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.

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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.

  1. What were some of the challenges you discovered along the way?
  2. What worked well and what did not work well?
  3. What part of your model or prototype do you really like? Explain why.
  4. What part of your model or prototype needs improvement? Explain why.
  5. What other materials would you like to use if you could do this challenge again?
  6. What would you do differently next time?
  7. What parts of your model or prototype are similar to the real world version?

HOW TO MAKE A CATAPULT

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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!

MAGIC MILK EXPERIMENT

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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.

SPAGHETTI TOWER CHALLENGE

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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!

MARBLE ROLLER COASTER

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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.

BAKING SODA BALLOON EXPERIMENT

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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.

PAPER BRIDGES

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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?

COFFEE FILTER ART

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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.

FIZZY PAINT

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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!

Grab your FREE STEM Camp Guide Here!

Add These Science Resources!

Here are a few resources to help you introduce science more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

More Fun Summer Camp Themes

Plan a whole summer of fun science for kids! Check out each camp theme week and have a budget-friendly summer of science at home.

Printable Science Camp Themes

What’s inside the Science Camp?

6 Full Days of “Done for You” Science and 12 Mini Weeks! Keep the fun moving along with a schedule of activities for each day!

Themes include:

  • In the Kitchen
  • Take It Outside
  • Real Reactions
  • Physics Fun
  • Candy Lab
  • Special Bonus!

Each day includes the following with full instructions and pictures:

  • Science Snacks: Make a snack using science that you can eat!
  • Science Games: Try biology bingo, matter mazes, and more! 
  • 3 Science Experiments: Includes full instructions, pictures, and YouTube video links where applicable!
  • STEM Challenges: Simple challenges for all ages to work on together!
  • Science Toys: Homemade toys for playing with science!
  • STEAM Projects: Art and science combined!
  • Supplies List: Know what you need to get ahead of time!

What else will you get in your Summer Science Camp?

  • DIY Summer Science Camp Template ​(design even more science weeks)
  • BONUS CAMPS: 12 Mini Camp Weeks for extra themes!
  • Boredom Buster STEM Pack with EXTRA STEM challenges
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