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More Summer High School STEM Camps: Midwestern States

Updated on September 5, 2018
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High school students, kick start summer vacation with a science, technology, engineering or math camp. Spark a career interest and have fun! Here are even more top summer camps in the Midwest.
High school students, kick start summer vacation with a science, technology, engineering or math camp. Spark a career interest and have fun! Here are even more top summer camps in the Midwest. | Source

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.

Whether you're interested in chemical engineering or veterinary medicine or math, there is a summer camp that fits your needs in the Midwest.
Whether you're interested in chemical engineering or veterinary medicine or math, there is a summer camp that fits your needs in the Midwest. | Source

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

So maybe STEM camp isn't Disney World, but it's still a lot of fun, a great learning experience and an investment in your future.
So maybe STEM camp isn't Disney World, but it's still a lot of fun, a great learning experience and an investment in your future. | Source

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.

Ever wonder about the ethics involved with drones, robots, designer medicine and other recent technology?  High achieving high school students can attend leadership seminars to discuss STEM-related societal problems and solutions.
Ever wonder about the ethics involved with drones, robots, designer medicine and other recent technology? High achieving high school students can attend leadership seminars to discuss STEM-related societal problems and solutions. | Source

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?

Paleontology is the study of fossilized plants and animals.  These fossils are located at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota.
Paleontology is the study of fossilized plants and animals. These fossils are located at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. | Source

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.

A summer STEM camp will cause you to grow like bacteria in a petri dish!
A summer STEM camp will cause you to grow like bacteria in a petri dish! | Source

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.

What are you waiting for?  Let's do this!
What are you waiting for? Let's do this! | Source

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

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University of Chicago, Chicago, IL:
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana:
Notre Dame University, Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, South Bend, IN 46637

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI):
Administration Bldg, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Urbana, IL

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Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI:
1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI 49931, USA

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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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