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More Summer High School STEM Camps: Central Atlantic States

Updated on September 5, 2018
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Summer STEM Camps and Internships for High School Students

Attend a summer STEM camp or apply for an internship that will change your future!  Here are fantastic STEM opportunities in the Eastern United States for high school students.
Attend a summer STEM camp or apply for an internship that will change your future! Here are fantastic STEM opportunities in the Eastern United States for high school students. | Source

STEM Is Where It's At

Summer camp and internship opportunities abound for high school students who seek to explore science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) interest areas or jump start their careers with advanced learning experiences.

We've assembled a massive listing of more than 170 STEM camps that are available during Summer 2017 throughout the United States and grouped them geographically. So many opportunities are available in the Washington D.C. area and Central Atlantic States (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) that we've had to create this second article.

Whether you spend one week or nearly the whole summer, a STEM camp or internship can provide you with

  • new knowledge and skills
  • valuable insight into career prospects and
  • lasting relationships.

Camps range from free to as much as you can afford, and financial aid is often available.

Your future is calling, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and find a camp that energizes and intrigues you! Sign up now!

STEM Yeah!

Everybody thinks science, technology, engineering and math are amazing topics.
Everybody thinks science, technology, engineering and math are amazing topics. | Source

Sample STEM Camp Topics in the Central Atlantic States

 
 
 
game design
robotics
engineering
medicine
forensic science
digital design and programming
environmental sustainability & leadership
biosciences
cryptology
manufacturing
veterinary medicine
aerospace
geology
marine biology
geosciences
Check out our other articles for additional camps throughout the Central Atlantic states and the rest of the nation.

Engineers earn 2.5 times the median national wage.

— Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Locations of STEM Camps and Internships

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD:
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Blvd, Princess Anne, MD 21853, USA

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Howard University, Washington, DC:
Howard University, Washington, DC, USA

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C
Bartow, WV:
Bartow, WV 24920, USA

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D
Bethesda, MD:
Bethesda, MD, USA

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E
Rockville, MD:
Rockville, MD, USA

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F
Cape Cod, MA:
Barnstable County, MA, USA

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G
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD:
Johns Hopkins University Eastern Campus, 1101 E 33rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

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H
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN:
Knoxville, TN 37996, USA

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We'll Be Updating for Summer 2019!

If you missed camp deadlines for 2018, simply bookmark this page and check back for 2019 camp updates. Summer STEM camps typically begin announcing their upcoming summer schedule in December or January.

1. Geosciences Internship in Princess Anne, Maryland

This residential, six-week, paid internship is for graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in a geosciences discipline such as engineering (civil, electrical, environmental, ocean), environmental science, marine biology, etc. The Geosciences Internship website contains a full listing of program criteria.

Participants attend lectures and activities, enroll in a college math and freshman seminar course, and qualify for future internships. This paid internship includes housing, meals and travel. Additionally, it offers a $500 stipend. The program takes place during July and August and is sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD.

Marine biology is the scientific study of organisms in the ocean or brackish bodies of water.
Marine biology is the scientific study of organisms in the ocean or brackish bodies of water. | Source

2. CAREERS Weather Camp at Howard University

This two-week residential camp takes place at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is designed to expand students’ knowledge of atmospheric sciences. Using hands-on activities, field experiments, seminars, tours of research facilities and workshops, sudents learn about the following:

  • weather observations and forecasting
  • weather forecast models
  • environmental instrumentation
  • meteorology
  • atmospheric sciences and
  • environmental sciences.

More information on this FREE residential camp can be found on the CAREERS Weather Camp website.

Weather Facts: Lightning

Lightning flashes more than 3 million times daily. Each lightning bolt is about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or five times hotter than the sun. About 2,000 people annually die from lightning strikes. And lightning CAN strike the same place twice.
Lightning flashes more than 3 million times daily. Each lightning bolt is about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or five times hotter than the sun. About 2,000 people annually die from lightning strikes. And lightning CAN strike the same place twice. | Source

Did You Know?

STEM majors are highly sought after employees in all fields. However, only 19% of college students completing a bachelors degree graduate with a STEM major.

3. National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia

If you're a graduating senior intent on pursuing a STEM career, join other STEM-focused student leaders from across the country for this four-week session in the mountains of beautiful West Virginia. The program combines some of the brightest students in the country with leading scientists for lectures and outdoor adventures for relationships that will last a lifetime.

Located in Bartow, WV, this is a FREE residential camp. Campers must have documented achievements in STEM as well as achievements outside of STEM. They also must intend to pursue higher education/a career in STEM.

See the National Youth Science Camp website for additional information.

By attending a summer STEM camp can can gain valuable career insights, new knowledge and skills, and long lasting relationships with peers and STEM mentors.
By attending a summer STEM camp can can gain valuable career insights, new knowledge and skills, and long lasting relationships with peers and STEM mentors. | Source

4. Summer Internship - NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke in Maryland or Massachusetts

Receive first-rate training in neuroscience research and hands-on experience working with top neuroscientists in the field as they examine common neurological killers and disablers such as acute stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, autism, headache and muscular dystrophy. Participate in meetings, seminars and be part of the newest advances in health.

This paid, non-residential 2017 internship takes place at the National Institute Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Labs in Bethesda, MD; Rockville, MD and Cape Cod, MA. Interns must be 16 years old by June. See the NINDS website to apply.

Your brain weighs about 3 pounds, uses about 20% of your body's total energy and oxygen supply, and generates 12-25 watts of electricity.
Your brain weighs about 3 pounds, uses about 20% of your body's total energy and oxygen supply, and generates 12-25 watts of electricity. | Source

5. Summer Internship - Diversity In Vision Research & Ophthalmology (DIVRO) in Maryland

For 8-12 weeks, Diversity In Vision Research & Ophthalmology (DIVRO) interns work with leading NIH research scientists on projects that help prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders.

This paid, non-residential internship takes place at the National Institute of Health campus in Bethesda, MD; Twinbrook facility at Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD. Interns must be 16 years old. More information about the internship is available on the available on the DIVRO Internship website.

An eye is comprised of over 2 million working parts, thus a whole eyeball cannot be transplanted. Only one-sixth of the eyeball is exposed. About 80% of vision problems worldwide are preventable or curable.
An eye is comprised of over 2 million working parts, thus a whole eyeball cannot be transplanted. Only one-sixth of the eyeball is exposed. About 80% of vision problems worldwide are preventable or curable. | Source

6. Summer Traineeship at Johns Hopkins University

If you're a student from an underrepresented group and are at least 16 years old, you may be interested in this Federal job opportunity at Johns Hopkins University. For 8-10 weeks, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) trainees work directly with a biomedical research scientist on a project.

This is a paid, non-residential internship. Trainees must be 16 years old. More information is available on the NIDA website.

Women in STEM fields earn 33% more than comparable women in non-STEM fields.
Women in STEM fields earn 33% more than comparable women in non-STEM fields. | Source

7. High School Introduction to Engineering Systems at the University of Tennessee

Wondering if engineering is right for you? This program is a week-long orientation into engineering which includes department visits, a campus tour, lab demonstrations, engineering challenges, group project, and an engineering field trip. There are separate programs for rising 11th and 12th graders. Participants pay only a $75 processing fee for this residential camp. See the University of Tennessee Tickle Engineering website to apply.

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