In-person STEM summer camps are back! And late winter and early spring are the perfect time to choose summer activities for your child or teen. Many programs and STEM camps are available, covering a broad spectrum of STEM subjects and presented in various formats for children as young as 5 through high school students.
If you’re just starting a search for a STEM camp, the array of choices can be daunting! If your research time is limited or you need help getting started, take a look at programs with a national presence.
What you’ll find here
To get you started, I’ve assembled a sampling of well-known, popular summer programs with a national reach—that is, their in-person camps are offered in locations all around the US. Of course, there are plenty of great STEM programs run by local organizations of all kinds, so don’t confine your search to this list alone.
Choosing among programs
Each of these organizations is unique, so it’s best to visit their websites for information about curriculum, timing, cost, and registration or application details as you evaluate your options. Many of them fill up fast, so if you’re interested in a program, keep your eye out for application dates and deadlines, and don’t delay registering.
These organizations offer camps in more than one subject area or programs that incorporate a few topics ranging from coding, engineering, and robotics to science and STEAM.
Hands-on Design & Engineering
Camp Invention camps are focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving, and the spirit of invention. Kids in grades K-6 build creative inventions through hands-on activities. Find a camp.
Mad Science gives students in grades K-6 the opportunity to embark on a series of science adventures through exploration and games. Camps’ themes feature space exploration, design challenges, and forensic science.
Kode with Klossy offers free two-week summer programs for young women and non-binary individuals ages 13-18, teaching students website development, mobile app development, and data science using SQL and Python. Find locations and learn about the application process.
GenCyber camps provide students with age-appropriate cybersecurity activities in an organized curriculum, distinctive to each camp. Each camp must teach cybersecurity principles and concepts, online safety, and ethics. This is a free program. Locate a camp.
Looking for more options?
The above list is just a starting point. If you want to expand your search and find more in-person programs, get ideas by reading my Pro Tips: Finding the Right STEM Summer Program article. And, if it turns out that online programs are the best option for your child, start by reading my Online STEM Summer Camps post to get helpful search tips and find an online camp or pre-college program that is held with a live instructor.