New Britain – Berlin YMCA

Engage your child’s creativity with our STEM programs!

STEM programs are under the direction of Christopher Stone. Chris is the Director of STEM Academy. For more information contact him at 

A Y membership is not required to sign up for the STEM programs listed below. 


This is a club for all who are interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).  Each week we will explore a wide range of topics from Robotics, Science, and Math while incorporating Art so participants can make weekly connections to Art in STEAM!

  • Ages 8 - 13
  • Day/Dates: Mondays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17
  • Time: 6:00 -7:00 p.m. 
  • Cost: $30
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street


Are you interested in robotics? If so, then you’ll want to be a part of designing and testing micro robots! Micro bots 
use toothbrushes, cell phone motors, and snap circuits in order to power the micro bot. Each participant will keep their toothbrush robot.

  • Ages: 8 - 13
  • Date: 10/24, 11/7
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street


Developed with NASA based activities, this camp explores what it really means to be an astronaut and an aerospace engineer by combining science, engineering, and math all in one. Students will be building, launching, and exploring the various structures launched into space while thinking about the scientific factors that go into real NASA space explorations. This camp introduces children to the principles of engineering through hands-on NASA themed activities in which they will apply the engineering design process to solve problems and generate solutions. The emphasis is on students understanding that engineers must imagine and plan before they begin to create and test. Come join us for a great time! 

  • Ages 8 - 13
  • Dates: 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
  • Cost: $30
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street


This hands–on enrichment program is designed for students interested in deepening their knowledge of STEAM concepts through weekly engineering challenges that include Art connections.

  • Ages 8 -13
  • Dates: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Cost: $23
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street


VEXcode VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for VEX 123, GO, IQ and V5 robots. Through robots, students will be able to make their Computer Science knowledge come to life.

  • Ages 8 -13
  • Dates: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Cost: $23
  • Location: Online 


How To Register for Programs:

1. If you already have an up-to-date membership, you can register online, by phone at 860.229.3787, or in-person at the New Britain YMCA.

2. If you do not have a membership yet or need to update your membership, please register in-person at the New Britain YMCA.

Our STEM Academy programs have been recognized and awarded these very special grants. We are grateful for the support of these organizations:

  • 2022 Tech Boost Grant
  • 2021 Cox Charities Community Grant
  • 2020 Cox Charities Community Grant
  • 2019 Cox Charities Community Grant
  • 2018 Cox Charities STEM Education Grant
  • 2016 Cox STEM Education Grant
  • 2015 3M STEM Education Grant
  • 2012 Napier Foundation STEM Education Grant
  • 2011 NASA Summer of Innovation STEM Education Grant