STEM Summer Camps
2014 registration is closed. We hope you'll join us next year!
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, Waterbotics, Lego EV3 Robotics, or Chemistry (middle school)
- STEM Career Explorations - Health Care, Engineering, Science, or 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
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 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. He recently completed student teaching a a middle school in Rochelle, IL and will be a certified physics teacher in the state of Illinois.
Pettee Guerrero is programming director of some of NIU's STEM summer camp sessions. Pettee has experience working with young people as counselor and overnight supervisor of NIU's STEM camps. During the school year she presents STEM demonstrations, brings our hands-on STEM Exploration Labs to schools, and teaches STEM Saturday classes, in addition to pursuing her Master's degree in mechanical engineering.
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 2014 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.
Families are asked to complete the online application that can be accessed from each camp session's page and pay the deposit online. A payment plan is built into the online process for your convenience. If you prefer not to apply online, you may download the STEM Camps 2014 Application Form, follow the instructions for mailing it to Outreach Registration at NIU. Be sure to include the minimum due at the time of application and make timely payments to keep your child's place in the chosen camp session.
As part of the registration process, the following information 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. Download the NIU 2014 Summer STEM Camps Application Packet.
Campership application forms may be requested by email. Contact Pati Sievert as early as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Up to five $300.00 camperships will be awarded to campers of any ethnicity or gender based on need and demonstrated interest in STEM. We also have additional funding to reduce the camp fee to just the $100.00 deposit for young women of an underrepresented race or ethnicity in STEM for the July and August camp sessions. Due to the limited funding, the application is not being posted online, but needs to be requested by email from Pati Sievert at email@example.com. We prefer 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.
If you are interested in helping young people attend NIU's STEM camps by supporting our campership program, please contact Pati Sievert, Director of STEM Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.