Summer Camp Guide: STEM Day Camps

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
The PAST Foundation's Minecraft Mathematics Camp

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Be Wise Camp: Be Wise Day Camp

Ages served: grades 5-6

Dates/times: 7/10-7/12; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Be Wise Camp is designed to develop girls' interest, excitement and self-confidence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The camp provides real-life, hands-on experiences and critical thinking/problem solving.

Cost: $180

Camp location: Denison University, 100 W. College St., Granville

For more information:Becky Bringardner, bewisecamp@outlook.com, 614-327-6224, bewisecamp.org

COSI: 3-D Modeling with Tech Studio

Ages served: rising grades 6-8

Dates/times: 8/6-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Transform your creativity from a computer screen to the real world through 3-D modeling and printing. Educators in COSI's Tech Studio will teach campers to design 3-D models in Autodesk design software.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Amusement Park Science

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In this week of camp, we'll explore the science of screams to design, build and test our own roller coasters. Then, we're off to an exclusive tour of Kings Island to spend the day riding some of the world's best rides.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Astronaut Adventures

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; full day (6+ hours)

Description: COSI's Astronaut Adventures camp will take students on an out-of-this-world trip beyond Earth's atmosphere to explore our solar system and beyond.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Build It!

Ages served: rising grades K-1

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Design, build, test and redesign in this imaginative, inventive hands-on camp. We'll explore simple machines and force and motion to see how they power the world around us, then we'll become engineers and try it out.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Chemistry

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 7/23-7/27; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Bring the scientific method to life in this chemistry camp for all, as we explore the chemical and physical changes that surround us. How can something be not a gas, not quite a liquid, but not really a solid?

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Dare to Design

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In COSI's Dare to Design camp, we'll explore the engineering that makes our world a better place to live.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Diggin' Dinos

Ages served: rising grades K-1

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29, 7/30-8/3; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In this larger-than-life week of camp, we'll dig deep into the world of dinosaurs to explore how these amazing creatures moved, ate, lived and died. Together, we'll analyze fossils and dig for artifacts.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: DINO

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 7/23-7/27; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Sixty-five million years ago, giants walked the Earth. We'll dig into the science of these prehistoric creatures to explore the world they lived in, how they survived and the evidence they left behind.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Electronics Prototyping with Tech Studio

Ages served: rising grades 6-8

Dates/times: 7/23-7/27; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Plug into the world of electronics and learn how the components in your everyday devices are wired and programmed. Campers will build a foundation in circuitry and JavaScript coding with Micro:bit.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: High School Tech Week

Ages served: rising grades 9-12

Dates/times: 6/4-6/8; full day (6+ hours)

Description: This high school level camp will focus on a different Tech Studio topic each day, including: Digital Art, Video Production, Music Programming, Electronics Prototyping and 3-D Modeling.

Cost: $430 nonmember, $400 member per week; $100 nonmember, $90 member per day

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Lego Robotics

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13, 7/30-8/3; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Camps will explore energy, circuitry and the “language” robots speak: programming. Working in pairs, campers will get to learn hands-on programming basics with Bee Bots, then take control of Lego WEDO robots.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Lego Robotics

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15, 7/16-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Become part of an engineering team using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot—a sophisticated and state-of-the-art handheld robot waiting for your input. Working in pairs, we will put robots to the test to complete an array of challenges.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Lego Robotics

Ages served: rising grades 6-8

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Dig deeper into programming of robots. Campers will work in pairs to program EV3 robots to complete challenges. Installing and using robotic senses, campers will lead their Lego EV3 robots to accomplish a variety of challenges.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Messy Science

Ages served: rising grades K-1

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15, 7/23-7/27; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Dress for a mess and prepare to get gooey with COSI's famous Messy Science. Together, we'll experiment with COSI's top secret formulas for flubber, oobleck, slime and other chemical concoctions.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Music Programming with Tech Studio

Ages served: rising grades 6-8

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Attention aspiring songwriters and students who wonder about music creation software: Tech Studio's music programming camp will focus on foundational music theory lessons and apply them to Apple's Logic Pro X software.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Rockets & Rovers

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Take a new look at space in this interstellar camp. We'll get closer than ever with exclusive access to the Planetarium at COSI, the largest planetarium in Ohio.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Science of Art

Ages served: rising grades K-1

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In this collaborative and creative camp, aspiring artists and rising scientists will join forces to experiment with color mixing, multiple media and more.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Science Sleuth

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 7/30-8/3; full day (6+ hours)

Description: How can science help solve a mystery? That's the question, and in this forensic exploration, we'll use science to find out the answer.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Silly Science

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29, 8/6-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In this behind-the-scenes camp, we'll explore some of COSI's classics like you've never seen them before. Get an inside look at our top-secret slime recipe and see how we make things pop and fizz.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Space

Ages served: rising grades K-1

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20, 8/6-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Get a new perspective with COSI's Space Camp, an out-of-this-world week of interstellar exploration. We'll explore our solar system, engineer rockets and learn about life in space.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Superhero Science

Ages served: rising grades 2-3

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Use science to bring “impossible” superpowers to life. Learn to levitate, create weather and even fly.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Video Games

Ages served: rising grades 4-5

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13, 8/6-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In COSI's cutting-edge Video Games camp, we'll explore basic programming concepts with Scratch software, then develop, experiment and expand to create a shareable video game.

Cost: $330 nonmember, $300 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

COSI: Video Games with Tech Studio

Ages served: rising grades 6-8

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: In Tech Studio's Video Games camp, we'll explore game mechanics, character design and advanced programming concepts with MIT's Scratch.

Cost: $405 nonmember, $375 member

Camp location: COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus

For more information: call_center@cosi.org, 614-228-2674, cosi.org/kids/camp-cosi-summer-camps

Engineering For Kids of Central Ohio: Engineering For Kids Camp

Ages served: 4-12

Dates/times: Call for specific dates; full day (6+ hours) and half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Join us this summer for one, or many, of our STEM camps designed to supplement and enrich a child's existing education. Programs help improve critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Camps available for Juniors (ages 4-7) and Apprentices (ages 8-12).

Cost: Varies based on age and length of class

Camp location: Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Pickerington, Upper Arlington, Westerville and other sites

For more information: Laurie Thompson, centralohio@engineeringforkids.com, 615-656-8048, engineeringforkids.com/location/centralohio

Math Plus Academy: STEM Enrichment Camps

Ages served: 5-13

Dates/times: Call for specific dates; full day (6+ hours) and half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Weeklong camps allow kids to explore things they enjoy, such as building with Legos, robotics, coding, chess and more. All camps are taught by certified teachers and qualified experts.

Cost: $394 full day, $197 half day

Camp location: Math Plus Academy – 9681 Sawmill Road, Powell; 5346 N. Hamilton Road, Columbus; 3582 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard

For more information:Raj Shah, info@mathplusacademy.com, 614-792-6284, summercamps.mathplusacademy.com

Mathnasium of Bexley: Fun with Math

Ages served: 7-18

Dates/times: 6/1-8/31; less than 2 hours

Description: Join us for a month this summer to earn rewards while improving math skills. We also have a tuition-free camp for Columbus City Schools students, held at 3323 E. Broad St., Columbus. Call for more information.

Cost: $299 for one-month camp

Camp location: Mathnasium of Bexley, 2527 E. Main St., Bexley

For more information: Diane Curtis, bexley@mathnasium.com, 740-403-9893, mathnasium.com/bexley

The PAST Foundation: Art & STEM

Ages served: 11-14

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Students will design and create the second part of a four-part mural. Students will learn about murals, including history and techniques and finally, plan and execute their group masterpiece all while using design thinking.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Beginner Maker Robotics

Ages served: 10-14

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22, 7/23-7/27; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Learn the design process, soldering, electronics and programming while building a robot to solve a real-world problem.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: CAD AND 3-D Printing

Ages served: 10-14

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22, 7/23-7/27; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Combine the design process and computer-aided design (CAD) with 3-D printing to develop unique solutions to real-life challenges. Participants will learn to use SolidWorks CAD software and 3-D printers as they design their product or creation.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: First Lego League Rookie Camp

Ages served: 9-14

Dates/times: 6/4-6/8, 7/9-7/13; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: During First Lego League, students will learn the basics of programming and mechanical design. Alongside student mentors, teams will build and program an autonomous Lego EV3. No previous robotics programming experience is necessary.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: First Robotics Competition

Ages served: 15-18

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Students will go through the brainstorm, design, build process and also learn how to program a robot to operate in either LabVIEW, C++ or Java. Additionally, students will learn basic shop tools as they design, build and test their robot.

Cost: $425

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Intermediate Maker Robotics

Ages served: 10-14

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Students will use the Arduino microprocessor and sensors to control motors to complete a series of tasks ranging from simple movements to more complex tasks.

Cost: $275

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Maker Mania: Material Science

Ages served: 8-11

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Maker Mania: Material Science will encourage students to understand how materials shape their world. Activities will focus on creative tinkering, making and encouraging students to explore using hands-on experiments.

Cost: $225

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Minecraft Mathematics

Ages served: 8-11

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Mine and craft mathematics skills with the popular video and computer game Minecraft. Students will partake in tasks designed to foster their understanding of proportional and algebraic reasoning, scale and coordinate plane geometry.

Cost: $200

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Shoot, Think, Edit, Master Digital Photography

Ages served: 9-14

Dates/times: 6/4-6/8, 7/9-7/13; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Learn how cameras work and how math, science and art come together to create photographs. Learn about the many different types of photography, including landscapes, still life, documentary and portraits. No previous photography experience is required.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Techno Fashion

Ages served: 11-14

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Techno Fashion gives campers the chance to create wearable technology. Using Arduino devices, students will have the chance to program and create a piece of one-of-a-kind clothing.

Cost: $250

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

The PAST Foundation: Underwater Robotics

Ages served: 14-16

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Students will use underwater robots—also known as remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs—as they engage in engineering challenges, team building and communication, and mock ocean exploration activities.

Cost: $300

Camp location: PAST Innovation Lab, 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus

For more information: Ashley Price, programs@pastfoundation.org, 614-340-1208, ext. 1208, pastfoundation.org/bridge-programs/summer-programs

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: Minecraft Camp

Ages served: 6-9

Dates/times: 5/30-6/1; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Minecraft is more than just a game. It is a creative tool for building and enhancing our understanding of the world. Work in small groups on challenges in architecture, mechanical devices, art and game physics.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information:Missy Donovan, mdonovan@mcconnellarts.org, 614-431-0329, mcconnellarts.org

The Point at Otterbein University: Engineering 101 with Lego Robotics

Ages served: 9-12

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Explore the world of engineering by building and programming an autonomous robot using the Lego Mindstorms EV3. Students will learn design principles and engineering fundamentals while having hands-on lessons. Suitable for beginners and more experienced students.

Cost: $295

Camp location: The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville

For more information: Jenny Hill, jhill@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1284

The Point at Otterbein University: First Tech Challenge

Ages served: 13-15

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15, 7/9-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: During this weeklong camp, students will be presented with a game challenge on day one, then they will design, build and test their robot throughout the week. Students will learn basic shop tools and learn how to program.

Cost: $375

Camp location: The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville

For more information: Jenny Hill, jhill@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1284

The Point at Otterbein University: Otterbein's Engineering Solutions Summer Camp

Ages served: 10-13

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29, 7/23-7/27; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Through guided instruction, students will gain experience and understanding of 3-D modeling, 3-D printing, circuitry and application of microprocessors. This is a beginner to intermediate-level camp.

Cost: $250

Camp location: The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville

For more information: Jenny Hill, jhill@otterbein.edu, 614-832-1284

The Point at Otterbein University: STEAM Ahead

Ages served: 8-10

Dates/times: 7/30-8/3; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Each day we will explore a different aspect of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Our adventure will include instruction as well as experiential learning and will help build skills such as teamwork and problem solving.

Cost: $295

Camp location: The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville

For more information: Jenny Hill, jhill@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1284

STEM-U LLC: STEM All-Day and Half-Day Camps

Ages served: 6-15

Dates/times: 5/29-8/10; full day (6+ hours) and half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Move from passive to active use of technology. STEM-U offers a variety of classes, including Little Coders Class, Robotics, STEM Challenges, Engineering, Math, 3-D Printing, Stop Motion Animation, Mobile Photography and App Development.

Cost: $65 to $350, based on class length

Camp location: STEM-U, 7227 N. High St., Worthington

For more information:STEM-U, info@stem-u.com, 614-407-4666, stem-u.com

Sylvan Learning: Robotics, Coding, or Engineering

Ages served: 6-13

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15, 7/9-7/13, 7/30-8/3; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: STEM camps consist of hands-on activities while students learn STEM concepts and vocabulary. Students can build and program their own robots, create and code their own video games, or design and test bridge sustainability.

Cost: $225

Camp location: Sylvan of Lewis Center, 225 Green Meadows Drive S., Suite C, Lewis Center; Sylvan satellite, 5940 Wilcox Place, Dublin

For more information:740-548-5663, sylvanlearning.com