This STEM Summer Camp is a great way to break up the summer with a week of hands-on learning and fun! Make sure to grab all the printable camp week themes and get started. You can simply download the theme of the week and use the convenient links to learn about each project and create a supply list. Want all the work done for you, grab the full instructions pack here.
FUN STEM CAMP IDEAS FOR SUMMER
SUMMER KIDS STEM CAMP
STEM is such an easy thing to do in summer with kids! Projects don’t have to be big, detailed, or extravagant for them to present learning opportunities that stick with kids as they learn and grow.
We have curated a list of activities that are fun for a wide range of ages and require little prep or time. This camp includes 8 awesome ideas and challenges kids will love doing this summer! In fact, you can use these ideas all year long.
STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER
Summer can be a busy time, so we didn’t add any projects that will take a ton of time or prep to make these activities possible. Most of these can be done quickly, with variations, reflection, and questions extending the activity as you have time to do so. However, if you have the time, feel free to linger and enjoy the activities too!
STEM QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
These STEM questions for reflection are perfect to use with older kiddos to talk about how the project went and what they might do differently next time around. Use these questions for reflection with your kids after they have completed one of the STEM challenges below to encourage discussion of results and critical thinking.
- What were some of the challenges you discovered along the way?
- What worked well and what did not work well?
- What part of your model or prototype do you really like? Explain why.
- What part of your model or prototype needs improvement? Explain why.
- What other materials would you like to use if you could do this challenge again?
- What would you do differently next time?
- What parts of your model or prototype are similar to the real world version?
Use popsicle sticks and other small household items to make your very own catapult! This is a great intro to simple machines, and kids have a blast playing with their creations!
Kids love this! This colorful STEM Summer Camp idea is such an easy experiment to set up! It’s so simple, but it’s fun and kids love to watch the magic.
This is a classic STEM challenge! Use spaghetti noodles and marshmallows and a little tape to make your own tower! Inspire kids to practice their engineering skills to make the highest tower!
The sky is the limit for these roller coaster creations! Simple materials you can find around the house can make the most amazing marble roller coasters! If you’ve got the time and space, build a coaster that stretches across the room.
It’s no secret that kids love balloons! Have kids blow up a balloon without even using their mouths with this fun experiment! Learn about chemical reactions and what happens to make this experiment work.
Kids love this simple science project! Use paper to make a bridge and find out just how much weight it can hold! Do different types of paper hold more or less coins?
Who knew you could make such beautiful art with coffee filters! Use paper coffee filters to make these beautiful STEAM projects! Create a beautiful bouquet for a friend.
Why paint, when you can fizzy paint? This is such a fun way to talk about chemical reactions and create fun projects at the same time! This STEAM project is a great bonus project that fits right into our STEM Summer Camp for kids!
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MORE FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- Art Summer Camp
- Bricks Summer Camp
- Chemistry Summer Camp
- Cooking Summer Camp
- Dinosaur Summer Camp
- Nature Summer Camp
- Ocean Summer Camp
- Physics Summer Camp
- Sensory Summer Camp
- Space Summer Camp
- Slime Summer Camp
- Water Science Summer Camp