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Ultimate Nationwide Listing of Summer 2018 STEM Camps for High School Students

Updated on May 3, 2018
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A Summer STEM Camp Can Change Your Future

Sign up for a high school STEM camp this summer and change your future. Science, technology, engineering, and math are stable, high demand careers that are finally getting the attention they deserve.

But if you're a high school student (or the parent of one) interested in a summer STEM program, where do you turn for options? Look no further! We've compiled a list of over 175 camps across the nation. Our list also includes some paid and unpaid STEM internships for high school students.

Programs range in cost from FREE to as much as you care to spend. Many offer need-based financial aid. Some opportunities even offer students stipends (that means they pay you) or college scholarships at the completion of the program.

Camps range from a few days—most commonly one week—to as much as seven or eight weeks. Regardless of what you're looking for, there's a STEM program that suits what you're looking for. Now you have the hard task of choosing.

Jobs requiring a STEM degree account for more than 10% of jobs in the United States. Many of them pay wages close to double the U.S. average

— Bureau of Labor Statistics
From horticulture to civil engineering to toxicology and everything in between, this STEM camp listing has something to pique your interest!
From horticulture to civil engineering to toxicology and everything in between, this STEM camp listing has something to pique your interest! | Source

Sample Topics of STEM Camps Across the United States

 
 
 
just about any kind of engineering you could imagine
robotics
medicine
environmental science & sustainability
human anatomy
forensic science
geology
aerospace & astronomy
materials science & metallurgy
radar
game design
meteorology
chemistry & biochemistry
opthamology
3D modeling
marine biology
molecular biology
math & statistics
computer science & programming
cryptology
neuroscience
veterinary science
explosives & mining
paleontology
oceanography
oncology
toxicology
wind science
architecture
infectious diseases
aviation
food science
pharmacology
manufacturing
physics
and MUCH MORE!
There's almost no limit to what you can learn in a high school STEM camp.

Fun With Metallurgy and Materials Science

These students attended a one-week Materials Science, Metallurgy and Forensics camp.  In addition to learning a lot and having a lot of fun, each camper walked away with a  $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship at the completion of the camp.
These students attended a one-week Materials Science, Metallurgy and Forensics camp. In addition to learning a lot and having a lot of fun, each camper walked away with a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship at the completion of the camp. | Source

Over 175 Camps are Available Here, Divided Geographically

Northeastern States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Click HERE and HERE for Northeastern STEM camps

District of Columbia and Central Atlantic States: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Click HERE and HERE for Central Atlantic STEM camps

Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Click HERE and HERE for Midwestern STEM camps

Southern States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas

Click HERE for Southern STEM camps

Southwest & Mountain States: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Click HERE for STEM camps in the Southwest & Mountain States

Western States: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Click HERE for Western STEM camps

How Do I Choose A STEM Camp That's Right For Me?

Searching for a STEM camp is a lot like searching for a prom date. It's best to start early so your first option isn't taken. Otherwise, you may have to scramble.

It's important that parents and teens discuss all of the key issues surrounding a STEM camp so that they are in agreement. Together, they should consider the following decision factors:

  • geography - How far are you willing to travel to camp?
  • interest - What STEM areas intrigue you? Do you want to do a "deep dive" into an area you already know something about or experience a new STEM topic? Is your focus more on the STEM subject or on learning about STEM career options and exploring a particular college campus' engineering program, for example?
  • costs - What is your budget? Do you qualify for financial aid? Can you raise money to afford your camp through paid work, crowdfunding, etc.? Can you use hotel or airline points to defray travel expenses or combine your camp with a family vacation? Do you have relatives who live in the destination city with whom you could stay?
  • schedule - Do the dates of the camp fit with your school schedule, family vacation schedule, etc.? Many camps require that campers attend the entire session, rather than leave early for other obligations.
  • eligibility criteria & deadlines - Do you meet the camp's eligibility criteria (i.e., usually age requirements, sometimes gender, skill level). If there is an application, do you have teacher recommendations lined up? Are you well aware of the deadlines?
  • flexibility - Sometimes it's rewarding to have an open mind. Don't be afraid to explore a new topic you know nothing about. Even if you've waited until it's late in the season and you don't have your first choice of camps, that's okay. You may completely surprise yourself!

Bookmark Us: We'll Be Updating This List For Summer 2018!

If you missed camp deadlines for 2017, simply bookmark this page and check back for 2018 camp updates. Summer STEM camps typically begin announcing their upcoming summer schedule in December or January.

There are so many good summer STEM camps across the nation.  Don't sit at home and miss the fun!  Make it happen by planning early!
There are so many good summer STEM camps across the nation. Don't sit at home and miss the fun! Make it happen by planning early! | Source

Programs With Multiple Camp Locations Across the Nation

Whereas most STEM camps are confined to one geographical location, other programs take place in a variety of locations on college campuses across the nation, or even on-line.

Here are five popular choices for high school students who enjoy computers and IT, engineering and robotics and math. Always ask questions, review the curriculum and talk to other students who have been through the camp, if you can.

Robots: Not Just Child's Play

Building robots may seem like child's play, but robots promise important future benefits. They are used to perform tasks too risky or dirty for humans.
Building robots may seem like child's play, but robots promise important future benefits. They are used to perform tasks too risky or dirty for humans. | Source

1. iD Tech Camps & Teen Academies

iD (formerly internal Drive) Tech Camps can be found nationwide at over 100 locations. One-week camps are offered by this for-profit company in

  • Programming App Development
  • Robotics
  • Game Design & Development
  • 3D Modeling & Printing
  • Robotics Engineering and more

The camps are held on the campuses of prominent colleges and universities, including MIT, Purdue, University of Virginia, and the College of William & Mary. Camp locations are available in the following states:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

Camps are co-ed, with teen camps targeting ages 13-17. Students can attend the sessions as a day camper or on a residential basis. Tuition and other information is available on the iD Tech website.

Additionally, iD Tech offers two-week pre-collegiate "deep dive" experiences in Coding & Engineering and Game Design & Development for teens 13-18. Academies are held in the following states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. See the company's website for more information.

If you've spent thousands of hours playing video games and have computer programming skills, why not consider a career in video game design and development?
If you've spent thousands of hours playing video games and have computer programming skills, why not consider a career in video game design and development? | Source

2. Digital Media Academy Courses and Teen Academies

Digital Media Academy is a for-profit company that offers one or two-week camps across the United States and Canada. The camps are hosted at 24 top universities, such as UCLA, Harvard, and Northwestern.

Co-ed campers ages 12-18 can learn new technical skills using project-based experiences. They can study topics such as

  • 3D Modeling & Design
  • Game Design
  • Programming
  • Robotics & Engineering and more

Camp locations are held in the following states:

Colorado, California, Washington D.C., Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, plus Canada.

Web-based courses are also available. See the Digital Media Academy website for additional information.

Math, Awesome Math: Doesn't Everyone Love It Just A Little?

If you're loving math this much, stop your graffiti and go open your text book.
If you're loving math this much, stop your graffiti and go open your text book. | Source

3. AwesomeMath Summer Program

Calling all junior Albert Einsteins! Here are three weeks of intense math problem solving to build and hone your skills in four fields:

  • Algebra
  • Combinatorics
  • Geometry, and
  • Number Theory.

For $2,975-$4,850 (depends on location) you can geek out with other mathematically gifted students in grades 6-11. Admissions testing is required. See the AwesomeMath website for further information.

Through 2025, there will be an expected shortfall of 90,000 physicians.  This includes both primary care physicians and surgeons to care for an increasingly aging population.
Through 2025, there will be an expected shortfall of 90,000 physicians. This includes both primary care physicians and surgeons to care for an increasingly aging population. | Source

Why Study Engineering?

4. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The following states have an apprentice program in STEM fields at designated U.S. Army research facilities: Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, and Virginia. Students are paired directly with a Department of Defense research scientist to receive first-hand mentoring and exposure to scientific technologies.

Each location is considered a "local" program and housing is not provided. Each location also its own specific age requirements (e.g., rising 9th-12th graders, graduating 12th grade students, etc.). Students who successfully complete the program are awarded an educational stipend. See SEAP website for details.

It's Okay To Be A STEM Geek!

Live the geek life and be proud of it.
Live the geek life and be proud of it. | Source

5. Art of Problem Solving On-line Summer Math, Problem Solving & Computer Science Courses

High-performing math students who prefer to take courses on-line can opt for weekly real-time interactive classes that involve intriguing multi-step problems, including those used in major mathematics competitions.

Subject courses form the core of the curriculum. Each course offers a thorough exploration of a single content area, teaching both the key math facts as well as the more general problem solving strategies needed for success.

Cost per course begins at $375, plus books. Each course has an "Are you ready?" and "Do you need this?" self-assessment. See the Art of Problem Solving website for summer dates and more information.

Don't Be Like This Guy. He Stayed Home!

This guy was gonna attend a STEM camp, but he forgot the deadlines and didn't plan ahead.  Now who's sorry?
This guy was gonna attend a STEM camp, but he forgot the deadlines and didn't plan ahead. Now who's sorry? | Source

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    • GAES STEM profile imageAUTHOR

      Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies 

      16 months ago from Virginia

      Mary - My daughter has attended some of these and found them to be engaging and definitely worth any investment of time, travel and (in some cases) enrollment fees. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      Mary Norton 

      16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      A great idea for kids. This will develop more their interest in engineering courses.

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