The Best Summer STEM Camps

Posted: March 21, 2018

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 3D printing, animatronic animals, robot engineering, Zombie outbreak survival and more! Find the best science and technology STEMS camps here, and find a full range of options in our Camp Guide's Science/Technology Camps page.


Featured STEM Camps:


iD Tech Camps & Academies
Held at Loyola University, Northwestern, and 150+ campuses nationwide
The #1 summer STEM program for kids and teens! At iD Tech, ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, design Fortnite-inspired games, print 3D characters, work with AI, and more! This summer, your child can make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 alumni. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18). Learn more...




Galileo - Innovation Camps for Kids
Create something extraordinary this summer. 10+ Locations throughout Chicagoland.
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 boundless energy and experience of the best staff around, campers craft extraordinary works of art like spinning solar system mobiles, glowing neon signs and magical, multicolor monsters and engineer incredible inventions like rideable scooters, slingshot cars and animatronic animals-plus spend plenty of time playing, exploring and building their teamwork skills outdoors. Sign up by April 15th to save $30. Use code CHIKIDS18 at registration. Optional extended care and healthy lunch. galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684. Learn more...




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! galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684. Learn more...


Big Idea
300 Revere Drive, Northbrook
Grades 4-9. BIG IDEA is the ultimate summer experience for curious, creative tweens and teens. Campers choose from 13 different technology workshops to follow their passions and find new inspiration. Each day blends time spent on computers with classic camp fun – swimming, sports, art and more. BIG IDEA is the leading Israel tech education organizer since 2008. They are our partners in bringing Israeli innovation to Chicago.
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Bit Space
Multiple Locations, Chicago and suburbs
Bit Space is Chicagoland’s premier maker lab for kids and teens - a place where they can learn to use real tools to build real things. Bit Space offers summer camps, day-off camps, after-school classes, birthday parties.
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Camp Noggin Builders Camp
3000 Dundee Rd. #201, Northbrook
EXPLORE! BUILD! CREATE! Noggin Builders offers one-week camps to enhance the creative problem solving skills of your curious explorers (Prek and Grades K-7) using fun, hand-on, STEM-based activities. Each week includes science, technology and team building games.
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Kids STEM Studio
Two Locations, Chicago
Ignite passion for your kids and instill confidence in Coding, Engineering and Technology. We offer STEM programs in coding, game design and development, Lego Robotics and hands on Engineering for kids ages 5 to 14.
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The Laboratory: Science and Story STEAM Camps
2349 W. North Ave., Chicago
Make magical potions like Harry Potter. Build robots. Train at Camp Half-Blood. Visit 'The Isle of the Villains,' Find Fantastic Beasts. Survive a Zombie outbreak. Our unique STEAM camps combine kids’ interests with chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, computer science, math and the arts.
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Power Up Tech Academy
2867 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago
Power Up Tech Academy offers coding classes and camps for grades K-8. We believe that kids learn best by doing, playing and making. All our classes deliver a fun, hands-on coding experience for kids, individually paced to their level, abilities and goals. Our instructors and teaching assistants are programmers themselves, who want to share this skill with the next generation.
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