Summer Camps: Educational Camps (STEM)

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that education needs to stop! These camps fall in the STEAM category, a curriculum comprised of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


This summer, give your kids a summer camp experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives with the Air Zoo’s Summer Science Camps. Campers will get an in-depth look at the Air Zoo, including the theater, full-motion flight simulators, and much more. See why the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top aerospace and science education centers.

Make a movie this summer with the Film and Acting Summer Camps at the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids. Learn from professionals how to act on camera and make films when the camp runs from July 15th to 19th for ages 13 to 18. As a Film Camp student, you’ll write, shoot, and edit your own short film with guidance from seasoned filmmakers. In Acting Camp, you’ll learn on-camera acting techniques with a film actor as your coach and then star in a film produced by Film Camp. At the end of the week, walk the red carpet as the film’s premiere for family and friends on the big screen.

This year’s Family Nature Summit is being held at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire from July 20th to 26th. Broken down into separate age groups, kids step away from the screen and spend their days hiking, exploring rivers, playing games, and learning about nature. While the kids enjoy their activities, there are also special programs tailored for the adults. Registration is now open for the upcoming summit with additional information being added to the Family Nature Summit website.

Looking for something fun and educational this summer for your child? Sign them up for the Michigan Maritime Museum’s Kids STEM Summer Camp. The half-day camp, held on the Michigan Maritime Museum’s campus in South Haven, will feature a maritime-themed program through engaging STEM activities and lessons. The camp includes activities aboard the tall ship Friends Good Will, campus tours, and a cruise on the late 19th-century replica river launch Lindy Lou.

The Holland Area Arts Council has three- and four-day fine arts, clay, and cooking camps throughout the summer. Ages range from kindergarten through high school, with each camp focusing on a diverse range of worldly topics and activities. Your child can learn about food from around the world, how to use a pottery wheel, or even design, cut, and sew their own Amish-style quilt.

Do you have an animal lover on your hands? Kids can have a fun summer going to camps at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Campers will have the opportunity to learn in one of the most amazing settings. For younger campers, look no further than Binder Park Zoo’s FAWN camp for preschoolers! First adventures with nature can help you engage in your child’s learning while increasing their understanding of the natural world around them. The zoo’s experienced leaders are dedicated to connecting and inspiring the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts.

The Critter Barn in Zeeland offers a one-of-a-kind Critter Camp class for students who are eager to engage in animal care. Work through the entire farm with the barn’s staff and return to volunteer throughout the entire year. These camps are available for ages 8 to 15.

Marquette’s Northern Michigan University can keep the minds and bodies of kids active this summer at one of the many youth camps taking place. There are a variety of camps offered, including many technology-driven camps.

Summer fun happens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum! Join them and explore the wonders of science, history, culture, art, and fun. For nine weeks this summer, kids ages 4 to 14 can use the museum as a learning lab, experimenting and growing, all while having a great time in one of the area’s most history-rich and “cool” environments.

Whether you live in northwest Michigan year-round or are just up north visiting for a week, Grass River Natural Area Summer Day Camp in Bellaire is the perfect excursion for your kids. Tucked away along the Grass River in Antrim County, this day camp emphasizes interactive, hands-on, outdoor learning experiences with professional GRNA naturalists, along with lots of fun and games. Kids must love to be outdoors, meet new friends, and get a little dirty. Camps are available for ages 6 to 15 years old. The Grass River Center is open year-round, offering a comfortable learning environment for public programming, school field trips, camps, and more.

Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay offers three-day Young People in STEM trips for high school students. During this trip, participants collaborate to design and complete a Great Lakes research project on a topic of interest. They also help sail the ship, assist in the galley, and take a night watch shift. This adventure opens their eyes to the realities of a career in the freshwater and STEM fields and forms of future scientists, mathematicians, designers, and engineers.

Sault Ste. Marie’s local college offers camps that pertain to subjects from robotics to various sports. These “adventures in education” camps are designed to be both fun and enriching for every camper.