Summer Program





Summer Enrichment For Young Scholars

Village East Gifted (VEG) is a place where individuality trumps normalcy celebrating the differences of its students and their unique ways of thinking. Students never learn what they already know or encounter the same curriculum twice subliminally instilling a renewed faith in intellectual challenge. The VEG trademarked writing-based program offers its participants a multitude of advanced subject areas and creative problem-solving activities while close attention is paid to the perfection of grammar, syntax, vocabulary, correct word usage, idea sequencing and spelling.

Though the VEG philosophies and methodologies of gifted education are the same in all of its programs, Camp ThinkTank offers its participants a radically different curriculum from what is implemented during the after school enrichment program. CTT enables gifted and talented campers, in kindergarten through twelve grade, to be a part of a think tank or "meeting of the minds" with the sole purpose of making positive changes on local, national and global levels. The participants identify and analyze societal problems and partake in the process of deriving innovative solutions. This has proven to be an invaluable experience for these future young leaders.

Program Facility


Camp ThinkTank 2017 is offered at two locations:
Village East Gifted of Huntington on 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746.
Village East Gifted of Roslyn on 216 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Both facilities are state-of-the-art, air-conditioned facility interactive and projection whiteboards in every classroom as well as MacBook Pro laptops, iPad Airs, iMacs, Apple TVs, ultra-high speed internet and laser/inkjet printers. A fully equipped science lab is open to all grades with professional grade, high-power compound digital microscopes, and a new 3D Printer. A 3,000 book digital lending library is free for all students at the Huntington Location with a student lounge and Family Café.


Our New Summer STEAM Teacher


Mr. Robert De La Cruz has been the Head of the Science Department at Central Valley High School in Valley Stream for the past 13 years as well their STEM and AP Physics teacher. Most notably recognized in 2014 for achieving the distinguishable, "Harvard Club Influential Teacher" award. Within the Valley Stream District Mr. De La Cruz is well known for founding and implementing a STEAM program that utilizes the latest technology, 3D rendering, computer programming, and robotics. His approach to teaching is student driven and hands on. Mr. De La Cruz graduated from St. John's University with a Physics degree in 2003. He then earned a master's degree in Mathematics Education from Queens College in 2008. Stony Brook University made a special impact on his life. Throughout his time at Stony Brook, Mr. De La Cruz completed 30 credits of course work and research in the field of Material Science and Engineering. In 2014 he earned a Post Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership which lead him to found the S.T.E.M program. He was now able to share his passion for teaching and science with students that had a similar interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. He lives in Greenlawn, NY with his wife, two boys and is expecting a baby girl this summer.

Camp ThinkTank Schedule 2017


Week 1: July 5-7


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topics: (RDLC)
STEAM: Creating Creatures with Blender
3D Software and 3D Printing Technology
STEAM: Constructing Mansions with Blender 3D Software
and 3D Printing Technology
Dates: July 5 and 7
(Wednesday and Friday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Huntington
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2

Grades: 2-3

Topics: (TJ)
STEM: Zoology
Entrepreneurship
Architectural Design
Culinary Design
Dates: July 5, 6, 7.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Huntington
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $450

Workshop #3

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (TJ)
STEM: Zoology
Entrepreneurship
Architectural Design
Culinary Design
Dates: July 5, 6, 7.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Huntington
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Workshop #4

Grades: 1-2

Topics: (AA)
Musical Storytelling
Lyrics and Poetry
Edible Art
Dates: July 5, 6, 7.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9 or 15
Location: Roslyn
Choose Times:
o 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM $750
o 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM $450

Workshop #5

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (SG)
Algebra/Trigonometry
Theories, Logic, and Connections
Dates: July 5, 6, 7.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Roslyn
Choose Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Week 2: July 11-14


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topics: (RDLC)
STEM: Electrical Engineering-Programming Microcontrollers
for Music Composition
STEM: Electrical Engineering-Programming Microcontrollers
for Light and Sound Differentiation
Dates: July 12 and 14
(Wednesday and Friday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2

Grades: 2-3

Topics: (TJ)
Philosophy
Problem-Solving
Creating 3D Monsters
Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14.
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 12
Location: Huntington
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $600

Workshop #3

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (TJ)
Philosophy
Problem-Solving
Creating 3D Monsters
Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14.
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 12
Location: Huntington
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $600

Workshop #4

Grades: 3-5

Topics: (AA)
Literature for Young Readers*
Writing
Art/Culinary Design
*Each participant is required to read an age-appropriate literature selection
(a list will be provided).
Dates: July 10, 11, 13.
(Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
Total Hours: 9 or 15
Location: Roslyn
Choose Times:
o 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM $750
o 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM $450

Workshop #5 *NEW

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (SG)
Calculus and Analysis
Theories, Logic, and Connections
Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 15
Location: Roslyn
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $750

Week 3: July 17-19


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topic: (RDLC)
STEAM: Biomedical Engineering- Developing 3D Implants
and Artificial Organs with 3D Printing Technology
Dates: July 17 and 19
(Monday and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Huntington
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2

Grades: 2-3

Topics: (AA)
Literature*
Writing
Art/Culinary Design
*Each participant is required to read an age- appropriate literature selection
(a list will be provided).
Dates: July 17, 18, 19.
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 9 or 18
Location: Huntington
Choose Times:
o 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM $900
o 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $450

Workshop #3

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (SG)
Calculus and Analysis
Theories, Logic, and Connections
Dates: July 17, 18, 19.
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Huntington
Choose Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Week 4: August 2-4


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topic: (RDLC)
STEM: Electrical Engineering- Using Arduino Boards
to Program Light Systems
Dates: August 2 and 4
(Wednesday and Friday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Roslyn
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2 * NEW

Grades: 2-3

Topics: (AA)
A. Environmental Studies
B. Creative Writing
C. Art
Dates: August 2, 3, 4.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9 or 18
Location: Huntington
Choose Times:
o 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM $900
o 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $450

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Workshop #3 *NEW

Grades: 3-4/5-8

Topics: (SG)
Geometry
Mechanical Engineering
Dates: August 2, 3, 4.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Roslyn
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Week 5: August 7-11


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topics: (RDLC)
STEM: Electrical Engineering-Programming Microcontrollers
for Music Composition
STEM: Electrical Engineering- Programming Microcontrollers
for Light and Sound Differentiation
Dates: August 7 and 9
(Monday and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Huntington
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2 * NEW

Grades: 2-3/4-5

Topics: (AA)
Musical Storytelling
Lyrics and Poetry
Edible Art
Dates: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 15 or 25
Location: Huntington
Choose Times:
o 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM $1250
o 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $750

Workshop #3

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (TJ)
STEM: Human Anatomy
STEM: Physiology
STEM: Pathology
STEAM: Medical Art
Dates: August 7, 8, 9, 10.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
Total Hours: 12
Location: Huntington
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $600

Workshop #4 *NEW

Grades: 3-5

Topics: (SG)
Introduction to Geometry and Topology Projects
Theories, Logic, and Connections
Dates: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 20
Location: Roslyn
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM $1000

Workshop #5 *NEW

Grades: 5-7/7-12

Topics:
Integrated Math Strategies 1
Theories, Logic, and Connections
Dates: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 15
Location: Roslyn
Time: 4:30 PM -7:30 PM $750

Week 6: August 21-25


Workshop #1

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topic: (RDLC)
STEAM: Biomedical Engineering-Developing Implants and
Artificial Organs Using 3D Printing Technology
Dates: August 21 and 23
(Monday and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Roslyn
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #2

Grades: 6-8/9-12

Topic: (RDLC)
STEM: Electrical Engineering- Using Arduino Boards to Program Light Systems
Dates: August 22 and 24
(Tuesday and Thursday)
Total Hours: 13.5
Location: Huntington
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM $1050

Workshop #3 *NEW

Grades: 2-3/4-5

Topics: (AA)
Research and Debate
Argumentation
Problem Solving
Dates: August 21, 22, 23.
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Huntington
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $450

Workshop #4

Grades: K-2

Topics: (TJ)
Human Anatomy
Medical Art
Dates: August 24 and 25
(Thursday and Friday)
Total Hours: 6
Location: Huntington
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $300

Workshop #5

Grades: 4-5/6-8

Topics: (TJ)
STEM: Infectious Disease
STEM: Superbugs
STEAM: Bio-Art
Dates: August 23, 24, 25.
(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Huntington
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Workshop #6 *NEW

Grades: 3-5

Topics: (SG)
Symmetry and Parabolas
Theories and Connections
Dates: August 22, 24, 25.
(Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Total Hours: 12
Location: Roslyn
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM $600

Workshop #7 *NEW

Grades: 5-7

Topics: (SG)
Symmetry and Parabolas
Theories and Connections
Dates: August 21,22, 23.
(Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
Total Hours: 9
Location: Roslyn
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM $450

Drinks, snacks and frozen treats are provided to every camper during each workshop. Village East Gifted provides nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan and organic snacks to all campers with food allergies.

Gifted Participant Eligibility

All gifted and talented children in grades K -12 are eligible. A minimum IQ score of 130 (OLSAT, Stanford-Binet or Wechsler IQ Tests) is required as well as proof of testing in the 90% percentile or higher on state and/or national standardized tests. Young students without test scores that show signs of giftedness must schedule a curriculum assessment to determine academic competency and critical thinking capabilities.

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