BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – If your child loves to play with their hands, build structures, devour a computer, and learn all about STEM, sign them up for Summer STEM Institute!  A new bus route will allow residents from Sparta and surrounding areas to participate in this exciting and innovative program.  The bus will pick up and drop off from Columbia Middle School during the week of August 7th.

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) in Cedar Knolls offers fun, co-ed programs for youth entering grades 1 – 6. Children will work in teams, meet new friends and perform hands-on experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive. The SSI program has been designed and vetted by STEM educators and professionals to be fun and age-appropriate. Hands-on activities help students learn the academic concepts behind the experiments.   

The program will be held for five weeks at the local Boy Scout headquarters in Cedar Knolls beginning July 10th.  Males and females entering grades 1- 6 will spend their days building carts, working on circuit boards, programing robotics, learning about astronomy, and so much more!

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The program is aimed to welcome children who are not already enrolled in the Scouting program and have an interest in STEM, however Scouts may attend to earn STEM NOVA badges. 

For more information about Summer STEM Institute visit www.summerstem.org or contact Bill SanFilippo, STEM program director, at bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org.

About Summer STEM Institute

Summer STEM Institute was created in 2015 after the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America was charged with leading the first pilot program.  After a very successful inaugural summer, the program expanded to welcome grades 1-6.  The program is run under the Learning for Life division of the Boy Scouts of America.