Camp Overview

June 17-30, 2020
8:30 a.m.—3 p.m.
The Spence School
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The Spence School’s City Sustainability Experience (SCSE) will empower Grade 5-7 students from Spence and Harlem Children’s Zone to engineer solutions for New York City’s most pressing sustainability challenges. 

This summer program is offered free of charge for students and made possible by Spence's Starr Foundation and Design and Engineering Grants.

Students will learn how engineers solve problems to make the world more equitable and resilient by participating in fun and ambitious design projects. Challenges will concentrate on building a vibrant democracy, thriving neighborhoods, and a livable climate.

Camp Schedule

Over the course of two weeks, students will design a city block for a part of the city that will struggle when facing the mounting climate crisis. Each year a different area will be chosen. In the summer of 2020, we will focus on the Brooklyn Navy Yard – emphasizing the intersectionality of water, energy, and food systems.

Week One:
Students will engage in projects and inquiry-based learning activities, eventually moving to design basic schematics and blueprints for different types of buildings. 

Week Two: Students will be trained to use tools such as laser cutters, 3D scanners, and 3D printers to make their buildings come to life, and will present their buildings and sustainable city block.
Guests, including working engineers, Spence Eco-Fellows and community members, will join the students throughout the two-week camp.