Engaging students in hands-on research, academics and fun
Social Innovator Camp
Leveraging the principles of LEAF, camps will foster children’s leadership by providing the opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship and research. The research projects will be devoted to three streams that are aligned with sustainable development and environmental stewardship - soil ecosystems, water ecosystems and sustainability of ecosystems. Students will increase their awareness and creativity to come up with innovative solutions.
This program will engage students in hands-on research, academics and fun. Our objective is to bring the classroom outdoors for students - allowing them to enjoy the natural surroundings, playgrounds and free space on the farm - making spontaneous learning an everyday experience that combines the enjoyment of a simple summer farm life and learning all at once.
Students will participate in a curriculum that includes the following learning principles
Literature Review >
synthesize existing research and identify an unmet need
Field Work >
Get outside and gather information in a real, natural environment, rather than in the classroom
Identifying The Problem >
narrow down the issues and choose 1 problem to examine and solve.
Learn how to present your findings and ideas in proper format
Evaluating Solutions >
Use design thinking strategies to evaluate solutions
Present your findings to your camp friends in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere
4 Week Programs
Future City Camp
Future City is a hands-on cross-curricular educational program that brings S.T.E.M to life. It’s a program specifically designed for grades 6-8 and provides an opportunity for children to do what engineers do and create sustainable cities of the future.
Leveraging the Engineering Design Process
Leveraging the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and project management skills, children will work collaboratively to develop and showcase their solutions to citywide sustainability issues.
A Focus On Social and Personal Development
Campers will spend majority of their day outside exploring our 50-acre campus which includes scientific inquiry, animal care, collaborative projects and problem solving for innovative solutions for climate change.
Learning happens naturally, and it’s fun! Campers develop socially, creatively and engage with nature to enhance their health and sensory development.
The camp curriculum is based upon the annual Young Scientist Challenge and encourages young people to solve everyday problems using science and innovation.
Topics for the challenge include:
Young Scientist Camp
Calling all young Einsteins and future PHDs!
This camp provides children with the power of problem-solving and encourages them to tackle real-world challenges that are important with hands-on learning tools aligned to education standards, plus this camp will provide an opportunity to participate in the nation’s premier middle school science challenge.
Each of our camps also provides the opportunity for summer fun and time to play on our beautiful 50 acre property, complete with playground and pond.
A 5- Week Program
Campers will become change agents. At the end of the five week session campers will have completed a mini-research paper and created a rocket pitch for your new innovation. In addition, it will help you Build your personal story for college applications.
Each campers will receive a Babson College Entrepreneurship Certificate and opportunities to present at their Shark Tank events and increased eligibility for college scholarships.
Entrepreneurial Thought & Action
Engage in 4 key Entrepreneurial activities— Learn Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. Campers will work in teams and learn about the Entrepreneurial mindset, the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, identify problems and opportunities.
Using the U.N. Sustainable Goals as the framework, campers will learn the scientific method and engage in innovative research.
The NJIN is on a stunning 50-acre estate, less than two miles from the Paunliskill Valley Trail, and minutes away from Route 94 in New Jersey. We provide a learning environment that connects classroom content to transferable real life skills. Students at NJIN will participate in carefully curated programs focusing on sustainability, agriculture, and life sciences. Our specialized team will prioritize experiential learning, allowing students to learn by experience, using the outdoors as our classroom.