Got a Kid Who Loves Science and Tech? Put These STEM Camps on Your Radar
Get their wheels turning at one of these science, tech, engineering and math camps in NJ.
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Bricks 4 Kidz
If you have a LEGO-obsessed mini builder at home, this is her dream camp. Kids ages 6-13 will participate in hands-on activities that cover everything from Jurassic Park to Minecraft. Sign up for summer, after-school and more.
Smart Fun Camps @ Far Hills
Start his summer off with a STEAM (the a is for arts) camp for ages 8-11. This year, weekly camp themes span from computer game and app development to automotive mechatronics to drone tech. Sign up for any of six weeks.
Academic Summer Enrichment Camp
This 7-week program typically covers a bit of everything. Last year, some topics included earth science, forensics, the human body, kitchen chemistry and mechanical engineering. Camp is 8:30 am-3 pm, and there’s before and aftercare available, too.
It doesn’t get more official than a partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Kids in 1st-6th grades will dive into activities like building a DIY solar-powered cricket, learning the science of slime and constructing prototypes using real-life tools and parts.
Center for Aquatic Sciences
Have an aspiring marine biologist on your hands? This locale has offerings for a wide range of ages, all of which bring kids face-to-face with the underwater world. Meet sea creatures, research marine science and even learn to create a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can travel even deeper than scuba divers!
CTS STEM Educational Institute
Future doctors can try the Mini Medical camp, while IT whizzes can sign up for Cyber Science. Kids ages 11-17 will learn the STEM topic of their choice while also honing more general academic skills, such as language.
Each program serves to teach campers how STEM matters in everyday life. For instance, has your little daredevil ever wondered how roller coasters are created? There’s a camp for that, not to mention for robot lovers, Rube Goldberg fans, coders and budding astronauts.
Build a good foundation for her future STEM career. She’ll keep an engineering portfolio so she never loses track of her latest innovation. She’ll get to futz with water-powered rockets, wind turbines, mini bots and more.
Kids ages 7 and up can work on coding, game development, design and robotics in their choice of a weeklong camp. There are also STEAM options for tech-minded creatives like Video Production: Start a YouTube Channel.
There’s something for everyone here, from budding entrepreneurs to fashionistas to budding comic book artists to little chemists. They can learn computer programming languages from Python to Scratch, create their own website, discover the engineering behind ice cream or even make their own escape room.
Calling all techies! Invent and code your own app, experiment with electric circuits or learn the ropes of 3D printing. Artistic minds can dabble in web design, while hardcore left-brains can do straight up math as much as their minds desire.
Locations in Glen Ridge, Montclair and Totowa
This spot offers camps in general STEM, robotics, science, coding and more, both over the summer and during select holidays. Try LEGO Robotics, Heroes & Villains: A STEAM Adventure Camp or Jedi Science Camp, perfect for Star Wars fans.
Liberty Science Center
Yup, that’s right; he can spend a full week at his favorite museum doing everything from LEGO robotics to astronomy activities. Unique options include Zombie Apocalypse (grades 6-8), Biomimicry (grades 4-5) and Dino Detective (grades 2-3).
STEM learning looks a lot more appealing in a kid-friendly package tailor made for kids who love Star Wars or Harry Potter. Try out Star Wars or Harry Potter Science for mini movie buffs or go for Crazy Catapults, which any little physicist will love.
STEAM Works Studio
Do circuits electrify her mind? She’ll make projects with LED lights, motors and all. Into wildlife? She can make her own animal-inspired robots. Loves making concoctions? She’ll experiment in the lab with everything from ooblek to exothermic ice cream.
Super Science for Kids
Become a science sleuth in CSI camp. Make plaster replicas of dinosaur fossils. Transform and concoct in Chemical Wizardry. Make your own marble ferris wheel in Amusement Park Physics. Workshops run during school closings, summers and beyond.