Girls' STEM Summer Camps

Posted: March 07, 2017

STEM classes and camps have been increasing in popularity, for both boys and girls. Here are some local options for girls-only STEM camps for this summer. Find more science and technology camps in our Camp Guide!

Alexa Café: Chic, All-Girls Tech Learning Experience
Lake Forest College
Girls will build tech skills in a unique, stylish setting where girls collaborate in small, close-knit clusters and discover coding, design, filmmaking, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and more. Weeklong day and overnight sessions are available for ages 10-15. Girls will tap into the power of technology, exploring leadership, entrepreneurship, and social activism along the way. Ideas take shape around café tables in a fresh, empowering setting. New friends join forces and collaborate to better our world. Whether your daughter wants to code an app for charity, design her own video game, engineer wearable electronics, or discover the secrets of cyber security, she'll create a project she's passionate about and join an inspired community of girls in STEM.

Computer Discovery Camp for Middle School Girls
Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus
This two- or three-week camp is for middle school girls entering grades 7-9 in Fall 2017. The program engages pre-collegiate students in hands-on activities to help develop spatial visualization and problem-solving skills. The purpose of the camp is to stimulate interest in computers and to lay a foundation for careers in computer science (CS) and related disciplines. This summer's theme is "Dancing Queen," and campers will build a Lego Mindstorm (EV3) robot and program it to "dance." Students will also learn to create e-textiles to customize robots and make personal wearable e-textiles.

Digital Youth Divas
DePaul University Loop Center, CICS West Belden and Joseph Lovett Elementary, Chicago
The Digital Youth Network’s Digital Youth Divas program supports middle-school girls in developing STEM identities by creating face-to-face and online spaces where girls work together to design, create, and re-imagine everyday artifacts (jewelry, hair accessories, music), activities (dancing and talking to friends), and spaces using techniques including design, circuitry, coding and fabrication. The program is headquartered at DePaul University’s Loop Campus with programs at additional locations.

GADgET Girls
Triton College
GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering and Technology) is a summer program funded by a grant from the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation of FMA (Fabricator Manufactures Association) designed to introduce female youth between the ages of 12 and 16 to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects and site visits to manufacturing facilities. CAD, entrepreneurship skills, academic requirements for 21st century manufacturing careers, as well as teamwork skills are covered. Girls will gain knowledge needed to develop and achieve their dreams through the world of manufacturing, including what it takes to start and run their own enterprise.

Girls Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) Camp
College of Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Girls' Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering & Science is an annual, overnight week long camp, designed to give academically talented high school aged girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields. GAMES is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Girls Robotics Camp
Adler Planetarium
Adler Planetarium offers a variety of co-ed camps, including the Robotics Camp that offers 2 sessions that are just for girls entering 4-5th grade, and 6-7th grade. Based on age and ability, campers will be exposed to the process of designing, building, testing and redesigning as they use multiple types of robotics to overcome escalating challenges. Campers will also be exposed to creative design, documentation and presentation skills through the use video recording, and editing. Tech Camp is collaborative in nature; campers will work together in pairs or small groups to conquer each robotics challenge. 

Girls Build! Parks & Playgrounds
Chicago Architecture Foundation
This camp is held August 7-11 from 9am - 3:30pm, for girls ages 11-14. They'll learn about landscape architecture and design, exploring parks and playgrounds near the Loop, and design their own public park or backyard in our studio. $435 public, $345 members.

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code will offer 76 free Summer Immersion Programs in 2017 sponsored by 39 major companies and philanthropic foundations serving over 1,400 girls. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs will be held in 11 U.S. citie including Chicago, and applications are now open. The program is open to 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. The experiences takes place at leading technology companies. No previous experience is required!

Green Apple Campus GirlsTech Programs
DePaul College Prep Chicago and Elmhurst College
GirlsTech is all about empowering girls to confidently imagine, create, lead and achieve. Programs include GirlsTech Code, where girls learn to build games, apps, websites and harness the ability to craft their vision; GirlsTech Maker, a Lab program where innovation and design drive solutions, and activities have an emphasis on innovation; GirlsTech Robotics where girls design and build robotics then customize and experiment with sensors and remote controls to learn the essentials of bot design and structure.

Inspire Girls Academy
Bucktown and West Loop
Inspire STEAM! provides girls 5-7 years old with fun-filled real world exploration that opens their eyes to the world around them. STEAM concepts are discovered daily as a way of thinking, approaching problems, experimenting, and finding solutions. The girls will engage in weekly projects that range from exploring the idea of what it means to work through entrepreneurship to engineering their own castles. Our curriculum will provide literacy, motor, social, and self-regulation skills through play, art, yoga, and more.  

Made By Girls Camps
University of Chicago
Made By Girls offers a unique learning experience designed to introduce girls to STEM learning in a collaborative and supportive environment. MBG is powered by a dynamic group of female role models including educators, industry leaders, artists, makers, and creators who inspire our students to build 21st century skills and confidence both in and out of the classroom. Camps include Adventures in Programming for ages 8-12; Adventures in Game Design for ages 8-12; Adventures in Wearable Tech & Fashion Design for ages 8-12; and Wearable Tech & Fashion Design for ages 12-17.

STEM Divas
Northern Illinois University STEM Summer Camp
STEM Divas offers a four-day program for girls in grades 2-5, offered at two different times this summer. We’ve lined up a great group of female role models to help facilitate the fun and learning. Divas will create several projects during the week using the new skills they learn at camp. Using tools and gaining skills is empowering and that’s what this week is all about. Divas will develop skills in planning, designing and evaluating their creations, but will also learn to solder, use hand tools, and advance their technology skills. Projects vary by age, but each Diva will bring home an electronics project, a woodworking project, and a technology related creation. Campers will also explore the biology just outside our door on our campus.

Vision Building Camps - All STEM, all STEAM, all the time
College of Lake County Dream and play in your future. Now. Experience our very unique, science-based programs. Ignite your passion and become the next Katherine Johnson. Hubble telescope astronaut. Pentagon cryptographer. Documentary filmmaker. Cancer researcher. Innovator. Entrepreneur. Imagine your future in science and technology at College of Lake County this summer.