Summer STEM Camps for High School Students: Northeastern States
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STEM Opportunities Abound In the Northeast
The Northeastern U.S. is filled with opportunity when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps. So if you're a high school aged student (or the parent of one) and STEM is your interest area, why not carve out some time this summer to take advantage of the resources this region has?
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STEM Camps Await You In the Northeast
Enrolling in an academic summer camp for a week (or even more) has several important advantages for teens. Stay on campus at a top university while building your resume for college applications. Kick start your career by learning a new skill in
- environmental science
- computer science or
- another fascinating STEM-studded field.
Dive deep into the STEM area of your choice, or simply learn more about what STEM career opportunities are available. Build important relationships for the future. And of course, have fun while learning something new.
Summer STEM Camps in the Northeast
Following is a list of top STEM programs in the Northeastern United States, including the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
You're bound to find something that fits your interests.
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1. Acadia Institute of Oceanography
Take a deep dive into marine science during this two-week residential session in Seal Harbor, Maine. The Acadia Institute uses a unique, hands-on curriculum that integrates biological, physical and chemical oceanography in multiple settings: classroom, lab, the field, and offshore.
The camp costs $2,740 and divides participants by age groups. The advanced camp is designed for teens ages 15-19; completion of one year of high school science is strongly suggested (preferably biology or chemistry).
In addition to college credit being available for advanced session attendees, there is a special bonus with this camp. Any student who has attended the Acadia Institute of Oceanography and is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Now that's something to write home about!
For more information, see the Acadia Institute of Oceanography webpage.
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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.
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2. The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory High School Summer Internship Program
Hey, self-proclaimed computer geeks, opportunity is knocking! Will you answer? Okay, so this is not technically a summer camp. It's even better: a paid summer internship in computer science.
If data communications and networking is something that interests you, consider the opportunities available at the University of New Hampshire's summer intern program. The school has a state-of-the-art networking facility where interns learn to operate, test and improve real products from Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Intel, HP, Apple, and Dell. Talk about cutting edge experience!
For seven weeks during July and August, interns work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Interns are typically rising 12th graders. Although housing is not provided by the program, campus housing may be available with the University of New Hampshire. Students must make their own arrangements.
Here's your go-to source for additional information: Interoperability Laboratory High School Summer Internship Program.
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3. Program in Math for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
If math is a beautiful thing to you and you have a gift for it, perhaps you're ready for six challenging weeks of it at Boston University this summer. In this residential program, you'll practice the art of mathematical discovery by:
- designing your own numerical experiments
- uncovering mathematical patterns
- devising your own mathematical proofs and more.
The camp targets mathletes ages 15 and older by the first day of the program, and it costs $4,200. Merit awards and need-based financial aid are available. More information is available on the PROMYS webpage.
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4. SummerLab Biotechnology Program at Boston University
The world of biotechnology and DNA science offer such tremendous career potential. Why not take advantage of this hands-on, lab based program at the Boston University School of Medicine?
Rising 10th graders - college freshmen may take either (or both) of the one-week sessions available. Costs for 2017 are not yet available, but 2016 costs were $1,000 (one week) or $1,800 (two weeks) for:
- Clinical Connection which focuses on medical research and techniques or
- Go for the Glow which focuses on the key concepts and skills of recombinant DNA technology as it relates to biotechnology.
Financial aid is available. Housing is not included but may be available through the university. For more information, see the Boston University Biotechnology webpage.
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5. Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) at Boston University
For six intensive weeks, you'll
- gain valuable technical and analytical skills
- learn first-hand about the scientific process by conducting university-level research
- connect with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who are leaders in their fields.
Professors' research areas include:
Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Laboratory Research, Physics, and Psychology.
RISE targets rising 12th graders. Housing is not included but may be available through university. Financial aid is available. For more information, including tuition, see the Research Internship In Science and Engineering webpage.
6. Summer Science and Engineering Program at Smith College
Smith College, a prestigious female-only college, challenges young women to step up to their potential as tomorrow's scientists, doctors, and engineers. The residential program targets rising 9th,10th, 11th and 12th grade girls. At a cost of $5,780 (including tuition, room, and meals), about half of students receive need-based financial aid.
Of particular benefit to attendees is a recommendation for college applications. According to their website:
"Along with incorporating interactive components and challenging materials, your learning experience will earn you a recommendation from a Smith professor to use in your college applications."
See the Smith University website for more information about the Smith Science and Engineering Program at Smith.
7. Harvard University Secondary School Program
Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, earn up to 8 hours of college credit rubbing elbows with adult and college students at one of the nation's premier universities. (On-line classes are also available.) Subject areas include
- Biological Sciences
- Engineering Sciences
- Environmental Studies
- Statistics and more.
Application review begins in February. The cost for residential students is $4,500 on average (you didn't think it would be cheap, did you?), however financial aid is available. For more information, see this webpage: Harvard Secondary School.
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8. Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)
Enthused about math? Here's an elite six-week residential program that trains high ability high-school students in the mathematical sciences. Topics covered are often not available even at many undergraduate institutions. Attendees are typically rising 11th or 12th graders.
The program costs $4,913 (including tuition, room, meals). Need-based financial aid is available.
Applicants must complete a math-based "Interesting Test" in March, and spaces are typically filled by June. See the HCSSiM website for more information.
9. Pre-College Summer at University of Connecticut
In this one-week residential program, students can select an intensive academic focus that includes several STEM areas:
- Game Design
- Electrical Engineering with Chemistry
- Forensic ScienceSports Medicine, and
- Big Data.
The camp costs $1,850 with the early bird discount. Several sessions are available. Need more information? Check out the Pre-College Summer at UConn website.
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10. Summer MakerSpace & 3D Printing Experience at Syracuse University
Imagine designing and fabricating your own 3D prototypes in this cutting-edge technology program as you learn best practices for rapid prototyping and additive design.
This two-week residential program has a strong entrepreneurial focus. It is geared towards rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and costs $2,855. Financial aid is available. Also available are courses in Coding, Architecture, Engineering, Forensic Science, and Materials Engineering.
11. Ceramic and Glass Engineering Camp at Alfred University
Ceramic components are central to many of our everyday items, from cell phones to toilets. At the crux of the manufacturing process is ceramic processing—involving powders to make usable items. In this exciting one-week residential camp, students engage in hands-on lab experiences in ceramic processing and tape casting, plus glass melting and press forming.
The residential camp costs $910. Alfred University also offers camps in Robotics Engineering and Computer Engineering.
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12. Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology
In this 12-day residential program, you'll not only visit Fortune 500 companies to see engineering in action but also participate in hands-on, project-driven learning experiences. These projects are in the following engineering and related disciplines:
- Chemical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Naval Engineering
- Physics (Optics)
- Computer Science
- Civil Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Engineering Management and
The ECOES program is designed for rising 9th to 12th graders and costs $3,400 (including meals, housing, and guided excursions to sports/historical points of interest in the New York metropolitan area). Financial aid is available.
For more information, see Stevens' webpage: Exploring Career Options in Engineering. Residential programs are also available in Pre-Med Engineering, Pre-Med Biomedical Engineering, Coding, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Game Design and other STEM topics.
13. The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP)
Use cutting-edge technologies to combine sophisticated theory and practical experience. In this three-week residential program, rising 10th through 12th graders will get to explore college-level engineering with exposure to a content area of their choice: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Nanotechnology, Complex Networks & Robotics.
The camp costs $7,375; financial aid is available. See the University of Pennsylvania Summer Academy website for additional information.
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14. MathILy at Bryn Mawr College
If you're a mathematically gifted high school student ages 14-17, this five-week residential camp will expose you to math that is pure but applicable. For $4,600, you'll learn new ideas and advanced math, ramp up your problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and meet other teens with an intense interest in math. See the MathILy website to apply.
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15. Materials Camp at Drexel University
This week-long day camp has two incredible features. First, you'll get to learn about metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and nanomaterials. You'll come to understand how they are processed, how their structure determines their properties, and how and where each material is used. The second cool thing? Tuition and meals for this day camp are totally FREE.
If the following activities sound compelling, this is truly a camp for you:
- electron microscopy
- heat treating
- tensile and impact testing of metals
- synthesis of slime and foam polymers
- composites and
- liquid crystal thermometers.
Materials Camp is open to rising 11th and 12th Graders who have a basic knowledge of algebra, chemistry, and physics and haven't made a firm decision on their college major or career. More information is available at the school's webpage. Drexel also holds a fee-based residential camp in Materials Science for $795.
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16. Summer Academy for Math + Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Consider Carnegie Mellon's Summer Academy if you are a particularly bright and motivated student interested in math/science-based disciplines. This six-week residential program aims to prepare rising seniors for acceptance into prestigious university programs.
Students are responsible for about $150-200 worth of books, supplies, recreational and transportation expenses. However, tuition, housing, and dining fees are FREE. Consult Carnegie Mellon's SAMS webpage for additional details.
17. Brown University Precollege Programs: Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL)
There's a reason Brown has some of the happiest undergraduates around. Discover the magic of Brown as a high school student enrolled in one of its many on-campus Pre-college Programs, or spend time in a Brown-sponsor off-site program such as the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab.
You can develop the capabilities to make a positive change in the environment and understand how Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Anthropology and environmental policy intersect. This prestigious Ivy League school goes on location to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, to provide a 24-hour learning laboratory for sustainable living. You'll get the 4-1-1 on marine science, watershed management and leadership, all while on location. Multiple sessions are available.
Cost of the program is $4,186. The program targets rising 10th graders and older. See the BELL website for full details on this program as well as other locations and Brown Precollege STEM courses that are available.
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