STEMNASIUM, hosted in partnership with the Summit Area YMCAHikma PharmaceuticalsPurdue University, and STEMNASIUM™ Learning Labs is a project-based, adaptive learning program with built-in key reading, math, and science rigor that goes beyond playing with computer games, putting small blocks together, and tutoring. Instead, students actively develop critical thinking skills while progressing through our carefully crafted curriculum as they learn complex engineering, technology, science, and math concepts. Through the natural process of inquiry over the program, students emerge as thought leaders and innovators while coding and programming mobile apps, producing and editing short documentaries, designing and building artificially intelligent robots, and piloting and testing drones and underwater robots. Students are challenged to find solutions to real-world programs as they are guided towards STEM and STEAM careers that in most cases do not yet exist.


Stemnasium Fall '23

Summit YMCA

Program Description:
STEMNASIUM is a project-based, adaptive learning program for minority students ages 11-14 that goes beyond traditional methods to cultivate critical thinking through STEM concepts. This program was formed out of a partnership with the Summit Area YMCA, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Purdue University, and STEMNASIUM Learning Labs. more
Students will delve into coding and programming apps, create documentaries, and build AI robots. STEMNASIUM encourages innovation by guiding students towards future STEM careers, and it is for minority students with financial need from select areas.


Every Saturday
09/16/23 - 11/18/23
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Summit YMCA

STEM is a language and what we know about language is that, when you expose a child to that language early, you increase their chances of being successfully fluent. All students have a natural curiosity to explore, challenge and discover new ways of doing things. Through STEMNASIUM Learning Labs, we are building on this notion by providing students from underrepresented groups the opportunity to discover and unlock their STEM and computer science SUPER POWERS!




Acceptance into the STEMNASIUM Saturdays program is for eligible ethnic minority students ages 11-14, who reside in the Summit Area YMCA service area of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit and have a stressed financial need.


For specific information on available teen programs, registration or to learn how you can get involved, complete the form below or contact:


Trevor Cromwell

Senior Youth & Teen Coordinator
(908 )273-3330




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