It’s barely spring break, but for elementary, middle- and high-school students, it’s time to start planning for summer camps.
Florida universities and their colleges of engineering are offering a variety of camps and programs geared toward students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.
Following is a quick overview of some of the camps. Check out the links for more information on requirements, locations, times, fees, deadlines, and registration. Some camps have early application deadlines. Watch the various websites for updated information as summer nears.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle offers a number of summer camps for those interested in engineering. Programs include computer engineering, cybersecurity engineering, physics and astronomy, and GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science). More information.
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering provides several STEM opportunities for school-age students during the summer.
Two Mission to Mars engineering day camps are scheduled for the summer: high-school students, June 25-29; and middle-schoolers, July 9-13. For more information, email Shedric Triplett or Dr. Shonda Bernadin.
Joining with the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, the college offers several day camps focusing on STEM activities. More information.
The college’s Challenger Learning Center runs one-day and weeklong summer camps for students entering first through eighth grades. The center has a mix of science and technology activities schedule for 2018. More information.
Florida Atlantic University
FAU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science hosts a Summer Engineering Technology Program for students entering seventh through ninth grades. In 2017, the SET program offered 13 courses in three weekly sessions. Courses covered the fundamentals of engineering, introduction to civil engineering, and exploring electrical engineering, among other topics. More information.
Florida Gulf Coast University
The FGCU/Sigma Pi Phi Epsilon Nu Boulé STEM Academy runs for 12 days in June, and aims to expose students to opportunities in STEM careers and improve their math scores. More information.
Florida Institute of Technology
FIT’s Engineering Camp offers two weeklong sessions in July. It’s an interactive program exposing high-school students to life as an engineering major. More information.
University of Central Florida
UCF offers two sessions of its Camp Connect, a weeklong day camp exposing students to engineering through hands-on activities, presentations, and campus lab tours. More information.
University of Florida
UF’s Blueprint Summer Programs have two one-week camps and two two-week camps. While the camps offer a variety of courses, students can take “Careers in Engineering” to learn more about the variety of engineering opportunities that await them. More information.
University of South Florida
USF’s Pre-College Summer Programs give high-school students a chance to explore topics such as biomedical engineering, “future physicians, scientists, and engineers,” “medical, engineering, and scientist research,” and STEM for scholars. Programs are offered for different periods over the summer. More information.
University of West Florida
UWF has STEM-related camps for kindergarteners through ninth-graders. Topics include “mad scientist” (exploring math and science through hands-on experiments), LEGO robotics, and “Superhero STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art and math). More information.