More Summer High School STEM Camps: Midwestern States
Choose A Summer STEM Camp To Excite and Challenge You
It's a fantastic time to be a teenager interested in science, math, engineering or technology (STEM). Explore your interests or launch your future career by enrolling in a STEM camp located in the Midwestern US.
We've compiled a nationwide list of summer STEM programs and divided them up geographically. There were so many terrific Summer 2018 STEM Camps in the Midwest that we had to create a second article!
Summer STEM programs in the Midwest range from FREE to thousands of dollars. Many offer financial aid. While some are only a week long, others involve an investment of six weeks or more. Sample camp topics include
engineering, computer science, transportation, veterinary medicine, aerospace and astronomy, radar, the environment and sustainability, materials science, paleonotology, math, and much more.
Go ahead! Choose a topic that excites and challenges you. You never know when an opportunity will change your future!
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. Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) - Illinois
Young women with a strong interest in math and science have an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in STEM fields at this week-long camp. Each camp focuses on one specialty. Choose among the following areas of concentration:
Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science-App Development, Environmental Engineering and Sustainability, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering.
Each week-long summer camp costs $1,000 and targets rising 9th-12th grade females. Camp dates and details can be found on the University of Illinois website.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun ... At STEM Camp
2. Summer Scholars Program at Notre Dame
Spend two weeks rigorously studying the STEM topic of your choice at Notre Dame, and receive college credit for doing so! Topics include: Astronomy, Life Sciences and Research Computing.
The residential program costs $3,500 and is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders. More information is available on Notre Dame's Summer Scholars Program website.
3. Leadership Seminars at Notre Dame
Are you a rising 12th grader who has scored a 1360 or greater on the new SAT and is in the top 10% of your class? If so, congratulations on your achievements. Secondly, here's a unique opportunity to participate in a FREE one-week, residential leadership seminar ("free" includes transportation to and from Notre Dame).
Debate the ethical challenges of STEM, including climate change, robotics, drone warfare, cloud computing, and designer medicine. Scientists are citizens, too, and as such they have ethical responsibilities to the society they live in. This leadership seminar will challenge the young forward-thinking STEM leader to think about problems and solutions for a better tomorrow.
Details are accessible on the Leadership Seminars website.
4. Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles (POWER) at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Explore engineering through experiments, group projects, interactions with professional engineers and college women majoring in engineering. Designed for rising 9th-12th grade female students, this residential program costs $250 (including housing, meal, and camp events). Refer to IUPUI's POWER website for additional information.
Do You Love Fossils?
5. Stones and Bones Field Study in Paleontology - University of Chicago
For four intensive weeks, students will immerse themselves in the study of fossils with a distinguished team of researchers, going on site to a dig in Wyoming to learn how fossils are collected, analyzed, and conserved. They'll also have access to the labs and galleries behind the scenes at The Field Museum, considered one of the finest natural history museums in the world.
The camp is sponsored by The Field Museum in Chicago, IL with field expeditions to Wyoming. It targets campers ages 14 and older. Cost for the exclusive camp is a whopping $11,400 (includes tuition, fees, dining, housing, travel to the dig site), but this is real dinosaur bones, so what do you expect?
For additional information, see the Stones and Bones website.
6. Summer College Engineering Exposure Program at the University of Michigan
Become familiar with the engineering disciplines available at the University of Michigan, and attend classes in Technical Communications, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Math, and Professional Development. Work on an interdisciplinary team project and take tours of University of Michigan's engineering departments.
This residential program targets rising 12th graders and costs only $100. Several sessions are available. See the website University of Michigan Engineering for more information.
7. National Summer Transportation Institute at Michigan Tech
Here is a FREE opportunity for rising 10th-12th graders to spend two weeks exploring careers and educational opportunities in transportation. Campers will take an up-close look at planes, trains, ships, and automobiles through tours, hands-on activities, and group projects. Tuition, room, board, and supplies are free. See the National Summer Transportation Institute webpage for details.
Locations of Midwest STEM Camps
8. Rail and Intermodal Transportation at Michigan Tech
Rising 10th-12th graders can learn more about the benefits of rail and intermodal transportation. If you've ever wondered how goods get from China to the U.S. or why rail is considered a "green" transportation method, then here is your chance to find out.
This one-and-a-half-week residential camp costs $450 and allows opportunities for technical and hands-on tours as well as Q&A sessions with industry experts. Refer to the Rail and Intermodal Transportation website to apply.
9. WIAT: Women in Automotive Engineering at Michigan Tech
Are you a young woman interested in automobiles? If you're a rising 11th or 12th grader with two years of math and a year of chemistry, then why not consider this week-long residential opportunity?
Students will investigate engineering careers in the automobile industry, with an emphasis on mechanical and electrical paths. After a $200 registration fee, the course is FREE (including tuition, room, board, and supplies). To apply, simply hop on over to Michigan Tech's website.
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