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Science & Technology Programs

Be WISE Camp

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 in Granville, Ohio.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
(330) 472-2269
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 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

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

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

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

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and 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)

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

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

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory is a botanical garden where they offer hands-on classes and workshops in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also offer summer camps kids ages 5 to 13 and 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 in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions (EBT) card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card. Membership discounts are available for full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

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

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

LEAD is 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 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. Find courses on everything from babysitting to parenting to ADHD, autism and diabetes.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers motivated and high-achieving high schoolers interested in careers in medicine and research.
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
Franklin County Extension: franklin.osu.edu

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute (SI)

SI is 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

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 are 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

Ross Mathematics Program

This program at The Ohio State University (OSU) is 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 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

SURGE Columbus

SURGE Columbus provides free programs to teens 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.
SURGE Locations:

  • WexLab
    Wexner Center for the Arts
    1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    (614) 292-0330
  • Transit Arts
    Central Community House
    1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-3157
  • COSI’s Tech Studio / WOSU’s Ross MediaLab
    COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
    333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 228-2674 ext 2010
  • CMA Teen Open Studio
    Columbus Museum of Art
    480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 629-0360
  • YouMedia
    Columbus Metropolitan Main Library: 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Columbus Metropolitan Library – Driving Park Branch: 1422 Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall Branch: 4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    (614) 645-2275

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 (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning and fun opportunities throughout the country.
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 (YWSI)

YWSI is 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