Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Brooklyn Robot Foundry offers hands-on robot-building programs for children, and sometimes adults. These super creative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) classes are engaging, immersive, and tons of fun!
Students get to build and take home a new whimsical robot each time they attend.
Head to the Gowanus studio for summer sessions, school holiday “Fundays”, field trips, and birthday parties. Or have the robots travel to you for classes, parties, and other events!
Brooklyn Robot Foundry also partners with schools, after-school centers, and camps to bring their amazing classes to kids all over NYC!
Bright Horizons: Brooklyn Robot Foundry and Steve and Kate's campIf anyone has the Bright Horizons benefit through work, I recently found out that Brooklyn Robot Foundry is one of their providers for when school is closed (for their one day holiday camps)- https://brooklynrobotfoundry.com/school-holidays/ (you book through Bright Horizons first though). My son had a blast yesterday at their Gowanus location, and they have additional dates coming up in April if you're around for the spring break week. I just wanted to put in a plug if your kid is slightly older since I have so many hours expiring.
Brooklyn Robot Foundry for 5-year-old?My son took a week of Robotry camp last summer right after he turned 6 (he was a rising first grader). He LOVED it and I felt it was age appropriate for him. We'll do it again next summer most likely!
Shout out for Brooklyn Robot Foundry's virtual camp!Wanted to give an enthusiastic shout out to the Brooklyn Robot Foundry for their excellent 1/2 day virtual camps! Our high-energy, soon-to-be 8 year old is in her second week and has been totally absorbed. When we received the email indicating that robot camps had been designed for kids to be self-sufficient, we were dubious to say the least! Remote schooling for us was extremely hands-on, and we couldn't imagine virtual camp keeping our kiddo occupied for 3 hours. But it has!! The younger kid sessions include not only a daily robot build (with circuits, batteries, LEDs, springs, motors, etc. -- all sent in a kit in advance of the session), but also an art project, structured movement break, snack/story time, and game. They are run in small groups, so the instructors can really give 1:1 attention, and our daughter knows the other campers by name. The instructors are patient and fun. Brooklyn Robot Foundry virtual camp has been one of the few times in the last 4 months that my husband and I have both been able to get work done, knowing that our daughter is learning and having fun on her own! What a gift! Details here: https://brooklynrobotfoundry.com/summer-sessions/
2018 Summer Camp ReviewsAge of child: 6.5 Summer 2018 Review: Loved the different projects, playing outside.
Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp SurveyAlthough at the young end of the age spectrum, my kid loved Brooklyn robot foundry. And the things they made were pretty cool! We will be back next year. Age of child: 4 (entering kindergarten) Based on a Summer 2017 experience
Advice needed: mini camps 8/28-9/8We love love love Brooklyn Robot Foundry! It's brilliant . Our son enjoys it so much. He is getting so many skills and learning through this fun program.
Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016Age of child: 4 Venue Review: Fantastic. We had approximately 16 four year olds, and they had a fantastic time with the activity (parachute robots) - it was a great, age appropriate party that we (and so many other) parents loved.
Review from Kids Birthday and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party Survey - 2016Age of child: 5 Venue Review: My son loves the Brooklyn Robot Foundry (in general) and he was very excited to have his 5th birthday party there. It is a small venue but definitely workable. We invited 10 kids and parents were welcome to stay as well. They can accommodate up to 20 kids (with no parents). The party itself is short (1.5 hours) and it is solely focused on each child building their own Robot and decorating it. They confirm via email one week prior to your party, the number of participants to ensure they have enough staff to accommodate the kids. All the kids seemed to have a great time. I will say the staff is pretty low affect but that was not a problem for us. It could also be because we were the last party of the day and they were exhausted by then... As for the gift bags. I supplemented the ones they hand out and I am glad I thought to do so. The BRF gave out squishy circuits but I'd say it was not so much fun for the kids. I added Robot themed micro toys and it made the gift bag better IMHO.
Re: Brooklyn Robot Foundry- girl's week summer campMy daughter (at ages 5 and 6) attended Brooklyn Robot Foundry for one week during the summer. She loved it. She was engaged and learned new concepts as demonstrated by her talking about what she did. She specifically asked to go again. She'll be attending again this summer. She didn't do the girls only week -- but again, she thoroughly enjoyed and learned from the other sessions!
2014 Summer Camp ReviewProgram: Brooklyn Age of Child: 7 Likes: He liked making things and seemed to enjoy it. What would you change? It is extremely expensive for a day camp at more than $550 a week and that only covers from 9 to 3. They don't have a good outside activity figured out just taking the kids to files at jj Byrne but with no structure. Our child stayed till 6 one day (zither charge an extra 10 each hour) and we forgot a snack but the camp didn't help with that. I also didn't think they were very welcoming when we dropped him off in the morning. The experience very much felt like a business. We had been there one summer 2 years ago and the projects were ok and it didn't feel as corporation as it does now. My child also went to beam --warmer environment, better projects and overall good experience. Would you send your child(ren) again? Do you recommend? No Do you have any other information to add?
RE: lego roboticsIt's not Lego, but check out the Brooklyn Robot Foundry for afterschool programs and holiday minicamps. My 7-year old went once so far and was wild about it. (Review submitted Jan 2014)
RE: lego roboticsThe Brooklyn Robot Foundry has classes where they make robots, although they are not built from Legos,but other materials.
ISO: birthday party venuerecommended without full review
Review from 2013 Summer Camp ExperienceAge of Child: 6 Likes: Construction the robots. What would you change? I think the owner needs to brush up on her inter-personal skills. Just because you know about electronics does not make you qualified to run a camp. Counselors need more training in interpersonal skills; they need to learn to greet the campers and introduce themselves. Same goes for the owner. We are leaving our children with you; please give us a sense that you care about the kids and that you are enthusiastic about teaching them. Acting apathetic and introverted will not score points with either the parents or the kids. Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Do NOT recommend Do you have any other information to add? I sincerely cannot recommend this camp. While the subject matter may be interesting and the children may enjoy learning about electronics and robotics, the owner of this camp needs to learn how to foster a warmer, friendlier camp atmosphere. First, by greeting new campers and parents and introducing herself (she is at the front desk and checks people in). While I greeted this person, I was met with no smile and no introduction or welcome. The counselors only follow the owner's lead. They did not show any enthusiasm, except for one male counselor, and barely greeted my child each morning. Apathy is the only way I can describe it. This is in stark contrast to some other camps we've tried out, both brand new and established. I really feel that the owner has to learn that opening a camp is not just about knowing the subject matter, it's also about making the child feel welcome and the parent feel at ease.
Review from 2013 Summer Camp ExperienceProgram: 1 week 5 year old Age of Child: 5 Likes: My daughter was eager to go to this camp each day. She thoroughly enjoyed flexing her creative muscle building robots. What would you change? I was happy all the way around so I do nto feel anything needs to be changed. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Summer Camp ExperienceProgram: Fort Cities Age of Child: 7 Likes: daily sense of accomplishment contributing to big project counselors cool projects/activities What would you change? Not much. Maybe to build in a little more outdoor time or a weekly trip day. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
2012 Summer Camp SurveyCamp Robot Foundry Third Avenue Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day Camp Program: Vehicle Robots Age of Child: 4 Likes: He enjoyed the projects and the counselors. I liked that there was a project he took home from every class. I think the classes were mixed ages, but seemed to be very individualized. He had a notebook where he drew pictures and the staff wrote down his thoughts. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
(no subject)My daughter went to a bday party there a few months ago, and had so much fun, she's still talking about it. They are smart folks, they managed to get a big group of kids to focus on building some very cool robots. I give them a big thumbs up.