Got a Connecticut kiddo who loves all things science and tech? If so, a STEM summer camp could be a great way to broaden those interests and start your little scientist on a path of lifelong learning. At these enriching, hands-on summer programs in Connecticut, kids ranging in age from preschoolers to teens will have a chance to learn STEM principles, from building a model coral reef to designing and printing 3-D objects to powering a circuit using solar energy.
Check out these STEM summer camps across the state, or take a look at our extensive Summer Camp Guide and Summer Camp Directory for tons of options fit for all interests, including affordable Connecticut camps and sleepway camps.
Connecticut STEM Camp Programs
iD Tech - Various Locations
Choose from co-ed programs for kids ages 7 to 17, an all-girls option for ages 10 to 15, or iD Tech Academies for ages 13 to 18. At these high-energy summer camps, students will master tons of new tech skills by learning video game design, coding, programming in Java and C++, 3D modeling, Minecraft modding, robotics, graphic arts, web design, digital video editing, and more.
Camp Invention - Various Locations
Hosted by dozens of schools and organizations and taught by local educators, Camp Invention inspires children in grades 1 to 6 to explore their world and STEM concepts with hands-on, creative problem-solving activities. In CrickoBot, children power a circuit using solar energy employing physics and motion to produce small inventions. In Epic Park, they design tree houses integrating simple machines and build prototypes and models. Children also explore demolitions, coding, slime, and sound-activated lights. There are dozens of locations across the state.
Connecticut Audubon Centers - Various Locations
Do you kids love nature? The Audubon has camps for your children that explore nature, animals, and the ecosystem. Programs in Fairfield, Pomfret, Glastonbury, and Milford Point.
Play-Well Teknologies - Various Locations
Over twenty locations for this project based, engineering and LEGO camp all over Connecticut. Classes include LEGO Basic and Advanced, Super Heroes, Minecraft, Star Wars, and more. It's suitable for ages 5 and up.
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Fairfield STEM Camps
Discovery Museum - Bridgeport
If you're not already a fan of this place, allow me to introduce you. Discovery Museum is tucked away in Bridgeport near Sacred Heart University. Next door is the Discovery Magnet School, a science-based school for kids from kindergarten to grade 8. The museum itself is small but a lot of fun, and in the summer the camps are plentiful. Sessions are based on age and this year some of the themes are dinosaurs, roller coasters, animation, and spy lab.
E-magination Tech Camps - Fairfield
Fairfield University hosts two E-magination programs for kids ages 8 to 17. Tech Camp blends 25 STEM-based workshops with fun summer camp activities to create a well-rounded summer camp experience, while Programming Camp focuses on teaching one of today’s most popular dynamic programming languages, while incorporating outdoor games, swimming, and supervised time to hang with new camp friends.
Hartford & New Haven Area STEM Camps
Summer Camps at Eli Whitney Museum - Hamden
Nearly 60 workshops will stimulate your child’s mind and desire to learn. Programming is age based. A sampling of themes for 2019 include Japan and the Art of Play, The Magnetic Circus, Musical Circuits, Gnome House, 3-D Printing, Art of the Motor, and Stopping Time. Classes available for Elementary through High School.
Talcott Mountain Science Center - Avon
STEM learning has been the basis of this mountaintop academy since before the term STEM was a thing, really. Kids from kindergarten to 8th grade explore cool science, nature and technology adventures, participate in weekly contests and enjoy planetarium and magic shows.
Connecticut Science Center - Hartford
Exploration summer camp provides children with hands-on science enrichment through fun and engaging activities. They participate in structured activities with staff scientists and camp counselors and get the opportunity to explore the Science Center galleries and exhibits. Students can choose from a number of programs throughout July and August that include building robots, investigating which real-life substances trap a super-villain, or sailing down the "Amazon River."
The Goddard School - Various Locations
This chain of learning centers operates in 35 states, including Connecticut. Summer camp incorporates a STEAM-based curriculum and sticks to the overall belief upon which Goddard School is founded: that kids learn best when they are having fun.
Mountaint Mist/YMCA STEM Camp - Meriden
The Connecticut STEM Academy and the YMCA are partnering to bring children more opportunities to learn about science, engineering, technology and math. Using Mountain Mist's Outdoor Classroom in Meriden, campers will explore nature, hike, build a mini-greenhouse, and use hands-on equipment. Another session of the camp, campers will dive into robotics, learning to problem solve, code, and program.
STEM Academy - Wallingford
The STEM Academy is offering several summer STEM programs for kids including: Lego Robotics, STEM Explorations, STEM Camp for ages 6 to 8, STEM Ramp and Roll, and many others. Camps run in July and August.
Sizzling Summer of STEM - West Hartford
Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to sign up for this week-long program. Campers will investigate engineering and the future of technology and create their own glow-in-the-dark 3-D printed item. There is also a nature-themed STEM camp offered at Westmoor Park for those who prefer the outdoors to computers.