Camp Overview

June 17-23, 2021
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
In-Person at The Spence School or Remote


The Spence School’s City Sustainability Experience (SCSE) will empower Grade 5-7 students to engineer solutions for New York City’s most pressing sustainability challenges. This year the program will be hybrid, meaning students may participate remotely or in-person.

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.

All students participating in SCSE in-person will need to follow our full safety protocols for the duration of the camp.

Camp Schedule

Over the course of the week, 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. 

Students will engage in projects and inquiry-based learning activities, eventually moving to design basic schematics and blueprints for different types of buildings. 
 
Guests, including working engineers, Spence Eco-Fellows and community members, will join the students throughout the week-long camp.