STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic these days. Whether your kids are already heavy into the sciences, or they just wants to dabble in them, summer camps are a great way to explore all aspects of STEM. As with my previous weeks’ posts, Summer Camps: Sports, and Summer Camps: The Arts, I turned to friends and the members of the Madison Area Parents Facebook page for their recommendations of STEM summer camps.
- Engineering for Kids Robotics Summer Camp held at Imagine That!!! 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park (973) 966-8000 http://imaginethatmuseum.com/robotics-summer-camp/
June 27th-30th (Jr. Robotics: Wild Animals and Play Soccer); July 18-21 (Jr. Robotics: Amazing Mechanisms and Adventure Stories). Camps held 2pm-4pm, but drop off is at 1pm and pick up at 4:30pm included for supervised play time at the museum. $175 for each 4-day camp. Ages 6-8.
- Engineering Explorations, held at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave. Madison
Taught by MJS teacher Mr. Erdich. July 10-28 (choose 1, 2, or 3 weeks), 8:45am-3:15pm (extended care to 5:15 available). Ages 8-15.
- Camp Invention, held at Central Avenue School, 50 Central Ave, Madison
June 19-23. 8:30am-3pm. Run by local educators (including CAS teachers). Kids work on science-based challenges that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students entering grades K-6.
- Incrediflix, held at Madison Community House (also camps in Livingston, New Providence, and Summit)
June 26-30 (9am-12pm, or 1pm-4pm, or full day option). Morning session is Star Wars Live Action Flix (kids do filming, directing, acting, make costumes, make story, etc.). Afternoon session is Lego Flix (stop motion). Ages 7-13. (Details posted on site after March 15.)
- Mad Science, held at Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave, Madison
Various one-week camps (either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) throughout the summer. Topics include Slimy Potions, Spy Academy, Mad vs. Wild, Invention-ation, NASA Academy for Future Space Explorers, Fairly Odd Forces, Are You Smarter Than a Mad Scientist?, and Brixology. Ages 5-11.
- Jersey STEM, held in a few locations in Chatham and Summit
Weekly summer camps from June 26-Aug 27. Details posted soon. Last year, there were morning and afternoon sessions on robotics, coding, Rube Goldberg creations, bugs, and other topics. Parents are expected to donate some time to help the JerseySTEM programs running.
- Morris County Parks, held at various parks across Morris County, including Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township
Various one-week camps for ages 2-4 (with adult) and ages 5-17. Camps include The Wild Things: Slime, Scales, Feathers, and Tails!, Art and Nature, Survivor: Wilderness!, Wild Explorers, Girls on the Trail, Counselors-in-Training, Eureka! Historic Technology Camp, and All About the Farm Camp.
- Nature Nuts, held at Memorial Park on Rosedale Ave by the pool, Madison
http://www.rosenet.org/784/Youth-Programs (scroll down to Nature Nuts)
2017 info not online yet, but in 2016, camps ran Mon-Thurs late June-late July for 1 hour 15 minutes (time of day depends on grade). $25 for all 5 weeks. Nature-themed camp with games, crafts, walks, talks, and presentation. For Madison children who have completed grades 1-6.
- Boy Scout of America, various locations
Various day camps for boys (and a few for girls!). They don’t need to be Boy Scout to do the camp. Some camps have bus pick up/drop off at Madison Station. Most have one session dedicated to STEM, though they do some STEM activities in all sessions.
- The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown
Week-long camps. Morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm) and full day (9am-3:30pm) sessions. Early care and after care available. Topics include Making the Music Video, Math Games Galore, Engineering, Digital Painting, Claymation, Robotics, Treetop Designs, and What’s the Weather. For grades 1-8, depending on class.
- Morristown Beard School, 70 Whippany Rd, Morristown
Week-long camp from 9am-3pm. Dates depend on topic such as Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigations, Robotics, and Digital Movie-Making. Most science camps are ages 10-13.
- Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston
Classes for elementary and middle school students include Digital Arts, Digital Photography, STEAM, Engineering, Coding, Robotics, App & Games, and Drones. Various academic classes for middle and high school students.
- Trailside Nature Center, 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside
Various weekly nature-themed camps. For grades 1-6: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, or combination 9am-4pm. Four day workshops for ages 4-5: 9:15am-11:45am or 1:15pm-3:45pm.
- Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City
Weekly camps with various themes for kids entering grades 1-8. 9am-4pm. Before care (8am-9am) and after care (4pm-5pm) also available. Themes include Wizard Academy, Animals Among Us, Bust a Myth, Mobile App Development, Drone Design, and Race Car Science.
- International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs, Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike, Chatham
Various week-long morning (9am-12:30pm) and afternoon (1:30pm-5pm) classes for ages 5-14. Supervised lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Topics include Minecraft Math, Pre-Architecture, Film-Making, Stop-Action Animation, Scratch, Robotics, entrepreneurship, Math of Fantasy Sports, Fashion and The Sewing Machine, Comic Creation, and 3D Printing.
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills
Nature Discover Summer Camp. Weekly themes. Half-day camps for ages 3-5. Full-day camps (9am-3pm) for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.
- Apple Camp, held at Apple Stores, including Short Hills, Willowbrook, and Rockaway
Sign up to be notified when Apple Camp registration opens. For ages 8-12.
- YouthSpark Camps, Microsoft Store, Bridgewater Commons store, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater
No details online as of posting date, but in the past, the store has had some summer camps for ages 8-11, and ages 13 and up.
- Build an App, MobileArq, MONDO Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit
Summer program for building apps for high school students. 15-week course, 2 hours per week.
- Critter Camp, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Ave, Madison
Week-long camp. 9am-2pm. Dates depend on grades (grades 2-4 or grades 4-6). Students entering grades 2-6. Volunteer camp counselor positions for ages 15-18.
- Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange
Week-long camps for kids entering grades K-8. Open House at the zoo Saturday, March 4 from 12pm-3pm.
- NJ Audubon Nature Camps, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville (and other NJ locations)
Different nature theme each week. Nine one-week camps for grades 1-6, 9am-3:30pm (post-care until 5pm available). Four-day pre-K and kindergarten camp, 9am-12pm. Overnight camps at Barnegat Bay and Delaware Water Gap for grades 6-12.