ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Summer STEM Camps for High School Students: Northeastern States

Updated on September 29, 2018
GAES STEM profile image

The Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies is an award-winning STEM specialty center that supports hands-on engineering education.

STEM Summer Camps: S-T-E-M Spells "Career Success"

Select a high school summer STEM camp in biotechnology, robotics, environmental science,  engineering, math or computer science.  It could change your life!
Select a high school summer STEM camp in biotechnology, robotics, environmental science, engineering, math or computer science. It could change your life! | Source

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?

Top High School STEM Summer Programs In Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

A
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

get directions

B
The University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire:
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

get directions

C
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachsetts:
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

get directions

D
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts:
Boston University, Boston, MA

get directions

E
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts:
Smith College, Northampton, MA

get directions

F
Seal Harbor, Maine:
Seal Harbor, Mount Desert, ME, USA

get directions

G
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut:
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

get directions

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

  • biotechnology
  • robotics
  • environmental science
  • engineering
  • 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.

Oh, We're All About the Bass, 'Bout the Bass, No Treble ...

These seals are really hitting the high notes.  Well, truth be told they are fighting over a baby, but they sure look like they're singing, don't they?
These seals are really hitting the high notes. Well, truth be told they are fighting over a baby, but they sure look like they're singing, don't they? | Source

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.

Reader Poll

Do you see plastic as ...

See results

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.

Plastic Garbage Patch In the Middle Of the Ocean

Step up to the challenge of a paid high school internship in computer science at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory.  You'll operate, test and improve real products from Fortune 500 companies.
Step up to the challenge of a paid high school internship in computer science at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory. You'll operate, test and improve real products from Fortune 500 companies. | Source

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.

Not Everyone Can Be Good In Math

Maybe this was the kid who always got caught sleeping through math class.  Dunno.
Maybe this was the kid who always got caught sleeping through math class. Dunno. | Source

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.

DNA Building Blocks

DNA is the blueprint of the body that contains codes for traits.  It has four nitrogen bases that pair with one another in predictable ways:  (G) guanine, (A) adenine, (C) cytosine and (T) thymine. We seem different, but genetically we are 99% alike.
DNA is the blueprint of the body that contains codes for traits. It has four nitrogen bases that pair with one another in predictable ways: (G) guanine, (A) adenine, (C) cytosine and (T) thymine. We seem different, but genetically we are 99% alike. | Source

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.

Science: The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Bennu is a near-Earth asteroid.  In 2016, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel there to bring samples back to earth to study.  It will help us understand how planets formed.
Bennu is a near-Earth asteroid. In 2016, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel there to bring samples back to earth to study. It will help us understand how planets formed. | Source

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.

STEM careers are the foundation of an innovation economy.  In the past 10 years, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs and are expected to continue growing.
STEM careers are the foundation of an innovation economy. In the past 10 years, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs and are expected to continue growing. | Source

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.

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter.  Pi is an irrational number, meaning that its digits never end or repeat in any known way.
Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Pi is an irrational number, meaning that its digits never end or repeat in any known way. | Source

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

  • Neurobiology
  • Astronomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • 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.

Fun T-Shirt: Never Trust An Atom - They Make Up Everything

Funny Science Tshirt Never Trust An Atom They Make Things Up
Funny Science Tshirt Never Trust An Atom They Make Things Up

I find that wearing this STEM humor t-shirt is like asking other STEM nerds to raise their hands. Show some STEM love for science and engineering with this cool t-shirt that's guaranteed to bring a smile to some while utterly perplexing others.

 

Math Maniac?

If you excel at math, investigate the career possibilities that are open to you.
If you excel at math, investigate the career possibilities that are open to you. | Source

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.

Prosthetic limbs that rely on robotics help people with disabilities.  This robotic hand is designed by Sandia Labs and offers enhanced  durability and dexterity.
Prosthetic limbs that rely on robotics help people with disabilities. This robotic hand is designed by Sandia Labs and offers enhanced durability and dexterity. | Source

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:

  • Chemistry
  • 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.

Top High School STEM Summer Camps In New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

A
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York:
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

get directions

B
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey:
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

get directions

C
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

get directions

D
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania:
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

get directions

E
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

get directions

F
Alfred University, Alfred, New York:
Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY

get directions

G
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

get directions

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.

See Syracuse University's webpage for further information.

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.

Careers In Biotechnology

Funny Science T-Shirt: The Six Noble Gases

Crazy Dog T-Shirts Mens Noble Gases Science T Shirt Funny Periodic Table Nerdy Tee for Geeks (Navy) - M
Crazy Dog T-Shirts Mens Noble Gases Science T Shirt Funny Periodic Table Nerdy Tee for Geeks (Navy) - M

You'll be the hit of the science class in this super soft shirt. It features the six noble gases: helium (He), neon (Ne), argon (Ar), krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe), and the radioactive radon (Rn). Also available in women's sizes.

 

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
  • Robotics
  • Engineering Management and
  • Nanotechnology.

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.

Source

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.

Geek On, My Friend!

Don't hide your love.  Wear it proudly.
Don't hide your love. Wear it proudly. | Source

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.

The Nanotechnology Revolution

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.

Math Behind the Pharmacy Counter: Who Knew?

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.


© 2015 Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • GAES STEM profile imageAUTHOR

      Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies 

      3 years ago from Virginia

      Peachpurple - Keep encouraging her! Thanks for your comment.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my daughter is into enginnering course, not easy and takes a lot of effort to get interested

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)