STEM summer camps, presented by NIU STEM Outreach, help 2nd - 12th graders discover STEM topics with camps.
Engineering Amusement (Grades 5-7)
Exploring STEM through Art, Chemistry, Coding, Lightning Bolts and Magnetic Fields, LEGO EV3 Robotics Engineering, LEGO EV3 Robotics Space, Sci-Fi, Waterbotics, and Wild Biology (Grades 7-9)
STEM Career Explorations Coding, Engineering, Health Care, Science, or Video Game Design (Grades 10-12)
Thanks to everyone who made this year's STEM camps our best yet!
STEM Outreach collaborates with other programs across the NIU campus. Click here for a list of all NIU's Summer Camp offerings
- Digital Convergence Lab
- College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Additional Camp Information
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 classes and hands-on exploration programs to students all over northern Illinois. He is a certified physics teacher in the state of Illinois and a full time employee of NIU STEM Outreach.
Pettee Guerrero is programming director of some of NIU's STEM summer camp sessions. Pettee has experience working with young people as instructor, 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 as a full time STEM Outreach employee in addition to pursuing her Master's degree in industrial management.
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.
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 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, the 2016 STEM camps listed above will be 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 for two weeks, beginning July 5. 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.
This year we are piloting a new online system to collect camper information. We hope this will help streamline the registration process for everyone. You will receive an email in the coming weeks with instructions for completing the required forms and how to submit them to our new system.
In the mean time, our teacher recommendation form is live. In order to choose candidates who will make the STEM summer camp experience the most effective and enjoyable for all, we ask that each camper candidate choose a teacher to recommend him/her.
Teachers can fill out the form here. If your teacher does not have access to Google, please have the teacher send a recommendation letter to STEMOutreach@niu.edu with the subject line Teacher Recommendation Letter – Camper Name”
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, please contract Sara Bosilovatz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Campership application forms may be requested by email. Contact Judith Dymond as early as possible at email@example.com.
Cancelations prior to May 1, full refund, minus $30.00 processing fee.
Cancelations between May 1 and 30 days prior to camp, refund of fees paid minus $100.00.
No refunds within 30 days prior to start of camp, except in cases of documented medical emergencies.
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. Camperships will be awarded to campers of any ethnicity or gender based on need and demonstrated interest in STEM. Due to the limited funding, the application is not being posted on this site, but needs to be requested by email from Judith Dymond at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are willing 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications at this time.