Milwaukee County STEM Summer Camps & Programs

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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.

Betty Brinn Museum

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Register your young maker today for Betty Brinn’s Be A Maker Summer Camps! Rising second graders (for the 2018-2019 school year) and older students are invited to participate in our half-day camps. Facilitated by our Be A Maker (BAM) educators, camp participants will work in our dynamic makerspace to hone their design skills, learn how to safely use a variety of equipment and tools, and enjoy the process of making in our multi-use space that encourages experimentation, inventiveness and open-ended exploration. Young makers are invited to explore the Museum’s Be A Maker space and participate in hands-on STEAM workshops. Campers will participate in projects all week long, including: simple robotics, sewing, mini Pinewood Derby, design challenges, chemistry experiments and compressed air rockets.

Brinn Labs

Brinn Labs is offering week long, half -day camps for 4th-8th graders this summer. Each day of camp will focus on a different topic, with unique tools and demonstrations. Daily hands-on activities will acquaint students with science, technology, engineering, design and math skills that our exhibit designers and fabricators use and how they apply to other jobs.


Concepts and lessons will include design thinking challenges, soldering and introductory electronics, hand tool usage, rough carpentry projects, textiles and technology tools.

Camp Invention

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Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by local teachers, this program has tapped into kids' natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving.

 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). These summer camps run for one week, three hours per day. The cost is $99 per camp. Scholarships may be available in some locations for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Discovery World Summer Camps (Grades 1-8)

Discovery World offers week-long camps for 1st-8th graders between June 10 through August 23, 2019. Your kids are smart, talented, creative, curious, and eager to try everything. Let them explore new ideas, develop new abilities, design, and make things at Discovery World Summer Camp! View the 2019 Summer Camp Brochure and visit the website for additional details regarding camps dates, descriptions, pricing, and other pertinent camp information. Camp participants must be entering the required grade in the 2019-2020 school year.


Courses include the following and more:

LEGO® Robot Engineer
LEGO® Robot Engineer – Girls Only!
Robot Games
Inside YOU
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
LEGO® Robot Engineer – Girls Only!

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:
Coding and Engineering 101
Game Design and Development 101
RoboCoder: Robotics and Visual Coding with LEGO
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning



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The Mad Science camps are truly unique experiences and encompass all of the fun and excitement you have come to expect from Mad Science, including our phenomenal take-home projects. Mad Science camps are full of exciting, fun hands-on science activities. Your child will become a junior scientist and be able to explore a variety of science adventures. Children will design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects and will take at least one project home every day. Camps are being offered at several locations throughout the Milwaukee area and surrounding areas.

Marquette University High School Summer EXPLORE! Camps

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Summer EXPLORE! programs provide learning and social opportunities for boys from all schools entering grades 3-9 in fall 2019. Classes are offered in computer science, history, science, German, movie making, technology, and multi-discipline (academics/arts/athletics) as well as a variety of sports camps.

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 2019 Summer Engineering Institutes will be available Spring 2019.

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

The Opus College of Engineering invites rising high school juniors and seniors to join us this summer for our pre-college residential programs! The 2019 academies will include:

Engineering Leadership Academy (ELA, co-ed): Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, 2019

Women's Engineering Leadership Academy (WELA, women-only): Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019

By participating in these programs, students will be immersed in the daily life of a Marquette Engineer, while experiencing leadership opportunities offered at Marquette. The 2019 academies will focus specifically on helping and healing through engineering, including biomedical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering. Students will compete in an industry sponsored engineering design challenge, spend the week in the premier residence hall, The Commons, and enjoy summer in Milwaukee.

A wide variety of scholarship opportunities are available for students from underrepresented groups in engineering. More information can be found on the academies application.

Apply for the 2019 Engineering Leadership Academies

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.

Milwaukee School of Engineering Summer Programs

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is offering several summer programs this summer!

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.

FIRST Robotics Immersion Program

Whether you've never heard of FIRST before or you're a seasoned competitor, MSOE has camps designed for every level of student!  Design, build and code your own robot during camp. Students participating in FIRST Robotics will leave with helpful tips and tricks to help them during the competition season.

High School Residential Camps

In the month of July, MSOE offers week-long, residential, academic camps for students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year and are interested in exploring degrees in Engineering, Nursing or Business. 2019 Summer Programs begin the week of July 7-12, and run through the week of July 21-26.

MSOE runs three different types of academic camps Explore, Discover, and Focus. The three camps vary in specificity, Explore is the most general, Discover narrows to "families" of academic programs, and Focus examines one specific academic program.

MSOE Women's Summer STEM Programs

The Milwaukee School of Engineering has three brand new programs available for young women entering grades 6 - 12! 

Women in Engineering Camp

This week-long residential camp will give girls entering 10th through 12th grades an opportunity to explore 10 different engineering disciplines. Click here to learn more and to register!

Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Are you a girl entering 8th-12th grade? Have you ever wondered what's behind your Snapchat filters? Or how a computer thinks for itself?  And what is all this talk about Artificial Intelligence? Do you want to learn about technology which will positively impact our lives forever? Come to the Artificial Intelligence Workshop hosted at MSOE! Learn more!

SheHacks MKE

SheHacks MKE is a hack-a-thon for girls entering grades 5 through 9. No coding experience is necessary! Participants will learn the basics of a coding language of their choice - HTML, JavaScript, and Scratch - and then create their own project. Sign up now!

Mount Mary University Summer Leadership Academy

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The Summer Leadership Academy brings together high school girls from across the U.S. to campus for a residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program. Mount Mary excels at developing confident women, and reaching them at an even earlier age through the Academy will help ensure successful futures for these young women on whatever path they take. The Summer Leadership Academy will bring together up to 65 high school girls from across the U.S. to the Mount Mary University campus Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 26, 2019 for a three-day residential college-prep, career exploration, and leadership program.

St. Joan Antida Summer STEM Camp

St. Joan Antida High School now offers 6th and 7th grade girls the opportunity to participate in our Pre-High School Program.

This year round wrap-around program, allows for younger students to connect with current SJA students and faculty through a scheduled series of learning sessions that begin the summer of 2019.

The St. Joan Antida Summer STEM camp is a 2-Week Interactive Summer Program focused on STEM, where girls gain skills and experience working with subjects such as urban agriculture, coding and design, electrical engineering, and e-commerce.

 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 17 to August 23. Camps are held at three branches: Riverside Park, Washington Park and Menomonee Valley. Need-based scholarships are available. 

Courses include the following and more:
I spy….BIRDS!
Eco Kids
Engineering for Kids!
Outdoor Detectives
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.


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.