Parents’ Guide to 100+ STEM Summer Camps in Massachusetts

Editor’s Note: Many organizations are planning to hold in-person summer programs this year. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, some are still making a decision about their format for summer 2022 or have chosen to go virtual or pause their program.

Are you on the lookout for a STEM summer program? Whether your child wants to explore a new topic, develop skills, or just have some fun over the summer, Massachusetts has a lot to offer. Our state’s vibrant and progressive STEM ecosystem—comprising universities, educators, non-profits, and companies ranging from innovative startups to established organizations—is the foundation for many diverse and unique programs.

Teens working on robotics project

What you’ll find here

I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of programs for all ages, experience levels, and interests. You’ll find camps, classes, pre-college programs, and even lab opportunities, across an array of fields. There are specific programs for science, math, robotics, coding, engineering, and STEAM, to name a few.  Or choose a summer STEM program that blends many disciplines, giving your child exposure to several different subjects.

For younger kids, STEM camps don’t have to be dry and boring. Kids get to work on fun projects like creating a video game, building a catapult, or working on science experiments. Outdoor activities and unstructured playtime are often built into the camp day, allowing kids to relax and make new friends.

For teens, summer programs can be a time to explore a topic not offered in school, such as cybersecurity, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and medicine and healthcare. This is a great opportunity to delve into topics and get hands-on experience before college.

The programs listed below are organized into tables so that you can quickly peruse programs and evaluate them based on criteria that are important to you and your child. The first table includes programs run by universities and colleges in Massachusetts; the second includes non-university programs offered in communities throughout the state, some run by local organizations and others by national organizations and offered at locations within Massachusetts. 

These lists feature in-person programs, although some of these organizations also offer online summer programs. If you’re interested in finding additional online activities, take a look at my article that features online classes for kids and teens

Choosing among programs

No two programs are alike, so it’s best to visit a program’s website for information about curriculum, timing, cost, and registration or application details as you evaluate opportunities. Many of these programs fill up fast, so if you’re interested in attending a summer program, start your research and review process early, ideally in early winter. And keep your eye out for application dates and deadlines. For more on evaluating a summer STEM program for your child, check out BostonTechMom’s tips.

University Programs

SponsorProgramLocationFocusAge
Boston Architectural CollegeSummer AcademyBostonArchitecture & DesignGrades 9-12
Boston University College of EngineeringU-DesignBostonEngineeringGrades 6-9
Boston University Learning Resource Network (LERNet)Artemis ProjectBostonComputer ScienceGirls, Grade 9
Boston University Learning Resource Network (LERNet)CodebreakersBostonComputer  & Information SecurityGirls, Grades 10-11
Boston UniversityAI4ALLBostonArtificial Intelligence (AI)Girls, Grades 10-11
Boston UniversitySummer TermBostonComputer Science, Math, Engineering & moreGrades 8-12
Boston UniversityPROMYSBostonMathematicsAges 14-18
Boston University School of MedicineSummerLabBostonBiotechnologyGrades 10-12
Boston University School of Public HealthPopHealthExperienceBostonPublic Health (i.e. Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Environmental Health)Grades 10-12
Bridgewater State UniversityScience AcademyBridgewaterScienceGrades 6-12
Hampshire CollegeHampshire College Summer Studies in MathematicsAmherstMathematicsGrades 9-12
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthC-CHANGE Youth SummitsCambridgeClimate & Public HealthGrades 9-12
Harvard Medical SchoolMEDscience Summer ProgramsBostonHuman Biology & HealthcareGrades 9-12
Harvard UniversitySummer Programs for High School StudentsCambridgeScience, Math, Computer Science & moreAges 15-18
Harvard Student AgenciesThe AcademiesCambridgeCoding & Pre-MedGrades 9-12
MIT Beaver WorksBeaver Works Summer InstituteCambridgeAutonomous Car & Air Vehicles, Data Science, Cybersecurity & moreGrade 12
MIT dynaMITdynaMITCambridgeScience & EngineeringGrades 6-9
MIT Edgerton CenterYou GO Girl!CambridgeScience & EngineeringGirls, Grade 9
MIT Edgerton CenterEngineering Design WorkshopCambridgeEngineeringGrades 9-12
MIT Office of Engineering Outreach ProgramsMinority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)CambridgeMath, Engineering Science & moreGrade 12
MIT Office of Engineering Outreach ProgramsMIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC)Online Engineering & ScienceGrade 12
MITWomen’s Technology Program (WTP)CambridgeElectrical Engineering, Computer Science & Mechanical EngineeringGirls, Grade 11
MIT’s Lincoln LaboratoryLLCipherLexingtonCryptographyGrades 9-12
MIT’s Lincoln LaboratoryLLRISE LexingtonRadar SystemsGrade 11
Northeastern UniversitySummer STEM Program (NUSSP)BostonMath & ScienceGrades 6-8
Northeastern UniversityAccelerate: Pre-College ProgramsBostonBioengineering, Engineering Design, Physics & moreGrades 11-12
Roxbury Community College Summer STEM ProgramRoxbury CrossingDrones, Robotics, VR, 3-D Printing, Biology & moreGrades 9-12
Smith CollegeSummer Science and Engineering ProgramNorthhamptonScience & EngineeringGirls, Grades 9-12
Stonehill CollegeGirlsGetMathEastonMathematicsGrades 10-11
Tufts UniversityPre-College ProgramsMedfordScience, Math, Computer Science & moreGrades 10-12
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineAdventures in Veterinary MedicineNorth GraftonVeterinary MedicineGrades 7-12
Tufts University DevTech Research GroupSummer ProgramsMedfordRobotics, Programming & BioengineeringGrades K-3
Tufts Center for Engineering Education and OutreachDesign and Engineering Workshops for K-8MedfordRobotics & EngineeringGrades K-8
UMass AmherstSummer Pre-College ProgramsAmherst & NewtonEngineering, Astronomy, Vet Technology & moreGrades 9-12
UMass Lowell College of EngineeringFuture Engineers Summer CampsLowellEngineeringGrades 10-12
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyImpactLabBostonScience, Engineering & DesignGrades 11-12
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteFrontiersWorcesterScience, Engineering & MathGrades 11-12
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteLaunchWorcesterBiology, Chemistry, Computer Science & moreGrades 9-10

Programs Offered in the Community

Sponsor ProgramLocationFocusAge
Acera SchoolSummer STEAM CampsWinchesterCreativity-based Arts & SciencesAges 5-17
Analytics Head Start (AHEAD)Data Analytics Enrichment ProgramOnlineData AnalyticsGrades 9-12
Beaver Country Day SchoolDesign With PurposeChestnut HillCreative Design and EngineeringGrades 5-8
Belmont Hill SchoolSummer SchoolBelmontComputer Science, Engineering, Science & moreGrades 6-12
Berkshire MuseumSummer CampsPittsfieldEngineering, Animation, Science & moreGrades PK-6
Biogen IdecBiogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Virtual LabCambridgeBiotechnologyGrades 10-12
Boston Area Girls STEM CollaborativeTech SavvyBoston University (Boston)3D Printing, Robotics & moreGirls, Grades 7-8
Boston Leadership InstituteSummer STEM ProgramsBoston, Waltham & Wellesley Science, Engineering, Medicine & moreGrades 8-12
Charles River SchoolSummer ProgramsDoverNature, Engineering & DesignAges 4-10
Circuit LabSummer ProgramsVarious MA locationsElectronics, Coding & RoboticsGrades 1-7
Code & CircuitSummer STEM ProgramsAmesburyProgramming, Robotics, 3D Printing & moreGrades K-12
Code ChefSummer Camp - Learn STEM, Play Music, Build BlocksChelmsfordCoding, Art, Music & Problem SolvingAges 6-16
Code NinjasCode Ninjas CampsVarious MA locationsCodingAges 7-14
CODEMAKERSSummer CampBelmontCoding Grades 3-8
Code WizSummer CampsVarious MA locationsCoding & Robotics Ages 7-17
Coding ButterflyDigital Art with JavaScriptNeedhamDigital Art, Animation & JavaScript ProgrammingAges: 7-10
Coding with KidsCampsVarious MA locationsComputer ProgrammingAges 8-17
CS RecitationsSummer Coding ClassesNatickComputer ScienceGrades 4-12
CyberMath AcademySummer Camps
CambridgeMath & AIGrades 6-11
Drobots CompanySummer CampsVarious MA locationsDrones, Engineering, Programming & moreGrades K-12
e inc.Science Discovery ProgramCharlestownEnvironmental & Natural ScienceGrades 1-6
EcoTariumCamp ProgramsWorcesterHands-on Science & Nature ActivitiesAges 5-12
Edge on ScienceSummer ProgramsEndicott College (Beverly) & Lasell University (Newton)Catapult Engineering, Rocketry, Marine Ecology & moreGrades 3-12
Einstein’s WorkshopSummer ProgramsBurlingtonCoding, Minecraft, Robotics & moreGrades K-8
Emagination Tech CampSummer Tech CampsBentley University (Waltham)Coding, Game Design, Engineering & moreAges 8-17
Empow StudiosSummer CampVarious MA locationsTech & Design, Minecraft, Coding & moreGrades 2-8
epiic SolutionsEpiic ExperiencesBoston University (Boston)Entrepreneurship, Technology & InnovationHigh School
EXPLOSummer ProgramsWheaton College (Norton) & Wellesley College (Wellesley)Biomedical Engineering, Architecture, Veterinary Science & moreGrades 4-12
Flying Cloud InstituteSummer ProgramsEgremont & New MarlboroughScience, Art, Outdoor Exploration & moreAges 6-18
Girl Scouts of Eastern MassachusettsSummer ProgramsVarious MA locationsScienceGrades 2-8
Girls Make GamesSummer CampsBostonVideo Game Design & DevelopmentAges 8-18
Girls Who CodeSummer Immersion Program
OnlineComputer ScienceGrades 9-11
Gloucester Biotechnology AcademySummer STEM EnrichmentGloucesterBiotechnologyAges 14-18
Green Apple CampusGirls Take the Lead & Summer STEMOlin College of Engineering (Needham)STEM, Entrepreneurship & LeadershipAges 6-18
Guild Hall - Educational MakerspaceSummer Camps & Evening Teen ProgramsWoburnCoding, Robotics, Art, Design & EngineeringAges 9-17
iCode of WellesleySummer CampsWellesleyCoding, Robotics, Digital Artwork & moreAges 6-16
iD TechTech Camps
Various MA locationsGame Design, Coding, Robotics & moreAges 7-17
Inventor STEM SchoolSummer @ Inventor STEM SchoolBedfordRobotics, Programming, LEGO Design & moreAges 3-12
Jr. TechSummer STEM WorkshopsCape CodComputer Programming, Robotics, Marine Ecology & moreGrades 4-12
Kids 4 CodingSummer ProgramsBoston & CambridgeGame Development & CodingAges 7-12
KTBYTEComputer Camps LexingtonComputer ScienceAges 8-18
LEtGO Your MindSummer ProgramsVarious MA locationsLEGO, Robotics & Stop Motion AnimationAges 4-13
Lexington Singapore SchoolSummer Math ProgramsLexingtonMathGrades 1-10
Linx CampsSTEAM CampsWellesleySTEAM & ScienceGrades K-8
Mad ScienceCampsVarious MA locationsScience DiscoveryAges 5-12
Mass Audubon SocietySummer Nature CampsVarious MA locationsNature & Outdoor ExplorationAges 4-15
Massachusetts Academy of Math and ScienceSummer ProgramsWorcesterMath, Science & TechnologyGrades 6-8
Museum of ScienceSummer CoursesCambridgeChemistry, Space, Med School & moreGrades 1-8
National Inventors Hall of FameCamp InventionVarious MA locationsInvention & Hands-on ProjectsGrades K-6
North Atlantic Archaeological Collaborative, Inc.Archaeological Field TripSandwichArchaeology & Hands-on DiggingAll Ages
NuVu: The Innovation SchoolSummer ProgramCambridgeDesign, Engineering, Science & moreAges 11-15
Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, Inc. (OPAK)Summer Marine Science Day ProgramsChatham & PlymouthMarine Science, Art &  AdvocacyGrades 5-12
Parts and CraftsSTEAM Workshops SomervilleSTEAM Workshops Ages 7-13
Penguin Coding SchoolSummer ProgramsLexington & ActonComputer ProgrammingAges 6-12
Philips Academy AndoverAndover SummerAndoverScience, Math & Computer ScienceGrades 7-12
Pincushion Hill Montessori SchoolSummer Discovery ProgramAshlandScienceAges 2.9-10
Play-Well TEKnologiesSummer ProgramsVarious MA locationsLEGO & RoboticsAges 5-14
PZMCPZ Math Camps WilliamstownMathGrades 9-12
Russian School of MathematicsSummer Math Program
Various MA locationsMathGrades K-12
Science from ScientistsSTEM Explorer Salem State University & Massasoit Community CollegeScience, Forensics, Ecology & MoreGrades 4-5
S.E.T School of MetrowestSummer ProgramsAshlandScience, Robotics & TechnologyGrades 1-8
Studio of Engaging MathSTEAM ProgramBrightonSTEAM & Project-based LearningGrades 2-8
theCoderSchoolSummer SessionsSudburyGame Development, Cybersecurity & Python CodingAges 7-10+
The Ron Burton Training VillageSTEM Journey

Various MA LocationsSTEM, Health and Wellness & LeadershipGirls, Grades 6-10
The Story SchoolSummer CampsCharlton & BurlingtonLive Action Role Playing & STEAMAges 6-17
TiE Young Entrepreneurs ProgramTYE Summer Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
CambridgeEntrepreneurship, Design Thinking, Business, & Project-based LearningGrades 7-9
United Nations Association of Greater BostonSummer Institute in Global LeadershipHarvard University (Cambridge) Climate Change, Tech
& Diplomacy & Global Leadership
Grades 6-10
Uptime Esports AcademySummer Camps
HanoverCoding & Game DesignGrades 2-8
Whitehead InstituteExpedition: BioCambridgeBiologyGrades 7-8
Wicked Cool for KidsSummer ProgramsVarious MA locationsRocket Science, LEGO Robotics, Science & moreAges 5-11
Z-kai Learning LabSummer AcademyArlingtonRobotics, Coding & MathAges 7-13

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Cyndi Reitmeyer is BostonTechMom’s founder and the person behind the articles and program listings. Her blog explores topics related to raising children who are comfortable, competent, capable, and confident around science, technology, engineering, and math—whether they’re headed for a STEM career or not.

A business professional for tech startups and the mother of two girls, Cyndi is committed to helping parents help their kids explore STEM from a young age. She searches for a spectrum of STEM opportunities that are hands-on, creative, and inclusive, and most important, FUN!

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