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Cradle of Aviation STEM & Space Camps

Long Island’s most unique and interesting camps, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)!

Cradle of Aviation Museum STEM & Space Camps

Summer Camp 2020

This Place Is Lit - STEM Camp


August 10-14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, for ages 9-12

The Cradle of Aviation is “de-lighted” to offer an in-person STEM camp for “bright” young scientists aged 9-12!

Campers will explore the properties of light through experiments, games, and projects all designed to “enlighten” their minds—just “watt” they need to end the summer with a big bang. This “light-hearted” Camp will take place August 10 -14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm each day. Sign up early, spots will be gone in a “flash!”

(Capacity is limited due to physical distancing requirements. All staff and campers are required to follow CDC, state and local health guidelines.)


This five-day camp is $225 per camper.
Please call Reservations at 516-572-4066 to save your spot!

Itinerary and Planned Activities:


Tour of the Museum and Ice breakers & Laser and lens demonstration

A laser is a concentrated beam of light. Since it makes a visible, narrow beam, it is perfect for demonstrating how lenses work. In this demonstration, we will put laser beams through differently shaped lenses and see who they affect the path of light, then campers will try to predict how laser light will react when passed through a series of differently shaped lenses.


Pinhole Cameras & ”Seeing the Negative”

Cameras have been around for almost 200 years and the basic principle of them remains the same. Light enters an opening and is then recorded (either digitally or on a photographic paper or plate). Using simple materials, we will recreate a camera obscura that will project whatever brightly lit object is in front of the viewer. We will then manipulate the pinhole opening and add a lens to sharpen our “picture.”

We will then explore the peculiarities and limitations of the human eye. Pictures and words will change color and symbols and objects will disappear before the campers’ very eyes as we explore sight and how vision works.


3D Pictures & Optical illusions

3D glasses: By restricting the wavelengths seen by individual eyes, two-dimensional photos and pictures can leap off the page. Anaglyphs have been around for 150 years but hit their heyday in the 1950s when 3D movies became popular. Campers will create their own 3D glasses and learn how this particular illusion works.

We will then explore other types of optical illusions and how the eye can trick the mind into seeing something that may not be quite as it seems. Campers will make their own optical illusions.

THURSDAY (outdoor activities subject to change of day, depending on the weather)

Prism painting/Refraction Glasses & Shadow People

Prisms and refraction glasses break up sunlight into its various wavelengths or colors. Campers will create and observe their own rainbows outside and then paint over them using the included watercolor paints.

Campers will learn about the properties of shadows and how to create their own shadow puppets and sidewalk chalk shadow people.


Fiber optics & Kaleidoscopes

Using fiber optic cables, campers will control the flow of light to create their own decorative peacock and send various colors of light to its tail.

Kaleidoscopes have been around even longer than cameras but the principles behind them have been known for thousands of years. Campers will construct their own kaleidoscopes as they learn about mirrors and reflection.

What is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

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