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2023 Best Summer Program In Queens

Tip-Top Brain

Grade 3-8

Awaken the GENIUS in your child!

Our summer STEAM camp provides the highest quality instruction through engaging and thought-provoking classes designed to build essential skills and mindset.

Prevent summer brain drain!

Keep your child engaged and practicing essential skills throughout the summer

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Interdisciplinary curricula

Reading, writing, math, and STEAM all together! Teaching these disciplines in tandem helps students make deeper and more impactful connections.

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Highly qualified and engaging instructors

You can be assured that your child's instructors this summer are experts in their fields, with a genuine passion to pass their knowledge along in fun and creative ways.

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Early drop-off and late pick-up available

For your convenience, early drop-off will be available as early as 7:00 am, and late pick-up will be available as late as 6:00 pm.

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Full STEAM Immersion

We don't just teach STEAM, we DO STEAM! Students will learn about the given STEAM theme at large, then approach it from various perspectives.

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Practice critical ELA and Math skills

Students will practice grade-level reading, writing, and math skills in order to prevent summer brain drain and combat the effects of the Covid-slide.

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All CDC health safety measures in place

As of current guidelines, masks will be optional for all students and teachers. To that end, we want to assure you that we'll be encouraging our students to practice hand washing regularly, as well as continuing our thorough, regular Covid-cleaning protocol in the center.

July 1st - July 12th

Mesozoic Marvels: Dinosaurs Unleashed!

Prepare for an exhilarating journey back in time as our summer STEAM camp takes you to the heart of the Mesozoic Era!

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Course Details

This 8-day adventure invites campers to delve into the world of dinosaurs, the most iconic creatures of prehistoric times. Are you ready to discover the secrets of these magnificent beasts?

Geologic Time Travel

Step into a time machine and explore the age of dinosaurs. Learn about their reign on Earth and the environmental factors that shaped their existence.

Evolutionary Wonders & Relevance Today

Discover how dinosaurs evolved over millions of years and how this knowledge impacts our understanding of modern animals and ecosystems, current environmental changes, and the future of our planet.

Development of Scientific Skills & Creative Expression

Learn about paleontology, geology, and evolutionary biology through hands-on activities and interactive experiences, and engage in artistic projects that enhance understanding and appreciation of these magnificent creatures.

Grades

3rd - 8th

Time

9 am - 3 pm

Capacity

12 - 14 campers

Enroll by June 15th

$1199

+ Registration Fee ($59)

$1399 Save $200!
July 15th - July 19th

Financial Fluency: Mastering Money Matters

Dive into the exciting world of personal finance at our week-long STEAM camp, where campers will be empowered with essential financial skills and knowledge.

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Course Details

From budgeting basics to exploring the stock market, this journey is tailored to equip young minds with the tools needed for financial independence and savvy money management.

Budgeting Basics & Savings Strategies

Campers will learn the art of creating and managing a budget, and the importance of savings for both short-term needs and long-term aspirations.

Understanding Banking

Our young financiers will explore how savings accounts work, understand the functionalities of debit and credit cards, and get a grip on critical concepts like interest rates and inflation.

Investment Adventures

Campers will delve into the basics of the stock market and cryptocurrency, gaining insight into different investment strategies, understanding risks and rewards, and learning to navigate these complex systems.

Entrepreneurship Exploration

Campers will embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, learning about profit and loss analysis, and culminating in the creation of their very own business plans.

Grades

3rd - 8th

Time

9 am - 3 pm

Capacity

12 - 14 campers

Enroll by June 15th

$799

+ Registration Fee ($59)

July 22nd - July 26th

Culinary Chemistry: A Food Science Adventure

Dive into a week-long STEAM camp exploring the exciting world of food science, where campers will discover the scientific secrets behind culinary arts.

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Course Details

This journey offers a unique blend of learning and fun, merging the realms of science and cooking.

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Campers will delve into the chemistry behind cooking, exploring food chemistry, microbiology, processing, engineering, and analysis. They'll learn how these scientific principles are essential in creating delectable dishes.

Safety and Flavor Science

Learn the critical aspects of food safety, focusing on proper handling and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Explore the organic chemistry of flavors and how it influences culinary arts, enhancing the understanding of taste and aroma in cooking.

Molecular Gastronomy & Dessert Sciences

Embark on an adventurous exploration combining Molecular Gastronomy with the sweet science of desserts. Campers will experiment with innovative cooking techniques, understand the science behind transforming ingredients, and create extraordinary dishes and desserts like ice cream and candy, applying principles of freezing, crystallization, and culinary creativity.

Grades

3rd - 8th

Time

9 am - 3 pm

Capacity

12 - 14 campers

SOLD OUT

July 29th - August 2nd

Blueprints for the Future: Engineering and Architectural Explorations

Prepare for an inspiring journey into the world of civil engineering, architecture, and urban planning in Week 5

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Course Details

This STEAM camp adventure takes campers through the fascinating history of civil engineering and into the realms of modern construction and urban design.

Engineering Marvels from History

Explore iconic structures that have stood the test of time, such as the Egyptian Pyramids, Roman Aqueducts, and the Great Wall of China. Understand the principles and techniques used by ancient civil engineers to create these wonders.

Modern Engineering Achievements

Discover the marvels of contemporary civil engineering by examining structures like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Panama Canal, and the Hoover Dam. Learn about the advancements in materials and methods that made these modern marvels possible.

Urban Planning & Hands-on Design

Dive into the art of urban planning and architectural design. Campers will craft their own city plans, integrating roads, public buildings, homes, green spaces, and essential infrastructure, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in urban development.

Engineering Challenges & Creative Construction

Engage in interactive and educational activities that highlight the principles of construction and engineering. Build penny and paper bridges, and face the ultimate test of engineering creativity by constructing bridges out of spaghetti. These activities will not only put campers' engineering skills to the test but also enhance their problem-solving abilities and teamwork.

Grades

3rd - 8th

Time

9 am - 3 pm

Capacity

12 - 14 campers

Enroll by June 15th

$799

+ Registration Fee ($59)

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Frequently Asked Questions

In congruence with NYC schools, our summer campers will not be required to wear masks at camp. Of course, if parents or kiddos feel more comfortable attending camped masked, they’re welcome to!
Here at Tip-Top we’ve had a rigorous cleaning regimen for years. At the end of each camp day, all surfaces (e.g. tables, chairs, etc.) are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. No less, throughout the course of the day we disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and bathroom facilities. At midday, while campers are enjoying play time in the park, an abbreviated cleaning is performed in our classrooms.
In years past we’ve hosted summer camps virtually, as fun as these were, the families at Tip-Top Brain were itching to attend STEAM Summer Camp in-person again.

Our Summer Camp day starts at 9:00am, however, parents can reach out to arrange drop-offs closer to 8:00am or as early as 7:00am.

Between 9:00am and 12:00pm, campers receive instruction from our top-notch instructors in ELA and math through our state-of-the-art curriculum.

Once noon hits, our campers take a much-needed 30 minute break for lunch. Following lunch is 1 hour of outdoor play in our local park equipped with bocce courts and basketball courts, as well as your standard fun playground equipment (e.g. jungle gyms, swings.)

Following lunch, we dive into everybody’s favorite part of the day: our STEAM-themed activities. In years past, this has looked like designing and printing 3D robots, or creating origami DNA molecules. This constitutes the rest of our camp day, which concludes at 3:00pm.

No different than the start of the day, for parents needing to pick up their child(ren) later, we have accommodations available.

Campers participate in a myriad of fun activities throughout their camp day. May include, but not limited to:

  • Bocce, Basketball, Hopscotch
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing
  • Guest Speakers from Leaders in their Fields
  • Creative Interdisciplinary Themed-Projects
There are only two “groups” at camp so to speak, kids entering K-2nd grade and kids entering 3rd-8th grade. This is the primary distinction between our campers, matter of fact, these students go through their camp day on entirely different floors! Otherwise, these groups of no more than 12-14 students are attended to by at least two instructors at a time (a very low student-teacher ratio!.)
Our educators are the best and the brightest Queens has to offer, as candidates go through an extensive interviewing process to ensure they not only “know they’re stuff” so to speak but also to ensure they are personable and effective teachers. While working here at Tip-Top we continue to invest in our tutors so they can be the best instructors possible. For more on our instructors, check out their biographies here.
Safety is a top priority to us at tip top brain. Upon a visit you might notice the front door is locked. Ourania, the center director, will buzz you in once verifying your identity through cameras positioned in the front of our facility, where the only entrance is located.

The deadline to register for our 2023 Summer Camp is Friday, June 16th. However, we suggest you enroll your child ASAP, as seats fill quickly.

Yes! Parents can save $50 when they enroll two camps, and $75 when enrolling in three camps, and $100 when enrolling in all four camps.

Yes, we do have a payment plan available. For more details, contact Ourania, our center director via info@tiptopbrain.com or (718) 440-3541.

Yes! So long as you provide written permission for your child to walk home at the end of camp each day, they are more than welcome to! Quite a few parents of our teen and “tween” campers utilize this option.

For the most part, campers cannot use their phones during camp. We understand some campers may need to bring their phone to camp. In this case, their cellphone must stay stowed in their backpack for the duration of the day. Yes, that includes lunch and recess. There are a bunch of awesome benefits to putting down your cellphone for a bit, especially for kids.

 

As you can imagine, we are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones, and we do suggest keeping them at home.

Yes! However, no different than cell phones, we are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged toys. Of course, we’ll likely ask your child to keep their toy(s) in their backpack for the majority of the camp day. Our students are welcome to bring these toys out during recess.

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