july camps


Read moreIt's Not Magic; It's STEM Camp!

Grades 5-6, July 7-12, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-0533 or stemcamps@niu.edu

Don't be a muggle. Discover the magic of STEM. Campers will split into houses to compete for the coveted STEM cup as they learn the science of charms (coding), potions (chemistry), transfiguration (engineering) and more.

Read morePercussion Camp

Grades 6-12. July 22-26, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-1450 or ksherman2@niu.edu

Explore the amazing world of percussion with world-class NIU faculty, alumni and students. You'll perform in ensembles and participate in classes on steel drum, snare drum, drum set, timpani, keyboard, percussion and more. Commuter registration is available.'

Read moreTheatre Art Camp Junior

Grades 6-9 completed. July 7-12, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-1450 or ksherman2@niu.edu

Enjoy a week packed with theatre activities including production rehearsals, daily workshops, acting classes, theatre games and improv exercises. This year's theme is "The Eighties!"

Read moreSphero Robotic Programming and Video Game Design Camp

Grades 5-9. July 8-12, 2019. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily.
815-753-0673 or dcl@niu.edu

This year we're introducing Sphero Sprk+, a versatile programmable robot, and GameMaker video design software. Learn the basics of block coding and JavaScript in an easy, fun way.

Read morePython and PyGame Video Game Design Camp

Grades 5-9. July 15-19, 2019. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily.
815-753-0673 or dcl@niu.edu

Interested in making your own video games but don't know where to start? Build your own game in Pygame using Python script coding. Learn the basics of coding with Python's readable and approachable format.

Read moreExploring STEM
Sessions One - Three

Grades 7-9.
815-753-0533 or stemcamps@niu.edu

Each week offers several exciting topics to engage young scientists in the wonders of STEM. Choose one track per week.

Session One, July 7-12, 2019. Residential - Lorado Taft Campus

  • Art Experience physics through pendulum painting and chemistry through acrylic paint pouring. Explore the connections between art and science with these and other hands-on creative projects.
  • Lightning Bolts and Magnetic Fields You'll explore the science of electricity and magnetism through exciting hands-on activities and interactive projects.
  • Engineering You'll develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills with hands-on challenges and fun design competitions that will spark your
    inner engineer.
  • Gaming and Puzzles STEAM learning and fun go hand in hand as you explore the science and math behind your favorite board, card and dice games and develop a game of your own.
  • Programming and Robotics
    Learn the basics of creating a program and see your program come to life using several different types of robots. Perfect for beginning programmers.

Session Two, July 14-19, 2019. Residential-Lorado Taft Campus

  • Coding From interactive robots to desktop and web applications, this camp will encourage you to expand your programming skills. This track assumes familiarity with coding. Beginning students, please see Programming and Robotics.
  • LEGO WaterBotics You'll design, build and program Lego NXT robots and then test them in a series of underwater challenges.
  • Making Discover a range of maker tools and processes including power tools, 3D printers, soldering irons and more, to help your creativity flourish.

Session Three, July 21-26, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus

  • Chemistry Explore chemistry by learning about forensics and criminology while getting hands-on experience in the lab as you complete your own experiments to solve crimes.
  • From the Moon to Mars, and Beyond! New camp for 2019. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a whole week of out-of-this-world fun. Highlights include building and launching a model rocket and designing a rover to explore the surface of Mars.
  • Digital Arts What stories do you want to tell? You'll use green screens, digital photography, photo editing, stop-motion animation and other technologies to communicate important stories and concepts.
  • Making Discover a range of maker tools and processes including power tools, 3D printers, soldering irons and more, to help your creativity flourish.
  • Video Game Desig with NIU's Digital Convergence Lab Why spend your summer playing video games when you could learn how to make your own? You'll use computer-based tools to design and prototype a playable video game.

Read moreSpeech Camp

Grades 9-12. July 7-12, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-5200 or pietrowski@niu.edu
Develop and enhance your knowledge in a specific area of speech by selecting or writing speeches, honing research skills, memorizing pieces and practicing the art of effective delivery.

Read moreTheatre Arts Camp Senior

Grades 9-12 completed. July 14-19, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-1450 or ksherman2@niu.edu
Enjoy a week packed with rehearsals, workshops, acting classes, theatre games and improvisation. Each camper receives coaching to reach theatrical goals.

Read moreQuarantine Camp

Grades 9-12 completed. July 21-26, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-8554 or stemcamps@niu.edu

STEM Read Presents Quarantine: The Summer Camp. Based on the Novel by Lex Thomas. Meet Lex Thomas and enter Quarantine: The Loners, where high school students are poisonous to the outside world. Solve STEAM challenges, create fan fiction, and strategize to survive this week-long game!

Read moreVisual Arts

Grades 8-12 completed. July 14-19, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-1450 or ksherman2@niu.edu
Serious artists, participate in exciting, diverse and creative art experiences. Be innovative as you experiment with new materials, techniques and ideas while producing portfolio-quality work.

Read moreNIU Jazz Camp

Grades 8-12 completed. July 7-12, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus
815-753-1450 or ksherman2@niu.edu

Enthusiastic jazz musicians of all skill levels take a creative approach to improvisation and ensemble playing. Campers will perform, learn, listen and improve their understanding of jazz tradition.

Read moreSTEM Careers
Session Three

Grades 10-12
Residential-DeKalb Campus.
815-753-0533 or stemcamps@niu.edu

Spend a week immersed in a subject of your choice. You'll work on real-world projects, meet with experts in your chosen field and learn about the variety of careers available in each field.

Session Three, July 21-26, 2019. Residential-DeKalb Campus

  • 3D Design and Manufacturing Learn about innovative uses of 3D printing to make prosthetics, dental implants and more, as you also gain hands-on experience with the technology used by professionals in the industry.
  • Aerospace A week of hands-on experiences related to rockets, robots and all the careers involved in space flight and exploration, including building and launching a model rocket and designing a space habitat.
  • Computer Science Learn about the different career paths available to computer programmers as we explore core programming concepts and program our own mini-computers.

Read moreOn Track Speech and Language Summer Camp (Ages 3-5)

Monday and Wednesday - July 8 through July 31
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Enrollment is limited.

These four-week camps are designed for children with mild to moderate articulation, phonological, and language delays or deficits. Weekly camp themes are targeted to build vocabulary, grammatical concepts and phonological processes. It is a fun way for your child to stay on track with speech and language skills and successfully begin the school year.

Camps are supervised by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and conducted by a team of graduate students enrolled in the NIU Speech-Language Pathology Program.

Read moreOn Track Speech and Language Summer Camp (Ages 6-8)

Monday and Wednesday - July 8 through July 31
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Enrollment is limited.

This four-week camp are supervised by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and conducted by a team of graduate students enrolled in the NIU Speech-Language Pathology Program. The camp is designed for children with mild to moderate articulation, phonological, and language delays or deficits.

Weekly camp themes are targeted to build vocabulary, grammatical concepts and phonological processes. It is a fun way for your child to stay on track with speech and language skills and successfully begin the school year.