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Science, Tech & STEM Programs

Youth for STEM Equity (YSE)

Provides free programs for youth, including STEM Escape Room events, museum visits, and educational lectures. They are student-led non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the field of STEM. They also post helpful STEM-related content and scholarship opportunities on their Instagram. Go online to learn more and find their next event.

Career & Technical Schools in Central Ohio

Columbus City Schools Career-Technical Education: Serves high school juniors and seniors with pathways for arts, communication, construction, health sciences, transportation, human services, law / public safety and more. The Adult & Community Education office offers programs for health occupations, skilled trades, computer applications, high school equivalency, and free ESL/ESOL classes.

    • Columbus Downtown High School: 364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-4213
    • Fort Hayes Career Center: 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (380) 997-6126
    • Adult & Community Education: 2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
      (614) 365-6000
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools: Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.
    • Eastland: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-5725
    • Fairfield: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
      (740) 756-9243
    • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4541
    • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
      (614) 836-4530
  • Delaware Area Career Center (DACC): Offers career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camps, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals under 22 years old.
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708
  • South-Western City Schools Career Tech: Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs.
    4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 801-3400
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center: Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT and more professional training programs.
    7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
    (614) 873-4666
  • Ohio Department of High Education List of Ohio Career Technical Centers:

Acton Academy Columbus

Acton Academy is a private, learner-driven K-8 school. The curriculum emphasizes deep learning through Montessori and Socratic methods, play, mixed age groups, STEAM, and hands-on projects. Programs open to non-Acton students include half-day and full-day STEAM Summer Camp, Spring Nature Groups, and an annual Children’s Business Fair for young entrepreneurs to present their products and services to real customers. Find program details and fees online.
5762 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 603-7227

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448

Archaeology, Can You Dig It?

Mobile outreach program educating students about anthropology, archaeology, and STEM topics through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Organizations request and pay for outreach services from a local, experienced educator and archeologist. Programs vary in cost and age ranges and include Chemistry, Castles & Catapults, Mummy Rap, Puzzle of Pots, Dig Pits, and more. They often host programs at Columbus Metropolitan Library locations. Go online for program details and to see if there is a program happening near you.
(614) 530-9678

Be WISE Camp

A STEM camp designed to develop excitement, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence in middle school girls through real-life, hands-on experiences in STEM. They host a day camp at Philo Junior High School in Philo, Ohio for girls grades 5-6, and a residential camp at Muskingum University for girls grades 7-8. Scholarships are available with proof of financial need. Visit the website for contact information.

Beyond the Classroom

A day summer program for students grades 6-9 to experience recreational mathematics, movies, puzzles, and problem-solving with OSU Mathematics students and faculty. The program is free of charge.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Buckeye Vet Camp

A five-day summer residential camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to learn more about veterinary school and the profession at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Students participate in mock classes and labs, career exploration, community service, and social activities. Program fees cover lodging, meals, instruction, and social activities. Students must apply in the spring, students from educationally underrepresented backgrounds are given priority. Go online for program and application details.
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
(614) 292-1171

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 automotive engineering, research, and manufacturing. Participants learn from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects, and take field trips. Application with essay is required. Go online for details.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

Center for Architecture & Design

Non-profit promoting accessible architecture and design in Central Ohio. Youth Design Programs include one-week summer camps for Grades 3-8 to experience design through hands-on activities, tours, field trips, presentations, and imaginative games. The High School Design Studio is an immersive two-week experience for  Grades 9-12 in a collegiate-level studio environment to learn from design educators and professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and engineering. Financial scholarships are available. Find details and apply online.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) Summer Programs

Columbus School for Girls hosts IDEAS Camps, a summer camp for boys and girls ages 3-12 years old. Campers experience art, science, athletics, technology, and more fun activities centered around a weekly theme. Extended care and snack are included.
65 South Drexel Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(844) 516-2267

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium offers several educational opportunities for youth. They offer week-long day camps for Grades 1-7, with optional extended care for an additional fee. The 4-day and 4-week summer camps are for ages 3-entering Kindergarten. youth participate in a variety of activities designed to have fun and promote environmental awareness, including hands-on animal experiences. ZooKids is a preschool program for ages 3-5 multiples days per week during the school year. They also offer Dayventures and Summer Camps at The Wilds conservation center in Cumberland, Ohio. Scholarships are available.

Data Science Summer Camp

A free, week-long summer camp that introduces young women entering grades 7-9 to the field of data science and analytics. Students gain hands-on experience and work with mentors to learn how to analyze data from a wide variety of fields, discuss biases in data, explore career opportunities, learn problem-solving skills, and more. Find program details and contact information online.
The Ohio State University, Pomerene Hall

Dawes Arboretum

Arboretum enriching lives through the conservation of trees, nature and history in Newark, Ohio. They offer regular programs and events for families including Home School Investigations, Preschool Storybook Science, and Camp Dawes summer day camp for ages 5-14. Scholarships are available for family programming. The campus has nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for anyone to learn and explore.
7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355

Dublin Medical Academy

A free, 4-day summer camp for high school juniors and seniors in Central Ohio to explore careers in healthcare at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin, Ohio. Selected students engage in hands-on, experiential learning activities, build confidence, and work directly with health professionals. Go online for application details.
6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 793-5556

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in learning about Neuroscience, brain health and disease. Students 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 Department of Neuroscience
460 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-5501

Family Adolescent & Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)

Family Adolescent and Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)  is a non-profit providing support for families on the South side of Columbus. Programs include a free fresh market, urban gardening, cooking classes, family fitness classes, access to healthcare through OSU Wexner Medical Center Community Care Coach and family gatherings. FACCES Life Ready Urban Gardening Class is a free, weekly program for youth to learn about how to grow their own food, careers in agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Go online to register for programs and find upcoming events.
2515 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, OH  43207
(614) 319-6070 or (800) 464-0920

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offers family-friendly exhibits, classes, workshops, and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. Check the website Calendar for upcoming events and classes, which are sometimes free. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month for Community Day. Active or Retired service members get $1 off each ticket. SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid recipients get tickets for $3 each with ID and proof of participation.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000

Geosciences Bridge Program

Offers a 6-week paid internship for graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in geoscience/Earth sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, two for-credit college courses, housing, meals, travel expenses, and a stipend. Go online for application instructions.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
(410) 651-7747

Girls Who Code

Offers free coding clubs from beginner to advanced at various elementary and middle schools, libraries, and colleges for girls, women, and non-binary people. Check online for a full list of club Locations. Their website also has free, downloadable activities from beginner to advanced for anyone to learn coding at home. Their Summer Programs are free, virtual opportunities for high school students to learn coding as part of a virtual group or self-paced.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Nature center providing vital education services in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The center is pet-friendly, public space and admission is always free. They host regular STEAM programming and events for all ages, including bird walks, preschool story time, and art shows. They offer day summer camps for grades PreK-6, with limited scholarships available.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475

Heart of Unlimited Boundaries (HUB)

Provides therapeutic, recreational, and employment programs for children and adults with disabilities or critical illnesses. They are known for their adapted Go-Karting program (therapeutic karting), which enables severely disabled individuals to drive a vehicle on an outdoor course. They also offer 3-D printing classes and an adaptive equipment lab for development of inclusive technology.
308 Reynolds Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357
(614) 800-3310

Highland Youth Garden

This teaching garden is located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. They offer garden tours, field trip experiences and donation-based produce bags for pick-up. Hilltop families can sign up for a garden bed kit with everything needed to grow an edible garden in their backyard, including access to a Garden Mentor to help get the most from their garden. They also offer Garden Club (a free weekly after-school program for Grades K-6), Green Teens (a paid summer work program for youth ages 14-19) and a low-cost Summer Camp for ages 6-13.
67 South Highland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 653-8263
Español: (614) 407-4540

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

A four-day residential summer program to help underrepresented students explore the career of optometry. Travel, room and board, and most meals are provided for successful applicants. Students experience living on a college campus, network with faculty and staff, participate in mock interviews, and shadow real optometrists.  Go online for application details and contact information.
338 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

iD Tech

Offers summer camps, immersive Teen Experiences, virtual STEM camps, and private lessons across the country for youth ages 7-19. Programs include coding, game development, robotics, design, and more. Columbus programs are held at Ohio State University. Program fees are significant but scholarships are available.
(888) 709-8324
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Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

Organization bringing STEM education to underserved youth. Programs include STEM mentorship, leadership development, and tutoring for students K-12. The ACT Advantage Academy provides affordable ACT prep for 8th-12th graders. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 407-6049

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in medicine, including biomedical research. Students participate in lectures, hear from guest speakers, get clinical exposure, and participate in a community project at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Applicants are awarded full and partial scholarships based on financial need and quality of application. Visit the website for application details.
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8489

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free, six-week residential academic enrichment program for high school juniors with a strong academic record and desire for rigorous science education. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered by the program. Selected participants receive college admissions counseling, high-level coursework, social events and exploration of the Boston area, and a written evaluation to use for college applications. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. Find applications details online.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Athletic Training Workshop

Summer workshop for high school students interested in athletic training, emergency medicine, nursing, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR. The 3-day workshop is held in Westerville, Ohio at the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, and at Otterbein University. There is a fee. Go online to register.

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 students. Students explore career options, attend lectures, and complete projects investigating diseases. The top student from the program is given the opportunity to participate in an internship at Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Students must apply for the program and there is a program fee, find details online.
575 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

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. Students can register to attend free in-person or virtual classes exploring careers in medical research.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0589

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences works with families, farmers, business owners, and community leaders to build better communities in Ohio. They offer soil testing kits, 4-H Youth Development Clubs, community courses on Urban Agriculture, Beginner’s Grant Writing, and Food Safety. Their Family & Consumer Sciences office offers nutrition and lifestyle resources including SNAP education, Dining with Diabetes, Food Preservation, and more.
2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 866-6900

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Summer Institute

Offers several summer programs for students and educators to gain hands-on experience in computer science and STEM. The Summer Institute is a two-week residential program for academically-gifted high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. The Youth Watershed Summer Institute is a week-long residential program for Ohio students in 6th or 7th grade. They also have a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. Participants experience project-based learning, explore topics and problems in science, and enjoy recreation at The Ohio State university campus. No scholarships are available for these programs. Go online for program and registration details.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for academically-gifted students in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Students stay on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus and enjoy cultural and recreational activities. They also offer a day camp for grades 4-6. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

The Ohio Wildlife Center is a non-profit offering educational and community programming, in addition to the animal services offered at the Ohio Wildlife Hospital. They offer wildlife-based, nature summer camps for ages 3-16 with programs that include outdoor adventuring, arts and crafts, helping with animal care, and more. Scholarships are available. They also offer summer internships in education, environmental & veterinary sciences. Anyone can visit the center in-person to learn about wildlife, enjoy free events, or rent the facility for birthday parties.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 734-9453

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

A paid summer internship program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring welding engineering. High-school students are matched with graduate students and assist with an ongoing research project in an engineering laboratory, and give a capstone presentation at the end of the program. Interns are expect to work up to 24 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Applications are generally available in winter and due in February.
1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 292-1182

PAST Foundation

Educational non-profit offering experiential programs for students based in Anthropology, STEM, and problem-solving. They offer a variety of summer day programs, community events, and professional opportunities for educators.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1208

Pills, Potions, & Poisons

A week-long summer program for high school students with an interest in biomedical sciences who have completed a high-school level Biology or Chemistry course. Students learn through experiments, field trips, projects, and explore careers in pharmaceuticals. The program cost includes supplies, meals, field trip expenses, and a T-shirt. Financial assistance is available, contact the program for details.
Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
500 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2266

Ross Mathematics Program

An intensive six-week summer course for high school students to explore higher-level mathematics. Programs are held at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio and Rose-Hulman Institute in Indiana.  Students must apply to participate. Program fees are significant but financial aid is available. Go online for program details and contact information.

Science Near Me STEM Resources

This project through the National Science Foundation provides a database of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs and opportunities near you. Search by name, location, or activity type to find after school programs, community events, citizen science projects, and more.

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, and family programs. Programs include Farm School, which qualifies as an Alternative Learning Experience credit in Ohio. They offer a variety of summer camps for youth and families which include learning the rhythms of nature and a farm, fun activities, and leadership opportunities for high schoolers. Their internships for adults provide opportunities in sustainable agriculture, non-profit administration, family programming, and more.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS)

A 6-week immersive, residential program for students from communities underrepresented in STEM to receive STEM education and mentorship at Carnegie Mellon University. Students must be a junior in high school to apply. Selected students participate in the program for free, including housing and dining. Visit the website for full eligibility and application details.
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 268-5914

Summer Institute for Future Nurses

A free, three-day program for high school students to explore nursing careers through hands-on activities, tours, and engagement with faculty, staff and students. The program is open to incoming high school students grades 9-12 who meet eligibility requirements.
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
1577 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a one- or two-week online summer program for high school students grades 9-12 organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Participants explore linguistic sciences and learn from native-language speakers. There is tuition for the program but financial aid is available, and a student’s inability to pay should not prohibit them from attending the program. Go online to apply.
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109

Tech Corps

Non-profit providing high-quality computer science and IT learning experience for students K-12 at multiple locations across the country. Students explore math, science, and technology through hands-on activities at their Techie Camps, Clubs, and Workshops. They also provide workshops and opportunities for professionals. Their website also has free activities and lesson plans for students or teachers to print and complete at home.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211

The College of Wooster’s B-WISER Science Camp for Girls

A week-long residential camp for 7th and 8th grade girls interested in STEM in Ohio. Students take a full daily curriculum with classes in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, robotics, and other advanced topics. Students experience cooperative learning, develop self-confidence, and hear from professional women in science about their journeys. Students use campus science labs and stay in Wooster’s college dorms. Inability to pay should not be a barrier to attending camp, the program offers subsidized camp rates and financial aid scholarships.
308 East University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691
(330) 263-2105

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Center located in Newark, Ohio with interactive STEM learning labs, planetarium, art gallery, and history exhibits. Admission rates are low and they offer many discounts for veterans, teachers, SNAP recipients, and more. They offer free programming for families and adults year-round, including a STEMfest for high schoolers during spring break. Summer Camps are available for ages 3-12 and financial assistance is available for camp fees. They also provide teacher professional development across east central Ohio. Go online for program details and to plan your visit.
55 South First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-9277

Upward Bound Central Ohio

Upward Bound is a free program for income-eligible high school students to prepare for college applications and academics. Students can access year-round homework help and tutoring, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep and career guidance. The Summer program is a free, 6-week experience offering college prep, internship opportunities and more. Students receive money for full participation. Those typically underrepresented in postsecondary education (first generation, homeless, disabled, foster youth, or other barriers) are strongly encouraged to apply. Many colleges and universities across the state host Summer Upward Bound. Below are the organizations based in Columbus, Ohio. Requirements may vary between programs.

  • Columbus State Community College: For 9th and 10th graders at East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin, Northland, or Independence High School. Participants are eligible for a free course at CSCC for college credit.
    550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 287-5340 or (614) 285-5082
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital: For high school students who attend or whose home district Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Marion-Franklin, or South High School. Participants may receive transportation assistance and internship opportunities with Nationwide Children’s Hospital departments.
    700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-2000
  • The Ohio State University: For 9th-11th graders who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools. Eligible graduating seniors can take free courses at OSU for 6 hours of college credit.
    (614) 292-2344 or (614) 292-1896
    154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Wellington School Summer Program

Independent school for Pre-K through 12th grade. They offer after school programs and their Summer Program is open to all families. The Summer Program offers half-day or full-day experiences, with after-care options. Camp offerings include creative and performing arts, athletics, STEM, and more. Participants do not have to be Wellington School students. Fees vary by camp and are due at time of registration.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 457-7883

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