Summer Camp 2016

Welcome to all things Summer Camp!

Descriptions for the 2016 Summer Camp & Extension Day offerings are below. Register for one week, one session, or the whole summer — it’s up to you! You’ll find information on age levels, tuition rates, Extended Care, what to bring to camp, etc. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: 25% discount for Early Birds! $300/week
  • Register Now! You must be paid in full by May 1st to receive the discount. Cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Use discount code THINQearly16

Session 1:

  •  July 5-8 (4 day camp): Game Design REGISTER

Create an interactive game while learning how to code using Construct2 under the mentorship of Tech Valley Game Space, a collective of professional game designers. *This camp is Tuesday-Friday and discounted accordingly to $320.

  •  July 11-15 : Minecraft Modding REGISTER

Why consume technology when you can create it? Write your own Mods for Minecraft using Forge, Java, and other tools under the mentorship of Tech Valley Game Space, a collective of professional game designers. Kids will 3D model their own Meccas in Tinkercad and Blender then 3D print them to take home.

Session 2:

  •  July 25-29: Solarize your Bedroom! REGISTER

Learn how to gather electricity directly from the sun! The experts at Solarize Troy will be joining us this week to explore solar technology. We will build devices to power your room from the sun; LED lighting to USB chargers. Campers will go home with the small solar panel-powered device.

Kids love robot battles!  Kids reverse engineer RC cars, can openers, and other household items to create robots that can battle each other! Do not miss this exciting week!

Session 3:

  •  August 15-19: Severe Weather & Our Amazing Earth REGISTER

Make a seismograph, model tornadoes, and 3D print volcanoes.  Explore severe weather with a meteorologist and a tornado chaser!  Consider the science of climate change and its effect on the economics of developing countries with a PhD ecologist.  Make your own weather station equipment.  Fall in love with the science of Our Amazing Earth!

  •  August 22-26: ExploraVision: Prototyping the Future REGISTER

This camp is back by popular demand!! Modeled on the NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision competition, imagine a current technology 20 years into the future. Who will use it and for what?  How will additional innovations in medicine, technology, and space science over that time affect the technology?  Kids will conduct research with mentors and prototype their ideas in the makerspace with support.  Strategies and knowledge for entering the formal competition provided should kids want to pursue it.

  •  August 29-September 2: Rocketry & Ballistics REGISTER

Build catapults, trebuchets, potato cannons, rockets, and fire kites in this exploration of history and design. Learn the physics, chemistry of weapons and rockets in particular.  Use hand tools, power tools, laser cutters and 3D printers to prototype your own design in the makerspace. All projects are guided by teachers and engineers with a strong emphasis on safety. 

We will be running our Extension Day offerings again this year September 6th and 7th. Stay tuned for more info!


Ages: 8-13

  • 14-17 year olds: Counselors-in-Training. More info about working in THINQubator’s Summer Camp Program here.

Camp drop off & pick up: 

Full-day 9am-3pm  & extended care available

  • Before Care 7:30am-9am, $50/week
  • After Care 3:00pm-5:30pm, $80/week

Location: 30 Third Street in beautiful downtown Troy, NY

Tuition  & Registration $400 per week (except 4-day Game Design Camp)

  • $75/week registration fee is required at the time of sign up. The fee is applied to your balance.
    • Example: You sign up your daughter for 2 weeks of camp. Your total balance is $800. You pay $150 now to secure your spot and the balance of $650 by June 1st.
  • Full balance is due June 1st. Accounts not paid in full by June 1st risk being dropped from camp. Please communicate with us in advance if you’re struggling!

Current Promotions: 

  • FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: 25% discount for Early Birds! $300/week Register Now! Must be paid by April 1st to receive discount. Cannot be combined with other offices (including the ones below). Use Discount Code THINQearly16
  • 10% discount for multiple weeks, use code MULTIPLE
  • 15% discounts available for qualifying Tech Valley Center of Gravity members. Get in touch for details on how to become a member!

What to Bring:    

  • Pack a snack, water bottle, sunscreen, a bag lunch, and a backpack for transporting projects home. If you’ve opted for After Care, please pack an extra snack for the afternoon. We have limited refrigerator space available for students.

Have questions? Call us at 518-629-5594 or email us at

Ready to Register? Let’s do this!