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Computer Science and Urban Farming

Computer Science and Urban Farming

Monday, August 13, 2018 - Friday, August 17, 2018

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


Computer Science and Urban Farming

The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to offer the Computer Science and Urban Farming program from August 13-17, 2018.​ Over the course of five days, students in 5th-8th grades will work alongside scientists from some of New York City’s leading institutions in a range of hands-on activities to expand their skills in multiple STEM areas.

Activities include:

  • Learning how sensors can monitor the health of a garden and how computers can be programmed to automate the needs of plants
  • Solving engineering challenges by working with their peers to create solutions
  • Opportunities to meet STEM professionals working in the field
  • Exploring the fun in STEM!

Over the course of this five-day STEM program, students will gain:

  • Leadership skills through STEM design challenges
  • Communication techniques that allow them to share STEM concepts with their peers
  • Scientific collaboration and engineering skills
  • Teamwork and problem-solving experience

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Session Descriptions

Pricing: The Computer Science and Urban Farming program is $600. A $125 deposit is required upon registration. Payment plans are available for early registrations!

Eligibility: Students ages 9-13 who are entering grades 5-8 in fall 2018.

Introduction to Coding: Students will learn how to write programs enabling them to monitor garden health and activity through the use of simple sensors.

Leadership and Teamwork: Students will learn the skills sets for leadership and how to be a good leader in the STEM world, with exposure to real world examples of teenagers who are STEM leaders. Students will practice their skills through a variety of hands-on challenges.

Field Trips: Students will visit a rooftop garden and farm within the five boroughs to learn about innovative urban farming. On days when students are not on field trips, there will be recreational time outdoors in nearby Rockefeller Park.


Registration is now open for this program. Please fill out the form below.


August 13, 2018

Intro to Food Justice

Presenting and observing on the Academy “Potato farm in a bag”

Intro to Scratch (What is scratch? What do these blocks do?)

Intro to Sensors (What do these sensors do? How do we incorporate them?)

Building a Spaghetti Bridge

Creating Sprites (characters and a background)


August 14, 2018


Introduction to CompTIA

Brainstorm group name and logo

Camp challenge (How could you use computers to Hack a Garden?) introduced

Develop game idea, characters, and level design

What is the goal of your game?


August 15, 2018

Trip briefing

Visit a Local Urban Farm (To be determined)

Trip debrief


August 16, 2018

Continue working on game

Character collisions (picking up coins, taking damage from enemies etc.)


August 17, 2018

Start wrapping up game

Presentation practice


Present project

Certificates distributed