STEM summer camps explore science, technology, engineering and math in enticing applications like robotics and computer programming. STEAM camps add art.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N. Macdonald, Mesa
480-644-3553 • azmnh.org
Dino Discovery Camp: Ages 6-10 and 11-15. Ages 6-10 will explore the science of paleontology, the history of the earth, dinosaurs and other remarkable creatures who lived here then. Each day includes specialty tours, experiments, fossils, games and crafts. At Paleontology Bootcamp, ages 11-15 will participate in two programs with a paleontologist to learn the basics of research and interpretation. Camp includes a lab visit and hands-on experience for the more serious Dino fan. Half-day camps. Ages 11-15: June 13 and 20. $50. Ages 6-10: July 20-24. $165/nonmembers; $145/members.
Prehistoric Preschool: Ages 4-5. A fun-filled morning camp June 2,4, 9 and 11. Activities include creative movement, crafts, and a special interactive learning circle based on themes that include dino superheros, dino detectives, dino pals and dino giants. $65/nonmembers; $55/members.
Arizona Science Center Camp Innovation
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-716-2028 • azscience.org/camps
COVID-19 update: Arizona Science Center is offering a modified version of summer camps with two options: virtual and limited in-person programs enforcing strict health and safety guidelines for all campers and team members.
Both camps will inspire and engage curious minds through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning, sparking scientific curiosity through hands-on interactive programs that incorporate learning through fun and relevant themes, including forensics, space, and bioengineering. Themes include Surviving in Space, Secret Agent Camp, Claymation in Space, Amusement Park Camp, and Calling All Future Scientists.
One-week in-person sessions: June 15-July 31. $295 ($260 members). One-week virtual sessions: June 1-July 31. $125 ($100 members).
Camp Ocean at OdySea Aquarium
OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-8193 • odyseaaquarium.com/campocean
Experience the coolest summer camp in the Valley at OdySea Aquarium’s Camp Ocean! Our indoor camp provides a fun and unique learning environment for exploring the ocean and its amazing inhabitants. Campers will enjoy learning about diverse fresh and saltwater species, different ecosystems, animal adaptations, marine biology, and conservation through classroom activities, behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on learning experiences. Full- and half-day sessions. June 1-July 31. $150 and up/week.
4254 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale
480-405-2734 • codakid.com
Desert Botanical Garden’s Garden Camp Adventures
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
480-481-8123 • dbg.org/learn
Rising K-6th grade
Garden Camp Adventures turns kids into scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each week packs new nature-based adventures, art projects and creativity into engaging and educational experiences. Campers bring their own lunch; snack provided. Weekly sessions June 1-July 17 feature these themes: Wonderful Water, Real Life Transformers, Locomotion Commotion and Amazing Adaptations. $153-225/week.
COVID-19 update: 2020 summer sessions have been cancelled.
Engineering for Kids
Locations Valleywide • 480-779-8184
Engineering for Kids is Arizona’s No. 1 STEAM summer camp with more than 10 Valley locations including Urban Air Adventure Park, Uptown Jungle, Main Event, Sky Zone, Mavrix Entertainment and Phoenix Coding Academy! We partner with the coolest kid-friendly and fun entertainment facilities so kids can have fun and learn all summer long! We offer the most comprehensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum: drones, 3D printing, LEGO, robotics, video game design, programming, Minecraft, VR/ AR, and engineering concepts. Full- and half-day sessions beginning June 8. $175/week and up.
Updated May 23, 2020
Fulton Summer Academy
ASU Tempe and Polytechnic campuses
Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offer fun and engaging hands-on summer camps for students who like to build, create, solve problems and learn about science, technology, engineering and math. Weekly sessions June 1-July 17. $250 and up/week; scholarships and need-based financial assistance available.
i.d.e.a. Museum Wonder Camp
150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa
480-644-2468 • ideamuseum.org/camps
Creativity and science collide with hands-on STEAM activities based on this summer’s robot-themed exhibition. Wonder Camp is for kids curious about how stuff is made. Campers experience fun projects featuring science, technology, engineering, art and math that aim to inspire problem-solving, imagination and innovation. July 13-17. $85/half day; $190/full day; member discount.
888-709-8324 • idtech.com/virtual
Virtual Tech Camps will be project-based, with live instructors for two-hour blocks of time and additional project development work kids can self-pace from home. Classes will remain small (5:1 for teens, as low as 3:1 for the youngest students) and will emphasize collaborative work. Kids and teens will learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, and more. Course offerings will be modified to account for the fact that children participating from home may not have the same powerful gaming laptops idTech typically brings to in-person classes. One-week sessions June-July. $399/week with code TOGETHER.
Updated May 23, 2020
Mad Science Camps
Valleywide and Mad Science Party Room, 2701 E. Thomas Road, Suite I, Phoenix
480-222-2233 • nephoenix.madscience.org
Mad Science camps give kids the opportunity to become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures like no other! Full- and half-day camp experiences that are sure to entertain, while campers learn! They will be wowed by green glowing liquid, messages written in secret code, autonomous robots, and mystery substances that change from solid to liquid in seconds. June-July. $130 and up/week.
COVID-19 update: Offering both virtual and in-person camps this summer.
Playful Digital Learning Seasonal Camp
1900 S. Arrowhead Drive, Chandler
520-485-8658 • playfuldigitallearning.com/seasonal-camps
Our after-school and seasonal camp programs use the innovation and fun of video games to provide young learners with the opportunity to practice STEM, Coding and English literacy skills in a collaborative, creative, and tech-infused environment. Our STEM and writing camps teach students to be researchers, builders, creators, and writers. In our coding and game design camps, students will learn the basics of programming and design to create their very own video games. Full or half day options. Extended care provided. Weekly sessions May 26-July 31. $149 and up/week; early-bird and sibling discounts.
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- Mixed Activities
- Music Camps
- Overnight Camps
- Performing Arts Camps
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