More Summer High School STEM Camps in the Northeast
Come to the Northeast for a STEM-tastic Summer Experience
If you're looking for a STEM camp for this summer, the Northeast is slam full of them! Are you ready to take advantage of the learning opportunities that await?
Regardless of what you're looking for, the Northeastern United States has a summer STEM camp that's right for you:
- from FREE to an investment of thousands of dollars
- both residential and day programs
- lasting one-week or nearly the entire summer.
We've compiled a nationwide listing of over 170 STEM camps for high school students, as well as both paid and unpaid internships. For convenience, we've grouped them geographically. So many opportunities are available in the Northeast—the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont—that we've split results into this second article.
Make this summer one you'll never forget by choosing a STEM camp. Pick up new skills and knowledge, gain lasting relationships and acquire important information on career options.
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. GenCyber Agent Academy at the University of New Haven
Sponsored by The National Security Agency and The National Science Foundation, this FREE daycamp is open to rising 9th-12th graders. Learn essential foundation skills for further study in cybersecurity, including
- Cyber Forensics
- Hacking Concepts
- Internet of Things & Mobile
- Network Defense.
For more information, check out the University of New Haven website.
2. The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program
This FREE non-residential 7-week program provides high school students the unique opportunity to conduct hands-on biomedical research under the mentorship of leading scientists at one of the world's premier research facilities. Students learn the fundamentals of biostatistics, critical thinking, and scientific communication and writing for lay audiences.
The program takes place from late June through August at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY. Participants must be 16 years old. See their website for details: Rockefeller Summer Research Program
3. Summer Cancer Research Experience Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Both paid and unpaid research internships are available in which high school students ages 14 and up can work full-time on an independent cancer-related research project. Young scholars can work alongside prestigious research scholars and attend educational seminars as they hone skills through seminars, field trips and mentoring.
Tuition is FREE, but housing and meals are extra. The residential program is sponsored by Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, NY. Refer to this website for additional details: Roswell Park.
Study the Science of the Oceans
4. High School Oceanography Research Program in Rhode Island
Note: This program is on hiatus for 2017.
Rising 12th graders with an interest in oceanography take note: this four-week summer program provides both an onshore and offshore component, educating students in fields of geology, biology, archaeology, chemistry, and computer science as they are connected to the science of oceans and exploration.
Students then join a team of scientists for an expedition in the eastern Pacific ocean for about a week. Strong mentorship is provided throughout.
This is a FREE program that includes room, board, meals, and travel. It is sponsored by the Ocean Exploration Trust, in cooperation with University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). It includes a 7-day oceanographic exploration expedition.
More information about this exciting opportunity is available on the Ocean Exploration Trust website.
Locations of STEM Camps in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Vermont
5. Minority Introduction To Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT
High school seniors who have strong backgrounds in science and math and who come from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds are invited to apply for this intensive six-week residential program. Students delve into MIT coursework and explore the rewards that an advanced technical degree can bring.
This residential program is FREE (including meals, housing) and is located at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, MA. For more information, check out the following webpage: MITES.
6. Whale Camp at Bay of Fundy
This is a whale watcher's delight! Choose from a one-week session to three full weeks immersed with Fundy marine ecology. Learn about marine biology and use oceanography equipment to collect and analyze data and make discoveries about ocean life: whales, dolphins, seabirds and more.
Depending on the course selected (one to three weeks) there is a cost of $1,395-$4,695. Sessions are sponsored by the Fundy Marine Science Institute, Bay of Fundy which is located between Maine and Nova Scotia. Gather more information and sign up here: Whale Camp.
7. CURIE Academy at Cornell University
Talented young females, spend a week exploring engineering through classes, lab sessions, panel discussions, and team projects at this Ivy League institution. Experience life on a university campus as well as all of the possibilities that await you as an engineer.
The Cornell University-sponsored academy is designed for rising 11th and12th grade females. It is residential in nature and costs $1,450;inancialaid is available. See Cornell's CURIE webpage for more information on the program.
8. CATALYST Academy at Cornell University
Rising high school juniors and seniors of diverse racial, socioeconomic, or geographic backgrounds are invited to apply to this week-long Cornell program which introduces curious minds to the various engineering disciplines. Students learn about the school's curriculum, current trends and research, and the admissions process.
The residential program is $1,450 and targets rising 11th or 12th Graders with limited prior exposure to engineering. Financial aid is available. More information is available on the school's CATALYST webpage.
9. Boston Leadership Institute
Using field trips, hands-on laboratories, discussions and lectures, top educators inspire students to think deeply about the STEM subject they choose to study. One-week residential programs in Anatomy, Chemistry Edge, Forensics, Marine Biology, Sports Statistics, Introduction to Surgery, Contagion, STEM Entrepreneurship, Clinical Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, and more. Three-week residential research programs also available.
The residential (or day) programs are held at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, a suburb of Boston. Costs range from $599 (one week program) to $2,200 (three week program), plus room and board.
Locations of Summer STEM Camps in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania & Rhode Island
10. Cornell Engineering Experience at Cornell University
Already committed to engineering? In this six-week college credit program, students will expand their knowledge of the wide range of engineering disciplines, understand the engineering design process, and determine whether engineering is the right career for them.
The residential program is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders, and it costs $12,435, including tuition and housing. (What did you expect? This is six weeks at an Ivy League school.) See Cornell's Engineering Experience webpage for additional information.
11. Project SMART at University of New Hampshire
This challenging four-week residential camp merges science, math, computers, in studying the compelling scientific research issues of today. Choose among three modules:
- Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
- Space Science and
- Marine and Environmental Science.
The residential program costs $3,700 is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. See the Project SMART webpage for additional details.
12. Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Cornell University
Create small robotic devices and explore topics such as artificial intelligence, online gaming, and the Internet of Things in this two-week, hands-on camp. After designing their own robot, students will solve behavioral challenges with it, including how the robot will interact with other robots in the context of a game environment. Lectures and field trips supplement hands-on activities.
The residential course is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders. The cost is $4,100; financial aid is available. Refer to the following webpage for additional details: Robotics at Cornell.
13. Introduction to the Biology of Sharks, Skates & Rays at Shoals Marine Laboratory
Separate myth from fact by better understanding these intriguing animals. Combine marine science, biology and conservation as you learn about shark, skate and ray behavior in their natural environment. Students will also have an opportunity to dissect shark and ray specimens in the lab.
This residential program is sponsored by Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appeldore Island, Maine. It is designed for rising juniors, seniors, and rising college freshman. Financial aid is available. See the Shoals Marine Lab website for a schedule of costs and course dates.
14. Marine Environmental Science and Conservation Course at Shoals Marine Laboratory
Get ready for an unforgettable experience! Especially designed for high school students, this college credit seminar through Cornell University investigates coastal marine habitats. Students will take field trips to observe harbor seal and seabird colonies well as seabird and whale foraging grounds.
This residential Marine Environmental Science course takes place at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appeldore Island, Maine. Refer to the Marine Environmental Science website for more information on cost and scheduling.
15. National High School Game Academy (NHSGA) at Carnegie Mellon University
Calling all video game designers! Take a deep dive into the video gaming industry to understand what skills are required today to be successful.
At a cost of $8,689 (includes tuition, housing, meals, activity fees), this two-week residential camp features lectures as well as hands-on exercises as a part of the coursework. Students can focus on either programming or the artistic side of gaming.
The residential camp is designed to appeal to 11th and 12th graders. Financial aid is available. More information is available on Carnegie Mellon's website.
16. Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease (THED) at Rutgers University
Dive headlong in biomedical and environmental sciences in this non-residential, one-week program at Rutgers in Piscataway Township, NJ. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory activities that could excite them a variety of medical science careers and/or research careers. Activities include: DNA isolation, PCR, cell culture, gel electrophoresis, enzyme activity measurement, and microscope slide staining.
Rising 10th-12th graders who have completed biology are eligible for the program, which costs $800. Multiple sessions are available. More information can be found at: Toxicology, Health & Environmental, Disease (THED).
It's Your Summer: Focus On You
17. Summer Pre-College Program at University of Massachusetts Amherst
Students can focus on the STEM subject of their choice during the one-week pre-college program. STEM course examples include Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Sustainable Tree Care, Sustainable Farming, and Genetic Engineering & GMOs . Programs of longer length are also available.
Cost for one week is $1,327. Financial aid is available. The program is designed for rising 10th, 11th, or 12th graders. Refer to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst website for particulars.
18. Yale Young Global Scholars
Sponsored by Yale University, this leadership development program will investigate scientific questions that apply to physical and computer sciences and engineering. Participants think critically, explore new ideas and develop key communication skills that they take back to their communities. There are also STEM tracks in Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.
At a cost of $5,800, this prestigious residential program requires that its participants be 15 years old and/or rising 11th or 12th graders. Financial aid is available. See the Yale Young Global Scholars website for additional details.
19. IT & Digital Media Summer Institutes at The Governor's Institute of Vermont
This eight-day rigorous hands-on workshop is an opportunity to work with state-of-the art software, hardware and leaders in the IT field on electronic game design, cybersecurity, coding, digital video, Photoshop, web entrepreneurship, object-oriented programming, and more. Gain hardcore programming skills and launch an on-line business, start to finish.
The residential program takes place in Burlington, Vermont. Participants must be 15 years old. The cost of the camp is $1,850. See the IT and Digital Media webpage for more information.
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