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Beat the ‘summer slide’ with STEM Outreach camps

Northern Illinois University offers a number of hands-on NIU STEM Outreach camps over the summer.
Northern Illinois University offers a number of hands-on NIU STEM Outreach camps over the summer.

Summer is almost here, which means a new lineup of hands-on, exciting NIU STEM Outreach camps for the young innovators and inventors.

Campers in grades 2 through 12 can roll up their sleeves, learn problem-solving skills and make friends – all while picking up tools for success in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM Camps are offered from June through August at Northern Illinois University's main campus in DeKalb and the picturesque Lorado Taft field campus in Oregon, Illinois.

Online registration has already begun, so don’t wait too long to browse the schedule and reserve a spot in your top choice. Early bird discounts are available through April 15.

A full schedule is available online at niu.edu/stem/programs/camps.

Middle school students can enroll in the Engineering Amusement residential camp, a time-tested favorite focused on the science of amusement parks. Campers will learn the engineering design process as they design their own rides, concoct their own edible treats and more. One full day will be spent doing experiments and observing science in action at Six Flags Great America.

For students entering grades 7 to 9, several new tracks have been added to the popular Exploring STEM residential camps. In addition to returning favorite tracks in chemistry, engineering, coding, lightning bolts and magnetic fields, science-fiction, Lego EV3 Robotics, video games, art and waterbotics, campers will be able to explore interests in photography and outdoor survival.

New tracks have also been designed for STEM Career Exploration, a residential camp for students entering grades 10 to 12 who are exploring careers that draw on STEM skills. Students can pick from coding, engineering, health sciences, earth and space science, physical sciences, video game design, manufacturing and technology, and life science. Campers learn what is required by jobs in these field, enabling them to tailor their future coursework accordingly.

Two day-camps successfully introduced last year serve students entering grades 2 to 5.[ STEM Juniors provides four days of project-based activities, including Lego robot-building, simple electric circuit design and 3D printing. STEM Divas offers similar activities, with an additional focus on helping female students embrace STEM skills as empowering.

STEM Outreach camps offer need-based scholarships and offer discounts for early-bird registration, returning camper, or families with multiple campers.

Looking for something other than STEM? Visit http://niu.edu/stem/programs/camps/index.shtml for details on STEM camps or http://niu.edu/summercamps for details on all NIU summer camps.

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