Summer Camp Options for Boston-Area Kids who Love Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Whether it’s building a machine or a cool contraption, designing a video game or iPhone app, or teaming up with fellow “engineers” to build a bridge or launch a model rocket, some kids just can’t get enough of science and technology. And what better time than summer for kids to take the time to explore their passions to their hearts’ content. We’ve rounded up 5 summer programs that are rich in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), architecture, design and robotics - great for kids in kindergarten through high school.
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Ages: Grades 2 through 7
If you're between 7 and 13 years old, Empow Summer Workshop is a place to explore video production, video game design, animation, LEGO robotics, architecture, digital music and more. Focus on one technology of particular interest, complete mini-projects with each new technology, or combine several disciplines into one epic presentation. Experienced staff instructors guide students in making their own, creative projects.
Sessions: One-week sessions begin 6/23 and run through 8/29
Fees: $350 and up
Locations: Camps sessions are available in Lexington, Belmont, Needham, Weston and Newton. (2014)
Ages: Grades K -12
Einstein's Workshop summer classes teach the fundamentals, from Newtonian physics to electrical engineering to programming robots, providing a foundation for STEM fluency. There are weekly morning and afternoon summer classes during July and August. Class topics range from Paleontology to Computer Art to Robotics. You can sign your child up for morning and afternoon classes, plus extended day, to make it a full day of camp. Want to know more? Read Tara's review of Einstein's Workshop.
Sessions: One-week morning or afternoon classes begin 6/30 and run through 8/29
Location: 25 Adams Street, Burlington, MA 01803
Dream Design Discover
The Engineering and Design Summer Program is a collaboration between The Advent School and MIT’s D-Lab and offers hands-on engineering design experiences for children. There are three sessions: Marvelous Machines, Toy Making and Wind & Water.
Sessions: Marvelous Machines 6/16-6/27; Toy Making 7/7-7/18; and Wind & Water 7/21-8/1
Fees: Each two-week session is $1,150; $20/day for extended day
Location: Advent School, Beacon Hill (2014)
Ages: K through 8th grade
GreenApple offers creative and challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment programs utilizing Robotics, LEGO, green energy, Digital Media & Technology and Video Game Design. Campers work independently, in small groups and on teams for different activities throughout the week.
Sessions: 6 weekly sessions, beginning 6/30
Fees: $225 & up. Extended care available.
Location: Olin College, Needham (2014)
Emagination Computer Camps
Emagination blends technology learning with fun activities to create a well rounded summer camp experience. Two-week sessions give campers time to make friends, build self-confidence and be part of a community. Many campers stay multiple sessions and come back year after year. Day and overnight sessions.
Sessions: One- and two-week sessions, starting 6/29
Fees: 2-week session begins at $1,525; one-week sessions begin at $825.
Location: Bentley University, Waltham (2014)
iD Tech Camps
iD Tech Camps strike a balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 2012 topics covered include video game design, app development, video editing, web design, robotics and more. Most courses are for beginner to advanced learners.
Sessions: 5-day sessions throughout the summer, beginning 6/16, running through 8/8. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Fees: $949 and up.
Location: MIT Campus, Cambridge (2014)
Ages: Grades 1 to 6
Local schools host the Camp Invention program and the week's hands-on activities are led by local teachers Children rotate through four modules each day, each of which encourages working in diverse teams, engaging in investigations, experiments, and engineering challenges that combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in fun, hands-on activities.
Sessions & Location: Week-long sessions take place throughout the summer beginning 7/7. Use the Location Search function to find a convenient location and date. (2014)
Sally Ride Science Camps for Girls
Ages: Girls in grades 4-9
Campers choose their "majors" - from marine science to engineering, astronomy to marine biology. The day includes experiments and instruction, as well as the opportunity for informal science learning and leadership and problem-solving training, through workshops, experiments and recreational activities.
Session & Location: Camp is held August 4-8 at MIT in Cambridge. Session is $995. (2014)
Originally published 4/2012; Updated 4/2013; 4/2014