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The 2017-2018 school year is almost over. Keep your children busy and engaged in educational activities by enrolling them in a STEM summer camp.

STEM Forward has compiled a list of top STEM summer camps and classes for students of all ages in southeastern Wisconsin. These programs and/or courses will keep your children entertained and enhance their skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

BEST (Biochemical Excellence in Science and Technology) Summer Workshop (High school students, ages 14-18)

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is hosting a free summer workshop for high school students, introducing them to chemical technology and biotechnology. This two-week course meets from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 18-28. Students will earn one college credit for completing the workshop. Lunch vouchers and free bus fare are included. There will be a a kick-off event on Wednesday, June 13. Students will be exposed to the scientific inquiry of conducting experiments, data recording and how to analyze results.

Career in Progress S.T.E.M. IT! (Grades 5-8)


Career in Progress is hosting S.T.E.M. IT!, a program designed to converge the learning of STEM aptitudes and abilities with the exploration of transportation-related careers and disciplines. S.T.E.M. IT! will assist youth in becoming proficient in STEM Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts, and Mathematics. It will also inspire youth to pursue a transportation-related career or discipline.

This program will be held at Cardinal Stritch University from June 25-29.

Catalyst for Future Success Summer Program at MSOE (Grades 5-7)


If you have a current fifth- to seventh-grade child, kick start their future success by enrolling him or her in the Catalyst for Future Success program at MSOE. This summer program is designed to enhance your child’s science and math skills along with exposing them to new opportunities in STEM. If your child demonstrates an interest and talent in science, math and technology – Catalyst is the place to be!

Limited, full ride scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


Concordia University Wisconsin STEAM Camps (Grades 3-8)


STEAM Camps are an exciting and hands-on learning opportunity for young people entering Grades 3-8 in the fall.  The camp sessions are created by content specialists to be fun, full of learning, and distinctively Christian, with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). They run from July 9-13 on Concordia’s Mequon campus and cost $99 per camp.

Discovery World Summer Camps (Grades 1-8)

Discovery World 

offers week-long day camps for students in first- to eighth-grades, running from June 11 to August 24. They offer a wide variety of STEM subjects from architecture, energy, robotics, video game design, structural engineering, marine biology, chemistry and more. Older students can even become certified crew of the S/V Dennis Sullivan. If your student is new to STEM, this camp is a good introduction to various subjects.


Courses include the following and more:

LEGO® Robot Engineer
Techie Trickers
Mad Scientist
Hydro-Powered Machines
Ready, Set, Code!
It’s Electric
Race to Space
Take Flight
Structural Engineer
Video Game Designer
Underwater Robotics
Spa Chemistry

GEMS Summer Excursion Camp at Racine Unified School District (Grades  6-8)

The Girls Inc. of Southeast, American Association of University Women(AAUW), Racine Unified School District, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, SC Johnson, Gateway Technical College, United Way of Racine County and Workforce Development Center is hosting its  first GEMS (Girls Empowered by Math & Science) Summer Excursion Camp. 

The camp will be held at Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School for 80 students in grades 6-8 attending the Racine Unified School District students from June 20 – July 19, 2018. 

The GEMS STEM Summer Excursion Camp will provide middle school girls with opportunities to learn about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in careers. The camp also promotes participation in STEM courses in high school and college. The GEMS Summer Excursion Camp is geared towards improving students’ academic achievement and social skills.

iD Tech Summer Camps (Ages 6-18)

iD Tech

offers hands-on, high-energy summer programs for kids and teens. Co-ed options include iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Coding and Engineering Academy and iD Game Design & Development Academy for teens ages 13-18, and iD AcademyNEXT for advanced students. Alexa Café is an all-girls program for ages 10-15. Programs are held at over 150 prestigious campuses nationwide. In southeastern Wisconsin, camps are offered at Carroll University and Marquette University.


Courses include the following and more:
Code-a-Bot: Al and Robotics with your own Cozmo
RoboCoder: Lego Robotics and Visual Programming
3D Printing and Modeling with Take-Home Printer
Game Design 101
Automous and Self Driving Robotics Lab


KTEC LEGO® Robotics Course (Grade 6)

Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) offers incoming sixth- and seventh-graders a week summer LEGO® robotics course. This course teaches the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits.


Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering Summer Engineering Institutes (Grades 8-12)


The Engineering Institutes include a variety of half-day engineering programs for eighth- to 12th- grade students. The Institutes provide participants with the chance to explore the process of engineering through hands-on lab experiences, interactions with industry and academic leaders of engineering, and interactive excursions to engineering facilities in Milwaukee. Scholarship opportunities are available for students from underrepresented groups in STEM and/or for students with demonstrated financial need. 

The 2018 Summer Engineering Institutes include the following:

  • Environmental Engineering: Water, Water Everywhere!
  • Mechanical Engineering: Deep Impact
  • Biomedical Engineering: Virtual Reality with Unity
  • Biomedical Engineering: DIY Electrocardiograph
  • Construction Engineering: Structural Design and Testing
  • Research Institute for Students in Engineering (RISE)

Marquette’s Engineering Leadership Academy (Grades 11 & 12)

The Opus College of Engineering invites rising high school juniors and seniors to join Marquette University this summer for its pre-college residential programs! This summer, residential programs include: 

  • Hands on Engineering Experiences for Leaders of STEM Academy (HEELS): Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, 2018 (*women only)
  • Engineering Leadership Academy (ELA): Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 (*co-ed)

Milwaukee Recreation Summer Courses (Ages 3-14)

Milwaukee Recreation offers low-cost STEM summer courses at local Community Learning Centers for students ages 3-14 for Milwaukee County residents and non-residents. Students can participate in courses that engage every part of science, technology, engineering and math. Details are coming soon.

Riveredge Nature Center Summer Camps (Ages 3-17)

At summer camp, Riveredge Kids experience the best of life outside: river walking, fort building, and bug finding, not to mention swimming, tubing, and tree climbing (with harnesses!). In a series of nine camps that build upon skills and knowledge, Riveredge summer camps connect kids to the natural world in ways that are both meaningful and fun. This is a hands-on environmental exploration. Campers ask questions about the natural world, uncover evidence at their fingertips, and draw conclusions based on personal experience. Discounts are available for multiple children and multiple weeks, but sessions often fill very quick, so claim your child’s spot now and let the adventures begin.


Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Summer Camps (Ages 2-17)

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's leading experiential, environmental education connects children with the natural world, inspiring them to love and protect the land. At these camps, children will play, explore, and make discoveries on 185 acres of woodlands, prairies, ponds, wetlands, and beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Some programs also invite campers to interact with live amphibians, reptiles and raptors at the center. Programs run from June to August. 

Courses include the following and more:
Pond Exploration & Creature Feature
Nature and LEGOS
Building with Nature
Fire and Ice
Building with Nature

The STEAM Academy (Grades 5-9)


The STEAM Academy is designed for all present fifth to eighth-grade students in southeastern Wisconsin (private, parochial, charter, public, home schooled, and online-students). The main goal of the Academy’s staff is to motivate students to enroll in more challenging science, math, engineering, art and technology classes in high school (such as IB and AP). This will allow them to be better prepared to follow STEAM careers during their post high school education at colleges, universities, technical schools, or other educational institutions.  

Fifth and sixth-grade students will use the scientific method and state-of-the-art technology to determine the cause of a mysterious illness that is affecting the inhabitants of a Colorado town. Seventh and eighth-grade students will experience a simulated “Mission to Mars” where the students encounter strange crystalline creatures and use the scientific method, their math and problem-solving skills, and state-of-the-art technology to determine how to safely return these creatures back to Earth.

The Academy will run for two consecutive, one-week sessions this summer during the last two weeks of July (several classes during each session). 


Urban Ecology Center Summer Camps (Ages 4-14)

Have your children build their science and engineering skills to be better prepared for the school year while exploring the secrets of nature by looking under logs, hiking in the woods, climbing trees, building forts, creating art projects, taking pictures and much more. Urban Ecology Center's summer camp schedule is primarily from June 25 to August 25. There are a few camps that run from June 18-22. Camps are held at three branches: Riverside Park, Washington Park and Menomonee Valley. Need-based scholarships are available. 

Courses include the following and more:
Animal Extravaganza
Eco Kids
Engineering for Kids!
Discovery Quest
Nature and Motion
The Art and Science of Water Engineering
Robot Builders

UW-Milwaukee College for Kids and Teens (Ages 5-17)

College for Kids and Teens, through the School of Continuing Education, is a hands-on enrichment program for K-12 students who have high academic potential, motivation and talent. The program consists of one and two-week classes in Creative Arts, Humanities/Social Sciences, Languages and Cultures, Math & Computers, and Science. Taught by UW system faculty or highly qualified and experienced instructors, all programs provide an academic edge.

Courses include the following and much more:
Animal Extravaganza
Eco Kids
Engineering for Kids!
Discovery Quest
Nature and Motion
The Art and Science of Water Engineering
Robot Builders

UW-Milwaukee EnQuest - An Engineering Quest for High School Girls (Grades 9, 10, 11)

UW-Milwaukee's College of Engineering and Applied Science hosts EnQuest for high school girls exiting 9th, 10th or 11th grade. The residential camp will be held July 29 - August 3. This year, students will make solar-charged reading lamps for people living in Guatemala with no electrical grid access. Campers will build new skills, meet women engineers who are changing the world, explore careers, experience campus life and make new friends.


UW-Parkside Summer Camps (Ages 8-14)

UW-Parkside offers exciting, new youth camps that involve Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mindfulness (STEAM). These fun, educational programs enhance the learning experience that your child receives at school while delving into topics of particular interest. Through these camps, your child will have the opportunity to create animated movies, play with robots, have an outdoor adventure, paint a masterpiece, and after all that excitement, learn to focus and meditate in our mindfulness camp.

Camps include the following and more:
Code Breakers
Environmental Explorers
LEGO® Robotics
Minecraft® Modders
ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs
Make Your First 3D Video Game

WCTC Beginning LEGO® Robotics Programming  (Ages 10-13)

Beginning LEGO Robotics Programming is for children ages 10 to 13 to inspire their imaginations and challenge their minds. Participants will use LEGO bricks to explore robotics, mechanical systems, electronics and programming. Campers will work in teams of two with the same robots used in the First LEGO League competition. They will discover basic concepts including EV3 interface; MOVE, MOTOR and RESET blocks; turning; math for the robot; and other resources. Advanced concepts will also be discussed, including light sensors, program control and touch sensors.

Wehr Nature Center (Ages 4-12)

Connect with Wehr this summer at a Milwaukee County Park, the Wehr Nature Center or a location of your choosing! Active nature and science programs are packed with hands-on discovery, taught by professional naturalists.

Programs include the following and more:
Awesome Owls
Insect Safari
Nature’s Neighborhood
Sensational Snakes
Willow Pond
Water Explorers

Zoological Society Summer Camps (Ages 1-14, plus adult programs)

The Zoological Society offers fun-filled, educational programs during the summer for children, plus programs for adults and families, featuring some of the most amazing creatures. Camps include animal information, hands-on learning and zoo tours. Zoo Pass members receive priority registration and fee discounts.