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Science & Technology Programs

Blossom Scholastic

A week-long STEM experience for girls ages 8-12. The camp is held on The Ohio State University’s campus, students are guided by an adult instructor through daily activities. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
blossomscholastic.org/columbus-camps

Be WISE Camp

A residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering grades 7 or 8. The camp is located on the campus of Denison University.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
(800) 336-4766
bewisecamp.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • Pheasant Run Clubhouse
    2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299
  • UA/Metro Clubhouse
    1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 207

bgccolumbus.org

Buckeye Vet Prep Camp

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine offers a 6-day summer residential camp for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Participants learn more about veterinary school and the profession. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-1512
vet.osu.edu/buckeyevetcamp

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, which introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973
columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture

Classroom Antics

Offers summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps around the Columbus, Ohio area for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
(800) 595-3776
classroomantics.com/columbus-ohio

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
    4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 645-3488
    columbuszoo.org
  • The Wilds
    14000 International Road, Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    (740) 638-5030, ext. 2286
    thewilds.columbuszoo.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and free teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Data Science for Women Summer Camp at The Ohio State University (OSU)

The Translational Data Analytics Institute at The Ohio State University (OSU) hosts a free summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience using data and animation software, visualizing data, and giving presentations.
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
discovery.osu.edu/tda/summer-camp

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and workshops for young children. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
dawesarb.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. A reduced rate family membership and free admission on the first Sunday of the month is available for families.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Geosciences Bridge Program

Offers a 6-week paid internship for high school students planning to pursue a career in geoscience (earth science). The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, 2 courses for college credit (math and freshman seminar), housing, meals and travel to and from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
(410) 651-7747
umes.edu/cscgeosciences

Girls Who Code

Offers free coding clubs from beginner to advanced, during the year and summer programs for girls in grades 6 through 12. They take place in schools, libraries and community centers. Visit the website for locations.
girlswhocode.com

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Grange Insurance Audubon Center offers educational nature programs for children and adults. They host bird walks, bird counts, preschool story time and summer camp programs.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475
grange.audubon.org

iD Tech

Offers summer STEM camps (coding, game development, robotics, design and more) for youth ages 7-17. The week-long programs are held at Ohio State University and 150+ locations nationwide. This program costs a significant amount of money but scholarships may be available.
(888) 709-8324
idtech.com/locations/ohio-summer-camps/ohio-state-university

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

A STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, workshops, leadership training, summer camps, and mentoring. Their E-STEM Chapter gives youth an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 407-6049
leademerging.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Athletic Training Workshop

A workshop designed for high school students interested in emergency medicine, nursing, athletic training, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR. The workshop is held in Westerville at the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Otterbein University.

  • Otterbein University
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 355-6076 or (614) 355-6037
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/athletic-training-workshop

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers motivated and high-achieving high school science students to college level experiences in medicine and research. The top students from this program are given the opportunity to participate in an internship and mentorship at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/mechanisms-of-human-health-and-disease

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Summer Scientist Education Series

This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer. The program is also available online.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/young-scientist-series

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900
extension.osu.edu
Locate an Extension Office: extension.osu.edu/lao

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute (SI)

A 2-week summer residential program that gives high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year hands-on learning. Working in small teams, the students use supercomputers for science, engineering and computer science projects. Partial scholarships are available.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/si

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Offers summer day camps, group programs and tours, workshops, career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting through internships. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 734-9453
ohiowildlifecenter.org

PAST Foundation

Offers summer and after school programs and one-time events that focus on design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, exploration and development in science, technology, engineering, math and business. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208
pastfoundation.org

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

A week-long summer program that provides high school students, who have an interest in the medical sciences, with an overview of pharmacology and its relationship to health, disease and society. The cost includes supplies, meals, snacks, field trip expenses and a T-shirt.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
pharmacy.osu.edu/pills-potions-and-poisons

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Offers several camp options throughout the year from week-long summer day camps to one-day “school’s out” camps, providing experiences that connect children and nature.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600
preservationparks.com

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive 6-week summer course in mathematics for high school students talented in math. Financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-5101
u.osu.edu/rossmath

STEM Summer Bridge Program

This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC).
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5541 or (614) 287-5353
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

STEM-U

Offers year round math and coding classes, STEM workshops, tutoring in math and all day and half-day summer camp classes.
7227 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 407-4666
stem-u.com

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS)

Provides rising high school seniors with a strong interest in computers, engineering and science with the opportunity to gain skills needed to pursue careers in STEM fields. The Summer Academy includes seminars and hands-on projects, designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers and graduate students. Students admitted will not be charged tuition, housing or dining fees.
Carnegie Mellon University – Office of Admission
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 268-2082
admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/access-sams

Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN)

A four-day program for high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, panels and engagement with current faculty, staff and students at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Scholarships are available.
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4041
nursing.osu.edu/sidn

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a week-long summer language program for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University that promotes foreign language study. They offer a commuter and residential option. Need-based financial aid is available.
1961 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4052
linguistics.osu.edu/sliys

Tech Corps Ohio Techie Camp & Clubs

Offers week-long summer technology experiences to elementary and middle school students. Scholarships are available. They also have Techie Clubs, which introduce elementary students to technology and typically meet weekly throughout the school year.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211
techcorps.org

The Connectory STEM Resources

A comprehensive portal listing connections to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning and fun opportunities throughout the country.
theconnectory.org

Women in Engineering (WiE)

Offers a variety of engineering events and programs focused on outreach for middle school and high school girls.
The Ohio State University
2070 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6491
wie.osu.edu/k-12-programs

YouMedia

Provides free open studio space and one day workshops for teens, at select Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, to give them hands-on experience with music programming, audio recording, videography, video editing, digital art, fine arts and more.

  • Main Library
    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Driving Park Branch
    1422 Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Whitehall Branch
    4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

(614) 645-2275
columbuslibrary.org

Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI)

A week-long summer program sponsored by Ohio Supercomputer Center for middle-school girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills as well as provide hands-on experiences. Partial scholarships are available.
Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
osc.edu/education/ywsi