Camps and STEM Extensions

Summer Camps


Summer Opportunities: Hello all! Below are some summer opportunities that I am aware of. If you are looking for something specific, please let me know.

Willowwind School (prek-6th Grade)

Classes include: cooking, paleontology, Spanish, makers space, outdoor survival, coding, and much more!

Taproot Nature Experience: Outdoor, hands on nature education and play for kids ages 3-17.

Walking Stick Adventures: Outdoor nature education for kids 7-11, with some camps specifically geared towards boys or girls

Purple Bloom School: K-6 mindful, "Montessori-ish" education

Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids (KICK) Ages 8-15: Classes offered in female leadership, algebra, American Girl history, cardio fit, photography, book binding, poetry, crime solvers, drama, physics, pinterest crafts, stained glass, robotics, computer design, app building, blogging, coding, minecraft, animation, fashion, mock trial, culinary (a ton!), welding, and many more!

STEAM Camps (Iowa City)

Performing Arts Center Ages 3-5: "Oh A Camping We Will Go", "On the Farm", and "Music is All Around Us"

U of I Rec Camps Ages prek-11th Grade: Classes include bird camps, kite camp, stand up paddleboarding, eagles, rock climbing, geology, hawk camp, survival skills, orienteering, pontooning, field trips, hiking and exploration, and much more!

Play! Cedar Rapids Ages 8-12 : Camps include Harry Potter, pirate canoeing, Zombie Survival, LARP, and more!

Coralville Recreation Department

North Liberty Recreation Department

FilmScene Animation Summer Camp Grades 3-8

Indian Creek Nature Center Ages prek-6th Grade

Country Camp Ages 5-13 Viking Camp, film camp and more

Belin Blank Center Ages 2nd-11th grade: Classes offered in coding, chemistry, fan fiction, computer science, mathematics of games, engineering, invention, 3-D printing, creative writing, wonder woman, fine arts, leadership, revolutions, psychics, and more!

College4Kids Students are nominated by educators for this camp, students entering 6th-8th grades: Classes on practically anything you'd like to learn about!

Iowa State Summer Programs Grades 3-11: Biotechnology, microbiology, library sciences, history, anthropology, business, neuroscience, genetics, coding, pet training, engineering, physics, mixed media and much more!

Laketrails Base Camp Ages entering 7th grade-12th grade: Wilderness survival camp in Northern Minnesota

4-H Camps Ages 5th-12th Grades: Shooting camp, young women in business, Spanish immersion, and more!

Melinda's Dance Studio Ages prek-4th grade: Dance classes offered in town

Theater Cedar Rapids

NewBo Summer Camps 2nd-8th grade: In Cedar Rapids, running in June and July, with classes offered in coding, engineering, video games, girls with ideas, and more!

Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship: entering 5th and 6th interested in business

Summit Camps: Cedar Rapids

Discover Summer Camp: Cedar Rapids Grades 3-5 For students who score over 85% on Iowa Assessments

UNI Summer Camps: Youth-High School

Wartburg Leadership Camp: Waverly for high school students interested in leadership roles

Williamsburg Recreation Center Sports Camp

Old Creamery Acting Camps

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Ceramics Camp

Science Center of Iowa Summer Camps

History Day Camp

Zoo Day Camps (Des Moines)

Camp Invention (Waterloo/Ottumwa)

Chess Camp (Cedar Rapids)

COE College Talented and Gifted Academy --$5000 scholarship

Camps and Extensions

Jacobson Entrepreneurship

Willowwind School

Putnam Museum

Science Center of Iowa

Walking Stick Adventures

Iowa State STEM camps

UNI Outdoor Adventure Camp

Taproot Nature Experience

Iowa City Children Museum Summer Camp

Belin Blank BLAST classes

Coe College:


Wild Iowa Sustainability Day Camp, July 15-19, Ages 8-12

Positive Energy Sustainability Day Camp, July 22-26, Ages 8-12

Fun with Food Sustainability Day Camp, July 29-August 2, Ages 8-12

Junior High Opportunities

BSI Belin Blank Center

JSI Belin Blank Center

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Challenge

Project Fashion: July 1-July 14th in Los Angeles, CA

Game Experience Summer Camp: Ages 12-17 Los Angles and Seattle (financial aid available)

4-H Youth conference for students who have finished 8th-12th Grade: "Start your future here" camp with animal science round-up, entertainment, recreation, camera corps, and community service.

High School Opportunities

Luther Pre-college environmental studies program

Belin Blank NSI and SSTP programs

4-H Youth conference for students who have finished 8th-12th Grade: "Start your future here" camp with animal science round-up, entertainment, recreation, camera corps, and community service.

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Institute

Young Women's Fire Academy: Available for girls ages 15-19

Institute for International Business (learn a language and learn about business at this two week course in Indiana!)

Gakko Summer Camps

American History Camp at College of William and Mary in Virginia: Study Jamestown-American Revolution or American Revolution-Civil War

Central College Business Horizons: Work-based learning programs to develop career opportunities and develop 21st century skills in Pella, Iowa.

United World College

Project Fashion: July 1-July 14th in Los Angeles, CA

Game Experience Summer Camp: Ages 12-17 Los Angles and Seattle (financial aid available)

FBI Academy : 14-16 year old Youth Leadership program

Gettsyburg College:

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Sunderman Piano Institute - Pianists 12-17 years old who desire to improve their performance skills, collaborate with other pianists, and dive deeply into related music subjects of their choice. Pianists will have opportunities to perform in daily studio class, and the final Friday concert will showcase pianists in both solo and ensemble works.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle.

Duke University ( North Carolina)

Summer College

Summer Academy

Accelerated STEM Academy

Tippie Business Gateway-Deadline April 4th





Marching Band

Central Iowa Color Guard Camp, June 17-20, High School


Business Horizons, July 14-18, Grades 9-12

Other Community Opportunities

Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee

Walking Stick Adventures

Taproot Nature Experience

Engineering Outreach- U of I

Mindcraft Meet Ups at ICPL!

Iowa City Children's Museum Family STEM nights