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Young Dragons

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has expanded its partnership with Drexel University offering a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design/Athletics, and Mathematics) summer program, called Young Dragons. Participating students will have the opportunity to examine technology and science through visual and performance arts and athletics, utilizing the methodology of the holistic STEAM approach.

Initially piloted with the ExCITe Center in 2016 as Summer STEAM, this summer camp collaboration offers middle school students living near Drexel’s campus the opportunity to participate in a six-week program with three-weeks of focused STEAM enrichment. This summer’s camp merges the STEAM curriculum piloted in 2016 with the established literacy and enrichment programs of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

Activities

Each week of the program features different STEAM-themed activities. Click below to learn more about each activity:

WEEK 1: CLIMATE WEEK

Monday, June 22nd - Thursday, July 25th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

The Young Dragons Climate Week will equip students with the scientific evidence for understanding and explaining the impacts of climate change, and learn what can be done in our homes, neighborhoods and cities, to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Through interactive games, local field trips, and engaging scientific discoveries and discussions, students will learn to ask critical questions about the causes and solutions to climate change, diving deep into four themes: energy, water, food and heat.

WEEK 2: M.A.D. INNOVATION!

Monday, June 22nd - Thursday, July 25th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

The Young Dragons Climate Week will equip students with the scientific evidence for understanding and explaining the impacts of climate change, and learn what can be done in our homes, neighborhoods and cities, to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Through interactive games, local field trips, and engaging scientific discoveries and discussions, students will learn to ask critical questions about the causes and solutions to climate change, diving deep into four themes: energy, water, food and heat.

WEEK 3: SNEAKER ENGINEERING

Monday, June 22nd - Thursday, July 25th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

The Young Dragons Climate Week will equip students with the scientific evidence for understanding and explaining the impacts of climate change, and learn what can be done in our homes, neighborhoods and cities, to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Through interactive games, local field trips, and engaging scientific discoveries and discussions, students will learn to ask critical questions about the causes and solutions to climate change, diving deep into four themes: energy, water, food and heat.

WEEK 4: BATTLE ROBOTS!

Monday, July 13th - Thursday, July 16th
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

We will design and build a remote-controlled LEGO robot to battle and compete against others in head-to-head matches! Learn basic mechanical design, motors and movement, and coding to create the best fighting bot. Each day, we’ll battle in our special arena, which poses additional challenges to keeping your creations operational. The last day is a full bracket tournament, and the last robot standing wins!

WEEK 5: MAKING STORIES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Monday, July 13th - Thursday, July 16th
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

We will design and build a remote-controlled LEGO robot to battle and compete against others in head-to-head matches! Learn basic mechanical design, motors and movement, and coding to create the best fighting bot. Each day, we’ll battle in our special arena, which poses additional challenges to keeping your creations operational. The last day is a full bracket tournament, and the last robot standing wins!

WEEK 6 : WEST PHILLY VIRTUAL REALITY CAMP

Monday, July 13th - Thursday, July 16th
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dornsife Center - 3509 Spring Garden St.

We will design and build a remote-controlled LEGO robot to battle and compete against others in head-to-head matches! Learn basic mechanical design, motors and movement, and coding to create the best fighting bot. Each day, we’ll battle in our special arena, which poses additional challenges to keeping your creations operational. The last day is a full bracket tournament, and the last robot standing wins!



Program Partners

The Young Dragons program is a partnership between The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, Drexel University, and the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood initiative.

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