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Summer Youth College - Palm Beach Gardens

Summer Youth College at PBSC's Palm Beach Gardens campus is a summer program 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 Open House Dates


Parent Orientation


Painting For All Ages 

This class will bring out the Picasso in you by learning techniques and planning involved in developing your painting style. You'll explore a variety of painting mediums with watercolor and acrylic paints to produce creative mixed media projects sure to show off your artistic ability.

Survival 101 

If you were dropped off in the middle of a forest, desert or ocean, would you have what it takes to survive? Do you want to learn how to survive or just test the limits of your knowledge? In this class you will learn about different environments and what it takes to survive in those environments.

Tissue Paper Creations

Create colorful collage art pieces using tissue paper. Students will learn various art techniques such as painting, molding, tracing, gluing, cutting and rolling. They will create bowls, sun catchers, mobiles and more. You can do more than wrap presents with tissue paper. You will learn to create fantastic art pieces.

Math Games 

Has the state math test stressed you out over the years? The curriculum of this class has been developed in an enjoyable way to cure the worries of middle school math students. Using games infused with quality instruction, we will teach you new strategies to help you stay sharp over the summer months.

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.

FUNdamentals For Engineering 

Computer Science...Computer Engineering...Civil Engineering...Electrical Engineering...Mechanical Engineering...Ocean Engineering and more! In addition, students will get involved in collaborative, hands-on experiences that will help develop vital skills needed as an engineer: creativity, goal-setting, communication and time management.

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.

Edible Science

A look at biology, chemistry, and physics through kitchen science! Each week, you will learn about a new scientific topic and follow up your knowledge with a creation that appeals to both your brain and your stomach.


Today soccer is the most popular team game in the world. Students will learn about the history of soccer as well as the rules and the "lingo." Fundamental soccer skills such as formations will be taught and if we get rained out we will watch some of the greatest soccer players in the world show us their tricks.

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!

Clay Fun 

Let your imagination express itself as you explore the wonders of clay! Have fun creating sculptures and learning the basics of hand building. Campers will pinch, roll and pull clay into imaginative or realistic animal sculptures. Projects will vary week to week and will range from masks, figurines and whatever else you can dream up! Projects may get messy so you may want to wear an old shirt.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 

Enjoy being a Summer Youth College girl with an amazing group of young women. There will be a "Stress-less" journaling and cool crafts like making lip gloss, picture magnets, picture frames, beaded jewelry, dress up, a fashion show and more. This is your chance to let your hair loose in an uplifting environment full of friends.

Building Structures 

Students will learn the basics of structurally sound architecture feats. Following a basic understanding, they will assemble into teams to complete a series of building objectives using light wood and other similar supplies. Structural tasks will include the building of a skyscraper, weight bearing structure, bridges, and many other architecture tasks. Students will also have individual objectives to complete. This course will challenge students to tap into their structural minds....dig deep into their creative toolboxes.

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.

Pillows Pillows 

Want to decorate your room with some cool pillows? Want to give some great gifts? Learn how to design and create your own pillows. You will learn hand and machine sewing techniques including applique.

Chemical Reactions 

What is chemistry and why is it important? How does it relate to your health? How many elements make up your body? You will have "hands on" experiments such as: make a 4th of July drink, build an atomic model, identify mystery powders and show off with "dancing spaghetti."

The Art Of Math

Have fun exploring and reinforcing foundational math concepts through games and crafts. You'll have a great time practicing your skills with friends while learning without boring worksheets. Skills studied will include: addition, subtraction, money, time and measurements, to name a few. This class is geared towards 2nd and 3rd graders. Older students who need remediation in basic skills may benefit as well.

Recycled Art  

"One man's trash is another man's treasure." Discover that making your own art is fun, inexpensive and empowering. This class encourages wild creativity with an emphasis on recycling. You will create using your imagination as well as scraps of fabric, plastic, wood, and even items you would find in your own backyard.

Improv 101 

Be an actor with no lines to learn. Enjoy fun improv games and exercises in a safe, supportive environment. It is all pretend and imagination. As you play someone or something else you will learn who you really are and like yourself more. Your own self-confidence will grow as you help others to look good and you will learn to think "on your feet".

You Be The Inventor

YOU Be the Inventor combines science, technology and creativity to come up with an INVENTION. Students will have the opportunity to see what is missing or can be improved upon in today's society and even take a futurist approach. This course encourages participants to use their minds with a puzzle-solving approach, creating solutions, instead of waiting for someone else to CREATE IT. Students also will learn about inventors who made important contributions to today's society.

Circuits Circuits  

In this hands-on camp, students will learn the ins-and-outs of microprocessors, circuit boards, sensors, push buttons, LEDs and much more. They'll wire their “gadgets”, as well as execute the basic programming required to make their projects come to life. Students design and construct fun electronics projects, using resistors, diodes, LEDs, capacitors, integrated circuits, and more. Students are able to keep all the devices they build.

Mindcraft Designers  Ref# COMING SOON!

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.

Anyone Can Draw

You cannot make a mistake in this class! Learn the old master method of drawing with a grid. This is the, "Science," of drawing. Oil pastels and colored pencils will make your subjects come to life.

Logic Puzzles 

In this class your child will be introduced to games, puzzles and challenging mysteries of pure logic presented as compelling stories. Team logic games, exciting tournaments and new challenges are introduced every week!

Power House 

Power a home through self-sustainability. Students will learn the strength of nature and how it can power a home. Teams will construct their own sustainable home from the ground up, they will learn how solar, wind, and natural grown plants can all work together to maintain the daily needs within a home. Come join us as we learn about self-sustainability.

Young Engineers 

Inspires imagination and a love for engineering. In this set featuring gears, you'll be able to build a racecar, a cable car, a 3-wheeler and a motorcycle. For each build you're given Engineering Challenges - experiment with friction, torque and propulsion as you engineer you solutions. Once you've mastered all four Builds, get creative and design something that's all your own!

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.


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.

Flag Football  

Have you ever wanted to be the quarterback in the final drive of the game? Have you thought of running in or catching the winning touchdown of the game? This is your chance to learn and develop basic football skills in passing, catching, running and defense. Your instructor will teach it all to you as you go through skill drills and then play actual games. This is a class that you don't want to miss out on. Register early.

Project Fashion  

Do you dream fashion? Is clothing your life? Whether you want to be a team leader, a model or a judge, join us for this TV inspired class and enjoy a different creative clothing challenge each week. The challenges are a secret, but here is a hint - bring a bag of unwanted clothing in fair condition along with your favorite fashion mags, unwanted sewing notions and trim, plus belts, hats or fashion forward jewelry to donate to our "Accessory Wall."

SYC Program Details

Age Requirements: 8 – 18 years old. Ages vary by workshop.

Registration Begins: March 28, 2018

Program Dates: June 4, 2018 – July 26, 2018

Program Length: 8 weeks, 31 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

Before Care: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

After Care: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Specialty Camp Info

NSF-Innovate BEST

Biotechnology Outreach


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

T-Shirt Order Form (optional)

Map of Our LocationCOMING SOON!

Frequently Asked QuestionsCOMING 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 5:30 p.m. If you are later than 5:30 pm, you will incur a late fee for each minute you are late.

Child Commitment

Have Fun - Be Nice - No Bullying - Learn Something New - Participate - Have Fun

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Contact Info

Ebony L. Lamar, CCE Program Coordinator

TBA, SYC Coordinator


Phone:  (561) 207-5700 / (561) 868-4145

Fax:  (561) 868-3494

Palm Beach State College
3160 PGA Boulevard | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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