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Science, Tech & STEM Programs

Archaeology, Can You Dig It?

Educate students about anthropology/archaeology and STEM through hands on activities and chemistry demonstrations. Organizations have to request and pay for outreach services. With the collaboration of host sites they offer a variety of activities that encompass an artifact show and tell, multiple dig pits to excavate, as well as faux animal pelts to learn from. Their Puzzle of Pots activity educates participants about the curation process.
PO Box 91058, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 530-9678
archaeologydigs.wixsite.com/acydi

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 Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
106 College Park Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022
bewisecamp.org

Blossom Scholastic

A week-long STEM-themed summer camp 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

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
  • Livingston Clubhouse
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 239
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299

bgccolumbus.org

Buckeye Vet Camp

A five-day summer residential camp that gives current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors an opportunity to learn more about veterinary school and the profession. Students will participate in mock classes, field trips, labs and community service activities. Scholarships are available for those that have financial need. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
vet.osu.edu/prospectivestudent/buckeye-vet-camp

Camp CAR (Center for Automotive Research) at The Ohio State University

A free week-long summer camp for students 14-18 years old. Students learn various aspects of engineering, including automotive, simulation and manufacturing. They will have the opportunity to hear from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects and take field trips.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
car.osu.edu/about/outreach

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

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

Classroom Antics

Offers weekly summer, half-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps in multiple locations around Central Ohio 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. Scholarships are available.

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, workshops for homeschoolers. 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

A free week-long summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data, using animation software, giving presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University, Translational Data Analytics Institute
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
tdai.osu.edu/summer-camp

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and preschool programs for youth ages 3-14. 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

Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women

A free, two-week summer digital animation program for young women in 7th and 8th grade. The mentors are Ohio State graduate students and faculty engage the young women graphics and animation, integrating problem-solving skills, collaborative learning and presentation.
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design
1813 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2406
asc.ohio-state.edu/accad/womenandtech

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp that is designed for high school students who have an interest in learning more about the brain and spinal cord. Students will learn through a variety of approaches including lecture, discussion, debate, games, laboratory visits, and hands-on experiments. Financial need scholarships are available upon request; contact for more information.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexnermedical.osu.edu/neurological-institute/departments-and-centers/departments/department-of-neuroscience/outreach-and-events/explorations-in-neuroscience-summer-camp

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military 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 Exploring Math

A summer program for young women in middle school and high school to experience mathematics through engaging activities in a nontraditional environment. Participants will build confidence in their math and programming abilities and develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics, including mathematical and algorithmic reasoning and problem solving skills.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
facebook.com/ExploreMathOSU
math.osu.edu/beyond-the-classroom-girls-exploring-math

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

Offers educational nature programs for preschool to school-aged children. They host bird walks, bird counts, preschool story time and summer camp programs.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5482
grange.audubon.org

Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

A week-long summer program that provides space for high school students in the Central Ohio area to explore the intersection of the humanities and cognitive sciences. Scholarships are available and will be determined by need and merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University Department of Psychology
1835 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/fowler.40

I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program

A three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, clinical optometry. Students have opportunities to talk with alumni, faculty, staff and students. Financial assistance is available.
338 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-6426
u.osu.edu/idoc

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 education and financial literacy organization serving 3rd–12th grade students. Their programs include: 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) 398-8988
leademerging.org

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for high school-aged youth interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. Scholarships are available based on need and academic merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
medicine.osu.edu/diversity/initiatives/md-camp

Medical Academy

A free 4-day summer camp that gives high school-aged youth a chance to explore careers in healthcare. During the camp, high school students will engage in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities and get a chance to work directly with medical and physician assistant students, doctors, and other health professionals.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin
6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 793-5556
ohio.edu/medicine/about/campuses/dublin/reach.cfm

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered and they only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT. Visit the website for contact information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) 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.

  • 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) 355-6090
nationwidechildrens.org/athletic-training-workshop

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Futures Matter Program

An 8-week paid summer research experience on the campus of Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school sophomores and juniors will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience, while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. Visit the website for contact information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/research/training-opportunities/futures-matter-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This summer program offers college-level experiences in medicine and research to motivated and high-achieving high school science students. The top students from this program are given the opportunity to participate in an internship and mentorship at Abigail Wexner 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 (NCH) Summer Scientist Education Series

This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer.
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;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
extension.osu.edu

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 Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for gifted and talented students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
owu.edu/about/offices-services/owjl-camp

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Offers summer, fall and winter day camps from ages 3 to 12 years old. Children explore wildlife, create nature crafts, go on hikes, help with animal care and more. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service requirements 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

OSU Manufacturing & Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) Summer Internship Program

A 8-week paid, summer internship program for high school students interested in exploring welding engineering. Interns are expect to work up to 24 hours per week; the position is flexible and can accommodate for other obligations. Students are not expected to have advanced knowledge of material science. Visit the website for contact information.
1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
ma2jic.osu.edu/resources/osu-summer-internship-program

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-off events, providing experiences that connect children and nature.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600
preservationparks.com

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students interested in mathematics and eager to explore more advanced ideas. Ross participants spend most of each day working on challenging sets of problems dealing with abstract mathematical concepts. Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(844) 262-8409
rossprogram.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 (CSCC). Visit the website for contact information.
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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, Suite 90, 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. They also offer leadership opportunities for youth through their junior camp counselor program and internship program.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Summer Academy for Mathematics & 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. Visit the website for contact information.
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
cmu.edu/pre-college/academic-programs/sams.html

Summer Institute for Future Nurses

A three-day, interactive program for eligible high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, panels and engagement with current faculty, staff and students. Full-cost scholarships are available based on financial need. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
https://nursing.osu.edu/offices-and-initiatives/office-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/summer-institute-future-nurses

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a week-long summer program for high school and pre-college students with an interest in foreign languages. Participants will explore how language works and gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. They offer a commuter and residential option. Need-based financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University Department of Linguistics
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109
linguistics.osu.edu/sliys

Tech Corps

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, Suite 210, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211
techcorps.org

The Connectory STEM Resources

Provides a list of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities throughout the country.
theconnectory.org

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Explore the museum’s interactive STEM learning labs and planetarium, art gallery, and local history. They offer summer camps for youth and fun programming for people of all ages year-round. There is a minimal fee per admission. The Works also provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.
55 South First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-9277
attheworks.org

Turfgrass Science Summer Camp

A free week-long summer program that provides a fun outdoor learning environment for rising 6-8 graders. Students learn about the different sports playing surfaces and how STEM is used in turfgrass science from Ohio State University faculty and staff.
2710 North Star Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
hcs.osu.edu/programs/turfgrass-science-summer-camp

Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability)

Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI)

A week-long summer program for 6th and 7th grade 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