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Summer Youth College - Boca Raton campus

Summer Youth College at PBSC's Boca Raton campus is Boca's best kept secret! The summer program is for children ages 8 through 14 featuring activities specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math! There's no homework, grades, or tests here... our only requirement is having fun while learning!  Note: Students who are currently 7 years of age must attend an open house to be eligible for an exception.  SYC is the last camp you'll ever need!

SYC Open House Dates


Parent Orientation


Chess Champions 

Learn to play or improve your chess game. The theory and principles of chess will be taught through problem solving assignments. General knowledge of the rules and strategies of the game will be learned while playing against each other and the instructor. You may even participate in a tournament or two.

That's Sew Crafty

Have you ever used a sewing machine? Once you mastered the basics, you will be able to transform a plain piece of fabric into something wonderful! Maybe make a T-shirt into a pillow or a dress, redesign and upcycle your old clothes into new fashions, or just make plain old placemats - your choice! Be creative!

Beat The Drums

Explore the exciting world of Drums and Percussion and their roots through many musical examples and recordings. Learn "hands on" how to play different percussion instruments along with thirteen basic drum rudiments and how to read music and perform different styles and grooves. FUN GUARANTEED!

Mad Lab!

In this fun class you will learn first hand what goes on in a science laboratory. You and your teammates will enjoy doing various experiments using microscopes, stethoscopes, magnets and light while following proper safety procedures. You will even become a "science detective" for a day. This class is sure to keep you interested from the first day till the last.


Learn the techniques that professional cheerleaders know to give your cheers extra spirit. A combination of calisthenics and deep stretching will get you into shape to do your own cheers individually and as a team. Vocal skills, dance techniques, and movement will help you look like a pro.

Cinematic Masterpiece

Have you ever wanted to make your own movie? You create the script, the soundtrack, and your very own blockbuster. Be the director you've always dreamed of by creating your own short film. Come learn how using Windows Live Movie Maker. Every student will have their own movie to take home at the end of the summer.


Cityscape is a hands- on architectural, engineering and artistic venture exploring the principles of building and design. Each lesson will discuss the challenges, needs and requirements of engineering and architectural opportunities based on different environments such as cityscapes, aquatic cities, mountainscapes and underground living habitats. We will be inspired weekly by different architects, artists and their projects. Every project will have a computer designed element as well as a hands on creation of each individual’s 2D or 3D model of their computer based concept design.

Code Breakers

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

World Dance

Enjoy the cultural experience of learning different dances from Europe and Russia. Not only will it be fun, but you will be fit as you strengthen, stretch and tone your muscles.

Pottery (Beginner) 

Like to Work with clay? Like to use your hands? Learn how to transform a blob of nothing into either a creative piece of art or something useful. Or maybe some animal, or a keepsake for your family and friends. Join the class and learn how to use the potter wheel.

Art Exploration 

Join local artist and teacher Jana Newton as she creates a studio environment where you will explore mixed media techniques. Hands-on projects include using found objects and items of personal interest and importance.

Science Fair Fun

A science fair project is like a mystery. You are the detective searching for clues and answers! Join us to get a FUN head start on your next science fair project. Select your own mystery to solve and learn how to creatively design methods to uncover the clues you need to get the final answer.

Hogwarts Academy

Students will examine the world of Harry Potter through literature and movies. They will compare and contrast the movie world of Harry Potter and the literature world as well. Students will look into the validity of potions and create their very own in class. Students will also examine the magical creatures through research and presentations.

App Atack!

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

The Rise Of Civilizations 

Do you love learning about the past? Do you always have your head in a Percy Jackson book? Ancient civilizations will STEAM( Science, Technology, engineering, art, math and music) through ancient civilizations. Every week we will cover either Mesopotamia, India, China, Egypt, Greece or Rome through center based learning. Each rotating center will cover either the science, art, architecture, engineering, philosophy, language, technology or political contribution that that culture has contributed to society. Every week will contain take home projects and important philosophical lessons.

Writers Notebook 

Writers are often inspired by their own experiences. We will explore the words of "mentor authors" to create beautiful innovations. We will practice planning, drafting, revising and editing in our writer's notebook before we publish beautiful works of literary art, straight from our hearts! Students will learn how to think like a reader and a writer. Picture or trade books will be used as mentor texts to launch various creative writing lessons. The primary focus will be taking small moments and transforming them into works of literary art.

Mindcraft© Designers

If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Pottery (Advanced)

Wheel-throwers and hand-builders unite! SYC pottery students with 3+ years of prior experience in the studio, this class is designed especially for you. You asked for new glazes, more challenging tools, terra cotta clay, MORE TIME... we got it all for 2016!! Refine your skills, learn new techniques, and explore your creativity while choosing projects you most enjoy. A short lecture series will focus on the basics of setting up a ceramics studio at home. Topics will include tips for finding quality equipment on a budget, how to load and fire a kiln, and much more!

Edible Art 

Awaken the peaceful warrior in you. Timeless exercises from the days of the Samurai that strengthen and tone the body and mind. Gain confidence and self-discipline with this unique class. Students will be guided through various vigorous routines promoting the balance needed to carry on a healthy life. Several self-defense escapes will be shown. Open discussions on health and exercise will be conducted throughout this course.

iPad© Frenzy 

Did you know your iPad can help you become a better writer, problem solver, and researcher? You will complete a variety of creative projects, using different apps. Bring in your favorite book (one you have read) and make a book commercial. Make high quality digital art to add to items such as coffee mugs, tote bags and much more. 

Paintbrushes & Pencils

Students will utilize different painting techniques, tools, textures to paint and draw everyday objects. You will learn basic drawing techniques and the art of shading, blending, cross- hatching, stippling and color pencil methods. The class will conclude with an impressive painting / drawing suitable for framing.

Solar Mechanics

Harvest the sheer power of the sun. Students will learn the basics of a how solar panels and solar engines operate to produce electricity. They will construct various vehicles, devices, and machines, that all will harvest the power of the sun's rays to operate in various methods.

Math Is Everywhere

Math is not just adding and dividing numbers; it can be used to solve day-to-day problems. Through hands-on activities, you will tackle probability, measurements, fractions and algebra…all in an "edutaining" way. After completing this class, solving math problems will be a breeze!


Listen to your body. Stretch and breathe and relax and have fun. Everything learned will help you in school. YOU CAN DO IT! Did you know that the postures all have the names of different animals? Bring your exercise mat and/or towels.


Want to get mad at a punching ball? Here is your chance! Whoever thought getting fit could be so much fun? Your instructor will teach you how to move, strike and kick.

The Orient Express 

Have fun learning basic Chinese conversational language, pictorial characters, and the beautiful culture. There will be songs, stories, folk dance, calligraphy, Chinese painting and crafts.

Let Them Eat Cake

Ever wondered how they make those wonderful cake creations? How do the decorations stick? How did they make the flowers? What is the best frosting? You will learn all that and finish the class by designing your own masterpiece!

Future Leadership

Join a growing network of teen leaders. Meet current local community leaders and experts in key fields such as government, health care, environment, education, social services, business, public safety, the arts and media.


During this class your team will learn to program a robot to overcome daily class challenges using visual and text based programming. You will see firsthand how your program translates into action as you attempt to control your robot sensors and maneuver around obstacles. With your teammate, you will apply different coding concepts while using the scientific method to formulate, observe, experiment, test, and modify your robot. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.


Welcome to the art class where you can have it all!  You will work with Crazy Animals (creating free-standing animals out of recycled items), Watercolor Painting (learn to create art with watercolor painting on canvas), and Tissue Paper Art (use multi-color tissue paper to create 3D and 2D art).  Come and discover various art techniques while working with three different mediums.  This is the art class where you truly can have it all.

Strings And Keys

Activities designed to promote musical learning across ages. Activities include playing instruments keyboards and guitars  and exploring different sounds. In a mixed-age setting allowing you the freedom to develop basic skills like keeping a beat on your own. Join us for some toe tapping fun!  In addition, you will gain experience of performing in front of an audience.  Overall, you are able to learn the discipline of practicing and performance habits and develop a life-long love for music and learning.

CSI: Boca 

Do you like to solve mysteries? Are you good at paying attention to small details? Want to learn how to become a good forensic detective? This class is all about forensics and crime scene investigation and how one needs the other to solve a crime. This course will involve learning about the different fields in forensic science and how each can be important in catching a suspect. Areas of study will include Forensic Pathology (the body), Anthropology (bones), Entomology (bugs), and Toxicology (poisons). It also examines how crime scene investigators properly secure a crime scene and record evidence like fingerprints and blood spatter. All this could come in handy because you might need to solve a mock (pretend) murder at SYC!

SYC Program Details

Age Requirements: 8 – 14 years old.  

Registration Begins: March 28, 2018

Program Dates: June 18, 2018 – July 28, 2018

Program Length: 6 weeks, 24 days total

Program Days: Full day, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  (Closed Fridays and Wednesday, July 4th)

Attendance:  Full day, Half day, M/W, T/R

Wind Up: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

After Care: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Lunch Info

Lunch is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day and must be provided by parents (preferably NUT FREE) , or a hot lunch can be purchased through the college cafeteria for $5.50. Payment can be made with cash or a collegePantherCard.

The Colege Cafe' offers students a choice of lunches below at a reduced rate of $5.50 a day.

Chicken Nuggets
French Fries, Cookie
Choice of drink

French Fries, Cookie
Choice of drink
1 Slice of Pizza
French Fries, Cookie
Choice of drink
Fried Chicken Sandwich
French Fries, Cookie
Choice of drink


SYC Forms and Resources

Registration Packet COMING SOON!

Instructions to Drop Class

Instructions to Pay Tuition

Panthercard Application

Map of Our Location COMING SOON!

Frequently Asked Questions COMING SOON!

Parent Commitment

Parents must attend the Mandatory Parent Orientation DATE COMING SOON!
Parents must complete all camp forms (available on the website and at the Parent Orientation). 
Parents must commit to picking up their children on time, every day. The camp will only be open until 5:30p.m. If you are later than 5:30pm, you will incur a late fee for each minute you are late.

Child Commitment

Have Fun – Meet New People - Be Nice - No Bullying - Learn Something New - Participate

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Contact Info

Ebony L. Lamar, CCE Program Coordinator

Stephanie DesilusSYC Coordinator


Phone:  (561) 862-4730 / (561) 868-4145

Fax:  (561) 868-3494

Palm Beach State College
801 Palm Beach State College Dr. | Boca Raton, FL 33431 

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