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Science & Technology Programs

Stratford Ecological Center

This 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

Dawes Arboretum

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

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

COSI offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and 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

Audubon Summer Adventure Camp

Offers themed camps, including outdoor safety, flying animals and nature-based art for students entering grades 1 to 5. There is also a leadership skills program for students entering grades 6 to 8. Week-long, day sessions are available at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, and scholarships are available.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475
grange.audubon.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 Good Character & Citizenship. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Suite 301, 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

Camp Architecture Center for Architecture and Design

Camp Architecture is 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.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973
columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture

Classroom Antics

Holds a number of summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps throughout 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 Programs

  • Zoo Aides: Summer volunteer opportunity for teens ages 13 to 17, giving teens their first work experience and helps them develop key work skills. The program is highly competitive, and the deadline to apply each year is usually in February.
    https://www.columbuszoo.org/home/about/volunteer
  • Zoo Kids: Summer day camps for kids of all ages.
    https://columbuszoo.org/home/discover
    4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (800) 666-5397 or (614) 724-3588
    columbuszoo.org

Department of Defense Science & Engineering Apprentice Program

Sponsored by George Washington University and the Department of Defense, this program places gifted high school students who are at least 16 years old with an interest in science and math in the Department of Defense laboratories for an 8-week period over the summer. Participants are awarded an educational stipend of $2000 and are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor.
(603) 228-4530
www.usaeop.com

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and an array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
fpconservatory.org

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

LEAD is a STEM education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, leadership training, STEM camps, mentoring, as well as the E-STEM Chapters, which give K-12 grade students an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts to gain high positions in Corporate America, or to become entrepreneurs. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 407-6049
leademerging.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This free summer program targets gifted high schoolers interested in careers in medicine and research. Previous students have enjoyed success enrolling in Ivy League institutions and obtaining scholarships.
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
www.nationwidechildrens.org/young-scientist-series

Office of Naval Research Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

Provides competitive research summer internships to high school students age 16 and older interested in science and engineering. Students are paid a stipend, and the internships are offered at several locations throughout the U.S.
1818 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
(888) 715-ASEE
http://seap.asee.org

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
Franklin County Extension: franklin.osu.edu

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.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 734-9453
ohiowildlifecenter.org

PAST Foundation

PAST 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 available for those who qualify. They also help schools and districts develop learning strategies.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208
pastfoundation.org

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.
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

SURGE Columbus

Provides free programs to teens at COSI, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, WOSU@COSI, and Transit Arts to allow them to discover or pursue their interests by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Open studio, one day workshops, drop-in hours and scheduled events give the teens hands-on experience and professional supervision.
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-0330
surgecolumbus.org

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 learning and fun opportunities throughout the country. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities help youth develop critical thinking, working with others, and problem solving skills, enhance creativity, and engage in an investigative process.
theconnectory.org

Women in Engineering

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

Young Women’s Summer Institute at Ohio Supercomputer Center

Provides summer overnight programs for talented high school girls interested in science and technology. The program offers talented students the opportunity to work through science and engineering challenges using cutting-edge research technologies.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248
www.osc.edu/education/si