STEM Camps and Programs Outside of APS

**Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, events and camps on this site have not been updated. Please check individual websites for the most up-to-date information.**

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APS Summer Enrichment Programs Arlington Summer Camps Boolean Girl
Engineering for Kids Girls Who Code ID TECH Camp
NOVA SYSTEMIC Camps Rosie Riveters Science Buddies SUmmer Camp

Wondering how to identify effective STEM activities for your children? Check out this article from Baylor University’s EdD Resources: How to Identify Effective STEM Activities

Elementary School

Year-round & Summer Camp Opportunities:

  • Arlington Public Schools Enrichment Programs – APS has suspended the enrichment programs for summer 2020. This includes: Fun with Coding, Global Village Summit, Math Academy, and Summer Laureate STEM
  • Arlington Summer Camps – List of summer camp opportunities in and around Arlington
  • Boolean Girl – Offered in some APS Schools during the school year. Educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. Providing enrichment classes, all-girl camps, special events. Preparing girls to explore computer programming and engineering
  • Engineering for Kids – Kids ages 4 to 14 are introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education through programs such as after-school programs, classes, camps, workshops, and birthday parties.
  • iD Tech Camp– (application and fee required) Master new tech skills for ages 7-17 held at Georgetown, American, Howard, the University of the District of Columbia, Stanford, Princeton, and 150+ locations nationwide
  • NOVA SySTEMic Solutions @ NVCC Summer Camps (registration and fee – scholarships available) STEM-based camps are on a variety of topics including robotics, cybersecurity and health sciences
  • Rosie Riveters – Offered in some APS Schools & Libraries during the school year. Provides a fun space for girls ages 4­-14 to imagine, create and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our goal is to equip and empower girls to be strong, confident, and competent in the fields of STEM through hands on projects and mentorship programs
  • Science Buddies – Organization offers several programs which use fun and play to help teach and introduce science and engineering concepts
  • The Arlington Career Center – Enrichment opportunities for grades 3-6 in the Spring and Fall. Due to projected construction at the Career Center this summer, we will not be offering Summer Enrichment Courses
  • The Creative Difference – Arlington Summer Camp (STEAM-related themes) offered for ages 6-12

Celebrations, Festivals, and Other Cool Opportunities

  • DC STEM Network– Find out about local STEM events to take the entire family!
  • George Mason University’s Mason Game & Technology Academy Spring classes (registration and fee) Computer Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Game Design are just a few of the classes available for students age 9 and up.  Course start dates vary.  See link for more information
  • NOVA Makerfaire – (pre-purchasing of tickets required) Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!
  • NOVA STEM Day (Free, no registration required) Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is sponsoring a day of hands-on activities for all ages at their Alexandria campus. Activities take place in their STEM Labs at NVCC!  Check back soon for more information
  • Smithsonian Museums, Galleries and Zoo – (free) explore a local museum
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival (Free, no registration required)  X STEM DC takes place March Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The USA Science & Engineering Festival will return on April 25-26, 2020 to Washington, D.C.! The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children, and families who want to inspire their curious minds

Middle School

  • DC STEM Network – Find out about local STEM events to take the entire family!
  • DC STEM Network – Secondary – Secondary STEM Fair – March 16, 2019
  • George Mason University’s Mason Game & Technology Academy – Spring classes (registration and fee) Computer Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Game Design are just a few of the classes available to students.  Course start dates vary.  See link for more information
  • Girls Who Code – Offered in some APS Schools during the school year. Girls Who Code Campus offers two-week summer coding courses for girls ages 10-18 in cities across the country Link to Course Catalog
  • NOVA STEM Day  – (Free, no registration required) Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is sponsoring a day of hands-on activities for all ages at their Alexandria campus. Activities take place in their STEM Labs at NVCC!  Check back soon for more information
  • NOVA SySTEMic Solutions @ NVCC Summer Camps – (registration and fee – scholarships available) These STEM-based camps are on a variety of topics including robotics, cybersecurity and health sciences.  Camp start dates vary.  See link for more information
  • REI – Register for a class (some are free and some have a fee)
  • Smithsonian Museums, Galleries and Zoo – (free) explore a local museum
  • The Creative Difference – Arlington Summer Camp (STEAM-related themes) offered for ages 6-12
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival (Free, no registration required)  X STEM DC takes place March Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The USA Science & Engineering Festival will return on April 25-26, 2020 to Washington, D.C.! The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children, and families who want to inspire their curious minds

High School

  • DC STEM Network – Find out about local STEM events to take the entire family!
  • DC STEM Network – Secondary – Secondary STEM Fair – March 16, 2019
  • George Mason University’s Mason Game & Technology Academy – Spring classes (registration and fee) Computer Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Game Design are just a few of the classes available to students
  • Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program – This summer camp takes place weekdays from 9am-4pm.  It is free to attend this girls-only camp for 10th and 11th graders
  • Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) – (Registration closes on March 18, 2019) Free, three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology.  CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.
  • Hack TJ (Free, registration required) HackTJ is a student-run hackathon at TJHSST on April 6-7, 2019 (registration closes on March 4th), where you will have 24 hours to learn how to code and/or work with your friends to make your idea come to life
  • Naval Academy STEM Camp – Rising 9th 10th & 11th graders – STEM is all about exploring, creating, building, and making things better, and the Naval Academy STEM  Program allows you to do just that.  You will work with students from all over the country as you test your problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills
  • NOVA STEM Day (Free, no registration required) Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is sponsoring a day of hands-on activities for all ages at their Alexandria campus. Activities take place in their STEM Labs at NVCC!
  • NOVA SySTEMic Solutions @ NVCC Summer Camps (registration and fee – scholarships available) These STEM-based camps are on a variety of topics including robotics, cybersecurity and health sciences.  Camp start dates vary.
  • REI – Register for a class (some are free and some have a fee)
  • Smithsonian Museums, Galleries and Zoo – (free) explore a local museum
  • Society of American Military Engineers – Camps feature hands-on activities, conducted in a competitive environment, promoting teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.  Each camp has a unique curriculum with the common thread being a challenging environment and hands-on activities and are designed for high school students who excel in STEM and are interested in pursuing a degree in STEM in college.
  • The Arlington Learning Community – 18 and older (some classes offered where 14+ can attend with a parent waiver)
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival (Free, no registration required)  X STEM DC takes place March Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The USA Science & Engineering Festival will return on April 25-26, 2020 to Washington, D.C.! The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children, and families who want to inspire their curious minds