Free Young Dragons Camp for West Philly Middle Schoolers

Young Dragons is a 6-week summer camp offered at no cost for middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. This program is a partnership between The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Drexel University, providing innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Mathematics) developed specifically for 10-14 year-old learners. 

Based at Drexel’s ExCITe Center and Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the program philosophy is that children in West Philly should experience cutting-edge activities and technology based on the latest advances in learning science. They believe creating and making offer the best ways to learn, and the program designers apply their expertise in science, art, technology, music, engineering, sports, computing, education, and more to develop every aspect of the curriculum.

For 2019, the curriculum incorporates a wide variety of STEAM activities, including:

  • Sports Science
  • Music Technology
  • Sneaker Design & Engineering
  • Visual Arts & Animation
  • Dance, Movement & Design
  • Space Exploration

The program runs Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., beginning Monday, June 17 and concluding Thursday, July 25. Each week is comprised of different activities, and breakfast and lunch are provided.

Participants should be rising 5th-8th graders residing in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone, 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.  For reference, the Promise Zone is indicated on this map. An application is required to participate and space may be limited.  The deadline for application materials is Friday, May 31st, 2019.