Summer 2018 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!

Choice Camps

Held at Benedictine University in Lisle, for ages 10-17: computers game design, web page design with Dreamweaver, 3D modeling, programming and robotics. These one week camps feature outdoor activities in addition to tech training.

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 "Nature on the Farm," a series of children's educational programs for young people entering grades 1 to 5. Look for information on “Nature Rangers” and “Nature Buddies” as you link to their site.

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.

Morton Arboretum

If your child is an outdoor enthusiast, or nature lover, or belongs to the next generation of conservation and environmental scientists, this camp might be a good choice. Sessions are weekly June 4 - August 10. There are also volunteer opportunities with the younger campers for 7-9th graders.

Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach

These camps explore STEM, STEM careers, video game design and more. “Over 65 day and residential summer camps in DeKalb and at NIU's Lorado Taft campus, for students in 2nd through 12th grades. From athletics to video games, there's sure to be something of interest to every young learner!”

North Central College

Has a variety of programs. The 2018 schedule is not on-line yet, check out the 2017 listing.

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

Informs of year-round STEM events and activities for kids and families. Check their site for the soon-to-arrive 2018 camp guide. They also have a subscription based newsletter that will allow you keep a look-out for STEM fun throughout Chicagoland.

Summer @ Illinois Tech

Illinois Institute of Technology’s computer discovery camp is offered to stimulate interest in computers. Two weeks, for middle-school girls entering grades 7 – 9 in fall 2018. Other programs for high school students are available.

Summer@ IMSA

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will host classes in Aurora, Chicago, Springfield and Belleville. A range of programs are designed for students entering 3rd through 10th grades in fall 2018.