The Best Summer STEM Camps

Posted: March 21, 2019

STEM camps have become increasingly popular, and there are lots of options to choose from this summer! We've rounded up some of the best STEM Camps for Chicago kids, offering programs like Secret Agent Academy, robotics, game design, 3D printing, app design, zombie apocalypse survival and more. Find the best science and technology STEM camps here, and find a full range of options in our Camp Guide's Science/Technology Camps page.


Featured STEM Camps:


Summer Fun with Mad Science of Chicago
Mad Science STEM camps have fun-filled topics for all ages and interests!
Mad Science camps offer a variety of topics throughout Chicago this summer! Launch rockets, explore nature, solve mysteries and more - there's something for everyone! Our camps are designed for all ages and interests - from a preschool camp where mini mad scientists can explore the wonders of the garden, to older elementary engineering camps where they can build robots and design engineering projects like towers and carnival rides. Elementary campers might be launching a rocket one day and discovering the mysteries of DNA another - or join us for one our theme camps - Eureka- the Inventor's Camp and Secret Agent Academy. Fun take home projects are included in all camp days with activities both outdoors and in! Learn more...


GALILEO: SUMMER CAMP KIDS LOVE
Pre-K – 8th Grade. 10+ Chicagoland locations.
At Galileo, we mix day camp fun with hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts. Supported by the best staff around, kids grow from Camp Galileo (pre-K – 5th grades) through Galileo Summer Quest (entering 5th – 8th grades), emerging as confident creators ready to turn their ideas into reality. Bring a friend and save big. When you refer a new-to-Galileo family, they’ll save up to $100 on camp and you’ll receive a gift card of your choice for the same amount to spend on whatever you want, whenever you want. Learn more...




World's #1 STEM camp (ages 7-19).150 locations. Coding, game dev, robotics, design
Chicago and Suburbs: Held at Loyola, Northwestern, Benedictine, and more.
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 400,000 alumni since 1999. Programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses in the USA, Europe, and Asia, including Loyola University, Northwestern, Stanford, NYU, HKU, and Imperial College London. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and design, and learn in guaranteed small classes (10 students max per instructor). In addition to the flagship program, iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech also offers all-girls camps, teen-only Academies, an advanced capstone program, and year-round Online Private Lessons. Learn more...




Design, Build, and Explore at Noggin Builders STEM Camps for PreK to 8th Grade
Two Northbrook Locations: 3000 Dundee Rd. #201, and Northbrook Court
Fun, hands-on STEM will keep your budding scientist or engineer engaged over the summer! Curious explorers (PreK & grades K-8th) will build STEM skills and creative problem solving with different exciting themes each week. At Noggin Builders Summer Camps, each day is filled with science experiments, open-ended explorations, and design projects in STEM. Robotics camp (5th-8th) includes robotic design and coding. Noggin Builders offers flexible options to meet the needs of your summer. Because each week's theme and activities are different, you can sign up for the weeks that fit your child's schedule and themes they love! Learn more...




Kids Science Labs - How to Fuel Summer Science Learning Through Creativity
Locations in Lincoln Park, South Loop, Northbrook, Wheaton, Roscoe Village, & Vernon Hills
Kids ages 4-14 years old will enjoy hands-on science (STEM) all week long and come home with real design projects that will impress you. Our camps incorporate weekly themes including: medicine, chemistry, engineering design - topics certain to engage your curious child & make science fun. Our students are split into three separate age groups and can choose between half (9am-12pm), full (9am-3pm), and extended day (9am-5pm). Our goal is to foster the next generation of creative thinkers by changing the way your child perceives, learns about, and interacts with the world around them. We offer weekly camps from June 3rd - Aug 31st. Join us to make this summer fun, rewarding, and one that will benefit your child for years. Learn more...




Snapology Camps Put the "A" in STEAM with Creative LEGO® Engineering and Robotics Challenges!
Various Locations Chicago - Mobile Operated
Keep your kids engaged all summer long in Snapology's STEAM camps. With thousands of LEGO® bricks and specialized TECHNIC® pieces, there is no limit to what your child can create! Each week, kids ages 3-12 will learn new concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math around popular themes that are of high interest to these age groups. Using computers, robotics, and other technologies to collaboratively solve problems, your child will create and modify moving machines and cool contraptions, and apply these concepts to design their own inventions. Snapology's curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by master teachers, but the kids have so much fun, they don't realize they are learning. Shhh... don't tell them it's educational! Learn more...




EXPERIMENTATION + MISTAKE-MAKING, EXPLORATION + MASTERY, JOYOUSLY CELEBRATED.
3907 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Campers ages 5-12 grow their creative voice and social-emotional skills with open-ended, connected learning experiences in the arts, building skills they need to happily shine on their own and as part of compassionate communities. Kinda like prep for the real world. We grow artists, thinkers, citizens and innovators who approach obstacles with curiosity and courage. Creatively confident people grow up to find opportunities and solve problems big and small, globally and locally. We play with wave-length + stitch-length, capability + miscibility, automation + celebration, parallelism + pointillism, citizenship + artisanship... We play with important ideas, learn art/craft techniques with open-ended projects of our own design (no pre-fab here), get kinda messy, and know every child by name. Learn more...




Create Something Amazing with Coding, Minecraft, Robotics & Digital Media!
Chicago: 2867 N Clybourn Ave
North Shore: 3434 Central St, Evanston (inside Unity Church on the North Shore)
Tech-loving kids will have a blast this summer learning to code video games, produce YouTube videos, build & code robotic gadgets, and more at Power Up Tech Academy's Summer Tech Camps! Power Up offers a huge variety of tech camps for kids ages 6-15 at all skill levels from absolute beginner to professional coding languages such as Python and Javascript. Or exercise your architecture and engineering skills in our popular Minecraft camps! Camps are hands on, with 4:1 or 5:1 ratio, and maximum 10 students. There is daily outdoor time. Half day camps range from $299 to $549 per week. A sports add-on is available for $250 per week at the Chicago location to create a full day schedule. Learn more...




Codeverse Summer Camps: inspiring wonder and building confidence to create tomorrow!
2349 W. North Ave., Chicago
Codeverse Summer Camps are the best interactive coding experience for kids aged 6-13. From June-August, Codeverse offers innovative weeklong day camps, aptly named "Coding FUNdamentals", for tech-loving kids! Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could toddle, this action-packed camp is perfect for beginners or experienced coders alike. Campers spend a week learning a range of topics including coding, video game development, app design, and 3D modeling! On the last day of camp, campers show off their coding creations and projects to family and friends during 'Demo Day'! Learn more...




Best Summer Camp in Chicago! Bring Imaginary Worlds to Life through STEAM.
2349 W. North Ave., Chicago
Make potions like Harry Potter. Build robots to obey your every command. Go on a quest with Greek Mythology at Camp Half-Blood. Challenge the descendants of famous villains at Enchanted Prep. Choose-your-own-Adventure to survive a zombie apocalypse. Discover dragons and Magical Creatures. Parents have called our programs "The Best Summer Camps in Chicago" where kids are immersed in their favorite books and themes, and they use real chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, math, and the arts to work collaboratively, problem-solve, and bring these worlds to life. Learn more...



Find more options in our Camp Guide's Science/Technology Camps page.