Spotlight Series

The 2024 SUNY Poly Summer Spotlight Series is a robust collection of events, workshops, and camps for all ages. Showcasing the expertise of faculty and community members, the series provides opportunities for fun and learning in the areas of STEM, the arts, athletics, wellness, and more. Shine a spotlight on your summer and register today.

Events for All Ages

👨‍🍳 Learn to Make Italian Sausage and Italian Greens (Make & Eat): 6/24/2024


Date: Monday, June 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Kitchen, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dennis Bord, Executive Chef at Wildcat Hospitality 
Description: Dive into the art of preparing Italian greens and into the flavorful world of Italian sausage making in our hands-on workshop, designed for both novice and experienced cooks. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Dennis Bord, participants will learn how to select, prepare, and cook escarole, using techniques that bring out their flavors. This hands-on experience will not only enhance your cooking skills but also deepen your appreciation for Italian cuisine's rich vegetable traditions. Attendees will also learn the secrets behind selecting the right cuts of meat, blending the perfect spices, and mastering the techniques for stuffing sausages. This workshop promises to be a delightful journey through the traditions of Italian cuisine, offering participants the skills to craft their own homemade sausages and Italian greens.
Fee: $40.00
Deadline: Register by Friday, June 21
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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⭐ The Universe is Amazing: 6/26/2024


Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Robert Penna, Theoretical Physicist and Assistant Professor of Physics at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: There are billions and billions of black holes in the universe. What are black holes and what are the big questions about black holes that physicists (including physicists at SUNY Polytechnic) are studying? I will explain in this talk!
Fee: $10.00
Deadline: Register by Monday, June 24
Participants: 100 (Max) 

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🛜 Avoid Online Scammers: 6/27/2024


Event Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Savannah Benoit, Community Educator at First Source Federal Credit Union
Description: Learn to recognize common scams and to be a Human Firewall.
Fee: $10.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Tuesday, June 26 
Participants: 40 (Max)  

 

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Camps for Kids and Teens

🏀 Let's Shoot Some Hoops: 6/27 - 6/28 & 7/1 - 7/2 (Camp, Ages 7-14)


Date: Thursday, June 27 - Friday, June 28 and Monday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 2
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Come join the SUNY Poly Men's & Women's Basketball Coaches for four days of basketball fun! Days will consist of small group instruction in areas such as shooting, passing, defense & other skills. Team games will take place culminating in camp championships and there will be various contests & competitions throughout the week.
Age Range: 7 years old – 14 years old
Fee: $200.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, June 26
Participants: 120 (Max) 

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👷‍♀️ The World of Civil Engineering: 7/8/24 - 7/11/24 (Camp, Ages 12-18)


Date: Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Ground Floor, Makers Lab, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: This camp offers an exciting opportunity for middle and high school students to dive into the captivating world of civil engineering. Through hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and real-world challenges, participants will explore the principles of structural design, materials testing, construction layout, infrastructure mapping using GIS. Join us this summer to unleash your creativity, problem-solving skills, and passion for building a better tomorrow!
Age Range: 12 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $250.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 1
Participants: 16 (Max) and 8 (Min) 

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🍃 Renewable Energy, A Hands-On Experience (FREE - SOLD OUT): 7/8/24 - 7/12/24 (Camp, Ages 11-13)


Date: Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12
Time: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Ground Floor, Room G172, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Aarthi Sekaran, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: Want to know more about renewable energy? Join a unique hands-on learning experience, where you can learn about energy from water, wind, and the sun all by designing and building your own working models!
Age Range: 11 years old – 13 years old
Fee: Free, but must register in advance. Sponsored by the SUNY Poly Offshore Wind Training Team, SPOWT2 (Grant).
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 1
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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💰 Money Mentoring: 7/9/24 (Camp, Ages 14-18)


Date: Tuesday, July 9
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Room 1142, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Holly Flike, Vice President/Sr. Branch Manager at M&T Bank  
Description: When thinking about your future you know one thing for sure, you want to have money! Learn how to make your dream life possible with M&T’s Money Management. Learn how to live a balanced lifestyle, where you can afford your priorities.

Activities will include:

  • Learning banking basics
  • Budget creation
  • Tips for smart money management

Age Range: 14 years old – 18 years old
Fee: Free for Liberty Partnership (LP) Students, $50.00 Per Person (General Public)
Deadline: Register by Friday, July 12
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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🪄 Abracadabra, It's Magic: 7/15/24 - 7/18/24 (Camp, Ages 7-12)


Date: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room #1, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Illusionist Leon Etienne truly believes that the world needs magic now more than ever. By sharing the performance art of magic and teaching its basic principles and effects, Leon will help instill much-needed self-confidence, determination, and a strong work ethic. Each student will be able to successfully learn, comprehend, and execute world class, beginner magic effects and illusions. They will also learn how to improve their public speaking abilities, problem-solve in-the-moment performance challenges, build strong relationships with their peers through performance-practice, enhance fine motor skills and manual dexterity, and build confidence and positive self-esteem in social situations. After extensive practice and individualized feedback, students will be evaluated for their mastery of each trick and the learning goals and objectives through a formal performance for the entire class. Some students may perform 1 trick, while others may perform more (depending on their skill level). Each student in will receive one “Magic Rocks! Magic Secrets Revealed Deluxe Magic Kit,” which includes all magic effects and illusions covered during class. The kits also include over 50 additional mind-blowing magic effects and illusions so students can continue their magic education once class has concluded. Visit magicrocks.com
Age Range: 7 years old – 14 years old
Fee: $300.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 8
Participants: 30 (Max) 

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🎨 Explore the World of STEM through Art: 7/15/24 - 7/18/24 (Camp, Ages 11-14)


Date: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Makers Lab, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Kristina Boylan, Associate Professor, History at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: We want our campers to know a little known secret - art can be used to help us learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Explore the STEM world through art and see how both influence each other!

Activities will include:

  • Making your own sketchbook and portfolio
  • Planting your own still life
  • Using light and numbers to make helpful devices and sculptures
  • Exhibiting your creations!

Age Range: 11 years old – 14 years old
Fee: Free for Liberty Partnership (LP) Students, $150.00 Per Person (General Public)
Deadline: Register by Friday, July 12
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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🔥 It’s Getting Hot In Here: 7/15/24 - 7/18/24 (Camp, Ages 11-14)


Date: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Nursing Lab (Room 1140), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Francia Reed, Assistant Chair of Undergraduate Nursing at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: Have you ever thought about a career in the medical field? Come explore what it’s all about during our medical field summer camp. Spend the week with a nursing instructor from one of the best nursing schools in New York State!

Activities will include:

  • Education on health and wellness
  • First aid instruction and training
  • Opportunities to practice skills learned with interactive lab experiences!

Age Range: 11 years old – 14 years old
Fee: Free for Liberty Partnership (LP) Students, $100.00 Per Person (General Public)
Deadline: Register by Friday, July 5
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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🚙 Let's Build a Car: 7/15/24 - 7/18/24 (Camp, Ages 11-14)


Date: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Room G219, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Jiajue (Joyce) Shen, Assistant Professor of Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: Join us for an exciting and hands-on summer camp experience where participants will learn how to build their very own self-driving robot car! Using an Arduino starter kit, campers will build their own robot cars while gaining valuable knowledge in robotics, programming, and engineering.

Activities will include:

  • Student participation in projects and learning activities
  • Learning about technology and principles underpinning self-driving cars
  • Building your own self driving robot car!

Age Range: 11 years old – 14 years old
Fee: Free for Liberty Partnership (LP) Students, $150.00 Per Person (General Public)
Deadline: Register by Friday, July 12
Participants: 20 (Max) 

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🐢 The Utica Zoo & Animals Too: 7/15/24 - 7/18/24 (Camp, Ages 7-14)


Date: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room #2, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: It’s no secret that planet Earth is full of life, which takes on an almost uncountable number of forms. Archaea, plants, animals, fungi, bacteria…each group has its own unique characteristics that distinguish them from one another, yet each is necessary to protect the balance of nature. This STEM based camp will explore the similarities and differences between these groups, as well as building a foundational understanding of where these organisms live and why. Each day, we will discuss topics such as biodiversity hotspots, shifting climatic conditions, island endemics, invasive species, human impact, and more. A daily live-animal presentation will help to reinforce student’s learning of topics covered that day. This will most likely include a rainbow boa, prehensile-tailed skink, turtle, touch-me-not stick insect, and a mammal. Each animal will go along with the specific theme for each day of the camp. The camp will then culminate in an active, engaging, bio-blitz of the SUNY Poly campus, to gain an understanding of which species might even be calling central New York home. NYS Learning Standards: MS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-7.
Age Range: 7 years old – 14 years old
Fee: $200.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 8
Participants: 30 (Max) 

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⚾ Fundamentals of Baseball: 7/16/24 - 7/17/24 (Camp, Ages 8-15)


Date: Tuesday, July 16 - Wed., July 17
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Come join the SUNY Poly Baseball team for two days of camp fun! We will be working on baseball fundamentals (fielding, throwing, pitching, hitting, baserunning, etc.) while adding in fun games throughout the day!
Age Range: 8 years old – 15 years old
Fee: $75.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 1
Participants: 60 (Max) & 15 (Min) 

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🎨 Explore the World of STEM through Art: 7/22/24 - 7/25/24 (Private Camp, Utica City School District)


Date: Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Makers Lab, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Kristina Boylan, Associate Professor, History at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: We want our campers to know a little known secret - art can be used to help us learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Explore the STEM world through art and see how both influence each other!

Activities will include:

  • Making your own sketchbook and portfolio
  • Planting your own still life
  • Using light and numbers to make helpful devices and sculptures
  • Exhibiting your creations!
Details: Private Camp, Utica City School District

🥏 Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association STEM Camp: 7/22/24 - 7/25/24 (Private Camp, Utica City School District)


Date: Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of drone technology with our action-packed Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association STEM camp. Participants will delve into the dynamic realm of Drone Soccer – an innovative blend of robotics, aviation, and competitive team play. Our immersive program goes beyond the ordinary, teaching students to build, program, and fly professional-grade drones in a thrilling 5 vs. 5 full-contact aerial sport. Aspiring engineers will gain hands-on experience, collaborating with teammates to solve engineering challenges and engaging in team flight operations within a secure, netted enclosure. The camp fosters the technical skills that the aviation industry demands. Join us for an unforgettable summer adventure where students learn, compete, and prepare for high-paying careers in the exciting world of aerospace! Students will receive a Youth Membership to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) as part of this Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association course.
Details: Private Camp, Utica City School District

🎮 Programming and Arcade Games: 7/22/24 - 7/25/24 (Camp, Ages 12-18)


Date: Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Ground Floor, Room G217, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Daniel Berry, Student of CMD and IMDG at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: Students will learn some basic programing to make short arcade games which they can play on the web after the course is completed.
Age Range: 12 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $150.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 15
Participants: 24 (Max) 

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🥎 Fundamentals of Softball: 7/29/24 - 7/30/24 (Camp, Ages 8-18)


Date: Monday, July 29 - Tues., July 30
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: During the SUNY Poly Softball Youth Camp, learn and or grow the basic skills of softball (throwing, catching, hitting, baserunning, and pitching). Each participant will be given feedback and learn drills that they can use to continue growing as a softball player. The coaching staff and current student athletes will utilize both fun and competitive drills and games throughout the camp to grow your softball skill set! The overall goal of this camp is to create a fun and competitive environment for the growth of all aspects of the game; physical and mental.
Age Range: 8 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $75.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 15
Participants: 50 (Max) & 20 (Min) 

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🚦 Ready, Set, Go: 7/29/24 - 8/1/24 (Camp, Ages 12-18)


Date: Monday, July 29 - Thursday, August 1
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, Ground Floor, Room G143, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter:  Abolfazl Karimpour, EIT, Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Description: Get ready for an awesome summer boot camp! We're going to have a blast with traffic simulation software. Picture this: we'll create our streets – filled with cars – just like in real life! We’ll learn all about how cars and drivers act at red, green, and yellow lights. Did you know that there's a science behind how long each light stays red or green? It’s called signal timing, and we’ll dive into how it works! Plus, we'll see how long it takes to drive from one place to another. And the best part? We’ll have a big contest to see who can make the cars get to their destination the fastest. It’s going to be super fun – get ready to hit the road with us!
Age Range: 12 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $75.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 15
Participants: 30 (Max) 

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🥏 Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association STEM Camp (FREE - SOLD OUT): 7/29/24 - 8/1/24 (Camp, Ages 12-18)


Date: Monday, July 29 - Thursday, August 1
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of drone technology with our action-packed Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association STEM camp. Participants will delve into the dynamic realm of Drone Soccer – an innovative blend of robotics, aviation, and competitive team play. Our immersive program goes beyond the ordinary, teaching students to build, program, and fly professional-grade drones in a thrilling 5 vs. 5 full-contact aerial sport. Aspiring engineers will gain hands-on experience, collaborating with teammates to solve engineering challenges and engaging in team flight operations within a secure, netted enclosure. The camp fosters the technical skills that the aviation industry demands. Join us for an unforgettable summer adventure where students learn, compete, and prepare for high-paying careers in the exciting world of aerospace! Students will receive a Youth Membership to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) as part of this Official U.S. Drone Soccer Association course.
Age Range: 12 years old – 18 years old
Fee: FREE (Generously Sponsored by AIS)
Deadline: First come, first served
Participants: 20 (Max) (This Camp is Sold Out)

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📻 Become The Next Big Podcaster: 8/5/24 - 8/8/24 (Camp, Ages 12-18)


Date: Monday, August 5 - Thursday, August 8
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Kunsela Hall, First Floor, Room C101, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenters: Instructional Technologist Kevin Volo and Rick Shelton, Director of Distance Learning at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Description: Are you ready to embark on an audio adventure and become the next podcast sensation? Look no further! Join us for four days of creativity, learning, and podcasting magic at the Podcast Pioneer Camp. This is where your podcasting journey begins!

What to Expect:

  1. Discover Your Voice: Uncover the power of your unique voice and learn the art of storytelling that captivates audiences.
  2. Master the Basics: From recording techniques to editing skills, we'll guide you through the fundamentals of podcast production.
  3. Craft Compelling Content: Dive into the secrets of creating engaging content that keeps listeners coming back for more.
  4. Tech Made Simple: Don't let equipment intimidate you! Learn the essentials of podcasting equipment and how to use it effectively.
  5. Launch Your Podcast: By the end of the camp, you'll have your very own podcast episode ready to share with the world.

Age Range: 12 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $75.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 22
Participants: 10 (Max) 

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🚗 3D Print Your Own CO2-Powered Car : 8/8/24 - 8/9/24 (Camp, Ages 15-18)


Date: Thursday, August 8 - Friday, August 9
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Donovan Hall, First Floor, CGAM - Additive Manufacturing Lab, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Ryan Payne, Former 3D Printing and Design Club President at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Description: Unleash your creativity and engineering skills at our 3D Printing STEM Camp for teens aged 15 and above! Over two action-packed days, participants will dive into the exciting world of 3D printing, from mastering Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to bringing their creations to life. Participants will tackle engineering design challenges as they rapidly prototype a CO2-powered car to compete with their fellow students and showcase their ingenuity. Join us for a dynamic blend of hands-on learning, collaboration, and fun, and discover the near limitless possibilities of Additive Manufacturing!
Age Range: 15 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $200.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, July 29
Participants: 12 (Max) & 3 (Min)  

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🏐 Fundamentals of Volleyball: 8/12/24 - 8/15/24 (Camp, Ages 14-18)


Date: Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Wildcat Field House, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: Come join the SUNY Poly Men's and Women's Volleyball Coaches for four days of volleyball learning and fun! Days will consist of small group instruction in areas serving, passing, hitting & other skills. Plenty competitive games will take place throughout the four days ending in a large amount of six-on-six play.
Age Range: 14 years old – 18 years old
Fee: $180.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, August 5
Participants: 60 (Max) & 18 (Min) 

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Past Events

🚢 Plan Your Cruise: 6/3/2024


Event Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Dina Radeljas, Veteran Cruiser and Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College
Description: Do's and Don'ts of cruising. An informative session by an experienced and passionate cruiser for those who want to know more. Tips and tricks to save you money and maximize your cruising experience. Come sail away!
Fee: $20.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Friday, May 31 
Participants: 40 (Max)  

💳 Improve Your Credit Score: 6/5/2024


Event Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Savannah Benoit, Community Educator at First Source Federal Credit Union
Description: Learn the ins and outs to building credit and keeping your score aloft.
Fee: $10.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, June 3 
Participants: 40 (Max)  

✒️ Calligraphy Workshop (Wine Included!): 6/6/2024


Event Date: Thursday, June 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Sarah Dustin of The Adirondack Ink

Description: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners is a skill-based workshop designed for individuals with little to no experience with calligraphy! This fun, laid back, and engaging workshop will help students learn:

  • Purpose and technique
  • How to care for calligraphy tools
  • The structure/anatomy of lowercase and uppercase letters
  • Creation of an individualized alphabet
  • Connecting letters into words

Most of all, this workshop is intended to help participants relax and de-stress while learning the beautiful art of Modern Calligraphy for your leisure and DIY project needs! Your RSVP includes:

  • Two hours of hands-on instruction
  • One carefully curated, take-home calligraphy kit
    • Each calligraphy kit includes an exclusive workbook, an alphabet exemplar, custom practice templates, one (1) unique pen holders, two (2) metal nibs, a jar of my favorite black calligraphy ink, high-quality calligraphy paper, and final project supplies
  • One drink of choice (wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available)
  • Light snack options

For more information, visit theadirondackink.com.

Fee: $50.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, June 3
Participants: 30 (Max)  

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🧶 Wool Felting for Beginners (Make & Take): 6/10/2024


Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Eric Freeman, Wool Felting Creations
Description: Eric Freeman of Wool Felting Creations will demonstrate how to create a wool felted cactus using a variety of wool and a special wool felting needle. The completed project, a take-home cactus, will be approximately 3” to 4” tall.
Fee: $40.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Thursday, June 6
Participants: 15 (Max)  

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🔭 Supernovae and the James Webb Space Telescope: 6/17/2024


Date: Monday, June 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenter: Dr. Shing Chi Leung, Assistant Professor of Physics at SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
Description: Supernovae are one of the brightest events in the universe. How do they explode and what can we learn from them? In this talk, we will survey the fascinating world of supernovae and discuss how new data from telescopes, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, bring us new insights about supernova physics.
Fee: $10.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Monday, June 17 at 4 p.m.
Participants: 30 (Max)  

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🕯️ Fuse Some Glass (Make & Take): 6/20/2024


Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Presenters: Penny Veschusio and Marie Joyce of Songbyrd Street Studios
Description: In this hands-on workshop, Penny Veschusio and Marie Joyce of Songbyrd Street Studios will lead the process of creating a fused glass tea light! With their guidance, participants will design and decorate a pre-cut piece of glass using various types and colors of fusible glass, creating their own unique tea light. Penny and Marie will bring the tea lights back to their studio to be fired in the kiln. The tea lights will then be brought back to SUNY Poly the following week. They can be picked up in the Admissions Office on Friday, June 28 or Monday July 1, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Kunsela Hall. For more information, visit songbyrdstreetstudios.square.site.
Fee: $45.00 per person
Deadline: Register by Tuesday, June 18
Participants: 30 (Max)  

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🧸 The Utica Children's Mobile Museum: 6/22/2024


Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Description: The Children’s Mobile Museum debuted in November 2021 and has been “taking the fun on the road” ever since, engaging with hundreds of children through playful learning... on the go! Programmed for Pre-K through 6th grade, each Mobile Museum visit is customized to ensure the most fun for children and families. Activities like the “Imagination Playground” and “Polygon Octoplay” spark collaboration and creative building. Wobble Boards, Marble Maze Boards, Houla-Hoops, Foam Pogo sticks, Cup Stilts, Jump Ropes, and the Wobble Chair test balance and promote safe risk-taking. The wobble chair is a big hit with children AND adults alike! For more information, visit uticachildrensmuseum.org.
Fee: Free
Deadline: No deadline, come day of!
Participants: As many as can come through in 2-hours! 
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