About STEM camps
A STEM camp teaches hard skills for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and engaging summer setting (and now online). Such programs foster valuable 21st-century life skills like problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and more.
As demand for coders, game developers, robotics engineers, and creative minds continues to increase, more families are turning to iD Tech for world-class STEM education via such summer programs and online learning.
Courses starting next week!
Minecraft World DesignerAges 7-9
Scratch Game Design with Visual CodingAges 7-9
Roblox Editor: Make Your Own Obby GameAges 7-9
Minecraft Adventure DesignAges 10-12
Roblox Game Design: Coding and MonetizationAges 10-12
Make A YouTube Channel: Animation and StorytellingAges 10-12
Minecraft Modding with Java CodingAges 10-12
Python Coding and Intro to Machine LearningAges 13-19
Minecraft Modding in JavaAges 13-19
Make A YouTube Channel: Animations and Digital ShortsAges 13-19
Coding Apps with JavaAges 13-19
3D Game Development and Level DesignAges 13-19
Coding Apps & Games with C++Ages 13-19
5-week & 10-week Season PassesAges 7-19
Why attend a STEM summer camp?
The world depends on STEM, and frankly, there aren't enough qualified individuals to fill the millions of STEM careers that go unfilled each year. (Read more about the importance of STEM.)
With over 450,000 alumni, 50+ innovative courses, online camp options, and 150+ prestigious locations, we are uniquely qualified to embolden students to shape the future—making us the world's #1 STEM destination for kids and teens, online and on-campus.
5 STEM summer camps for kids & teens
Choose from virtual and on-campus summer educational programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. (Online tutoring also available.)
Ages 7-19, co-ed. Online courses are the perfect way to sharpen tech skills from the comfort of home.
Ages 7-17, co-ed. Weeklong programs in coding, game design, robotics, and more held at 150+ locations.
Ages 10-15, all-girls. Weeklong programs held at 15+ locations. Code an app, design a mobile game, discover AI!
Ages 13-18, co-ed. Intensive, two-week programs in coding and AI held at 15+ prestigious universities.
Ages 13-18, co-ed. Intensive, two-week programs in game dev and design held at 10+ universities.
Benefits of STEM summer camps for elementary school students
Younger students crave exploration and discovery
Young kids are innately curious. Why? Everything is brand new! As a result, they're eager for exploration and situations that push them to ask "why?"—situations and activities where they can observe and experience so they can then analyze and connect dots. Those inquisitive needs are best met with "things" to play with and explore - like tech - or else that unbridled curiosity either fades, or won’t reach max levels.
Early childhood learning creates powerful outcomes
A young mind exposed to any activity usually translates into better familiarity with that activity, and the increased likelihood of an interest sticking for years and years. Reason being, preconceived notions can get in a child's way of wanting to explore what is in front of them. Is STEM cool? Is it hard? There isn't any way for kids to build up barriers if you're able to get them going in STEM before they are aware such barriers exist.
Benefits of STEM summer camps for middle school students
STEM summer camps fill an educational void
For today's middle schoolers, there's an abundance of info, courses, activities, and tutorials readily available on any subject. The challenge is, the place where most kids spend their time - school - doesn’t traditionally offer STEM subjects. Some do, and more are every day, but it’s still a small fraction of schools that are able to invest in STEM. Thus, STEM summer camps offer the opportunity for middle schoolers to dive into such learning and build valuable STEM skills.
Students experience a new friendship-building
One benefit of summer camp is the social aspect, right? But with a specialized STEM summer camp, students are making friends with like-minded peers. The result is relationships that extend beyond a weeklong friendship and into long-term networking. Students leave with names to call on when they need help with STEM projects, but also when it comes time to find internships or even launch businesses.
Online programs provide the socialization kids need
Sometimes, attending an in-person summer program isn't an option. So, online summer programs fill a socialization void, giving kids the chance to learn in small groups, and interact with other kids even with social distancing. This is different than a typical classroom setup where parents might see children on-screen with 30 or more kids—all of whom need to be muted in order for instruction to take place.
Benefits of STEM summer camps for high school students
Fun, cool career opportunities
There is a misconception that STEM is all coding and lab coats. Yes, disciplines like coding are a huge part of STEM, but the act of coding extends beyond a computer screen and complex languages. STEM is in sports, music, and other forms of entertainment. Game design? Awesome. Social media? Yes. STEM touches a multitude of subjects, which means there are related careers available for any interest imaginable.
Skill-building for an in-demand job landscape
We want our kids to enjoy what they end up doing for a living, but we also want them to be well-compensated. STEM jobs pay well, with median earnings nearly double that of non-STEM counterparts. These aren’t "cross your fingers," once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Millions of STEM jobs are going unfilled each year, and the only scarcity is the talent available to fill them. Such skill-building takes place at a STEM camp.
Why is coding important for kids & teens?
Computer Science is a rapidly growing STEM field. According to Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, “Although only 10 percent of schools teach computer science, even one hour of exposure can be enough to change a student’s life, as it did mine. In the 21st century, this isn’t just a course you study to get a job in software—it’s important to learn even if you want to be a nurse, a journalist, an accountant, a lawyer, or even a president.”
There are plenty of reasons why your child should learn to code, and so we wholeheartedly believe programming to be a vital skill for today’s youth. So do Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Will.i.am, and other notable figures. Watch the video that has garnered over 14 million views since its release.
What about engineering?
Space, sports, and rollercoasters. What could any of these things possibly have to do with each other? Believe it or not, they're all areas where you can apply engineering!
Engineering isn't just relegated to civil engineering and infrastructure, but spans into chemical engineering, electrical, mechanical, environmental, computer hardware, and much more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering jobs are projected to grow 7% by 2026. Read more about the unique jobs you can land with an engineering degree.
How is an online summer camp different than online school?
With eLearning on the rise, many parents are left wondering how an online summer camp might be different from other online programs, especially those where kids are learning in groups with other students.
It boils down to the fact that many online school activities gather large groups, sometimes 30+ students, in a single Zoom call. Then, because of the volume, teachers have no choice but to mute all participants in order to control the chaos.
With online summer camps, the student to instructor ratios are much lower (with our programs guaranteeing a max of 5 students in each class). It's an ideal size, offering active instruction, and the perfect blend of small-group collaboration and individual attention—allowing for everyone's voice to be heard.
Additional STEM resources
Read more STEM statistics, research STEM-related jobs, and learn about STEM competitions. Here are a few of our favorite STEM resources:
iD Tech blog posts
- Why is STEM important?
- What does STEM stand for in education?
- STEM education stats
- STEM competitions: the ultimate guide!
- 4 STEM Trends to Watch for 2020
- Coding for kids: the ultimate guide
- How to inspire girls in STEM
- Advice for girls in STEM
- Is coding for me?
- Java for kids: a guide for parents of aspiring coders
- Futuristic STEM jobs & career list
- Winter STEM activities
iD Tech STEM programs
Find a STEM camp near you
Online camps and summer STEM programs at 150+ locations, including:
- Austin, TX: St. Edward's University
- Chicago, IL: Loyola University
- Cincinnati, OH: Xavier University
- College Park, MD: University of Maryland
- Denver, CO: University of Denver
- Gainesville, FL: University of Florida
- Hartford, CT: Trinity College
- Houston, TX: Rice
- National University of Singapore
- New York, NY: Columbia University
- Phoenix, AZ: Arizona State
- Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon
- Richardson, TX: University of Texas at Dallas
- San Antonio, TX: Trinity University
- San Diego, CA: San Diego State
- Seattle, WA: UW Seattle
- Stanford, CA: Stanford
- Washington DC: American
- View all locations