The Best Summer STEM Camps

Posted: March 12, 2020

These days, STEM Camps are some of the most popular summer camps for kids. We've rounded up some of the best STEM Camps for Chicago kids, offering programs like Secret Agent Academy, robotics, game design, 3D printing, app design 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:

Codeverse Summer Camps: Launch your kids into a universe of fun and learning
Lincoln Park, Naperville, Wilmette
From creating video games and 3D models, to building and navigating robots around a futuristic lab, Codeverse summer camp is an out-of-this-world experience for kids ages 6-13! Each day of camp is assigned a theme (Game Development, Robotics, 3D Printing, Circuitry) and is comprised of exciting and educational adventures. These include programing concert-hall lights and speakers using real code, building your own robot and competing in high-speed robot races, creating 3D printed designs, and designing multi-level video games. To cap it off, campers show off their coding creations to family and friends on Friday afternoon of camp. Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, lunch and snacks included! Learn more...

Snapology Camps Put the "A" in STEAM with Creative LEGO® Engineering and Robotics Challenges!
Various Locations Chicago - Mobile Operated
Keep your kids engaged all summer long in Snapology's STEAM camps. With thousands of LEGO® bricks and specialized TECHNIC® pieces, there is no limit to what your child can create! Each week, kids ages 3-12 will learn new concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math around popular themes that are of high interest to these age groups. Using computers, robotics, and other technologies to collaboratively solve problems, your child will create and modify moving machines and cool contraptions, and apply these concepts to design their own inventions. Snapology's curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by master teachers, but the kids have so much fun, they don't realize they are learning. Shhh... don't tell them it's educational! Learn more...

Kids become explorers and creators at Noggin Builders STEM Camps
Two Northbrook Locations: 3000 Dundee Rd. #201, and Northbrook Court
How do you build a dunk tank? What can cooking teach us about chemistry? What challenges would you create for an escape room? These are just a few of the questions kids explore in Noggin Builders camps, where they dive into different STEM themes each week. PreK campers will explore how science intersects with other subjects, from DaVinci's art to Dr. Suess to dinosaurs. Grade K - 2nd camp themes include Engineering Through Time, Go Green Science, and LEGO Adventures! Campers entering 3rd-5th grades can try their hands at innovation in Crazy Contraptions, Cool Chemistry, DIY Circuits, and Escape Room Engineers. In Maker Camp, for grades 6th-8th, kids use tools, circuits and other equipment to design and build their own creations. Learn more...

iD Tech in Chicago!
Summer camps held at Loyola, GEMS, and 150+ campuses.
At iD Tech, kids and teens ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, discover cybersecurity, and more! Programs are held at Loyola University, GEMS World Academy, Northwestern, Lake Forest, Stanford, NYU, and 150+ campuses worldwide. In addition to their flagship iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech also offers all-girls camps, teen-only Academies, an advanced capstone program, and year-round Online Private Lessons. Learn more...

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The BitSpace Summer Camp that unlocks creativity is here!
Chicago and Wilmette
Join BitSpace’s week-long immersion experiences into design-thinking, collaboration, and making to spark curiosity in your child and help them flex their creative muscles like never before. Our campers are supported by an unprecedented camper to guide ratio of 5:1. In small groups, with the support of expert guides (real-life architects, designers, and makers) your kids will discover how to turn their unique idea into a reality using the newest tools and technology available. That means virtual reality, 3D printing, laser cutting, and so much more. By the end of the week your child’s thinking will have transformed from “I don’t know what to do” to "WOW! Look what I made!"
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For the makers, the tinkerers, and the out-of-the-box thinkers!
3232 N Elston Ave, Chicago
Entrepreneurship is in every child's DNA and we want to help them unleash it! These week-long camps give kids aged 6-14 the opportunity to harness their enthusiasm to turn problems into business ideas. Campers will master the art of entrepreneurial thinking and turn their big ideas into dynamic pitches and consulting projects for local businesses. They will capture their creativity and innovation by making commercials, portfolios and/or websites. Campers will network with successful entrepreneurs and discover entrepreneurship as a path to self-empowerment and improved confidence. All campers will be invited to put their big ideas to the test at the next annual Chicago Children's Business Fair. Middle Grades: August 3-7, 2020. Elementary: August 10-14, 2020. Learn more...

Premier Summer Tech Education at the University of Chicago
Held at the University of Chicago (Ages 9-18)
Digital Media Academy is a leading innovator in technology education with over 20+ years of experience in the field. Their impactful STEM summer programs provide students ages 9-18 with immersive, project-based learning experiences at prestigious universities around the globe. Students build in-demand tech skills in courses taught by world-class professionals while creating a portfolio of their work that they can show off on their college applications. Courses in animation, filmmaking, photography, robotics, music production, and more are available. Enroll today! Learn more...

Fun-filled nature and science exploration all summer long!
3232 N Elston Ave, Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Summer Camp immerses campers ages 4 to 11 into the wonderful world of nature and science. The unique day camp sessions give campers ages the opportunity to develop new friendships while building social and science skills. The museum grounds are their classroom, fostering critical thinking strategies, social-emotional skills, and science practices through hands-on experiences with museum collections, live animal critter connections, and the natural world. With multiple 2-week sessions to choose from June through August, the camps promote discovery and play while embracing all that Mother Nature and Chicago have to offer. Learn more...

Kids Stem Studio: Ignite passion for your kids and instill confidence in Coding, Engineering and Technology.
Downtown, Lincoln Park and Skokie
Kids Stem Studio holds summer STEM camps for kids ages 1-7. Our camps combine fun and learning with an unforgettable experience, teaching kids to think and work like real scientists, programmers, engineers, and creative designers. Campers get to work on cool projects and hands-on activities, and engage in fun and developing real-world products and digital creation. We also enjoy games, activities, and outdoor recess. Each camp day includes 1/2 a day of Hands-on Engineering and 1/2 a day of Technology class with outdoor recess. Our camps offer a low student-teacher ration of just 8:1! Every Friday campers present their technology projects to their parents. Learn more...

The Laboratory Collective: Have fun. Make friends. Be with the "Older Kids."
2349 W. North Ave., Chicago
Ages 7-12. Kids have called our camps "The Best Camp ever" where we incorporate STEM with kids' favorite topics and books! In our camps, you might make potions like Harry Potter, build robots, learn the science of Dragons, join a Secret Agent academy, train at Camp Half-Blood, survive zombies, solve mysteries, and more. Includes: Outdoor time, making lifelong friends, outstanding instructors, and 4+ STEAM experiments per day. Before Care and After Care available. Learn more...

Find more options in our Camp Guide's Science/Technology Camps page.