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Young Dragons

Middle School Summer STEAM Program

Young Dragons 2022

West Philly Middle Schoolers! Join Drexel’s ExCITe Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities this summer! The Young Dragons 2022 Summer STEAM Camps will be fully in-person and featuring individualized themed weeks such as coding, Minecraft engineering, build your own computer and more!

Young Dragons offers a series of one-week in-person summer camps at no cost for middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. Each program runs Monday through Friday (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM) at Drexel's ExCITe Center. Each one-week camp is distinct (activities do not overlap), and students should register for the camp(s) that best fit their interests. A separate registration is required for each camp. Snacks and lunch will be provided daily. Young Dragons is a partnership between the ExCITe Center, West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society.

Participants should be rising 6th-8th graders living or attending school in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone (zip code 19104), an area served by the following middle schools: Alain Locke Elementary, Morton McMichael School, Martha Washington Elementary, Science Leadership Academy Middle School, and Belmont Charter School. For reference, the West Philadelphia Promise Zone is indicated on this map.

Space is limited and you must register for individual weeks! Applications close on Friday, June 3rd.

Questions: Email

About the Program

The Young Dragons program is a 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. 


Past Activities

Young Dragons ran virtually during the summers of 2020 and 2021. Check out the sidebar for virtual activities from these years. The virtual activities from 2020 are not structured and can be done on your own time!

Program Partners

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