Not every student is cut out for the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science. It should be no surprise, then, that not every student is cut out for PRISMS summer camps.
But for students elementary school to high school who eat, sleep, and breathe chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics, PRISMS is paradise. The institute offers two unique (and that’s not hyperbole) summer camps for kids who live the sciences and love to solve mathematical and scientific puzzles.
Engineering for Sustainable Living, which runs from Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 31, at PRISMS’ campus at 19 Lambert Drive, integrates concepts from biology, mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, and technology into weekly themes that will build 21st-century skills in grades six through nine. PRISMS will add two extra weeks onto the program (weeks of August 3 and 10) if there is enough demand.
A typical day will include lessons on computer programming, genetics within living systems, construction of complex devices from simple materials, and hands-on experiments that will emphasize proper laboratory techniques. Opportunities will also be provided for students to receive instructional support with summer packets that may be assigned by their schools.
Youth Entrepreneurial Scholars Camp through STEM: Underwater Robotics and More (a.k.a. YES Camp) is a one-week day camp that runs from Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17, at 19 Lambert Drive and from Monday to Friday, July 20 to 24, at Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Avenue, in Somerset. YES Camp challenges students age 10 to 14 to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGOs and other components, as well as create interactive maps.
Campers progress through a series of increasingly sophisticated “missions” that culminates with amazing designs and innovative projects through GPS work and activities that incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math, integrated with arts, creativity, and design).
PRISMS assistant principal Kevin Merges says the camps are built to bring out the best in today’s students and are also a way for tomorrow’s top science and math minds to meet one of the world’s elite institutes for scientific research. “It’s a chance for us to find future students and for future students to find us,” he says.
Because PRISMS loves nothing more than spreading scientific education, there is a summer program for teachers, too. Educators as Entrepreneurs: Digital Tools and Strategies to Make a Difference for Yourself and Others, held Tuesday to Thursday, July 7 to 9, at PRISM, will teach teachers how to earn money by using online content (websites, blogs, and social media platforms), develop expertise via conference presentations (in person and virtual), sell content, teach online and hybrid courses, and build a personal brand with which to grow their business.
Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, 19 Lambert Drive, Princeton. 609-454-5580. www.prismsus.org.