Siena Informal STEM Program

Siena Informal STEM Program

Siena College offers a wide variety of extracurricular STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) summer camps and weekend programs. We aim to build teamwork, critical thinking skills, and interest in STEM fields.

STEM Academic Summer Camps

During the summer months, Siena offers many different STEM-based camp experiences, covering everything from computer science to quantum physics.

Tuition for each camp ranges from $250-$300 and runs for one week.

Previous camp topics:

  • NXT Robotics
  • Galacticraft
  • Electronic Music Lab
  • FLOSS Desktops for Kids
  • Introduction to Game Design and App Development
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Playing with Microcontrollers
  • Learning in Minecraft: Team Building, History, Art, Modding, IndustrialCraft, Galacticraft, Non-Playing Characters, Roller Coasters
Urban Scholars Program

Urban Scholars is an after-school program aimed at helping young students achieve their highest potential. The curriculum challenges students to think critically and act creatively to solve problems and works to ultimately prepare the students to attend college. 

This program is for any student that attends an elementary, or middle school in the Albany City School District. Students will work closely with Siena students in a small mentor to student ratio so every student gets the help that he or she may need.

Example curriculum:

  • Learning in Minecraft: Team Building, History, Art, Modding, IndustrialCraft, Galacticraft, Non-Playing Characters, Roller Coasters
  • Physics with Egg Drop
  • Programming with Scratch, Alice, & Python
  • Garageband
  • FLOSS Desktops for Kids
  • Painting
  • Cooking Internationally
  • KerbalEDU
  • Augmented Reality Game Development

Contact Information

Michele McColgan, Ph.D.

Director of Informal STEM program

Department of Physics and Astronomy

(518) 782-6748

mmccolgan@siena.edu