STEM Summer Camps
2014 Registration - Now Open!
STEM summer camps, presented by NIU STEM Outreach, help 5th - 12th graders discover STEM topics with camps.
- Engineering Amusement (middle school)
- Exploring STEM through Art, Nature, or Waterbotics (middle school)
- STEM Career Explorations - health care, engineering, and video game design (high school)
- New in 2014 - Preventing the Robopocalypse (high school)
STEM Outreach collaborates with other programs across the NIU campus.
- Digital Convergence Lab
- College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Additional Camp Information
(2014 Updates Coming Soon!)
Pati Sievert is director of NIU's STEM Outreach department as well as 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.
Jeremy Benson is assistant director of NIU's STEM Summer camps. Jeremy also has experience working with young people as lead counselor 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 nothern Illinois.
Please contact Pati or Jeremy with any questions about programming or camp life. firstname.lastname@example.org, (815) 753-1201 or email@example.com, (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 eduation 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.
NIU's DeKalb Campus hosts all of the 2012 STEM camps listed above. This allows campers to get a feel for campus life. Campers reside in double rooms on a secure floor in a tower dorm 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 and outdoors. Davis Hall Observatory and other science facilities are also used.
As part of the registration process, the following infomation packet must be downloaded and printed, and the included forms must be completed and returned for each camper no later than two weeks before the first day of camp. The registration packet can be found by clicking here.
The fee for June camps is $575. Early Registration for June camps ends April 15th. The full fee for June camps is $595 after April 15th.
Additional field trip and technology fees may apply for some camps. See registration page for additional discount information.
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.
2014 Scholarship information coming soon.
If you are interested in helping young people attend NIU's STEM camps, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.