Summer STEM Camps for High School Students in the Midwest
Explore the Wonders of Science For Yourself
You Can't Afford To Take It Easy All Summer
It used to be that summer was for rest, relaxation, and forgetting all too much of what you learned during the school year. But the world has changed.
The economy and job market demand sharp skills and motivated employees. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers are hot commodities. High school is not too early to start preparing for your career.
Therefore, why not use some of your summer vacation to do one of the following?
- Learn new STEM skills
- Take a deep dive into a subject matter that interests you, and/or
- Understand the STEM career paths available to you.
Some of the camps that follow are FREE or low-cost. Others offer need-based financial aid. With opportunities like these, you can't afford to stay home all summertime long. Your STEM future awaits you at one of these camps!
High School STEM Camps
Here are top STEM summer camps and programs for college-bound high school students in the Midwestern United States. This includes the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
1. Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects at Purdue University
Dive into engineering a university that is consistently top-ranked. This one-week residential session targets rising high school seniors.
Campers will learn fundamental engineering design skills, then put those skills to use in a competitive team-based format. Tour disciplines within the College of Engineering as well as local companies so that you can witness engineering in action. The cost of the camp is $1,560. Check out the Purdue University website for more information on this great program.
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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.
2. Introduction to Engineering Program at Notre Dame University
Learn the career possibilities that await you in engineering today during this two-week residential program at Notre Dame. For $2,150 (which includes housing, meals, and field trips), students will:
- acquire a deeper understanding of the scope of engineering
- participate in engineering design and projects, and
- learn computer programming essentials.
The camp is designed for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Find more information at: Notre Dame Engineering.
3. Rose-Hulman Operation Catapult
At this residential summer camp, rising high school seniors will investigate a physical phenomenon or approach a design challenge by applying the scientific method of asking meaningful questions. Work on your project, attend guest lectures, and visit major corporations.
At a cost of $2,750, the two-and-a-half week camp is a real deal. Rose-Hulman's website can provide additional information.
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4. Women in Engineering at the University of Dayton
The University of Dayton in Ohio has several residential camps for would-be engineers, and this one is designed especially for young women.
Learn more about the field of engineering through engaging, hands-on activities, industry tours, and career discussions with engineers. Conduct lab experiments and participate in innovation modules like the Merlin Flight Simulator.
The camp costs $700 and targets females who are rising 10th, 11th or 12th graders. See the Women In Engineering at University of Dayton webpage for more information.
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5. Summer Honors Engineering Camp at the University of Dayton
With a career in engineering, you'll have a world of possibilities open to you. Understand what they are at this one-week residential camp using hands-on activities. Also learn what differentiates the different branches of engineering: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical and why engineering is an excellent STEM career choice.
Designed for rising 10th, 11th or 12th Graders with a GPA of 3.5, the camp costs $700. Financial aid is available. See the University of Dayton Engineering webpage for more information.
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6. Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men at the University of Dayton
If you're a minority young man interested in a career in engineering and technology, you can get targeted career assistance at this one-week residential camp. In addition to learning more about about careers in these fields, you will better understand:
- the college admissions process
- how to do your best on the ACT and SAT
- selecting a college and
- applying for scholarships.
This program costs only $200 and is for minority males who are rising high school seniors with a 3.0/4.0 GPA. More information about the program is available on University of Dayton Minority Men's Engineering and Technology webpage.
7. RISEng STARS Summer Camp at The Ohio State University
This female-only residential camp provides rising 11th and 12th graders with an in-depth introduction to the undergraduate engineering majors that Ohio State offers. At a cost of $400, it also gives them a sampling of engineering careers, as campers visit local industries and companies to see for themselves how engineers impact technology, the economy and their world.
See the Women in Engineering at Ohio State webpage for GPA requirements and information on applying. Financial aid is available.
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8. Ross Mathematics Program at The Ohio State University
If math is your talent, then you owe it to yourself to nurture and refine it. This six-week residential program will do just that.
It instructs gifted math high schoolers (typically ages 15-18) in the art of thinking deeply about math, prompting them to discover that abstract math ideas are important problem-solving tools in the world today. Students focus on one subject for the entire six week period. Financial aid is available.
See the Ross Mathematics webpage for additional information.
9. Buckeye Vet Prep Camp at The Ohio State University
If you've always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, then this one-week residential camp will give you a jump start on your future. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can apply to spend one week at this top-ranked veterinary school learning about the wide range of career options available in the veterinary medical profession.
The camp costs $700. The application process is very competitive. To apply, review the Buckeye Vet Prep Camp webpage.
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10. Summer Engineering Exploration Camp at University of Michigan
Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who are curious about engineering will be exposed to a variety of engineering disciplines through hands-on activities, interactive presentations and tours of both factories and engineering workplaces.
Students will have the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and professional engineers who will share their experiences about their engineering education and career.
This residential program at the University of Michigan is sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers, but it is open to both males and females. The camp costs $650; check the school's Summer Engineering Exploration webpage for additional details and to apply.
11. Michigan Math and Science Scholars at the University of Michigan
This two-week residential camp provides high school students with up-to-date research and developments in the sciences, and it equips them with critical information in making a STEM-related career choice.
Multiple sessions are offered for the two-week program, which costs $2,100. Financial aid is available.
Courses include: Mathematics, Physics, Physiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Cryptography, Materials Science, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Biology, Energy and more. The Michigan Math and Science Scholars has additional information on the program.
12. Pre-College Explorations at Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech offers a wide array of week-long course options for high school campers on over 50 topics, including many STEM courses. Here are some examples that should interest tomorrow's engineers and scientists:
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering: Engineering the Human Body, Mobile Robotics, Blacksmithing, Forensic Science and CSI, Genetic Modification and Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Physiology, Wild World of Chemistry, Rocketry and Space Science, and more
Each of these one-week sessions is scheduled throughout the summer and targets rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The cost for each one-week course is $895 (this may vary slightly, depending on course options).
For more information and to register, see the Michigan Tech Summer Programs
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13. Explorations Scholarship Program at Michigan Tech
At this camp, minority students who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering careers can explore engineering disciplines in such as: Mechanical, Computer, Environmental, Electrical, Chemical, Biomedical, Civil, Biological, and Materials.
The only cost for this residential one-week camp is a $295 registration fee; tuition, room, board, and supplies are FREE. The camp is geared towards rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. For more information, see the Michigan Tech Summer Programs website.
14. Women in Computer Science at Michigan Tech
Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade young women have an opportunity to gain exposure to various areas of computer technology, including robotics, programming, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, visualization, networks and security.
The camp costs only $100 as a registration fee; tuition, supplies, room and board are otherwise FREE. See the Women in Computer Science webpage information on applying.
15. Women in Engineering at Michigan Tech
Aspiring young female engineers, here's your chance to take a look at a wide range of engineering careers. During this week-long residential camp, students will learn more about engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Computer, Environmental, Electrical, Chemical, Biomedical, Civil, Geological, and Materials.
The only cost is a $295 registration fee; tuition, room, board, and supplies are FREE. The camp is designed for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade females. More information is available at the Michigan Tech Summer Programs website.
16. Women in Robotics at Michigan Tech
Young women, discover robotics in a week-long camp just for you! Explore the field of robotics and the application of the robots in human life from two new perspectives: explore the environment and augment human capabilities. Practice engineering design process by working with two of Michigan Tech’s robots:
- GUPPIE an underwater glider and
- Neu-pulator, an EMG-controlled manipulator.
The camp targets rising 7th-9th graders and costs $300 as a registration fee; tuition, room, board, and supplies are FREE. Refer to Michigan Tech's website for the information you need on this exciting opportunity.
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17. High School Engineering Institute at Michigan State University
If you're serious about engineering as a future career, then consider this five-day residential program at Michigan State in East Lansing as a way to explore engineering majors.
The camp costs $825 and is designed for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders with a 3.0 in core engineering classes (math, science, and technology). See Michigan State's website for more information.
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18. Introduction to Radar for Future Engineers at Michigan State University
What's on your career radar? If studying radar and signal processing sounds exciting, then this camp has your name all over it!
For two weeks, prospective engineers will get to build their own radar systems by using the concepts they learn in demonstrations, short lectures, and lab tours. This residential camp is open to rising 11th and 12th Graders at a cost of $950. See the university's Introduction to Radar web page for details on applying.
19. Industrial Engineering Camp at Wichita State University
Delve into the the fundamentals of Industrial Engineering in this four-day day camp. Learn how to create value by eliminate those things that waste time, money, materials, effort, machine time, energy and other resources.
The camp is designed for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. It costs is $375. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. See the Witchita State Summer Camps webpage for further information.
20. Engineering Summer Camp at the University of Missouri
Learn how math and science can result in the career of a lifetime: engineering! Tour area industry, learn about the engineering majors available at the University of Missouri, and roll up your sleeves in team design projects and competitions. This six-day residential program that targets rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who who have completed one or more lab science courses, plus two or more units of high school math.
There is a $500 program fee for campers once they are accepted into the program. However, members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in engineering (e.g., Hispanic-American, American Indian/Native Alaskan, African-American) may receive a fee waiver.
There are also opportunities to earn University of Missouri Engineering scholarships. For more information, see the University of Missouri website.
21. ASM Materials Camp at Missouri S&T
Materials Science is an interdisciplinary engineering, science, and technology field that deals with the design and discovery of new materials, including plastics, ceramics and metals.
Rising 11th and 12th Graders will have an opportunity to explore this field while they use state-of-the-art equipment. Examples of past projects in this camp have included:
- microelectronic circuitry
- friction-stir welding
- ceramic magnets
- metal casting
- glass processing
- heat treatment and mechanical property evaluation
- plasma-spray deposition
Even better (wait for it ...) is the fact that this camp is FREE (including room, board and meals. Learn more at this website: Materials Science Camp at University of Missouri.
22. Explosives Camp at Missouri S&T
If you've always dreamed of a career where you could blow things up (in a controlled way, that is), then opportunity beckons!
Campers will learn about explosives using lectures, hands-on demonstrations, handling and detonation of explosives, field trips, and projects. They will come to understand how explosives are useful in entertainment and industry and will get to use detonators, high explosives, blasting agents, rock blasting, display fireworks and demolition. At the end of the camp, students come together to set off a fireworks display.
This will not only give you insight into an engineering career but it'll also give you a hard-to-beat answer to the age-old question, "So what did you do this summer?" Explosives Camp costs $1,400 and is sponsored by the school's Department of Mining Engineering. For obvious reasons students must be age 16 by the first day of camp. Sign up here: Explosives Camp.
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23. CyberMiner Camp at Missouri S&T
This one-week residential camp is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders who can't get enough of computers and digital technology (Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Science & Technology). For more information on the CyberMiner Camp, including camp costs, see the university's website.
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24. EcoGirl at Missouri S&T
If you're a young woman who loves the environment, then this week-long residential camp can help you explore career choices that fit both your interests and societal needs. Through hands-on activities, campers will investigate
- nuclear energy (which may include a visit to the Missouri S&T reactor and/or the Weldon Springs Superfund site)
- water and wastewater-related issues and
- greenhouse gas mitigation.
This $400 residential camp targets rising 11th and 12th graders. More information can be found on the school's website at school's website at EcoGirl.
25. Formula SAE Electric Car Camp at Missouri S&T
If you love race cars, then learn to design and build them in this week-long residential camp. Rising 10th, 11th and 12 graders can learn the fundamentals of electric vehicles as well as the basics of Formula SAE competition. Learn more about the camp at the university's Formula SAE Electric Car Camp website.
26. Nuclear Engineering Camp at Missouri S&T
Missouri S&T has its own nuclear reactor, the first nuclear reactor in Missouri. What better place to study nuclear power?
This one-week residential camp introduces rising 11th and 12th graders to nuclear power as well as the career opportunities that are available in nuclear engineering. Take a tour of the university's research and training reactor and a nearby nuclear power plant and participate in experiments in natural radioactivity, nuclear forensics, reactor operations, and shielding.
For more information or to register, see Missouri S&T's Nuclear Engineering webpage.
27. Space - The Final Frontier at Missouri S&T
Use your math and science skills during this five-day residential camp to design and build a small spacecraft with a camera on-board. Then launch it on a high altitude balloon to the edge of outer space, 100,000 feet. Become a “storm chaser” as you track and recover your balloon satellite from its flight. (What images did you capture?)
Throughout this camp, you'll learn about designing spacecraft, high altitude balloons and how to work effectively in groups. Watch the Space Frontier Camp webpage for updates, including camp costs and camp dates.
28. Pre-Medical Institute at Washington University in St. Louis
If you're interested in medicine as a possible career, here's a chance to immerse yourself in three weeks of medical education, including:
- basic anatomy and physiology
- organ dissection and
- current medical ethics and research issues.
At a cost of $5,885, The Pre-Medical Institute is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders with an average of at least a B+. Multiple sessions are offered.
29. Pre-Engineering Institute at Washington University
Experience three weeks of in-depth engineering at this residential camp offered by Washington University in St. Louis. As residential campers, rising high school juniors and seniors will examine each of the following engineering areas with an eye on what career possibilities exist:
- Computer and
As a result, campers will acquire a better understanding of what engineering field to pursue for a career. Sessions cost $5,585. See the Washington University Engineering Camp website for more information.
30. Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp at the University of Illinois
Aerospace engineering and aviation are the hot topics for this one-week residential summer camp. For $1,000 (including lodging, meals, instructional costs), rising 9th - 12th students spend a week immersed in their passion for aerospace. Learn more at the university's webpage: Illinois Aerospace Institute.
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31. Aerospace Camp at the University of North Dakota
Whoa! If flying is your passion, this camp is worth the trip to North Dakota. Likened to a week at college, the residential camp will expose rising 11th or 12th graders to the university's aerospace complex as you learn the basics of flying. It boasts the following:
- an altitude chamber for flight physiology training
- unique air traffic control tower and radar simulation labs
- computerized multi-media instructional classroom facilities and
- over 100 aircraft and advanced flight training devices.
The camp costs $1,375 (including room and board, all flights and flight instruction, and transportation during camp). Financial aid is available.
Two sessions are offered, but they fill up quickly! If flying is your passion, then this is where you need to be! See the University of North Dakota Aerospace website to apply.
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32. Green Chemistry Camp at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
If you love the earth, learn more about green chemistry. By the end of this week-long residential camp, you'll understand the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and core concepts of sustainable energy. Also, take field trips to chemical-related production and learn about renewable energy technologies.
The camp targets rising 9th through 12th graders and costs $975 (including tuition, housing, and activities). More information is available at the following webpage: Green Chemistry Camp.
33. Paleontology Camp at South Dakota School of Mines & Techology
South Dakota is the burial ground of long ago wooly mammoths and dinosaurs. So if fossils are your thing, this is your summer camp! In this week-long residential camp, you'll prepare, collect, cast and mold fossils for examination in a brand new state-of-the art Paleontology Research Lab at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. You'll also learn about related science and engineering careers.
The camp is geared towards rising 9th through 12th graders and costs $975. See the school's Paleontology website for more information.
34. Materials, Metallurgy & Forensics Camp at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
This one-week day camp offers a unique combination of engineering and related skills development, including heat treating, blacksmithing, welding, and casting. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can learn about nanomaterials, composites, polymers, and metals. They can also perform materials testing and even practice forensic engineering.
The camp is totally freaking FREE (tuition, activities). Note: If you're wondering what to do while your student attends day camp in South Dakota, remember that this is very close to prime tourist spots: Mount Rushmore, wooly mammoth excavations, Devil's Tower, etc.
See the school's Materials, Metallurgy, and Forensics webpage for more information.
35. George Washington Carver Summer Research Intership at Iowa State University
Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa offers high school students a six-week PAID INTERNSHIP that promotes practice-based research. Students are paired with faculty members in a variety of STEM fields, such as:
agricultural and biosystems engineering, agronomy, animal science, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology ecology, evolution and organismal biology, entomology, food science and human nutrition, genetics, development and cell biology, horticulture, natural resource ecology and management, plant pathology and microbiology and more.
Students receive room and board on campus, a meal plan, and a stipend of $1,750. More information is available on the George Washington Carver website.
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