Jul   2018



5 Great Summer Camps for Students Interested in STEM

CollegeXpress Student Writer

Science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) fields are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. STEM fields are hands-on, interesting, and can help provide more job opportunities to graduates in the long run.

If you’re interested in STEM and looking into summer camps to practice and hone your skills, these are some of the best opportunities to do so.

1. Stem Center USA

Grades: 7–12

Dates: June–July
About: Stem Center USA hosts several camps and workshop sessions for students interested in various STEM fields, including coding and robotics, at Claremont McKenna College in California. Programs cost an average of $435 per week, and the days are around the length of a normal school day, running from 9:00 am–3:00 pm. Extra-long days are also available, which parents and guardians can look into if child care is necessary.

2. iD Tech Camps

Grades: 6–12

Dates: June, July, August

About: iD Tech Camps are held at various University of California campuses for students ages 12–17. Students learn from Science majors and explore hands-on technology, learning to print in 3D, design and modify videogames, and build robots, to name a few weeklong programs available. Minimum costs are $849, but for the convenience of the locations, the professional outreach available, and the diversity in resources for STEM students, these camps are highly worth looking into.

3. Connect the Dots

Grades: K­–12

Dates: N/A
About: Connect the Dots is a free resource for teachers to use, exploring three of our planet’s most intriguing environmental issues: water, urban infrastructure, and energy. With weeklong courses and lesson plans laid out, all that’s necessary to get this program running for students is an advisor and teachers. With thought-provoking lessons ranging from minutes to hours as well as digital learning labs to supplement them, Connect the Dots helps students draw personal connections to science and learn more about the way we can better engineer a more clean and efficient future.

4. Pi-Bot

Grades: 8–12

Dates: July

About: Pi-Bot gives students the ability to build their own robot to take home and engage in a program a few days long, allowing them access to programming software and expertise in engineering and technological fields. Located in Claremont, California, Pi-Bot provides a $15–$485 program that gives students an advanced look at how software and robotics works.

5. Envision—National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering and Technology

Grades: 9–12

Dates: June, July

About: Envision hosts the National Youth Leadership Forum on Engineering and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley for teens interested in STEM. applying the concepts of innovation in the 21st century. At a minimum of $3,195, this program highlights career paths in engineering and technology fields, campus life, and real-world applications regarding aviation, infrastructure, and more.

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About Rachel Bullock

Rachel Bullock is excited to be writing for CollegeXpress. She has been on staff of the DPMHS Media team for two years. This year Rachel is a photo editor. A logophile, she reads dictionaries, grammar books, and constantly consults thesauruses for fun. When she’s not studying for her APs or college classes, she’s usually obsessing over music or reading fandom theories. Rachel strives to set a good example for others and help out in any way she can. If you need to reach her professionally or just want to talk, she’s there for you—just message via @rbullock725 on Instagram.


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