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.

STEAM Engineering Challenges

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:  11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 ,2023
  • Day/Time: Monday evenings, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $28
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street


Join us for an exciting day of building robots with Legos! Participants will use Lego Mindstorms Educational Kits to build and program robots to overcome obstacles and challenges. This class is filled with hands-on building, programming, computer coding, and problem-solving. Experiences will be differentiated to meet the needs of beginners and those experienced with robotics.

  • Dates: Mondays, 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $35
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street
  • Register: Call the Meriden YMCA at 203-235-6386.


Participants will be exploring topics such as coding, engineering, circuitry, and more! Girls will have the opportunity to connect with others who share the same interest. This class will explore coding platforms such as CS First and Scratch, and will also challenge participants to work together to accomplish a shared goal. This program
will be led by an all-female staff.

  • Date: January 10, 2024
  • Time: 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM
  • Cost: $10
  • Location: Downtown Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street

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