Summer STEM Camps for High School Students: Southern States
Yep, Science and Math -- That's Where It's At
You've always enjoyed asking "why" and "how." You take things apart to see how they work. You believe that math is beautiful and underlies just about everything.
If science and math come easy to you, then congratulations! With a STEM career, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. As a teen, summer offers you an excellent opportunity to
- sample a new area of STEM interest
- dive deeper into a STEM discipline you already love and/or
- explore what careers await you.
Don't hold back. Here are some of the top science, technology, engineering, and math camps in the South. Sign up for one and jump start your future!
Locations Of STEM Camps In South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
1. Clemson University Summer Scholars
Clemson University in Clemson, SC, offers a one or two-week program (depending on the course selected) in the following exciting topics
Automotive Engineering, Bioengineering, Genetic Horizons, Materials Engineering through the Electron Microscope, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Vet Camp, and more.
The cost is $900 for one-week session if paid by April 1. The residential camp targets rising 7th-12th Graders. Sessions are scheduled in throughout the summer. See the Clemson University website for more specific information.
What Does It Take To Become A Veterinarian?
Veterinarians are animal physicians who typically undertake 8-12 years of training (although accelerated paths may be available).
Begininning in high school, students interested in pursuing this career path are advised to take all the advanced math, chemistry, biology, and physics courses possible.
Choose a four-year undergraduate program that provides a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences. Students often major in animal science or biology. Getting into a veterinary school is extremely competitive, thus it is important to:
- maintain a good GPA (at least a 3.5/4.0)
- perform well on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- gain animal and clinical experience through work, internships and/or volunteer experience in the field and
- have good communications skills.
We'll Be Updating This 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.
2. Adventures in Pharmacy
This residential, one-week camp provides interactive education on the career of a pharmacist, including instruction on how to read a prescription, assisting with the preparation of medications, counseling patients, understanding poison warnings, and learning patient drug regimens
The co-ed program targets rising 9th-12th graders and costs $975. There are also options in a wide variety of other STEM topics, including Aerospace, Aviation, Computer Gaming, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Forensic Science, Medicine, VEX Robotics, Chemistry, and more.
See the Adventures in Pharmacy website for additional information.
3. Summer Academy at University of Georgia
Take a one to three-week residential summer immersion course in the topic of your choice at the University of Georgia: 3-D Animation, Architecture & Design, Aviation, Engineering, Game Design, Oceanography, Medicine, and more.
The cost is $830-$1,660, depending on course topic and length. For more information, check out the University of Georgia website.
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4. Summer Science Academy at Emory University
This two-week science enrichment program offers a series of engaging lectures, labs, and field experiences for high school students. Teens are exposed to hands-on science experiences designed to heighten their interest and awareness in science as well as boost awareness of relevant career options.
Some of the topics covered in the program include
- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
- Human Anatomy
- Human Diseases and
Financial aid is available. More information is available on the Emory University website.
Also see Emory's three-week Infectious Disease Institute and its two-week non-credit pre-college courses in topics such as Neuroscience, Sports Medicine, Pre-Med Studies, The Science of Data, and Cancer.
You Can Be A Disease Detective At the CDC This Summer
5. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Disease Detective Camp
Imagine taking on the role of a disease detective! (think Ebola, West Nile Virus, Salmonella.) You, too, can discover first-hand how the Centers for Disease Control safeguards the health of the nation's population. During this FREE five-day non-residential day camp, you'll get to help a team investigate a disease outbreak using epidemiologic and laboratory skills. Then, you'll report out findings to a group of CDC scientists.
Activities may include short lectures by CDC experts, a mock press conference in the CDC press room, and a look behind the scenes of CDC. It targets rising 11th and 12th graders. Campers must be 16 years old by the first day of camp. For more information, hop on over to the CDC Disease Detectives Camp.
Civil Engineering: Your Bridge To the Future
6. Engineering Camp at Florida Tech
For students in grades 10-12 who are interested in engineering, Florida Tech offers this challenging one-week residential camp. Teens are exposed to Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering as well as Computer Science, Nanotechnology and Physics.
They also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with engineering department heads and to learn about
- MATLAB - a data visualization and analysis computer program
- AutoCAD - computer-aided design and drafting program
- Pro Engineer (PTC Creo) - product design software program.
Check the Florida Institute of Technology website for more information: Florida Tech Engineering Camp.
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7. Aerospace Career Exploration Camp at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Got an interest in aviation and aerospace? Spend an intensive week in a program that allows allow participants to learn about a variety of career options in Safety, Meteorology, Aviation Maintenance, Engineering, Space Technology, and Flight in a comprehensive and structured environment. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is located in Daytona Beach, FL.
For more information, go to Embry-Riddle Aerospace Camp. Many more STEM camp options are also available at Embry-Riddle, including Cybersecurity and Computer Engineering.
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8. Aerospace Career Exploration Camp at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This one-week program allows participants with an interest in aviation and aerospace to learn about a variety of career in Safety, Meteorology, Aviation Maintenance, Engineering, Space Technology, and Flight in a comprehensive and structured environment.
The camp is geared towards students aged 12-18 considering a career in aviation and aerospace. Cost is $950, and multiple sessions are available. Find out more at the school's Career Explorations website.
9. Cybersecurity Camp at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Learn how to be a hacker! How cool is that? Want to learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity, basics of networking and some commonly exploited vulnerabilities?
This program will review open-source reconnaissance as well as tools used for testing/attacking systems. Understand the basics of cryptography as well as steganography (hiding messages inside other messages). Perform attacks against services (such as a web server) set up in the Cybersecurity Engineering Lab.
The camp costs $950. See the Cybersecurity Camp at Embry-Riddle for more information. Then hack on my friend. Hack on!
10. Computer Engineering Camp at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This one-week residential camp at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL teaches students computer engineering concepts such as web development, programming, 3D design, and mobile app development. They'll learn strategies and tools required to create a fully accessible and usable website. In addition, they will work with robotic kits and learn about sensors, actuators and computing.
The target audience is students ages 14-18. Cost of the camp is $950. See the school's website for more information: Computer Engineering Camp. Many additional STEM camp options are available at Embry-Riddle.
Take Flight ... The Future Is Now
11. Ambition Program at the National Flight Academy
Aim for the skies with this six-day experiential program at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL. A subsidiary of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, the academy teaches students ages 11-17 about aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physiology and meteorology. In addition, campers learn core values, lessons in teamwork, and leadership skills development.
The six-day camp costs $1,250 and sessions are available throughout the summer. Check out the Ambition Program website for specific availability. Need-based scholarships are available.
12. Aviation Challenge Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
If you dream of flying, this fast-paced, exciting camp offers you a fantastic opportunity to learn about aeronautics, propulsion, aviation history, flight fundamentals, and leadership. During this one-week session at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, you won't be just a camper. You'll be a resident trainee.
For $999, you'll gain exposure to flight simulators and master aerial combat or air-to-air skills during a Top Gun competition. There, the laws of physics that you learned in the classroom will take on a whole new meaning.
Coed sessions are held throughout the summer as well as year-round. Mach II sessions target ages 12-14 while Mach III target teens ages 15-18. Consult the U.S. Space & Rocket Center website for additional information.
13. Robotics Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
In this six-day program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, you'll learn what you need to know to become a space engineer or research leader of tomorrow. You'll engineer futuristic robots, and with actual rockets and shuttles in the background, you'll test air, land and sea robots. Now how cool is that?
The co-ed program targets ages ages 12-14 and costs $999. Sessions are available throughout the summer and also year-round. Check the U.S. Space & Rocket Center website for additional information.
14. Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Spend a 6-13 day immersion experience in science, technology, engineering and math education while focusing on college and career preparation. Extended-duration missions give trainees more teamwork experience to prepare for becoming the next generation of space leaders and explorers.
Sessions are held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL throughout the summer as well as year-round, at a summer rate of $1,099. The Advanced Space Academy is designed for teens 15-18. For more information, see the Space Academy's website.
Learn About Marine and Environmental Science
15. Florida Tech Marine & Environmental Science Technology Camp
This interdisciplinary, one-week camp integrates oceanography, ocean engineering, environmental science, marine science, and meteorology as students engage in hands-on activities. They examine coastal processes that include erosion and nourishment. Students also investigate the consequences of freshwater delivery to the nearby Indian River Lagoon and the transport and fate of pollutants in coastal systems.
The residential program targets students ages 10-18. For more information, see the website at Florida Institute of Technology.
16. Internship at Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
This is an eight-week PAID summer research program for talented high school students with an interest in neuroscience. The program provides a one-week neuroscience course, followed by a seven-week mentored laboratory experience. Research assistants receive regular workshop professional education as well.
The program is sponsored by the Centers for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta, GA, an interdisciplinary research consortium associated with Emory University and Georgia State University. Refer to the Behavior Neuroscience website for details.
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17. Georgia Tech Hands-On Tech H.O.T. Days
Attend a week-long day camp at a premier engineering university. At only $175, this camp introduces high school students to concepts in electrical and computer engineering. Participants work on projects that include building a computer and simple digital logic circuits, working with robots, using music synthesis technology, and constructing a speaker from common household parts.
Refer to Georgia Tech's H.O.T. Days website for more information.
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18. Explorations in Biomedical Research at University of Florida
During this two-week residential camp, students investigate principles of biomedical research and drug development. The program focuses on translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics.
The residential camp costs $2,000 and includes meals, housing, and laboratory supplies. It is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders. Refer to the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training for more information.
19. Student Science Training Program at University of Florida
This is a rigorous seven-week summer residential research program for rising seniors who are considering STEM careers. Students engage in research along with a faculty mentor and his/her research team, plus lectures and seminars on research topics. There is a long track record of program alumni succeeding to become CEOs, physicians, engineers, researchers, and prominent educators. (The program is in its 58th year!)
The cost is $4,500, and financial aid is available for some Florida students. Refer to the Student Science Training Program website for additional information.
20. Science Quest at University of Florida
Rising sophomores considering careers in science can gain exposure to a variety of college and career opportunities at this one-week residential camp at the University of Florida. Students attend lectures and demonstrations, visit research labs and other facilities, and perform science experiments as they explore career options in Engineering, Geology, Physics, Entomology, Microbiology, Zoology, plus Biomedical, Forensic and Environmental sciences.
The camp is designed for rising 10th graders and costs $850 (includes housing, meals, laboratory supplies social activities). Multiple sessions are available.
Refer to the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training website for details. Other high school STEM programs are available, too, so check the University of Florida website.
Locations Of STEM Camps In Alabama & Texas
21. Camp SOAR: Summer Opportunities In Aerospace Research at Texas A&M
Rising 11th and 12th graders interested in aerospace engineering have an opportunity for exposure to the engineering design process at Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering (AERO). Texas A&M is located in College Station, TX.
During the five-day camp, they'll gain access to the school's research and facilities, including the Vehicle Systems and Control Lab, the Land, Air, and Space Robotics Lab, the Flight Research Lab, and more. At the end of the week, campers will enjoy a fly-off event.
Check out the university's website for more information: Texas A&M SOAR website.
22. Aggie STEM Camp at Texas A&M
These residential, one-week camps provide educational, hands-on adventure in a range of topics, including:
- Coastal Ecology
- Marine Mammals
- Ocean Careers
- Sea Turtle Biology
- Marine Engineering
- Veterinary Medicine and more.
These coed courses are $890-965, and age requirements vary based on the specific course. Check out Aggie STEM Camp for additional details.
23. HSMC: Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University
If you're a high school student and math gives you the warm fuzzies, this is an intensive multi-summer program for you. In this challenging residential at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, mathematically gifted students 9th grade and above develop important skills that will will prepare them for STEM careers.
The cost is $4,000 for this camp, althought need-based scholarships are available. For more information, see the website: Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University.
24. The Summer Science Institute at the University of Alabama - Birmingham
The Summer Science Institute is a multi-summer research experience for high school students interested who yearn to understand what scientific research is like. The first summer involves a series of 2-3 day, introductory molecular biology experiments. During the second summer, the student participate in more focused biochemical investigations. As research interns during the third summer, the students work on their own original project under supervision of university faculty and staff.
The Institute is a two-week day camp. Costs for 2018 are TBD, so keep checking the Summer Science Institute website.
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25. Plant Genomics and Biotechnology Workshop at Tuskegee University
Imagine attending a FREE four-day residential program on a fascinating topic, then at the end earning a monetary bonus for finishing the program! This workshop introduces students to basic concepts and advanced technologies in plant genomics and biotechnology. It targets rising 9th-12th graders. See the Tuskegee Plant Genomics website for updated information.
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