Horseback Riding  

 $895 / wk

Transportation is available from most surrounding areas in Westchester and Fairfield for $200 per week or from Manhattan and Riverdale for $235 per week. Early drop-off and/or late-pick-up are also available for an additional fee. Early enrollment discounts are offered throughout the year, along with sibling discounts for campers enrolling for 3 or more weeks. Team or Group discounts are also available. Please call our office at (914) 273-8500 for current details on discount offers.

For details of dates and rates of all programs click below to download the form:
Purchase College Application

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