STEM Camps

Girls learns to solder at a STEM Camp

2019 STEM Camp Schedule

Explore! Investigate! Create!

Hands-on science, technology, engineering and math fun for students entering grades 2 through 12.

Day Camps (STEM Juniors & STEM Divas)

Entering 2-5 grade, 9am – 3pm.  Monday through Thursday

Early Middle School Camps

Entering 5-6 grade, residential, Sunday through Friday

Middle School – Exploring STEM

Entering 7-9 grade, residential, Sunday through Friday

High School – STEM Career Explorations

Entering 10-12 grade, residential, Sunday through Friday

STEM Read Presents Quarantine: The Summer Camp

Entering 9-12 grade, residential, Sunday through Friday

STEM Camp Directors

Jeremy Benson is director of NIU STEM summer camps. Jeremy has experience as assistant director, lead instructor and overnight supervisor of NIU STEM camps, and he presents our STEM demonstrations, Saturday classes and hands-on exploration programs to students all over northern Illinois. He's 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 STEMOutreach@niu.edu or 815-753-0533.

STEM Camp Staff

Camp instructors are experienced classroom teachers, NIU faculty and students.

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

Unless otherwise noted in the camp description, all STEM summer camps are located on our NIU DeKalb Campus, so campers 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 our other summer programs. They walk to and from labs just as they will in college. Learn more about Gilbert hall here.

Most camp activities occur in Faraday Hall labs, outdoors and in our STEM classroom. We also use Davis Hall Observatory and other science facilities on campus.

This summer we will again hold some camps at our NIU Lorado Taft Campus, the university’s 141-acre outdoor education and conference campus. Campers at Lorado Taft stay in bunkhouses and enjoy family style meals in the conference center dining hall. 

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

For general questions about applications forms, contact Sara Finnigan.

To apply for a camp scholarship, email Judith Dymond as early as possible.

All fees will be charged to the initial card number you provide when registering. Pricing information  is located on the lefthand navigation of each camp page.


Applying more than 60 days prior to camp

  • At time of application, your credit card will be charged a $100 deposit.
  • 60 days prior to camp, your credit card will be charged 50% of the camp fee minus the $100 deposit.
  • 30 days prior to camp, your credit card will be charged the remainder of the fee.

Applying within 60 days of camp

  • At the time of application, your credit card will be charged 50% of the camp fee.
  • 30 days prior to camp, your credit card will be charged the remainder of the fee.

Applying within 30 days of camp

  • At the time of application, your credit card will be charged the full amount.

Refund Policy

If you cancel prior to May 1, you'll receive a full refund minus a $30 processing fee. If you cancel between May 1 and 30 days prior to camp, you'll receive a refund of fees paid minus $100. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 30 days prior to start of camp, except in cases of documented medical emergencies.

NIU STEM Outreach has limited funding for scholarships for youth who otherwise would not be able to attend camp due to financial concerns. Scholarships will be awarded based on need and demonstrated interest in STEM. Scholarships can either be full or partial. You must request an application form from Judith Dymond.

We're willing to work with schools or community organizations to help select scholarship recipients. If you're 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 to increase the likelihood of acceptance in our program. Scholarships are based on need and not merit.

Please note: all camp scholarships have been awarded for this year. Please check back next January for scholarship information.