2017 MiY Summer Workshop Programs

If your child is interested in science, technology, engineering, robotics, and other STEM related topics... then Piscataway Library is the place to be this summer 2017! We have three fantastic and immersive programs going on that will be sure to provide a fun learning experience for those in grades K-12

The Summer of MAKE : Teen Maker Institute is our new and revamped summer workshop program for those entering grades 6-12 operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Teen Services Department. This new program is designed to provide a much deeper and immersive making and STEM experience for those who are accepted into the program! This program will consist of two groups of 15 teens. Each group will complete 12 projects over a 6-week period from June 28th - August 4th on Wednesdays and Fridays. One group will attend Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11a-1p and the other group will attend Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. To be a part of this unique experience, teens will have to apply for acceptance into the program. As always, projects made during this program will all be make and take home. 

We will begin accepting applications on May 8th using the following form : https://goo.gl/forms/AdReSRTnnV4xEda82

Registration will close on May 26th.

We will then hold two group interview sessions to determine which 30 teens will be accepted into the program. Projects for the Teen Maker Institute will include making your own digital watch, light painting, solar charger, hydraulic powered car, birdhouse, and more!

There is no residency restriction for this program.

This summer experience is sponsored by a grant from the Cognizant "Making the Future" initiative.

Cognizant Technology Solutions


Tinker Camp (for those entering grades K-5)

Tinker CAMP is our revamped STEM and maker program workshop series for those entering grades K-5, operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Children's Services Department. Children will have the opportunity to make and take various age-appropriate projects for K-2, and grades 3-5.

Here is the 2017 Tinker Camp workshop schedule :

Workshop

Grade in September

Workshop Date

Workshop Time

Workshop Location

Windmill - Learn about force and motion by making your own working miniature windmill
 gr. K-2
Mon, July 10
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Balloon Racers - Create and build 2 types of balloon powered vehicles powered by air
 gr. 3-5
Tue, July 11
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Jumping Jack - Create one of the oldest toys known to humanity with moving parts controlled a series of strings
gr. K-2
Mon, July 17
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Pizza Box Circuits - Learn the basics of circuit design and building using a pizza box to make your creation come to life!
gr. 3-5
Tue, July 18
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Slime & Bath Bombs - Get gooey making your own personal slime you can take with you, and then some bat
gr. K-2
Mon, July 24
2-4pm
Kennedy
Paddle Boats - Put your engineering skills to the test using regular household supplies to create a small opera
 gr. 3-5
Tue, July 25
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Balancing Robot & Gravity Beads - Explore the power of gravity with two projects, making a paper robot that can balance, and experimenting with moving beads powered by gravity!
gr. K-2
Mon, July 31
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Pneumatic Machine - Design and build a working miniature crane which is powered by air pressure!
gr. 3-5
Tue, Aug 1
2-4pm
Westergard
Terrarium - Take home your own small habitat as we provide the plants and resources to create your own living biome!
gr. K-2
Mon, Aug 7
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Terrarium and Bath Bombs - Take home your own small habitat as we provide the plants and resources to create your own living biome as well as explore chemical reactions by making bath bombs!
gr. 3-5
Tue, Aug 8
2-3:30pm
Kennedy

Registration will be taken by visiting or calling the Children's Department at 732-463-1633 x7 starting Monday, June 26th

These workshops are ONLY open to Piscataway residents

Note : For Tinker CAMP, your child(ren) may only register for up to 2 programs in order to allow as many children as possible to be able to take advantage of these workshops. Tinker CAMP is generously funded by a PSEG Sparks grant


Maker Lab (for those entering grades 5-12)

This unique program will be available for those interested, or that do not make it into the Teen Maker Institute. In Make Lab, teens and tweens will work with long-time educator and Piscataway resident Dave Zirkle on electronics and robotics based projects collaberatively, learning about the Arduino platform and coding environment to prototype various types of projects. This immersive program will be offered in a two week session in the month of August. Each of the sessions will run from 10am-12:30pm from Monday-Thursday. We will accept 13 participants for this program. The program dates are as follows : 

  •  August 7-10 and August 14-17

Registration for Maker Lab opens on July 3rd by visiting or calling the Kennedy Library reference desk at 732-463-1633 x6. Registrations will NOT be accepted before July 3rd. At the time you register, you will need to indicate which session you would like to attend. Your tween/teen must be entering grades 5-12 to be eligible to participate, no exceptions.

There is no residency restriction for this program.

Note : To register and attend, your teen or tween must be able to attend all 8 sessions with a maximum of 2 excused absences. Teens participating in the Teen Maker Institute are not eligible to participate in this program.