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Young Dragons 2021 - Virtual Summer STEAM Camp

West Philly Middle Schoolers! Join Drexel’s ExCITe Center for up to 4 weeks of virtual fun and STEAM learning in Minecraft! The Young Dragons 2021 Summer STEAM camp will be all online, through an interactive virtual experience where students collaborate, build, and learn together in Minecraft, Pocket Edition (phone, tablet, and console versions) while exploring new gaming adventures.

Virtual Young Dragons is a 4-week online summer camp offered at no cost for middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM) starting on June 22nd through July 15th. Young Dragons is a partnership between Drexel's ExCITe Center and West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, providing innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities developed specifically for 10-14-year-old learners.

Participants should be rising 6th-8th graders living or attending school in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone (zip code 19104), an area served by the following middle schools: Alain Locke Elementary, Morton McMichael School, Martha Washington Elementary, Science Leadership Academy Middle School, and Belmont Charter School.

The deadline for application materials is June 4th. Contact with any questions.

Apply here!

2021 STEM For All Video Showcase

Please watch "Designing hip-hop ecologies for computational learning" and vote for it in the National Science Foundation's 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase! Voting ends tomorrow, Tuesday May 18th! This brilliant collaboration was produced by Dr. Christopher Wright, ILLEST Lab co-director and Associate Professor in Drexel's School of Education, with Dr. Dionne Champion (University of Florida, Center for Arts in Medicine), and others!

A new trailer for the Entrepreneurial Game Studio!

This video promo was put together by one of our new ExCITe Center co-op students, A.J. Easterday!
Action for Early Learning and Sesame Street in Communties virtual event on May 20!
Action for Early Learning and Sesame Street in Communities invite you to join us on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at noon for “Creating a Circle of Support for Children and Families through Social Emotional Learning.”

Drexel Action for Early Learning Initiative in partnership with Sesame Street in Communities will host a virtual Community Launch of the AFEL Sesame Project on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 12 p.m. The launch will include a presentation from Sesame Workshop on the “Abby’s Ambassadors” Train the Trainer Program as well as a discussion on the value of social-emotional skills in helping children reach developmental milestones, featuring Dr. Nefertiti Poyner, Early Childhood Specialist for Devereux Center for Resilient Children. Please feel free to share this invite and registration link with others!

Please register here:

School District Summer Program Information - Sign up today!

The School District of Philadelphia and City of Philadelphia just opened up their Summer 2021 learning opportunities for all district students!

Learn more about all program options:

  • Digital Kindergarten Transition Program will be held for 90 minutes a day, 2 days a week from June 28 – July 30. Families will also have the opportunity to engage in optional asynchronous activities throughout the summer. You MUST be registered for Kindergarten to enroll! The application closes May 15Register for Kindergarten
  • In-person programming for students entering grades 1 – 8 will run from June 28 – July 30Sites are first-come, first-served, so register soon! Sites close by at Locke and Powel/SLAMS School – you don't have to be a student at that school to attend. Programming will run from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register Today
  • High School Student programming will be either in-person, digital, or hybrid. Programs run either from June 28 – July 30 OR July 6 – August 30. These include both academic and high school bridge programs as well as paid internships through WorkReadyLearn more and apply.

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