Summer is an excellent time for kids to explore STEM through enrichment opportunities and experiential learning. Without the demands of the school year, children can pursue their interests and try something new.
STEM programs that focus on a single activity give kids the chance to spend more uninterrupted time concentrating on a particular area than they can during the school year. Or, pick a science or technology camp that touches on many STEM activities and see what piques their interest.
As you evaluate programs, you’ll find summer camps, summer classes, workshops, pre-college programs, and even lab opportunities, across an array of fields. There are specific camps for science, math, robotics, coding, engineering and STEAM, to name a few. Some summer STEM programs are singular in focus while others blend many disciplines, giving children a chance to experiment with different subjects.
Participating in a summer STEM program is also a great way for kids to meet new friends who share their interests. They can help a teen focus their interests for college. And for younger children, they can help build new skills while having fun!
Consider Your Criteria
With the wealth of programs of all kinds available in Massachusetts, how do you find the right one for your child or teen? First, consider not only your child’s interests, but also:
- the particular format (e.g., project-focused, structured classroom setting, self-directed learning, teamwork, etc.)
- your child’s desire for outdoor activities or unstructured play time
- your child’s learning style
- your own schedule, budget, and ability to transport your child to programs
- the parallel needs of any other children in the family
BostonTechMom Can Help
You have 3 pathways to finding the perfect match at BostonTechMom.
- The searchable STEM directory. BostonTechMom has compiled a directory of hundreds of STEM programs, including summer camps, throughout Massachusetts. Enter your criteria and get search results with program details and contact information.
- The blog. Browse our blog posts, which highlight specific programs and other topics related to STEM programs for kids. Check out the Parent’s Guide to 100+ Summer STEM Camps in Massachusetts.
- Consulting services. BostonTechMom can streamline the process of finding programs by creating a customized “short list” of programs that meet your child’s and your family’s specific criteria. Find out more here!
Timing is everything.
Many STEM programs fill up fast. Some require students to apply for acceptance, while others simply require registration. If you’re planning STEM summer activities, it’s best to start researching during the winter and sign up by spring.
Missed the summer window? Or, does your child want to continue to explore STEM during the school year? If you are searching for school-year enrichment opportunities, consider some of the nationally recognized programs offered in Massachusetts and throughout the country.