Summer Camps

Students: Stay engaged with STEM and the arts this summer. Opportunities abound throughout Missouri and Kansas. Use this list of Kansas City metro-area providers plus an overview of college and university-hosted camps across the state to explore further!

In the Kansas City metropolitan area:

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Learn about opportunities in healthcare during the School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program. (Applications due in April!) http://med.umkc.edu/summerscholars/.

University of Kansas-Edwards Campus, Overland Park

From robotics to coding to fun with math, you’ll find many STEM learning opportunities here: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/summer-camps-ku-edwards-campus

Metropolitan Community College-College for Kids

MCC offers half and full-day classes on topics from STEM to the arts at several of its campuses. Visit http://mcckc.edu/ and search “College for Kids” to find information about programs at the campus closest to you.

Johnson County Community College-Overland Park

Hands-on classes, labs and experiences customized for youth entering grades six through high school, with options in art, design, science, engineering, computers, languages and more: http://www.jccc.edu/community-resources/youth-programs/summer-enrichment-program.html

University of Central Missouri-Lee’s Summit

Find options from robotics to interactive web design with programs for students in grades K-12: https://www.ucmo.edu/summitcenter/youth_programs/precollegesummercamps.cfm

Science City Summer Camps

Science City summer camps spark interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning through interactive, challenging and FUN activities! Science City Summer Camp provides a hands-on environment to explore exciting STEAM topics for kids ages 6-12. Each week, campers engage in programs that teach life science, physical science, art and innovation. See the full details here: http://www.unionstation.org/sciencecity/summercamp.

Blue Valley CAPS Summer Camps

Blue Valley CAPS is offering several STEM-related summer camps for students entering seventh through ninth grades. See the full details and registration information under the Summer Camps tab here: http://bvcaps.yourcapsnetwork.org/

aSTEAM Village Summer STEaM Experience for Kids

The aSTEAM Village Summer STEaM Experience for Kids is a seven-week summer STEaM camp for students in grades 3-12 and enables learners to explore the world of robotics, video game design, cell phone circuit board engineering, race car engineering, alternative energy and many more science, technology, energy, arts and math challenges. For more information visit https://www.asteamvillage.org/summer-steam-camp.

Camp Invention

The National Inventors Hall of Fame brings its Camp Invention to multiple locations around the metropolitan region this summer. Children in grades K-6 are presented with hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Learn more and search for local camps here: http://campinvention.org/

STEAMPunk Puppetry

This July 23-27 offering from Mesner Puppet Theatre explores how puppetry, or moving sculpture, is a magical place where art and technology meet. When creating a puppet, we test, analyze, redesign and prototype. Puppets, like machines, are designed with specific goals in mind. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to a puzzle-filled week of activities revolving around the engineering side of puppetry. For details, contact Education Director Alex Espy at alex@mesnerpuppets.org or call (816) 756-3500.

Short Circuit Robotics

Short Circuit Robotics offers a series of STEM camps this summer. See the full list here: https://www.shortcircuitrobotics.com/new-camps.

Liberty Robotics Camp

The Liberty Robotics Foundation and Liberty Robotics Team 1764’s Robotics Summer Camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-22 at Liberty High School.

Using problem solving skills, creativity and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills students working in teams will construct, program and compete with a Vex robot.  Supplies and programming software will be provided.  This camp is open to all incoming 6th – 12th grade students.  Cost is $200 per student and includes a T-shirt and pizza on the final day.  Download the registration form here.

iD Tech Camps

At iD Tech, students ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity and more. Weeklong summer programs take place at University of Missouri–Kansas City. Learn more: https://www.idtech.com/locations/missouri-summer-camps/university-of-missouri-kansas-city

Play-Well TEKnologies

Play-Well TEKnologies offers LEGO-inspired STEM summer camps in Kansas City as well as in other locations across Kansas & Missouri. See the list of local options here.

Across Missouri and Kansas

Missouri State University-Springfield

Includes STEM camps for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plus plenty of other enrichment experiences: http://www.semo.edu/camps/

Missouri University of Science and Technology-Rolla

A robust list of options ranging from aerospace to nuclear engineering: http://futurestudents.mst.edu/summercamps/

University of Missouri-Columbia

Something for everyone, from LEGO Camps to chemistry: https://musis1.missouri.edu/precollege/summer_program.cfm

Saint Louis University

From sports medicine to coding, it’s summer at Saint Louis University: https://www.slu.edu/summer/k-12-camps-and-academies

Southeast Missouri State University-Cape Girardeau

http://www.semo.edu/camps/

Truman State University-Kirksville

Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars: http://jba.truman.edu/

Washington University

Summer Scholars

University of Kansas-Lawrence

https://engr.ku.edu/events-camps#Camps

Cosmosphere International Science Ed Center and Space Museum

(Hutchinson, Kansas) http://cosmo.org/education/camps