2019 Challenger Learning Center STEM Summer Camps

Challenger Learning Centers across the country have exciting, engaging, and impactful summer camps for students. From building drones and robots to exploring different STEM careers, students will find their passion for learning while having fun and developing important life skills like communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Programs, dates, and costs vary from Center to Center, but all offer activities to keep students learning during the summer months. For additional information about a specific camp program listed, please contact that specific Challenger Learning Center. To view a complete list of our Challenger Learning Centers, click here.


Future Engineers
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (Kenai, AK)
www.akchallenger.org
teri.diamond@akchallenger.org  or 907-260-2000

In this engineering workshop, students will work in teams to explore and examine real-world STEM challenges. They will design solutions based on criteria and evidence they gather and create models to solve problems. They will also have the opportunity to explore real-world career options associated with the future of engineering.

Date: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
Duration: Weeklong/ overnight optional
Cost: $275 per week or $500 for overnight option
Age: Upcoming 4th and 5th graders
Deadline: Monday, June 10

 

Aerial Robotics
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (Kenai, AK)
www.akchallenger.org
teri.diamond@akchallenger.org  or 907-260-2000

Aerial Robotics is the perfect STEM educational camp to learn about the many facets of drones and future careers in the budding industry. Topics will include weather, drone safety, and aeronautical chart reading.

Date: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Duration: Weeklong/ overnight optional
Cost: $275 per week or $600 overnight option
Age: Upcoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Deadline: Saturday, June 8

 

Summer Space Camp
Columbia Memorial Space Center (Downey, CA)
www.columbiaspacescience.org
info@downeyspacecenter.org or 562-231-1200

Explore Robotics, the Journey to Apollo, and a lot of hands-on activities! Columbia Memorial Space Center offers two sessions of camp – one designed for participants ages 9-11 years old and the second designed for participants 12-14 years old. All camp participants receive a camp shirt. Spaces are limited, so hurry and sign up today!

Date: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $175 per week
Age: 9 – 11 years old and 12 – 14 years old
Deadline: First day of each week of camp if not filled prior

 
Aerospace Adventure Camps
Challenger Learning Center of Colorado (Colorado Springs, CO)
www.challengercolorado.org/summer-camps.html
registration@challengercolorado.org or 719-598-9755

Campers will dive into activities that highlight space exploration through robotics, programming, and other hands-on/minds-on adventures. Using LEGOs, Spheros, Dash robots and more, kids will work together using their imaginations and computational thinking skills to solve multiple, exciting design challenges.

Date: Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13
Duration: 4-day camp
Cost: Early bird $255, after May 6th $275
Age: 1st – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade, and 5th – 7th grade
Deadline: Until camps are filled

 

Camp Challenger Tallahassee
Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee (Tallahassee, FL)
www.challengertlh.com/camp-challenger
sborland@challengertlh.com or 850-645-7787

STEAM-based weeklong camps with topics such as engineering, rocketry, coding and robotics, world geography, Minecraft, energy, nanotechnology, oceanography, and more. Camps are from 9-4 p.m. with extended care available for an additional charge. Lunch is included. Some camps have field trips.

Date: Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 9
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $180 per week
Age: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Deadline: Until camp is filled

 

Camp Challenger Tallahassee
Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee (Tallahassee, FL)
www.challengertlh.com/camp-challenger
sborland@challengertlh.com or 850-645-7787

Weeklong middle school camps with topics ranging from building aquatic robots, exploring makerspace environments, wood-carving, virtual reality, coding with LED lights, robotics, paleontology with a trip to Universal Studios, creating animated and live action movies, space science with a trip to Kennedy Space Center, 3D printing and video games.

Date:  Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 2
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $180 per week
Age: 6th – 8th grade
Deadline: Until camp is filled

 

Careers in the Community
Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College (Normal, IL)
www.challengerlearningcenter.com
clc@heartland.edu or 309-268-8700

Interested in a career in law enforcement, architecture, agriculture, utility services, and trades, but not sure what is involved? Attend Careers in the Community camp to gain first-hand knowledge and insight. Meet and talk with experts, ask questions about their education, work day, and experiences, and explore the career with hands-on activities.

Date: Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $45 per day
Age: 6th – 8th grade
Deadline: Monday, June 17

 

Drone On
Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College (Normal, IL)
www.challengerlearningcenter.com
clc@heartland.edu or 309-268-8700

Work as a team to build rebuildable drones! Students create a plan to construct a drone that meets the team’s challenge. They take turns piloting the drone through tasks, then rebuild it to succeed in the next round. Participants will meet a licensed drone pilot and discuss ways drones are used today in business and government.

Date: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28  
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $165
Age:  6th – 8th grade and 3rd – 5th grade
Deadline: Monday, June 24

 

Space Quest 2019
Challenger Learning Center at Paducah (Paducah, KY)
www.clcpaducah.org/camps.htm
sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu or 270-534-3101

Space Quest 2019 has many different camps for students of all ages and interests. Campers entering kindergarten to 16 years of age will participate in fun and educational STEM activities ranging from building a Mars colony to flying a real airplane.

Date: Various dates through June and July
Duration: Multiple options available
Cost: Prices range from $18 to $195
Age: Entering Kindergarten 16 years old
Deadline: Two days prior to each camp

 

Astronaut Training Camps
Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
www.challengerstl.org/our-programs/summer
info@clcstlouis.org or 314-521-6205

Each Astronaut Training Camp includes out-of-this-world experiences such as rocket building, customizing spacesuits, constructing and living in a lunar colony, and much more! All Astronaut Training Camps include simulated space missions. Advanced Astronaut Training Camps even include a simulated weightless mission using SCUBA gear!

Date: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 28
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 26
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $225-285
Age:  10 – 12 years old
Deadline: Thursday, May 30

 
Girls Save the World
Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
www.challengerstl.org/our-programs/summer
info@clcstlouis.org or 314-521-6205

When disaster strikes, girls come to the rescue! Campers will bring their curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills and combine them with robots, rockets, and drones. Together, these heroes will use technology and engineering to save the day!

Date: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $285
Age:  10 – 13 years old
Deadline: Thursday, July 11  

 

Introduction to Advanced Robotics and Programming
Challenger Learning Center of Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties (Lockport, NY)
www.clclockport.org
clclockportone@yahoo.com or 716-434-3196

This camp an introduction to robotics and programming for advanced and beginners. Campers will work with a member of the Center’s award-winning high school robotics team. The program will also offer all the requirements for both the Boy Scouts of America robotics and programming badges.

Date: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $150 per week
Age: 9 years old
Deadline: Monday, July 8 or walk-ins if space is available

 

Astronomy and Space Exploration
Challenger Learning Center of Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties (Lockport, NY)
www.clclockport.org
clclockportone@yahoo.com or 716-434-3196

The camp will be an overview of basic astronomy augmented by the use of a portable planetarium. It features many hands-on STEM activities and covers the requirements for the Boy Scout of America space exploration and astronomy badges. The camp will culminate with a picnic and a student model rocket launch on the 29th.

Date: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 and Monday, July 29
Duration: Weeklong plus Monday, July 29
Cost: $150 per week
Age: 9 years old +
Deadline: Monday, July 22. Walk-ins accepted if space is available

 

Space Explorers Camp
Town of Ramapo Challenger Center (Airmont, NY)
www.ramapoparks.org/page/summer-camps-36.html
huibregtsej@ramapo.org or 845-357-3416

Campers will explore the wonders of space science with lots of engaging hands-on projects and activities including simulated space missions, planetarium shows, rockets and robotics, flight simulators, and computer programming.

Date: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $285 per week
Age:  Entering grades 2nd – 7th
Deadline: Until the first day of camp
 

Rocket Camp
Challenger Center of the Twin Tiers Region (Allegany, NY)
www.drclc.org
challengercenterkp@gmail.com or 716-379-8686

Campers will travel to infinity and beyond as they experiment with rocket design, reverse engineering, and space colonies.

Date: Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18
Duration: Four days
Cost: $40 per day if registered by Friday, July 5th. $45 per day after the 5th
Age: Completed 5th grade and up
Deadline: Friday, July 5th

 

S.P.A.C.E. Academy Summer Camps
Challenger Center of the Twin Tiers Region (Allegany, NY)
www.drclc.org
challengercenterkp@gmail.com or 716-379-8686

Experience Moon or Mars mania, become a CSI spy, or explore the amazing world of light in nature and space. These camps are an adventure for all ages!

Date: Monday, August 5 – Thursday, August 15
Duration: Multiday
Cost: $40 per day if registered by Friday, July 26th. $45 per day after the 26th
Age: Kindergarten – 4th grade
Deadline: Friday, July 26

 

Astronaut Academy
Challenger Learning Center of Richland One (Columbia, SC)
www.thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps
Challenger@richlandone.org or 803-929-3951

As an astronaut preparing for a mission, participants will explore robotics, rocketry, and aviation. Campers will fly a space Mission, visit the e-Planetarium, and fly planes with our simulators.  Campers will get to keep the robot they assemble and the rocket they construct.

Date: Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27
            Monday, August 12 – Thursday, 15
Duration: Four days
Cost: $180
Age:  8 – 12 years old
Deadline: Two weeks prior to camp start date

 

Intro to Drones
Challenger Learning Center of Richland One (Columbia, SC)
www.thechallengercenter.net/programs/summer-camps
Challenger@richlandone.org or 803-929-3951

Build and fly your very own drone!  Campers will construct a drone and learn how to fly it safely and ethically. Campers will learn about the principles of flight and practice flight maneuvers before participating in flight control and accuracy challenges. Campers will get to keep the drone they build. Advanced Drone camp is available for students 13 or older.

Date: Wednesday, July 17 – Thursday, July 18
            Monday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 6
Wednesday, August 7 – Thursday, August 8
Duration: Two days
Cost: $100 for two days
Age: 9 – 14 years old
Deadline: Two weeks prior to camp start date

 

Micronauts Go Tech!
Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College (San Antonio, TX)
www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/college-offices/scobee-education-center/summer-camps
sac-scobeectr@alamo.edu or 210-486-0100

The Scobee Micronaut Go Tech! program focuses on the emerging learner and their natural fascination with technology. In addition to the Micronauts mission experience, campers will explore simple machines coding with LEGO WeDo robotics and a host of other immersive hands-on experiences. The week culminates with a demonstration of their new tech.

Date: Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $250 per week
Age: Kindergarten – 2nd grade 
Deadline: Monday, May 6 or when camp reaches capacity

 

Scobee Explorers Academy
Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College (San Antonio, TX)
www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/college-offices/scobee-education-center/summer-camps
sac-scobeectr@alamo.edu or 210-486-0100

The Explorers Academy campers will be actively engaged in STEM activities focused on the exploration of Earth and Space science. Campers will problem solve with LEGO Robotics, coding activities, and augmented reality. Campers will also learn about living and working in space, training like astronauts, and flying a simulated space mission.

Date: Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $300
Age: 6th – 8th grade
Deadline: Saturday, June 1 or when camp reaches capacity

 
Scobee Cosmic Kids Camp
Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College (San Antonio, TX)
www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/college-offices/scobee-education-center/summer-camps
sac-scobeectr@alamo.edu or 210-486-0100

Cosmic Kids STEM campers will become engineers as they problem solve and learn about forces and motion by building simple machines using LEGO Robotics, augmented reality and coding activities. Campers will learn how astronauts adapt to communicating, eating, sleeping and everyday ‘simple’ activities in a microgravity environment.

Date: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: $300
Age: 3rd – 5th grade
Deadline: Wednesday, May 1 or when camp reaches capacity

 

John Fluke Jr at The Museum of Flight
ACE Aerospace Camp Experience (Seattle, WA)
www.museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/ace-camp
rlynch@museumofflight.org or 206-716-0820.

Our camps are designed to get kids excited about history, science, technology, engineering, and math. ACE Aerospace Camp Experience offers a unique blend of hands-on educational activities as well as a traditional camp fair designed to stimulate a lifelong interest in science. Plus, campers have unprecedented access to the largest educational aerospace museum in the world!

Date: Monday, June 17 – Friday, August 30
Duration: Weeklong
Cost: From $210 to $505 depending on age range
Age: Kindergarten – 12th grade
Deadline: When camp reaches capacity

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