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Young Dragons

Virtual Offerings for Summer 2020

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering online content this summer as part of Young Dragons. Our STEAM focused content is geared for middle school students highlighting topics such as climate change, virtual reality, and music. Additional information regarding these areas and how to access the online content can be found below.


Click below to learn more about each activity:

West Philly Virtual Reality Mashup

Offers students the opportunity to design and develop their own virtual environments. In each online module, participants will have the chance to learn how to code using block coding and then move onto text-based coding. During WPVR Mashup, students will explore technology related careers through real-world activities including design, development, and coding.


The Young Dragons virtual Climate Change curriculum 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 an eight week online curriculum with learning and activities that can be done from home, students will explore a new topic each week: climate and weather, your carbon footprint, food, water, biodiversity, oceans, cities, urban heat island, and renewable energy.

BANG! (Music Production with Smartphones)

Wanna make beats and songs like the ones you hear on the radio and listen to all the time?  Songs you can easily hear your favorite artist performing to and all you have is a smart phone? Your phone is literally all you need! Join us to learn ways to make beats and get the most out of your phone. You will learn how to create, manipulate sounds, drums, export songs to share and more. It’s not about what you got, it’s about how you use it. If you’re up for the challenge. We are here to get you to the next level!

About the Program

The Young Dragons program is a unique six week summer camp offered by the ExCITe Center at Drexel University. Since launching the Young Dragons partnership in 2016, we have been providing innovative science, technology, engineering, arts/athletics, and mathematics (STEAM) activities to middle school students living in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Throughout the program, we incorporate the scientific method, the engineering process, and arts & design to facilitate the development of agency and strengthening of creativity and self-expression. This summer we will be providing innovative STEAM focused online learning activities! 



Program Partners

Malcolm Jenkins Logo Lindy Center Logo West Philly Promise Neighborhood Logo Settlement Music School Drexel School of Education Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab