Online STEM Summer Camps for Teens
- April 23, 2020
- Posted by: Jacqui Schlesinger
- Category: summer STEM
Are you looking for a camp for yourself or your teens this summer? With students at home and camps cancelled, teens will need something to do over the summer. Why not have them engage in STEM learning and projects in a virtual camp setting? We’ve put together the best options for online summer camps that focus on science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Many resources, such as Khan Academy and EdX, offer self-paced courses for all ages, but online camps take virtual interaction to the next level. The point of a STEM camp is not only to help teens actively learn but also form lasting social bonds with others. There’s only one online STEM camp on this list that will provide teens with the most interactive activities, social connections, engaging curriculum, and career readiness materials: Career In STEM Explorers Summer Camp! Find out more about this new and unique Career In STEM summer program and others below!
Open to all middle schoolers and teens, this is our top choice for online STEM summer camps. It combines career readiness activities with virtual social interactions. Make new friends while learning about careers in all areas of STEM. Using the extensive Career In STEM database of resources, this program offers a wide variety of individualized learning opportunities for students and lasts one week. This new program was designed by top tier educators to cater to every camper’s social and educational needs. Counselors and teachers are highly skilled in student engagement and will work with every student in small group settings to develop the necessary skills to enter the STEM-focused workforce of the future. Use the above link to save your spot – they fill up fast!
iD tech is known for their in-person technology intensives utilizing many college and university campuses across the country. Though their online camp focuses on technology based courses, such as coding, game design, and 3D modeling, it is a chance for students to increase their knowledge in a high-demand STEM subject. Open to students ages 7 to 18, the program lasts 5 or 10 days, with two hours of teacher instruction and two hours of self-paced projects every day. The important skills come at a steep price in this program, as camps cost between $499 and $999.
Coding with Kids offers week-long online camps focusing on coding and web development. Classmates ages 5-18 spend about two hours and fifteen minutes on the platform per day during the five day camp. Courses include minecraft modeling, python, and web development. Though this program again focuses on the technology field of STEM, it is priced lower at $199 per week or higher.
Another 5 day program, Connected Camps uses Outschool and Teamscape to engage campers in classes for 8 to 16 year olds. Coding, engineering, art, and history are explored through favorite video games like Minecraft and Roblox. Teens over 13 with experience in these games and other topics have the opportunity to volunteer at this camp or attend. Sessions last for 90 minutes per day, but the summer program also offers a membership for unstructured time on their servers for teens to explore on their own. Connected Camps cost around $80 and also offer three camps specifically for girls in STEM.
Camp Wonderopolis offers summer camps that explore music, construction/ engineering, the physical sciences, and space. These programs are free and use Maker experiments to boost camper learning and participation. It is open to kids and teens of all ages from around the world. Though this program appears to be geared to younger students, the daily questions posted on the Wonderopolis website can spark family conversations about why it is important to wonder about the world around us.
Traditionally held at top colleges and universities across the country, pre-college programs engage high school students in intensive programs lasting from one to six weeks. Though they require applications and are pricey, these camps allow teens to meet others who share their passions and interests while learning about a subject in-depth at the college level. Deadlines are fast approaching in May, so make sure to review application requirements for each pre-college program soon.
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