STEM summer camps, presented by NIU STEM Outreach, help 2nd - 12th graders discover STEM topics with camps.
Engineering Amusement (Grades 5-6)
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.
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
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 STEMOutreach@niu.edu or (815) 753-0533.
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 email@example.com
Pricing information for
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
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
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
The campership application for STEM Summer Camps 2018 is now available.