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STEM Camps


STEM summer camps, presented by NIU STEM Outreach, help 2nd - 12th graders discover STEM topics with camps.

  • Exploring STEM through Art, Chemistry, Coding, Digital Arts, Electricity & Magnetism, Engineering, LEGO Robotics: Battle Bots, Robotics, SciFi, Video Games, and WaterBotics (Grades 7-9)

  • It's Not Magic, It's STEM! (Grades 5-6)
  • STEM Career Explorations 3D Printing & Manufacturing, Earth & Space Science, Engineering, Health, Life Science, Physical Science, Science, Social Hacking, and Video Game Design (Grades 10-12)

STEM Outreach collaborates with other programs across the NIU campus.

In addition to providing the expert instruction for our residential Video Game Design sessions, the DCL offers day camps in wide range of video game design related topics.

A list of all NIU Summer Camps are available here.

Additional Camp Information

STEM Camp Directors and Staff


Jeremy Benson - Director of NIU's STEM summer camps. Jeremy has experience as Assistant Director, lead instructor and overnight supervisor of NIU's STEM camps, as well as presenting our STEM demonstrations, Saturday classes and hands-on exploration programs to students all over northern Illinois. He is a certified physics teacher in the state of Illinois and a full time employee of NIU STEM Outreach.

Pati Sievert is Director of NIU STEM Outreach and exercises a guiding hand on our STEM camps. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physics Education and has many years of experience working with young people in schools, camps, outreach programming and as a high school physics teacher.

Please contact us with any questions about programming or camp life at or (815) 753-0533.


Camp instructors are experienced classroom teachers and NIU faculty and students who are selected because of their ability DO science. NIU faculty and graduate students work with the high school science research scholars.

Counselors for all sessions are NIU students in the sciences or education who enjoy working with young people and having a great time with science. They assist with the sessions as well as lead science-related recreational activities.


Unless otherwise noted in the camp description, all STEM summer camps are located on NIU's DeKalb Campus. This allows campers to get a feel for campus life. Campers reside in double rooms on a secure floor in a residence hall with our counselors. They share the dorm and dining hall with campers from many of NIU's other summer programs. They hike to and from labs, just as they will in college.

Most camp activities occur in laboratories in Faraday Hall, outdoors, and our STEM classroom. Davis Hall Observatory and other science facilities are also used.

This summer we are headed back to NIU’s Lorado Taft Campus. Named in honor of Lorado Taft, the former Artists’ colony has become the university’s 141-acre outdoor education and conference campus. Campers stay in bunkhouses and enjoy family style meals in the conference center dining hall. 


After your initial registration and deposit, you will receive electronic application forms via email from an online system called CampDocs in order to complete the remainder of your camper's application. Please note that most of our communication is through email, so be sure to use an email address you check often.

Note that the entire application and deposit needs to be in our possession for our evaluation before we can accept a camper for any session.

For general questions about applications forms, please contract Sara Finnigan at

Campership application forms must be requested by email. Contact Judith Dymond as early as possible at The campership application for STEM Summer Camps 2018 is now available. 


Pricing information for camps is located on each individual camp page.

Refund Policy

Cancellations prior to May 1, full refund, minus $30.00 processing fee.

Cancellations between May 1 and 30 days prior to camp, refund of fees paid minus $100.00. 

No refunds within 30 days prior to start of camp, except in cases of documented medical emergencies.


We have set up a payment plan in consultation with parents. If you are applying more than 60 days prior to camp, you will be charged a $100.00 deposit at that time and then will be charged two additional times: at 60 days prior to camp, you will be charged 50% of the camp fee minus the $100.00 deposit and at 30 days prior to camp, you will be charged the remainder of the fee. If you apply within 60 days of camp, you will be charged 50% of the camp fee at the time and the remainder at 30 days prior to camp. If you apply within 30 days of camp, you will be charged the full amount at registration. Please take this payment plan into consideration when providing us with a card number as all charges will be made to the same account.


NIU STEM Outreach has limited funding for camperships for youth who otherwise would not be able to attend camp due to financial concerns. Camperships will be awarded to campers of any ethnicity or gender based on need and demonstrated interest in STEM. Due to the limited funding, the application is not being posted on this site, but needs to be requested by email from Judith Dymond at Camperships can either be full or partial. We are willing to work with schools or community organizations to help select campership recipients. If you are a parent and feel your child may benefit from one of our STEM summer residential programs, please work with your child's teacher, school counselor, or a community organization. It will increase the likelihood of acceptance in our program. This is a NEEDS based scholarship and is not based on merit.

The campership application for STEM Summer Camps 2018 is now available.