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Science & Technology Programs

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

Camp COSI

Summer day camps and camps during winter and school holidays are offered to children in grades K-12. Financial aid is available, and themes include space, robotics, dinosaurs and more.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 819-2674 or (614) 228-2674
cosi.org

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

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 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

Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900
extension.osu.edu

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Internships at OWC are career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting. They work with area schools to schedule volunteer internships of varying lengths during the summer and school year. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions. Preschoolers and children ages 7 to 12 can participate in summer camp opportunities.
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 exploration and development in science, technology, engineering, math and business. They also help schools and districts develop learning strategies.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208
pastfoundation.org

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