Summer 2019 STEM Opportunities

These northern Illinois camps are listed in alphabetical order. Our target audience is middle school yet you’ll find preK-12 opportunities. Please note that these summer programs are provided for your information and further study. We have reviewed their materials—they look great—but we do not endorse any of them specifically. Some require applications which have deadlines.

Also, don’t forget to inquire about your school district’s offerings and recommendations, and investigate your local park district and library for their summer STEM activities scheduled. Park districts typically have great programs at reasonable prices and some community library programs showcase the latest STEM learning ideas in their free sessions.

Camp Invention

A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, for K-6th graders, these one week camps are “fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation.” Search the site for a location near you. Programs for other ages too; check them out!

College of DuPage

With a range of established summer programs for kids, there is an Open House on March 3rd, 2018 where you can get more information about Summer Explorer Day Camps for grades K to 6, Teen X-treme Camp, for grades 7 to 9, as well as GenCyber Camps, new cybersecurity camps for middle and high school teachers and students.

The Connectory

Is a searchable repository of STEM learning opportunities for youth. Operated and managed by the National Girls Collaborative, you’ll find year-round activities meant to inspire young people.

DuPage County Forest Preserve District

The FPD holds numerous camps for kids aged 4-15, but they fill fast, so act now. Kayaking, trail blazing and working with horses are some of the offerings. Get your kids outside and in nature!


Check out their Science Adventures for children and families during the summer months of June, July and August and on Saturdays during the school year.

Green Earth Institute at The Conservation Foundation

In Naperville, you’ll find weeklong summer camps for kids: 1st -3rd grade and 4th-6th

iD Tech

Since 1999 “spreading Silicon Valley startup culture across the nation.” A variety of tech courses including coding, game development, robotics and engineering for ages 7-18. There is a camp at Benedictine University in Lisle, as well as other locations out-of-state.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Summer @ Illinois Tech offers a range of programming for high school students including robotics, biology and gamer coding.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Check out Summer @IMSA with classes in Aurora and other locations.
Their sessions are designed for students entering 3rd through 9th grades in fall 2019.

Morton Arboretum

If your child is an outdoor enthusiast, a nature lover, or belongs to the next generation of conservation and environmental scientists, this camp might be a good choice. Week-long camps run Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 16.

North Central College

Digital Arts and STEM, ages 9-17

Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach

Hands-on science, technology, engineering and math fun for students entering grades 2 through 12. Day camps as well as residential programs.

Northwestern Center for Talent Development

Has a variety of 1-3 week programs aimed at preschool-twelfth graders. Camps are located at Northwestern in Evanston, as well as other Chicagoland locations.

STEM Kids Chicago

A wealth of Chicagoland summer programs at this link, the site also informs of year-round STEM events and activities for kids and families. One of our favorite sites! They also have a subscription based newsletter that will allow you keep a look-out for STEM fun throughout our area.