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School has ended, but that doesn’t mean kids’ learning should! Summer vacation provides an opportunity for kids to further explore topics of interest, such as those in STEM fields.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Educating future generations in these fields is not only important for our country as a whole, but also for children to develop critical skills and rise up to the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Through STEM education, we can empower the next generations of thinkers and problem solvers.
There are plenty of online resources to foster learning about the STEM fields (here’s our list of free genetic educational resources). For those looking for more hands-on experiences, STEM camps are an option and widely available! Check out our roundup of STEM camps in the US to enroll in this summer.

Description: “Mad Science summer camps and vacation programs give kids the opportunity to learn about science through our interactive and hands-on science activities. Our summer science programs let children become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures!” Learn more here
Ages: 6-13
Location: Nationwide, find a location near you.

Description: “Active Learning Services’ video game creation camps feature seven programs in all. Two introductory and one advanced Gamebuilder Video Game Creation courses, two introductory Kodu courses as well as Scratch 3D Animation and Mod with Minecraft. The programs use our custom designed curriculum and children have a blast as they learn to program a video game using step-by-step instructions while learning a bit about the history of game design, design concepts, game styles, and more! There are no prerequisites. Most programs are a half day, last one-week and a camper can select two to make a full day.” Learn more here.
Ages: 8-16
Location: Nationwide, find a location near you

Description: “Our educational programs are designed to impact young minds through fun, hands-on activities infused with the spirit of innovation. These immersive enrichment programs are led by local, certified educators and promote STEM concepts, as well as 21st century learning skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and creative problem solving. Each age-appropriate program we offer embraces its own unique characteristics, but what ties them all together is an exciting environment with no wrong answers, a chance to brainstorm with peers, and an opportunity to build confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.” Learn more here
Ages: 5-18
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a tech-pro-in-the-making, iD Tech Camps is the ideal blend of STEM learning and traditional summer camp fun. You’ll get a taste of collegiate life, meet new friends, and build awesome tech skills with only 8 students per instructor. ” Learn more here
Ages: 7-18
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “We offer 25 Technology Workshops plus Retro Games for daily recreation and fun. Teens ages 13 to 17 learn to program using C#–the most popular programming language for creating windows applications.” Other workshops include coding, designing videogames, creating digital media, and engineering. Learn more here
Ages: 8-17
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “A typical day at camp includes both indoor and outdoor science activities, outdoor games, and one super-fun rally! Our science stations include a long-term project that will be completed by the end of the week. Campers will work in small teams to design creative solutions to fun challenges.” Learn more here
Ages: 5-11
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “Learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, apps and more! Spend your summer at the hottest tech companies in the world! Plus, connect with female engineers in the field.” Learn more here.
Ages: 15-16
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “Girls tap into the power of technology, exploring leadership, entrepreneurship, and social activism along the way. Ideas take shape around café tables in a fresh, empowering setting. Whether your daughter wants to code an app for charity, design her own video game, engineer wearable electronics, or discover the secrets of cyber security, she’ll create a project she’s passionate about and join an inspired community of girls in STEM.” Learn more here
Ages: 10-15
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you

Description: “Explore a wide variety of STEM camps and courses. Design an app, build a robot, and find your passion. Programs include game design, programming, filmmaking/photography, 3D modeling/design, robotics/engineering, music production.” Learn more here
Ages: 6-17
Location: Nationwide, find a program near you
Attending one of these camps or another STEM camp? Share with us on social media by tagging @mygenecounsel on Twitter and Facebook, include #STEMcamps in your post!