In 2018 BGCM will host another 6-week Summer Program that will focus on STEM + Arts = STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), Robotics, Young Entrepreneurship, SSAT/SAT/ACT Prep and Writing from June 25 - August 3, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm with before and aftercare available. Camp will be held at Monmouth Worship Center, 37 Vanderburg Rd, Marlboro, NJ 07746. Our program will also encompass an international cultural immersion experience which will include students from China, Spain, and/or France. Summer camp is open to ALL NJ RESIDENTS at an affordable cost. Contact us to learn more. Click here to confirm our license to operate a youth camp in New Jersey by the Department of Health.
2018 Summer Camp: Grades 3-12
Your child will encounter a whole new world of fun with a host of programs to choose from, including STEM + Arts = STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), Robotics, Young Entrepreneurship, SSAT/SAT/ACT Prep and Writing. Breakfast and lunch may also be included with tuition! Campers will also experience a variety of programs, activities, guest speakers, and trips; plus much more.
- Expect action packed days, games, new skills discovery, safe adventures, and devoted counselors. Campers will be energized to come back each day.
- Every camper receives free breakfast and lunch (unless otherwise noted)!
- 6 Weeks: June 25th – August 3th; Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Grades 3-12/Ages 8-17. Before and After Care is available. See registration forms for more information.
- CIT (Counselors-in-Training) program available.
- CONTACT US TODAY. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. SPACES FILL UP QUICKLY.
What to Bring to Camp Daily - Please send your child with the following items (labeled with their name):
- Backpack, 1" Spiral Notebook, 1 Folder, 2 pens, pencils
- Sunscreen, Water bottle, Sneakers daily
2018 Robotics: Grades 3-12
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WHAT MIGHT STUDENTS LEARN IN ROBOTICS (see FAQs below for more)?
*Click on the grades' curriculum to view the answers.
Grades 3-5 curriculum may include:
- Endless Inventions
- Making things move
- Interactive play and more!
Grades 4-12 curriculum may include:
- Mechanical and Structural Engineering
- Competitive Design Challenges and more!
Grades 6-12 curriculum may include:
- Design, Mechanical, Structural, and Civil Engineering
- Arduino technology, Motors and Motion, and more!
2018 Young Entrepreneurship Academy: Grades 3-12
The Young Entrepreneurship Academy is an innovative and exhilarating program that aims to transform youth in grades 3-12 into educated, equipped, confident entrepreneurs. Through our various stages of entrepreneurship classes, students will learn financial literacy, business concepts, generate business ideas, and conduct market research to eventually create business plans, pitch to investors, and launch their businesses. Key elements of the program is student commitment, adult support and accountability, communication, and building important relationships with key individuals. Keynote speakers and partner organizations will come in to speak with students and provide invaluable information. Free workshops will be offered as a special bonus to those who comply with program requirements.
SSAT & SAT Test Preparation: Grades 4-11
The SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) is given to students in grades 3-11 who desire to attend independent or private elementary, middle, and high schools. BGCM test prep tutors/instructors are pleasant, patient, sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population, and have a passion for serving the community. Tutors/instructors have prior experience and/or are certified teachers. Tutors/instructors may work in-person or virtually, either one on one or in small group settings. nce we receive your online registration form, we will match your child(ren) with the most suitable tutor/instructors.
The SAT/ACT test is college admissions standardized tests widely used for college admissions in the U.S. BGCM test prep tutors/instructors are pleasant, patient, sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population, and have a passion for serving the community. Tutors/instructors have prior experience and/or are certified teachers. Tutors/instructors may work in-person or virtually, either one on one or in small group settings. nce we receive your online registration form, we will match your child(ren) with the most suitable tutor/instructors.
Past & Future Summer Activities
2016 Summer Camp
We encompassed an international cultural immersion experience with students who came from China, just to attend our program. Daily activities included STEAM instruction, Creative Arts, Literacy and Financial Literacy, where students spent 6 solid weeks delving into the book, Rich Dad, Smart Dad and creating business ideas and products. Neptune and Marlboro police as well as Matawan Fire Department brought their cars and trucks to camp and educated our students about careers, safety, and respect. We brought in numerous career professionals such as an anesthesiologist, pediatrician, civil engineer, environmental scientist, and a patent attorney. Students dressed in professional attire when TD bank came in to do a financial literacy workshop and we were invited by United Airlines to visit the airport; where we toured their warehouse of supplies and saw 25 million dollar engines, cockpits, planes and more.
2017 Summer Camp
We encompassed an international cultural immersion again. Daily activities included Robotics, STEAM instruction, Creative Arts, Literacy, and Financial Literacy. Campers applied for and received jobs and were paid $125-$180 in BGCM money. They paid rent for their desks, received interest, fines, bonuses and were able to bid on items in our weekly auction. Neptune Police Department conducted a workshop on kidnapping and we brought in numerous career professionals to speak to our students. A pediatrician, food scientists from International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a senior scientist from L'Oreal, and Johnson & Johnson's IT department held a hands-on coding and app development workshop. Students dressed in professional attire when TD bank came in to do a financial workshop on saving for college and we took a trip to New Jersey Natural Gas which allowed students to see how a gas company works and the careers in the field. We visited Newark Federal Courthouse where students learned about the justice system by speaking with a federal judge right in his courtroom. They sat in the juror, prosecution and defense team seats and learned about court procedures. We also went to Atlantic Records in NYC where students toured the office, recording studios, met the COO and spoke with record executives. Our students also had a blast when we competed against The Preparatory Academy during field day at another summer camp Jackson, NJ.
2018 Summer Camp
The goal of our programs is to develop capable students who can function in a highly technological world. Our programs aim to improve student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, and increase high school graduation rates. International students will attend camp and enjoy Robotics, STEAM instruction, Creative Arts, Literacy, Tutoring, Financial Literacy and Fashion Art & Design along with students from NY, NJ and MD. Every full day camper will apply to a job and receive a weekly BGCM paycheck. Guest speakers will include food scientists, forensic scientists, attorneys, doctors, technology professionals, those who work in the financial literacy, the music industry, and more. Trips may include a visit to many of the places we have visited before and more.
What is STEAM?
In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Yet innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.
STEM + Art = STEAM STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:
* transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM * encourage integration of Art + Design in K–20 education * influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation
What's the big deal about STEAM (STEM+Arts)?
STEAM educational practices draw on each of the disciplines, while appealing to a broader base of students who explore and make connections between art, music, mathematics, science, and engineering and technology. Two-thirds of the engineers who receive Ph.D’s from US Universities are not US Citizens. The breakdown of college graduates with STEM Degrees are as follows: 46.7% China, 37.8% from South Korea, 28.7%, Germany, and 5.6% from the US1.
The goal of initiatives instilling STEM in classrooms is not to create more scientists, engineers, or mathematicians but instead to develop capable students who can function in a highly technological world that draws upon multiple knowledge types2. STEAM education represents a recognized national next-generation high-impact academic model. The practices, strategies, and programming are built upon a foundation of identified national best practices which are designed to improve under-represented minority and low-income student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates and improve teacher and principal effectiveness3. We need to improve the composition of the STEM education pipeline to include more women and underrepresented minorities. Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S., they hold less than 25% of STEM-related jobs. At the same time, 43% of school-age children today are of African American, Latino, or Native American descent. Yet of all the engineering bachelor’s degrees in the U.S., less than 15% are awarded to underrepresented minorities. We need to reconcile these opposing trends so that the composition of our STEAM education pipeline reflects America’s shifting demographics4.
3 (Vasquez, Sneider & Comer, 2013).
4 Atkins, Rodney. “America Desperately Needs More STEM Students. Here’s How to Get Them.”Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 9 July 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
Why should my child study STEAM with BGCM?
Because BGCM offers HIGH QUALITY STEM + ARTS EDUCATION. PLUS, WE'RE BOTH AFFORDABLE AND LOCAL.
The ability to compete in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are pertinent to the success of our children in order to gain a competitive advantage over their peers. We must position them to succeed now, academically; and later in the workforce. Additionally, there is a great need for returning Arts into the national curricula. Other countries have realized that STEAM (STEM+Arts) education is an international priority, and we must recognize the same. Arts education enhances creativity and inspires innovation. Both are critical components to creating new industries in the future. At BGCM, your child will be Encouraged!
In order to achieve global competitiveness, BGCM has designed our STEAM summer program with an innovative method for youth to learn using a fun, out of the box approach to education. Your child will be Empowered! With our combination of first-class STEM instruction, combined with Arts education (STEAM), your child will experience a fresh approach to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Our instructors will provide students with tools designed to refresh, improve, and advance their current knowledge. Your child will be ready to Transform Communities!
Upon completion of our STEAM summer program, your child will be equipped to carry out the vision of BGCM…Encourage, Empower, and Transform Communities!
What should we expect from BGCM's STEAM Camp?
STEAM is taught as one subject. Additional arts options are available.
SCIENCE: Learning through interactive and hands-on science activities. Students will become mini scientists and gear up for fun experiments and science adventures! TECHNOLOGY: Participate in an array of problem solving activities with exposure to rudimentary and complex concepts. ENGINEERING: Various engineering techniques integrated into the curriculum to offer a comprehensive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. ARTS: Utilize visual art, design, drawing and more ,to foster creativity, design thinking, tech literacy, teamwork, and problem solving. MATH: Students will become familiar with fundamental and multifaceted mathematical concepts. ESL & ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION: Students will also be exposed to Reading, Writing, Current Events/Social Students and ESL (if applicable).
Where can I find prices, register my child, or obtain scholarship information?
What will my child learn in STEAM?
Below is a brief list of topics students may cover. This list is a sample only. All STEAM education is hands on. In effort to measure growth and the effectiveness of our programs, Pre and Post Assessments will also be provided.
Grades 3-5 list of brief sample topics (all hands-on):
* Introduction to Science: Scientific method, investors, and design * Earth Science: Volcanoes, oceans, clouds, and water cycle * Plants and Biology: Functions, growing, and butterflies * Introduction to Engineering/Architecture: Principles of architecture, math and blueprints * Physics: Roller coasters, potential and kinetic energy, and design/build catapults * Invention Week: Create models, and find solutions * Chemistry: Mixtures, density and Ultraviolet radiation AND SO MUCH MORE!
Grades 6-12 list of brief sample topics (all hands-on):
* Manufacturing * Airplanes * Architecture * Electronics * Problem Solving, Developing Ideas, and Creating Solutions * Engineering * Food Science & Sustainability * Medical Technologies * Agriculture and Biotechnologies * Energy and Teamwork * Electricity, Design, and Modeling AND SO MUCH MORE!
What will my child learn in Robotics?
We are proud to offer Robotics for all students in grades 3-12. IF YOU DO NOT SEE A PARTICULAR TOPIC LISTED BELOW, PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT IF WE OFFER WHAT YOU OR YOUR CHILD IS LOOKING FOR.
Grades 3-5 curriculum may include:
* 3D Building Blocks * Design and creating inventions * Strengthening designs * Making things move * Fine motor coordination, logical reasoning, spatial visualization * Cooperation, teamwork, problem solving and finding solutions * Trucks, Helicopters, Robots, Caterpillars, Cell Phones, and More. * Construction Vehicles * Hoists and Cranes * Carnival Rides * Conveyors and Elevators AND MUCH MORE!
Grades 4-12 curriculum may include:
* Mechanical and Structural Engineering * A deep dive into Simple Machines and Mechanical Advantage * Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing * Competitive Design Challenges. AND MUCH MORE!
Grades 6-12 curriculum may include:
* Simple to Compound Machines * Design, Mechanical, Structural, and Civil Engineering * Aerospace * Motors and Motion * Develop Mechanisms to Achieve Desired Functionality * Arduino Coding * Steps to Successful Inventions AND MUCH MORE!
Do you serve students with basic, intermediate, and advanced STEM skills?
YES! We serve students with skills from all levels. Our programs are designed to level the playing field for students with less experience and will also challenge students with more advanced STEM skills.
Does BGCM Programs align with NGSS or Common Core Standards?
YES! All lessons link to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Engineering Design standards & the Common Core.
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