The 2016-2017 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 in June and July. Students will earn one college credit for completing the workshop. Lunch vouchers and free bus fare are included.

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 26 to July 1.

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 in a one-week day format and cost $99 per camp. 

Discovery World Summer Camps (Ages 6-14)

Discovery World offers week-long day camps for students in first- to eighth-grades, running from early June to late August. They offer a wide variety of STEM subjects from architecture, kinetic energy, robotics, video game design, gastronomy, rockets and herbology. 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:
Advanced Video Game Designer
Spa Chemistry

Engineering for Kids (Ages 4-14)

MSOE's Engineering for Kids are fun-filled, activity-packed summer camps that introduce children to engineering concepts, building activities and more. Campers will work individually, in pairs and/or as a team to brainstorm and design their ideas. Campers take a 15-minute break each day and then resume their building activities, testing, improving and completing the day's projects.

Courses include the following and more:
3D Design and Printing
Amazing Robotics
Build & Play Math Camp
Electrical Engineering - Agent of Change
Engineering Exploration Club
Inventor's Workshop
Mechanical Engineering
Pirate Academy
Robotics Build Challenge using LEGO® EVS
Video Game Design

iD Tech Summer Camps (Ages 6-18)

iD Tech offers hands-on, high-energy summer computer programs for kids and teens. Co-ed options include iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech Academies for teens ages 13-18, and iD Tech Mini for ages 6-9. 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:
Adventures in Robotics
Adventures in Game Design: Minecraft
Intro to Java Coding
Coding and Development 101

KTEC LEGO® Robotics Course (Grade 6)

Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) offers current sixth-graders going into seventh-grade a two-week summer LEGO® robotics course. This course teaches the fundamentals of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Kits.

Marquette University K-12 Engineering Academies (Grade K-12)

Marquette University's K-12 Engineering Academies run year round with their summer sessions running from mid-June to the end of July.  If your student is interested in different areas of engineering, this camp is for them.
Details to come.

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.

MSOE Summer Camps: Explore, Discover and Focus (Grades 9-11)

MSOE's Summer Programs help students determine if Engineering, Nursing or Business is a good fit for them as well as find what is important to them in their college search.

In 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. Summer programs begin the week of July 9-14, and run through the week of July 23-28.

Courses include the following and more:
Build and Design
Medical Innovation
Computing Systems

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Summer Camps (Ages 4-17)

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.

Courses include the following and more:
Let's go Ponding
Dirt Made my Snack
Lake Michigan Fridays
Creepy, Crawly, Cool Insects

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 June 26 to August 25, with a couple exceptions. There is one camp at Washington Park which runs June 19-23, and one camp at Riverside Park that runs June 24-28.

Courses include the following and more:
Eco Kids
Engineering for Kids!
Engineering Camps: In the Trees MV4
Imaginable RP3
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:
Amusement Park Physics
App Inventor
Developing Video Games
Dice'N Up Math
Games Galore
Reactive Science

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 30 - August 4 and centers on a project to help people in a Guatemalan community served by the UWM Engineers Without Borders student chapter.  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 6-14)

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:
APP Attack!
Environmental Explorers
LEGO® Robotics
Minecraft® Animators
Minecraft® Designers
3D Video Games

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.

Wauwatosa School District Camp Invention & Invention Project (Grades 1-5 and 6-8)

The Wauwatosa School District offers two, STEM-based camps for kids, Camp Invention and Invention Project.

Camp Invention offers fun, hands-on activities, allowing students in first-to-fifth-grade to create and build the next big thing. Campers will have an opportunity to design prototypes to solve unique challenges and collaborate in teams to discover new ideas.

Invention Project is a new kind of experience for incoming sixth- through eighth-graders. During this fun and high-energy program, students team up to make the impossible possible. Students will be challenged to:

  •     Design and prototype smart gear
  •     Engage as a leader, developer or business owner
  •     Build and battle mini-bots
  •     Discover your imagination
  •     Create marketing and advertising concepts
  •     Learn what it takes to kick start a business and simulate a product launch.

Wehr Nature Center (Ages 6-12)

The Wehr Nature Center offers adventure summer camps that are designed to let children ages 6 to 12 discover the natural world, make new friends and gain confidence as they learn new skills and take on outdoor adventures. Camps are led by professional naturalists who nurture each child's natural sense of wonder.

Camps include the following and more:
Astronomy Adventures
Pioneer Trails
Nature Detectives
Minecraft Goes Wild
Fantastical Beasts

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.